• J-pop sensations to perform live in PH

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    Joe Inoue is a Japanese singer born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where he grew up in an environment filled with music and manga

    Joe Inoue is a Japanese singer born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where he grew up in an environment filled with music and manga

    The Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) proudly brings artists Diana Garnet, Joe Inoue and The Beatmotors to the Philippines for the concert dubbed Spinning Manila: J-Pop Live! on February 28 at Whitespace Manila in Makati City.

    Get ready to sing along and perhaps catch last song syndrome with Garnet’s hit single, “Spinning World,” which was used as the closing theme for Naruto Shippuden. She is a US-born recording artist whose life-long passion for anime propelled her to achieve her dream of becoming a singer in Japan. In the process, she also mastered the Japanese language.

    Diana Garnet is a US-born recording artist whose life-long passion for anime propelled her to achieve her dream of becoming a singer in Japan

    Diana Garnet is a US-born recording artist whose life-long passion for anime propelled her to achieve her dream of becoming a singer in Japan

    In 2013, she won Nihon TV’s singing contest for foreigners, Nodojiman The World, which paved the way for her debut album Cover ☆ Girl.

    Inoue is a Japanese singer born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where he grew up in an environment filled with music and manga. In 2007, he debuted with his first EP titled “In A Way.” He is best known for “Closer,” which was used as the opening theme for Naruto Shippuden.

    Completing the lineup is the upcoming band The Beatmotors composed of Masahi Akiba, Tetsuro Kimura, Johnny Yanagawa, and Takahiro Shikano. Their music was described as systematically simple with a bit of an edge that makes their live performances shine.

    To the young and the forever-young, Japan is almost synonymous with anime, manga, and the distinctly kawaii (cute) and kakkoii (cool) pop culture that covers everything from music to fashion. That is why at Spinning Manila, the audience are encouraged to enjoy the Japanese-flavored upbeat music in their best cosplay garb.

    Completing the lineup is the upcoming band The Beatmotors composed of Masahi Akiba, Tetsuro Kimura, Johnny Yanagawa, and Takahiro Shikano

    Completing the lineup is the upcoming band The Beatmotors composed of Masahi Akiba, Tetsuro Kimura, Johnny Yanagawa, and Takahiro Shikano

    Admission to the concert is free, but online registration is required at spinningmanila.eventbrite.com.

    Aside from the concert, there are two other things to get excited about. There’s the Facebook Cosplay Photo Contest to be launched second week of January. Also, all three artists will make an appearance at the JFM’s annual event showcasing Japanese language, arts and culture: Nihongo Fiesta 2016, on February 27 at Shangri-La Plaza.

    For inquiries and photos, call the Japan Foundation Manila at landline numbers 811-6156 to 58 or send a message to email@jfmo.org.ph. Visit www.facebook.com/jfmanila/ for more details and updates about the concert.

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