DAVAO CITY – The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) – brings artists Diana Garnet, Joe Inoue and The Beatmotors to the Philippines for the concert dubbed Spinning Manila: J-Pop Live! on February 28 (Sunday) at 5:00 pm, Whitespace Manila along Chino Roces Avenue,  Makati City.  Admission to the concert is free, but online registration, which is open from January 12 at noon, is required at http://spinningmanila.eventbrite.com.

Get ready to sing along (and perhaps catch last song syndrome?) Diana Garnet’s hit single, Spinning World, which was used as the closing theme for Naruto Shippuden. Diana 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. In 2013, she won Nihon TV’s singing contest for foreigners, Nodojiman The World, which paved the way for her debut album COVER GIRL.

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. 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. At Spinning Manila: J-Pop Live! Enjoy the Japanese-flavored upbeat music  in your best cosplay garb.

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 (Saturday) at Shangri-La Plaza.

Spinning Manila: J-Pop Live! Is supported by Canon Marketing (Philippines), and media partners Hero TV and wheninmanila.com, with special thanks to Cosplay Café, Cosplay PH, Naruto Cosplayers PH and Otaku Asia.

Please use the official hashtag #jpoplive and #jfmanila when posting about the event.

For inquiries and photos, call the Japan Foundation, Manila at landline numbers (02) 811-6156 to 58 or send a message to email@jfmo.org.ph. Visit the Japan Foundation, Manila Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jfmanila/ for more details and updates about the concert.

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