(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!🎉