On being an International Wota…

When I was a freshman in college, I lived with a roommate that I hadn’t met before. She was nice, and we got along very well, but we weren’t really close friends ever. One day, I got my first photobook in the mail. It was Tokunaga Chinami’s photobook, and I was very excited to get it. However, it prompted an awkward exchange, with my roommate asking me “How old is she?” and my mumbled “Seventeen…” as a response. I explained that she was a singer in Japan and that I was her fan, but it was still awkward.

The reason I mention this is because of a post HERE on New School Kaidan, where NSK’s Yoshi describes keeping his idol fandom a secret, to the point where it affects how he interacts with people. It’s an interesting read, and I’m sure  many can relate.

When I first saw this, at first I thought I couldn’t relate much at all. I’m fairly open about my interests with my family and close friends, and the people who know me well know about idols. I have idol-related things lying around my house, where I still live with my parents and sister, for example, and my room has idol posters up too.

However, the more I thought, the more I realized I could relate. One thing I’ve been glad about with my idol fandom is that I’m female. While male idol fans are the norm in Japan, the connotation is different in the US. While I think this is wholely unfair, and there’s nothing wrong about being an idol fan, regardless of your gender or age, it’s the truth.

Further, in a weird way a big part of why I blog and why I’ve done academics with idols is that it makes it easier to justify. Oh, I just spent a lot of money and time on idols? Don’t worry, I think about this stuff critically. I legitimately love blogging and I’m glad I spend my time on Happy Disco, Idolminded and now Pure Idol Heart, but I’d be lying to say it hasn’t helped me in this way. I also wonder, as I age, if this rationalization will become a bigger part of my explanation to people I meet. “I really like Japanese girl groups…. but it’s OK, I blog about them.”

Ideally, I want to say that people should like what they like. While being an idol fan has affected me in this way, I don’t regret loving idol singers, and I can’t see that changing any time soon, no matter what people think of my interests and my hobby. However, people do look at it differently, and so you might find yourself having to justify your hobby. It’s frustrating, but that’s the way it is, and I can’t see it changing any time soon.

I Give Thanks to Idols! Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey guys!

First off, I have to apologize for being so bad with posting as of late. I’ve been just swamped with school work, and I’m really trying hard to be the best student I can this semester, in addition to my job (and for a brief while I had two jobs, gah).

Anyways, today in the US is the holiday of Thanksgiving! Now, I love idol holiday songs and thinking back on fandoms. However, there are some idol songs that stand out as somewhat fitting the day.

Mama Grazie! – Watarirouka Hashiritai 7

Now, the lyrics to this song entitled “Mama, thanks!” (originally supposed to be released around Mother’s day as a single before the earthquake) aren’t exactly the most thanksgiving related; it’s about a girl thanking a mom for helping her go on a date and break curfew even though she has a strict father. However, the upbeat song with the sentiment of thanks fits the day.

Thanks- GAM

What list about giving thanks would be complete without a song called Thanks?

Egao ni Namida ~Thank you Dear my Friends~ – Matsuura Aya

Ayaya sings “thank you” a lot; I almost put her single “Hyacinth” up on this list. But this is a heartfelt thank you song, so it’s something that really does fit the actual theme of the day.

However, I’m sure many of you that celebrated just care about food. And in that case….

Kurakura Dinner Time – v-u-den

You know I love my v-u-den, and a song about a dinner involving “stuffing cheeks” fully fits how many people approach Thanksgiving.

Some of you might be more excited about Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that’s popular for shopping. Well you can go to…

109 – AKB48


109, a famous store that AKB48 sang about!

Anyways, after that stretch of a list, here’s another list, my list of things about idols that I’m thankful for!

1. Idol music is basically the background music of my life; when I’m walking around I’m probably listening to idol music.

2. I’m so thankful for idol music for brightening my spirits. Even when life is tough, idol music has been there to make me forget for a little while.

3. I’m so so thankful for idols, since I can write about them for homework.

4. I’m thankful for idols being the inspiration for Happy Disco; I love writing my blog and I have so much fun doing so.

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5. I’m SO thankful for idols because through idols I’ve been able to meet new friends. I’m so happy to know the staff of Intl Wota, Dani, Shioka and members on various sites. Even with ups and downs, the idol fanbase is a great one that I’m happy to be a part of.

Thank you, also, to anyone who reads my blog! Every single one of you goes appreciated!