ysabelandrei: (ZOMG Kashiyuka)

PERFUME's newest single, "TOKYO GIRL", was just released last 15th of February. This is a tie-up song for fellow Amuse Inc. agency mate, Yoshitaka Yuriko's starring drama "Tokyo Tarareba Musume". The said single also contains a B-side entitled "Houseki no Ame" and instrumentals for each songs. "Houseki no Ame" was used as a theme for the commercial of ORA2 toothpaste.

The limited edition includes a DVD of the full version of the music video of "TOKYO GIRL", a "making of" of the music video and a teaser trailer for "COSMIC EXPLORER" Bluray and DVD.


Although many Perfume fans think that this song is not good, I would say that this is a lovely song. Yasutaka Nakata's music for Perfume is evolving and Perfume is now maturing into fine women. So, it's not puzzling to hear a different sound from their earliest songs. I honestly couldn't sleep early for days when a radio rip of "TOKYO GIRL" came out since I was looping the song all night!


The coupling song, "Houseki no Ame", received more love from fans than "TOKYO GIRL". I also love this song because of its playful tunes. It reminds me of "Communication".


Absolutely yes! I was still up later in the evening when the short version of the music video came out. I immediately loved it! The fact that Yuririn (Yoshitaka Yuriko) was also part of the production made me beyond happy. She's one of my favorite Japanese actresses. One Perfume fan pointed out that she shouldn't be at the music video at all. I beg to differ since we got a different product this time. "TOKYO GIRL" is a tie-up between a Japanese drama and Yuririn also belongs to Amuse Inc. so this is obviously a tie-up between agency mates too. Also, the concept of having stories in music videos in Japan are nothing unusual. Some J-Pop artists and idols have this kind of music videos too. Collaborations between J-Pop artists and Japanese actors and actresses are also a trend in J-Pop culture. Although, I can understand that Perfume fans are thirsty for more Perfume exposure since the dance included in the music video is too short. Dance routines are one of Perfume's magical elements.

Here are some screenshots of the music video:

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You may watch the full version of the music video of "TOKYO GIRL" below:

 While, you may watch the ORA2 CM featuring "Houseki no Ame" here:

Here are some screenshots from the "making of" called "Perfume View":

I really love seeing the girls behind the scenes! They were jumpy and just having fun!

If you love Japanese pop music or just plain curious, please do support and give this a listen! You may actually purchase the two songs from Philippine iTunes and stream the single on Spotify Philippines. The single costs 90 Php in iTunes while you may listen to the songs for free in Spotify if you're connected to wi-fi. Just download the applications.

iTunes Philippines

Spotify Philippines

If you're interested in getting the physical copies of the single, you may still buy from the following online stores:

Amazon Japan: Limited edition / Regular edition

Asmart: Limited edition / Regular edition

CDJapan: Limited edition / Regular edition

HMV Japan: Limited edition / Regular edition

Play-asia: Limited edition / Regular edition

YesAsia: Limited edition / Regular edition

ALSO! Perfume will release a BLURAY and DVD of their COSMIC EXPLORER tour! You may watch the teaser trailer below:

The limited edition for both Bluray and DVD costs so much this time since they included so many features for this live Bluray/DVD concert! Both the limited and regular editions will contain two kinds of "COSMIC EXPLORER" live concerts particularly the dome edition and standing edition. They will also include an Ultra Digest of the USA TOUR and two more video features for the limited edition! For more information, please head here to their website.

You may pre-order from the following online stores:

Amazon Japan: Bluray Limited Edition / Bluray Regular Edition / DVD Limited Edition / DVD Regular Edition

Asmart: Bluray Limited Edition / Bluray Regular Edition / DVD Limited Edition / DVD Regular Edition

CDJapan: Bluray Limited Edition / Bluray Regular Edition / DVD Limited Edition / DVD Regular Edition

HMV Japan: Bluray Limited Edition / Bluray Regular Edition / DVD Limited Edition / DVD Regular Edition

YesAsia: Bluray Limited Edition / Bluray Regular Edition / DVD Limited Edition / DVD Regular Edition

Perfume, by the way, had a live streaming on Valentine's day! They performed "TOKYO GIRL" and "Chocolate Disco". You may watch it below:

Please also support Yoshitaka Yuriko's drama, "Tokyo Tarareba Musume". A-chan voice acts for this drama too! You may download from JDramacity.



ysabelandrei: (Ysa as drawn by ChichiLittle)

I just turned 27 last 2nd of February. Last year of being 26 was very adventurous for me. Thank you for all the blessings I had received. I'm so much looking forward for more activities this 2017. I'm hoping to challenge myself more and harder this year.

Thank you so much for all the well wishes!
ysabelandrei: (Black and White Perfume)

(c) Perfume's official facebook page

It's already 2017! Happy new year, everyone! Cheers to a wonderful 2017 ahead!

2016 was a great year for my fangirl heart. It had a good start for me. One of my favorite Japanese rock bands, ONE OK ROCK, finally landed on Philippine soil. Januay 19, 2016 was a memorable day for me. I got to meet Taka, Toru, Ryota and Tomoya up close. I had tears flowing down my face after I shook hands with them. I will never forget that moment. Aside from ONE OK ROCK, I also got to attend a free J-Pop concert featuring The Beatmotors, Diana Garnet and Joe Innoue that was organized by The Japan Foundation Manila. What's more, Ozine Fest was able to bring one of Amuse Inc.'s top Anisong artists, FLOW. I made sure to see them too! Also, Best of Anime was able to get INKT! One of KAT-TUN's former members, Tanaka Koki, is the vocalist of the band. I was dumbstruck when I got to see Koki so close on the first day! He was so cute laughing with his co-band members when I saw him. 2016 was also the year I came back to my very first fandom, KAT-TUN. One of Hyphens' Philippines' admin, Elli, invited me to attend their concert DVD viewing event. I gladly accepted the invite and screamed my heart out during the concert screening.

Perfume also brought so much joy for me last 2016. They had a movie tie-up with the live-action adaptation of Chihayafuru. The electro-pop trio had the song "Flash" for the said film. Perfume also released a brand new album, "Cosmic Explorer", last year. It was a huge year for Perfume too. They had a nationwide tour and a North American tour. They were also again invited to the prestigious music show, NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen! They're going to release a brand new single entitled "TOKYO GIRL" in February, my birth month. Keep slaying, my dear queens!

2016 was also a rough year for me. I went to job interviews here and there but no luck. I'm still contented though since I get to work for Japan Info, a Japanese cultural website. I currently write about Japanese pop culture for Japan Info while I'm still looking for an office based job.

Before the year concluded, I got to see two Japanese films in the cinemas with friends. A huge thanks to Pioneer Films for bringing "Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso" and "Kimi no Na wa" to Philippine cinemas! Through watching "Kimi no Na wa", I got to know Kamishiraishi Mone. She's the voice actress behind the character "Mitsuha". I fell in love with her talents especially her singing ability. She really has a nice voice and I find her really artistic. I hope I can follow her craft from now on! I was also able to attend Kawaii PH's year end party. Too bad, that was only the Kawaii PH event I attended last year. I should be more active this year!

Hopefully, I get to be more active and involved this 2017. I should attend more events, meet more people, watch more Japanese dramas, films and even anime, write more Japanese culture articles, blog more and hang out with friends more! I should also make my advocacy into action. I'm an ally for the LGBT community ever since I gained more knowledge about it. I should attend pride marches soon! And, of course, I should also take care of my health more and go back to working out again. I should also continue being an admin for my dear AMUSE PH and also continue looking for an office based job.

To whomever may be reading this, I hope you have a meaningful 2017 ahead! HAPPY NEW YEAR!🎉
ysabelandrei: (Ysabel Andrei)

Photo from Moonleaf Tea Shop official facebook page

It's already the 28th of December as I write this entry. MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE! Just last 21st of December, I attended the Year End Party of Kawaii Philippines. It was a very fun-filled event. The theme was pastel so we were encouraged to wear pastel or light colors. In all honesty, I felt underdressed. I wasn't prepared. My sincerest apologies! The party was held at Moonleaf, Maginhawa in Quezon City.

The Kawaii PH team prepared some parlor games to liven up the Christmas feel during the party. We had games like "Bring me", "Pinoy Henyo", "Charades", "Name that Tune" and "Eggplant Relay". Everyone gladly participated in the games and we won some "kawaii" or cute merchandise! I participated in the games "Bring me" and "Name that Tune" though I was such a huge fail in "Name that Tune". I was supposed to sing the tune with the sound of a dog or a cat but I wasn't able to complete the task. We changed players then. But, we got some of the tunes correct; though we didn't win.

It isn't a party without the food! We had some delicious pasta and milk tea from Moonleaf! Thank you!

Here's my haul from the party:

Freebies and stationery stuff from Kawaii PH store. The stickers from the free pack were so awesome. Let's support local artists! While, the Hello Kitty stuffed toy was a prize from the "Bring me" game! THANK YOU!

Here's what I also got from the party! )

Thank you to Kawaii PH team for organizing this event. I had fun meeting fellow kawaii dreamers. <3
ysabelandrei: (Cute HT in New York)
I went to SM Mall of Asia yesterday morning to give the free passes of "Your Lie in April" to the winners of Amuse PH's giveaway contest. The free passes were from Pioneer Films. Thank you so much! The winners were also very happy to receive the passes. I was planning to watch the said film too. I actually thought of waiting for six hours just to watch the film since I'm already in the area. The first screening was supposed to be around 6pm since SM Cinema had an event that day. But, thank God, the staff moved the screening to 1pm. So, I needed not to wait anymore.



The first scene showed an array of wonderful sakura flowers that reminds us it was Spring season. It was a beautiful scenery. The three friends, Arima Kosei, Sawabe Tsubaki and Watari Ryota showed a real tight friendship. It was very evident in the film. Tsubaki wanted Kosei to play the piano again. The appearance of Miyazono Kaori was the answer. She was the key in Kosei's struggle. Kosei can still play the piano however, according to him, he can no longer hear the notes. It was later revealed that Kosei feels guilty with the death of her mother. He was freed from that pain when he performed for the Gala concert; all because of Kaori’s magical encouragement. Her free spirited character inspired Kosei.


Kaori’s sickness wasn't clearly stated in the film so as her death. However, her death was conveyed when Kosei was playing in the piano competition. We can say that Kaori appeared as a soul. This is what I love with Japanese films. They don’t exactly show what was going on. You end up thinking what, why and how.


I’d love to commend the main actors Yamazaki Kento and Hirose Suzu’s effort in learning to play the piano and violin for a very short time. They practiced playing the instruments for six months prior to filming the movie. I am actually a frustrated violinist. I learned to play the instrument when I was 14. So, I was very much bewildered when I saw Suzu’s violin performance. She was playing like a goddess! It’s the same for Yamazaki Kento. He was so excellent with the piano too. The other actors Ishii Anna, Nakagawa Taishi and Itaya Yuka also played their characters well.

(Side note: Nakagawa Taishi reminds me of Fukushi Sota. I don’t know why but he gives off a Fukushi Sota aura to me.)


The only complaint that I have is Suzu’s hair. It was obvious that it was only hair extensions. Her hair is much more better in Chihayafuru live-action films. Other than that, the film is perfect! I actually cried during the whole movie.

This is one of the important parts in the film:

The cast at one of their stage greetings:


ysabelandrei: (HT in New York)

As many of you would know, I currently work as a Content Writer for Japan Info. Japan Info is a Japanese cultural website. All the contents found at the website are all about Japan. It's actually easy to become a writer! You just need good writing skills, knowledge about Japan, a paypal account and a stable internet connection. There is also no quota to work on. You're free to work anytime at your own pace! If you're interested, you may sign up at this link.

How to write for Japan Info:

  1. Think of a topic related to Japan that might interest you and your audience.

  2. Write an over 500 word draft or a 1,000 word draft or an over 2,000 word draft at Evernote. You need to download the application of Evernote on your desktop. If your desktop cannot download Evernote, you can work on the web browser of it. Japan Info requires writers to type an over 500 word draft, 1,000 word draft or an over 2,000 word draft; whichever floats your boat. Writers are also required to add images on their articles. Please take note that you need to cite the sources of the images. Japan Info also provides how to write an effective article. I greatly suggest to read it carefully.

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Japan Info also rewards writers who can write effective articles! You can get the "Most Popular Article" award if your article was well received on their facebook page. The first place will be awarded with 3,000 yen, the second place will be awarded with 2,000 yen while the third place will be awarded with 1,000 yen. You can also get the "Best Writer of the Month" award. Each awardee will get 15,000 yen.

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  3. Good News, Perfume Fans! Here are Additional Dome Tour Dates Plus Cosmic Explorer Tour Goods!

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ysabelandrei: (Cute HT in New York)
The local film distributor who brought us Rurouni Kenshin Movie 1 and Attack on Titan, Pioneer Films, brings us another two Japanese films this December. These are “Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso” or “Your Lie in April” and “Kimi no Na wa” or “Your Name”.

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)

(c) Asianwiki

The film “Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso” or “Your Lie in April” is based on the manga with the same title by Arakawa Naoshi. The manga series has 11 volumes published by Kodansha. An anime television series was also adapted. The anime aired from October 2014 until March 2015 and has 22 episodes.

“Your Lie in April” is about a piano prodigy named Arima Kousei. He was strictly trained to play the piano by his mother ever since he was a child. After his coldhearted and abusive mother died, he had a mental breakdown while performing the piano at age of 12. In line with this, he can no longer hear the sound of the piano even though his hearing is perfectly fine. One day, he meets a young girl named Miyazono Kaori who changes his outlook in life. Kaori is a violinist who has a manic personality that fits her musical style. She helps Kousei return to the music world. As their friendship grows closer, Kousei realizes he loves her.

In the film adaptation, Yamazaki Kento plays as Arima Kousei and Hirose Suzu as Miyazono Kaori. The movie also includes Ishii Anna as Sawabe Tsubaki, Nakagawa Taishi as Watari Ryota, Komoto Masahiro, Honda Hirotaro, Amuse actress Itaya Yuka as Seto Hiroko and Dan Rei as Arima Saki. The theme song is “Last Scene” by Ikimonogakari.

“Your Lie in April” to premiere on December 7, 2016 in all Philippine cinemas nationwide!

"Your Lie in April" is NOW SHOWING!!


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