This is all about a call I received from NHK Pop Up Japan .... just wanna share this coz I want you guys to experience the
craze I had today....First Call. Friday. 3pm
Last Friday, when I was busy at work, I got a call at about 3 o'clock (Philippine time +8) from a guy who said calling from NHK Japan.... I was shocked by what he said... And I asked him what is it about...
Then he said, "You like Gackt, right?" That name surely rang the bell on my head. I said, "What?!!! Did you say 'Gakuto' ?"
"Yes, Gakuto-san.." he said. "Why, yes, of course!" I felt jumpy at that time. And then he said that they will interview me about Gackt and how popular Gackt is here in the Philippines and that 'they" will call me again on Sunday at 4pm Japan time. He asked for my real name. It was so funny coz he can't understand my surname that I had to spell it in katakana. LOL
That incident got me in confusion coz I never gave my cellphone number to any site except for dears.ne.jp and a radio station site, which I cannot really recall. I never told anyone about this thing except for the people at home afraid that it might just be a prank call. And so I waited until Sunday.Second Call. Sunday. 2:45pm
The same guy called but I guess he's been struggling with his ENGRISH and I barely understand what's he's saying. So he passed it to another guy named Makoto a.k.a. Makkun, he is one of the DJs, he said. But he spoke in ENGRISH, too and I think, they were like annoyed hearing me always say, "Pardon?" ^_^;> So Makoto-san passed it again to another guy who is HALLELUJAH perfect in ENGLISH~!
Patrick-san a.k.a Pakkun greeted me and asked how's the weather, am i feeling good today, blah blah blah... just a polite start I think... ^__^ Then he introduce himself as one of the DJs of NHK'S POP UP JAPAN
.... So that's when the real conversation started.
He praised me for my spoken English.. and asked if I'm studying at an American Language School. LOL I said no.. I told him that we actually have English subjects starting from gradeschool (including prep/nursery) until college and that English is our second language... He was amazed... heheh (I'm actually ashamed of my English but I felt comfortable talking to him.. that might gave some courage to speak better. LOL)
And yeah...so I grabbed the opportunity to ask him what was it all about. Patrick said that they received a request from me asking for a Gackt song in their show.. By then, I had still not realized it was the radio station I signed up a long time ago. So I said okay. He said the exact thing what the first caller told me last Friday --- that it was for an interview about "Why I like Gackt", and "How popular he is here in the Philippines"... They will call again later after 30minutes and he said, "YOU WILL BE ON AIR."
My heart was thumping on what he said.Final Call. Interview. Sunday. 3:30pm.
Everybody in the house freaked out when the phone rang. It was the first guy again and he said I will be OA in 3 minutes. He entertained me during that three long minutes asking if I live in Manila, and that he'd been here once. I enjoyed the talk even if it's in Engrish.
Then the time has come. He said I will be on air... now!
Arashi's Love so Sweet
played ^_^ (I like that song anyways)
Then the Pop Up Japan Intro song ... the DJs spoke in Japanese...it was too fast, I couldn't grasp.. then I heard my name.
NOTE: The words may not be exact but it was how the conversation went.
PAKKUN: We have a caller from the Philippines. Hello Joy-san!
ME: Hello! Good Afternoon!
PAKKUN: Good Afternoon Joy-san! Do you know how to greet "Good Afternoon" in Japanese?
Then I heard them laugh of enjoyment (I think, hehe)
PAKKUN: So Joy-san, you requested a Gackt song. Why do you like Gackt?
ME: I like him because of his deep voice and I'm amazed with his music coz I find it very different and unique. After hearing him on the anime Texhnolyze for the first time, I was instantly charmed by his beautiful voice.
PAKKUN: Do you know that he is a handsome man?
ME: (What a question!? LOL) Oh yeah, of course! He is a handsome man.. HE'S ACTUALLY A VERY BEAUTIFUL MAN. (I really emphasized that sentence, haha! *redundant* ^^; )
PAKKUN: Is he popular in the Philippines?
ME: Yes. Japanese artists and Gackt are quite popular here but not as loud as the Hollywood/Western artists. I talked to some local Gackt fans online and actually we will be having a gathering(eyeball) on December.. Gackt fans will be there to have a meeting.
This is so true and I am a member of Pinoy Dears... Marga-sempai, eto na!!! Though I am not sure if I could make it coz I have work on that day T_T
PAKKUN: No Kidding?
ME: It's true.
PAKKUN: Have you been here in Japan?
ME: No, sadly... I haven't been in Japan.
ME: No, never..
PAKKUN: Actually we can help you make it here to Japan.
Someone laughed. So I thought it was just a joke.. but it's okay with me... or maybe I didn't understand what he's really trying to say.. ^^;
PAKKUN: If ever you could come here in Japan, would you like to visit us here on the show and be our guest?
ME: OH SURE! SURE!!
Then all thank you's and goodbye's, followed by Gackt's Returner song....
Then, the first guy came again... also thanking me for having time for the interview... And that interview will be on air on December...
It was my first time to have a call from Japan.. All the communication I have now with some friends there are just on-the-net communication. So....
My friend was thinking like,,, if they will air it on December.. and Gackt's new album will be released on that month, eventually, they might invite Gackt to be a guest on the show or at least have Gackt hear it....
KYAAA!!!! Well, that's just a thought @_@;> But I'd be a lot more "BUGAK"/crazy when that happened.If you have a radio that can catch Japanese radio frequencies, and have it heard the show itself but by then, you'll know that I am telling the truth here...coz you might think I'm just making a story here.... But yes... It's all true.....
Although, their site hasn't posted the schedule for December and even my request on the Request page yet... I will post it here when they update their site ^___^//
It was all fun and like I said, I'm still ecstatic by that.... Maybe you want to try it for yourself. The website is in Full English so it's easier. And it's a very good experience and chance to express you own love for Gackt-sama!!