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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Letter To Alice Project - Confident, Regretful, and Apologetic - WTNA Opinion Piece




Dear Alice Project and Kamen Joshi,

You see so many people on a daily basis as you have multiple shows in a week. I know it can be hard to do that as you girls are part of multiple sub-units at a time, which is really incredible. I became a fan of the groups back in February when I saw the video of Kamen Joshis' video for Everyday, Genkidane. As soon as I saw that video I did research on the group and discovered who the members were and so on.

I listened to you quietly and kept you on the down low for a couple of months until I felt confident enough to showcase your talents, and for that I'm sorry.

When I got the chance to visit Tokyo approximately two months ago during Golden Week, the first destination was Akihabara. I wandered outside the JR Station by the AKB and Gundam Cafe and saw the large sign displaying the group and I thought to myself that I should see the group.

I tried to read the directions on the sign and got lost multiple times. It gave me enough courage to walk in random businesses in the area to ask for directions to P.A.R.M.S Theater. After about 30 minutes to a hour, I finally found the theater in a unsuspecting location, the Pasela Entertainment Resort and Honey Toast building.

After making my way in, the show had already started, yet I had no idea how late I was (Apparently, a hour). The music was jamming and I looked around to see what was going on. I happened to walk in toward the end of the act for Prism. They were really good. I got the DVD at the end of the show to watch the beginning.

I stood in the back until I felt comfortable enough to merge into the hardcore otakus. When I got to the front, I was astonished to see how close I was to the stage. Knowing very little Japanese, I decided not to mingle with the other fans.

There was a talk in between each group, which was very interesting for a American like me, I stood or sat there and admired what they were saying without truly knowing. The first talk I saw was with Tachibana Anna, Nodoka Sakura, and Mori Kanon.

I became a real big fan of Anna when I first started listening to the group. So, seeing her made my heart doki-doki (No Joke Lol).

After the talk, the Armor Girls came out and performed and was really amazing, as well as the Steam Girls and Alice Juban, whose captain is Anna-chan.

After the concert, you can meet your favorite members and talk to them or pay 2000 yen ($20USD) to get a 2-shot with your oshi as well.

I was super undecided when it came to that time,

Who do I want to meet?

Will she be as kind as I hope she will?

What will I say?

English or very little Japanese?

During the Armor Girls concert, I noticed a member that made me smile each time I saw her. Her name is Momose Hitome. I was extremely captivated by her and I thought she was ultra pretty ( I still do, by the way).

I had to make a decision!

Anna or Momose?

Back and forth the thought went.

After consideration I chose Anna-chan. I went up to the stage to meet her and I couldn't help but have a cheeky grin on my face for the 2-shot. Hahaha.

I left the building a short while later with the best feeling in the world. I met some great people. Got to meet my favorite member and felt really confident in myself.

To Alice Project Staff-san: 

You do a really good job there and I hope you continue to do so forever.

To Alice-Project Fans:
You were the best fans I got to meet the entire trip. You were so welcoming and kind to a foreigner like myself. I truly appreciate you involving me in the crowd chants and helping me larn the laws of the land when it came to A.P. otaku, 

To Alice Project members:
You go out there and do your best, no matter the circumstances. You are still completely underrated but I have faith that you will continue to be strong and conquer the world. Ganbatte!

Now time for the regret and apology portion of this letter,

To Momose Hitome:
As you may have read earlier, I was purely amazed. This is going to sound sad, but I regret not meeting you when I had the chance. I was super nervous to make the decision to meet you. I thought I didn't have the nerve to talk to you. For that, may I say that I am really sorry. After that day, you became a tie for my kami-oshi of the group. I really hope you go forward with amazing power and never look back. Sometimes you may feel like crud, which I hope you don't but remember what brought you there and do not forget the good times. I honestly hope to meet you next year when I return.

You can follow me on Twitter or leave a comment. I don't mind.

Official Links

Alice Project Official Site
Official YouTube (Watch Daily Alice!)
Official Twitter

and as always,  Please Wherever You Are Or Whatever You Do, Enjoy Life To Its Fullest And Have A Fantastic Day! 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Arigatou! A Thank You Letter To All My Viewers - From My Heart




Just yesterday, June 8th, 2015 , I surpassed to 2,000 page view mark on my blog all-time.

That may not sound so big to you but it is a pretty big deal to me.

And I want to thank you for it all!

I started this blog due to inspiration from a fellow J-Pop blogger named James Reed over at This Is Your Wake Up Call (link is in affiliates) and he also runs a website dedicated to young idol groups.

I started back in July 2014 without the knowledge of how to write for a blog , as you can tell in my early articles.

I didn't do it for views or money and such. I did it to spread awareness for the groups I really like.

At that point when I started, I told my family and co-workers that I wanted to do this and I got mixed reactions.

I settled with myself that maybe listening to J-Pop would only be a phase and that I would get over it and move on to something different.

So, I didn't write for a couple of months.

I saw James' blog posts and I thought that I could do it.

One Sunday afternoon, I sat down at my laptop and opened blogger and got comfortable. I had no idea who to write about.

I was into BABYMETAL and Sakura Gakuin at that point, which led to the decision of Sakura Gakuin.

I wrote that article for five hours and I know it looks like doo-doo, but give me a break, it was my first time.

I didn't know how other readers would enjoy it, so I kept writing.

I began to get into other smaller groups and wrote about them, including the disbanded Kiketsu! Tropical Maru, which is now known as Ru:Run and Karat! Haratane.

My viewer rating wasn't that great, so I branched out a little and started to write about a little more popular groups.

Before Christmas hit, I contacted the group Miniature Garden and got a interview from them.

Not knowing what I had done, I published it and it has stood as the top viewed article ever. I honestly hope something beats it though.

I missed a few weeks here and there as my personal life got so busy with work and also trying to get my head on straight,

I almost stopped posting all together at that point but I decided to continue,

I ran into AKB and Nogi 46 around that time as well and fell in love.

I joined a couple of Facebook groups that they had and began to chat with the members and I never realized how much music can bring people from all over the world together.

I slowly and surely was getting back into a groove after that. I began writing better and having more fun being a weirdo to everybody around me jamming out to Sonna Baka Na... by Nogizaka46.

At that point, I made the decision to visit Japan and witness the idol culture for myself. I never found nicer people in my life that the wotas I found there.

Anywho, I had that interview with Notall and got home and stopped writing for a month recently because I was having writers block.

What do I write about?

Who do I write about?

So after much self motivation, I released my AKB article a couple days ago and to my surprise people liked it.

The only drawback to being a blogger is people not commenting.

Sometimes people do but it is super rare and I hope that changes because I don't mind if you give me constructive criticism at all or just want to say Hi!

Now comes the Thank You portion:

There is a special piece of my heart that is dedicated to each and every one of these people and groups that I mention.

First and foremost, I would like to thank all my family and friends who have stuck with me being a doofus for so long and the encouragement I have received from y'all has been enormous. I know I might be annoying but I really appreciate it.

I would like to thank the idol group Miniature Garden for that interview I had with them. I really hope all your careers blossom in the future and you become a top idol group in Osaka.

I also want to thank the idol group Notall (Katase Narumi, Tasaki Reina, Watanabe Chiko and Sato Haruka, Mr. Shingo Yamamoto) for putting up with my lackluster Japanese skills and believe me, I do plan on seeing you in concert. You girls hold a big piece in my heart, Keep doing what you're doing and you will succeed. 

I want to thank my main man @HiloinEnglish on Twitter for being one of my first followers and sharing some of my good posts. I hope to meet you someday.

Speaking of social media, I would like the people of the following pages to know that thay also hold a piece to my success: Unko, AKB48 Team 8 Lounge, Nogizaka46 International Fanclub, Crazy For Underrated Idols, and Fukuoka Idols. 

Plus a big shout-out to my favorite J-Pop YouTubers, the guys at basugasubakuhatsu!, Boykun and RJ. When I first started getting into J-Pop I saw your reaction videos every single week and I really enjoyed them. They have been a weekly ritual. I may not get to see it live streamed because I work on Friday nights but I do enjoy watching the replay of the show. I have suggested a couple of videos to you such as Cupitrons' Unicorn Parade and Sunmyus' 8th single video and you watched it. I was so elated to have you see them, so thanks.

All of you have been such great help throughout this experience. I hope to meet all of you someday. Seriously.  

I want to send a big thank you to Bethany Walker and Alvin Tam. They have been so much help when it came to my posts and Mrs. Walker also hosts a Idol Matsuri in Seattle, Washington. 

Last but not least, to James. When I started this, I didn't know what to do. You gave me constructive criticism after my Sakura Gakuin article, which was a big help. I thought that you wouldn't like me for trying to make a idol blog similar to yours so I backed off of some of the groups you have written about for that sake. You will still be a good man to rely on if I have any dumb blog questions.

I can't express enough how I feel right now, I just don't know, 

There comes a point where you can't go on writing. I'm not at that point.

 I love what I write about and I love where it is headed, so with that said I will still be in your care.

You can follow me on Twitter or quite possibly leave a comment. Please?

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Please Wherever You Are Or Whatever You Do, Enjoy Life To Its Fullest And Have A Fantastic Day!