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24 April 2020 @ 01:52 am
Ysabel Andrei documents her adventures within the Japanese Popular Culture community here in the Philippines through this journal.

Ysa is a huge Japanese popular culture enthusiast. She adores J-Pop artists KAT-TUN, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, ONE OK ROCK and Perfume so much. She also admires Amuse actors Miura Haruma, Sato Takeru and Kaku Kento. Her Japanese girl crush is Takei Emi. She actually runs a blog for her. She's also a huge follower of Japanese dramas and films. Currently, she writes for Japan Info, a Japanese cultural website.

Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Perfume's Cling Cling
09 August 2017 @ 05:38 am

Hello! I was inspired by 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

Currently watching:
Currently watching! <3Collapse )
Haruma's dramas and filmsCollapse )
Takeru's dramas and filmsCollapse )
Kakkun's dramas and filmsCollapse )
Emi's dramas and filmsCollapse )
Mone's dramas and filmsCollapse )
Nana's dramas and filmsCollapse )
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: Tiesto's Red Lights
07 August 2017 @ 06:19 am

TriggerCollapse )
Giri giri de itsumo ikite itai kara~Collapse )
Wherever you are, I'm always by your sideCollapse )
Chocolate Disco!Collapse )
HeroCollapse )
ohh baby baby baby~Collapse )
Current Mood: determineddetermined
Current Music: Avril Lavigne's Hello Kitty
21 February 2017 @ 11:48 pm

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 short 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.



Current Mood: giddygiddy
Current Music: Perfume's TOKYO GIRL
08 February 2017 @ 06:04 pm

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!
Current Mood: determineddetermined
Current Music: Perfume's Next Stage With You
04 January 2017 @ 04:10 am

(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!🎉
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: Perfume's SEVENTH HEAVEN
28 December 2016 @ 01:05 am

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!Collapse )

Thank you to Kawaii PH team for organizing this event. I had fun meeting fellow kawaii dreamers. <3
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: RADWIMPS' Dream Lantern