ysabelandrei: (Ysa as drawn by ChichiLittle)
Ysabel Andrei Rodriguez is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Miriam College, Quezon City, Philippines. She currently works as an Editor Support Agent for Taylor and Francis under SPi Global. Ysa learned a lot with all the training she underwent to become an Editorial Assistant. She wishes to become more experienced in this field. Outside of her work, she is an advocate for Japanese Popular Culture. Ysa aspires to be an official ambassador for Japanese Popular Culture. She enjoys listening to Japanese music and watching Japanese drama series and films. She longs to spread the Japanese culture love to more people. With this, she also writes about the said heritage for a cultural website called Japan Info. Ysa also takes care of her two pets; a cat and a dog named Haru and Cuchie.


ysabelandrei: Takei Emi Icon by rohrfuchs@livejournal (Takei Emi)


Hello! I was inspired by [livejournal.com profile] koi_choshi to also make a Japanese dramas/films watchlist. I'll list the dramas and films by actors and actresses. Slashed marks means I've already watched it!

I'll update this list from time to time! <3
Head here for my list! <3 )
ysabelandrei: (Takeru with eyeglasses)

INKT
Trigger )
KAT-TUN
Giri giri de itsumo ikite itai kara~ )
KYARY PAMYU PAMYU
PON PON WEI WEI WEI )
ONE OK ROCK
Wherever you are, I'm always by your side )
PERFUME
Chocolate Disco! )
TAGUCHI JUNNOSUKE
Hero )
TAKEI EMI
ohh baby baby baby~ )
ysabelandrei: (Yuka-chan)



The lovely ladies of Perfume starred in their first ever drama special episode, "Pensées" (pronounced as pan-see), last March 31st and April 1st. "Pensées" is a French word that means "reflection" or "thought". According to http://dictionary.com, "Pensées" is also a collection of notes, essays, etc. dealing with religious and philosophical matters by Blaise Pascal, published in 1670. This was also shown in the drama.

A-chan plays as Don-chan, an office lady; Yuka-chan as Okamido who helps her parents manage their grocery store and Nocchi as Noribu who works as a part-timer in a clothing shop.

"Pensées" revolves around three childhood friends who decided to buy a Western house for a very cheap price. However, there is one condition. They should take care of Rikimaru. Unknown to them, Rikimaru turns out to be a middle aged man not a dog!

We all know that Perfume members are new in this kind of thing so their acting is not par with known Japanese actors and actresses. However, I assure you that this is a very heart-warming Japanese drama! The show teaches about reconnecting with life and having a warm home. I love the part when Don-chan, Okamido and Noribu welcome Rikimaru back in their home. In all honesty, I was nearly in tears!

The drama script was provided by Kizushi Izumi who was also responsible for "Nobuta wo Produce" and "Q10". While, the theme entitled "Doushite konna ni kanashin darou" was written by Yoshida Takuro. Meanwhile, this show is also directed by Goto Yosuke.

You may download the drama from Nyaa torrents. While, you may get the English softsubtitles by Skeweds Studios from d-addicts.

You may also check out the drama's official website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/pensees/

Some screencaps from "Pensées":


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ysabelandrei: (ZOMG Kashiyuka)
When I learned that a local online shop here in the Philippines was offering pre-orders for Perfume's own perfume, I immediately inquired about it. Local online shop 392 Majokkomachi answered my inquiry as soon as possible. I was on top of the moon when I learned that they were indeed offering it since this is a very limited Perfume item. And, can you imagine that? Perfume has its own kind of perfume!



Since the item is fragile, 392 Majokkomachi packed it very securely. It has a bubble wrap at first.



Then, the box.



When I opened the box, this came out. Again, it's in bubble wrap.



Tada!!! PERFUME OF PERFUME!



The box has black and white triangles. Very very Perfume-ish!



According to 392 Majokkomachi, the perfume ingredients are ethanol, perfume, bergamot fruit oil, ylang ylang flower oil, odorious age oil, lemon peel oil, palmarosa oil, Roman chamomile flower oil.



The perfume itself! It comes in a clear 10 ml bottle.

Although the perfume contains flower based ingredients, it doesn't smell that sweet. Just like one Perfume fan pointed out, it smells sporty-ish. Comparing to Victoria's Secret perfumes (since I used Victoria's Secret before), it is not that strong and not that sweet. I would definitely recommend you to purchase this if you are a fan of not too strong perfumes.

If you are also into buying Japanese pop / rock merchandise, I would definitely recommend 392 Majokkomachi! Their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/392majokkomachi/ They go to Japan to personally buy the goods. As you can see on the photos, they packed the item very securely as the item is fragile. Two thumbs up! They also answered my queries so fast. I had a smooth transaction with them and I will definitely buy from them again.

Overall, the perfume is so good!

Perfume of Perfume is still available in some Isetan, Tower Record and Loft stores in Japan. It is also available in Amuse Inc.'s webstore, Asmart but is only available for shipping within Japan.
ysabelandrei: (Takeru 25 past 10!)


Yuka-chan gif made by dochimin@tumblr

Let's face it! It's difficult to be an international fan of a group that belongs to Japan. It's different from Korean Pop and even Western Pop since most Japanese artists tend to be only exclusive to Japanese fans. So, I came up with this post to give you an idea on how you could support your favorite Japanese artists. All insights will be coming from my own experiences. I support Johnny’s and Amuse artists so this point of view will be coming from there. Please feel free to share on the comments below your own insights! If you disagree with me, please feel free to share your thoughts on the comments below as well!

Of course, ILLEGAL is everywhere in every fandom. Download links provided by fans are illegal. Torrents are illegal. A fan livestreaming in a concert is illegal. Fansubbing is illegal. In this fandom where almost all is illegal, how could you show support for your favorite artists?

A Japanese regular single already costs 500-600 Php while the limited edition might cost from 800 Php to 1,000 Php. You could already buy a K-Pop album for the cost of a Japanese single. While, a Japanese album already costs 1,600 to 2,100 Php.This is already expensive especially for students. However, there are alternatives like legal online streaming services like Amazon Japan, Apple music, iTunes and Spotify. They are much cheaper.

Illegal downloading of music is rampant here in the Philippines. J-Pop is no excuse. However, if their music is available in local online streaming sites like Spotify Philippines and Philippine iTunes (Apple music) then it's much better if you stream and purchase from those services. Our team in Amuse Philippines and other Amuse PH FCs do promote the legal way. We make sure that fans do not share download links in our groups and promote Spotify, iTunes and other legal ways. Unfortunately, of course, not all Japanese artists use this service like idols from Johnny's and Associates. You may opt to join closed livejournal communities or forums that share downloadable links. You just have to follow and respect their rules if there may be. For example, rules like "re-uploading is not permitted" should be followed.

Japanese Bluray and DVD concerts already cost from 2,000 to 5,000 Php. This is already way too expensive for me so I don’t have the habit of pre-ordering them beforehand. So, what I actually do is wait until I get a copy.

Patience is a virtue. Patience is a virtue. Patience is a virtue.

Just recently, Perfume released their COSMIC EXPLORER Bluray and DVD and I still haven’t gotten a copy yet so I’m trying to resist from spoilers in facebook groups. Of course, downloading is an option if you couldn’t wait. If you love the concert, then of course that’s the time you buy it! If you indeed love the artist and the concert you watched, then you will find ways on how to come up with the total sum. The best and only way is to save money. Some concerts are streamed on national TV in Japan so you could watch them before the bluray / DVD release. If you love them, please do save up and support the artists by purchasing them!

Your favorite idol in a new Japanese variety or drama series? Most of the contents will only be exclusive to Japan so you’ll only be able to rely on videos uploaded by fans who are in Japan. Here are also some sites wherein you can legally stream Japanese dramas. The Japanese dramas are limited however.

  1. https://www.dramafever.com/ - US only

  2. https://www.viki.com/

  3. https://www.viu.com/ott/ph/ - Asia only

While, here are some sites where you can torrent some Japanese dramas:

  1. http://avistaz.to - registration is needed

  2. http://jdramacity.blogspot.com - open to all

  3. http://nyaa.se - open to all

  4. http://plotboxes.livejournal.com - direct downloads

While, you may download Japanese variety shows from livejournal communities especially for Johnny’s artists. I still couldn’t afford DVDs of Japanese drama series since it’s already worth a month salary! Almost 10,000 Php! So, what I do is just spread info about a certain drama series that I love and hopefully if people also love the drama and they could afford it is that they could also purchase the original. The support I show for Japanese drama series is that I spread info about it. Yes, fansubbing is also illegal because of copyright issues that’s why most fansubbers don’t want their subs to be uploaded on streaming sites. What I do is I also follow their rules.

How about your favorite artist appearing in a Japanese movie? It’s actually pretty the same with Japanese variety and drama series. The contents can be only exclusive to Japan. You have to wait at least four to six months until you get a copy online. It doesn’t work like the Philippines wherein you can get a pirated copy during its screening. So, we really have to wait for the Bluray or DVD release. Original bluray and DVD copies for Japanese movies cost at the same range as Japanese concerts bluray and DVDs. I actually only have one Japanese movie DVD with me which is Rurouni Kenshin. The movie is so precious to me since this is the first Japanese live-action film ever screened here in the Philippines and Amuse PH held a petition in order for the movie to be screened here. I had to get the original Japanese copy.

Your favorite artists in Japanese magazines? Japanese magazines can also be a hell of expensive since they’re more heavy than bluray, CDs and DVDs. They can cost up to 500-1,000 Php depending on the kind of shipping you will use. It’s actually pretty easy to purchase Japanese magazines now since there are so many local online stores that offer pre-orders for Japanese magazines. They would only cost up to 500 Php particularly for Johnny’s and fashion magazines if you purchase from local online stores found on facebook.

It actually all boils down to following the rules in the J-Pop fandom in order to maintain status quo. If certain uploaders tell you that you cannot re-upload the file, then we shouldn’t re-upload the file. If some subbers include in their rules that their subs couldn’t be uploaded on streaming sites then we should follow it. If we couldn’t follow the rules, then bid farewell to the overflowing treasures that precious uploaders and fansubbers share.

However, of course, It doesn’t mean that showing support already equates to buying your favorite artist merchandise. You could show support just by spreading the love or simply just by sharing info about them which could go a mile since social media is so fast nowadays! You could write news articles about your favorite artists on your blogs or even in Japanese cultural websites such as Japan Info.

If you could afford to buy their goods, then it’s not a problem. Online stores such as Amazon Japan, CDJapan, HMV Japan and YesAsia are among the stores I rely on.

You could show support to your favorite artists in your own little ways like making arts and crafts. You could be creative! You could also make fanarts and fanfics that you could share with your fellow fans.

Any point I might have missed? Please feel free to comment below!

UPDATE: 2017/04/20 4:27pm

  • A good friend of mine, Mayel, pointed out on facebook that we could reserve magazines in any visa-free Asian country with Kinokuniya branch if we're going to visit. You could just pick up the magazines from there. You may find the list of branches here.

  • And, I love how Salia put her words this way. "Being a kind fan to others in the fandom also helps. Spreading negativity, hatred, and chaos is really an awful thing to do. We need to respect each and every fandom." This is basically true. We do need to respect each and everyone in the fandom.

  • According to Cherii, you could also support your favorite idols by availing their blog service through your smartphones. Johnny's Web is for Johnny's idols while Amuse mobile for Amuse artists. You could also send fanletters to your favorite artists through their radio shows or stageplays.

  • Mark shared that he was able to sent flowers to his favorite idols. This online store (K's flower webshop) based in Japan accepts orders.

  • Cherii Pie of Uehara Takuya Philippines also does send-off greetings for Uehara Takuya when he has stageplays. You can post your greetings on instagram and Uehara Takuya will notice them! We could also do this with artists who have SNS accounts.

ysabelandrei: (VMA Perfume)



Hi, fellow dream chasers!

Just last February 26th, my friend and I were in Baguio City for the Panagbenga Flower Festival. When I was a college student, I promised myself to go to Baguio when I graduate. I was supposed to travel alone before but I backed out at the last minute since I got scared of travelling alone. Good thing my friend, Ate Michelle, invited me to join her to go to Baguio.

We left Manila in the evening of the 25th and we arrived in the city at around 3:30 in the morning. We managed to get a good spot to watch the parade. All the floats were gorgeous! I believe the Japanese and Korean communities are active in Baguio since there were representatives present. There was a cosplay community present too! I also believe there was a “Game of Thrones” themed float too. We were entertained by students playing the instruments during the parade. There are even artists involved in the parade! I saw a glimpse of Alden and Maine. I didn’t see the other artists since we already left our spot to eat lunch. After eating lunch, we went to a market to buy souvenirs. I got a strawberry keychain, a fan and Baguio snacks! We also strolled in Burnham Park. I was able to eat strawberry icecream and taho! The icecream was so good though the strawberry taho was too sweet for me.

After, we went to “The Mansion” and got our photos taken. After a short stop at “The Mansion”, we went to Mines View Park. I wasn’t able to see the park since I was already tired.

It was only a one day trip but it was still worth it. I hope to visit Baguio again next time!

Here are the other photos from Baguio City taken by my friend, Ate Michelle:

 









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