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Spinning Manila: J-Pop Live!

Gear Up for Japanese Pop!

Diana Garnet, Joe Inoue and THE BEATMOTORS to hold Spinning Manila: J-Pop Live! concert on February 28 at Whitespace Manila

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[Manila, January 8, 2015] – 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, 2016 (Sunday) at five in the afternoon, 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

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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

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.


Make your inner anime characters shine in the Japan Foundation, Manila’s first ever FACEBOOK COSPLAY PHOTO CONTEST as part of SPINNING MANILA: J-POP LIVE!

Check out this link to know the mechanics to enter the contest:

Join the Cosplay Photo Contest and get a chance to win an exclusive backstage VIP pass and cool prizes from Canon Marketing (Philippines)!

Spinning Manila: J-Pop Live! is supported by Canon Marketing (Philippines), and media partners Hero TV and, 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 media inquiries:

Kathleen Valle

Ami Kurokawa

About the Japan Foundation, Manila

The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 by special legislation in the Japanese Diet and became an Independent Administrative Institution in October 2003. The mission of the Japan Foundation is to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. As the18th overseas office, the Japan Foundation, Manila was founded in 1996, active in three focused areas: Arts and Culture; Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange; Japanese-Language Education Overseas. For more information please visit our website at and our Facebook