E: Japanese-flavored Upbeat Music in Manila

Gear Up for Japanese Pop!

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 http://spinningmanila.eventbrite.com.

Diana Garnet

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.

Watch her New Year message here.

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.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?


Take the MRT until Magallanes station and take a Jeepney ride from across Alphaland Mall going to Pasong Tamo Extension. Drop off at Whitespace Manila.

Got your own car?

Whitespace Manila has limited parking space inside its premises so if you come early, you can park your car without hassle.

What time do doors open?

On-site registration starts at 4:00 PM and doors open at 4:30 PM. The concert will begin at 5:00 PM.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

We recommend that you bring a printed copy of your ticket to the event. However, you can also opt to save an electronic copy in your mobile device. Be sure that we can scan the ticket when you register on-site.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact JFM thru email at email@jfmo.org.ph or send a message in our Facebook page.

Otaku Asia is an official media partner of Spinning Manila: J-Pop Live!.