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Thanks, everyone!

After a few years of inconsistent updating, I think it's finally time for me to say goodbye to Sheki Music. This makes me sad, but it isn't fair to keep you all waiting and clutter up your friends list with an inactive journal. For the past year I've began to prioritize my life differently, and I can't see this journal being updated again. I want to thank everyone for your years of support for this journal; it's you guys that kept me going as long as I did and I'm really happy I was able to share some great music with you!

I'm happy to announce that one of the things keeping me busy is that I've finally accomplished one of my dreams, which was going to Japan. I've been in Aichi prefecture since September 2010 and will be here until the end of July. Japan is a gorgeous country, and if you've ever thought about coming here through study abroad (and are lucky enough to still be a student) I wholeheartedly recommend it, because it's one of the easiest ways to get here. If you want to learn the language and learn about Japanese culture, you will not regret it.

So, where are the artists now who were included in the very first update?

Ichikawa Yui

Yui remains my #1 idol today. Despite ending her singing career years ago after four singles and one mini-album, she has continued as an actress, with her biggest claim to fame being Komatsu Nana in the NANA2 movie alongside Nakashima Mika. Starting next week she'll be in her first starring drama, Muscle Girl, alongside Lee Hong Ki.

Otsuka Ai

Otsuka Ai has gone on to become a household name in Japan after her second single, "Sakuranbo," became a hit at karaoke. Nearly all of her releases have ranked in the top #5 of the Oricon, but currently she's taking some time off to focus on her first child, born last month. If you've ever seen this cute character, appropriately named Love, you have Ai to thank for that as well. (I won one out of a UFO catcher within two tries, I was so happy :D)

Matsuhashi Miki

Matsuhashi Miki is a singer-songwriter formerly with GIZA studios. "destiny," her second single, remains her biggest success thanks to its tie-in with the Meitantei Conan anime. She has been on hiatus since 2003 (which seems to happen to most artists associated with GIZA).

Pipo Angel's

Pipo Angel's was a short-lived idol group made up of four models from the junior high fashion magazine Pichi Lemon, in collaboration with the brand Angel Blue. They released two singles and had a collaboration with Japan McDonald's, and after this most of the members went off on their own adventures until 2007 when the group went through a bit of a reboot and added three new members before officially calling it quits at the end of the year.


ROAD OF MAJOR was one of Japan's more popular indie bands in the first half of the decade, with the majority of their releases making it into the top #20 in the Oricon, and "Taisetsu na Mono" being their greatest hit. After 10 singles and 2 original albums the band members decided to go their separate ways in 2007.

Shinohara Tomoe
(Unfortunately, I couldn't find "Loop People" on Youtube. =( )
Shinohara Tomoe has been a staple of Japanese television since the mid-1990s due to her wacky and over-the-top personality. Her music career reflected this. Although no longer a singer, she is still very much in the talent business in Japan and has her own Youtube channel.

This will be my last post here - I will not be deleting the journal, however. If you'd like to follow my personal exploits, my journal is wapiko, but don't be offended if I do not add you back. Again, thank you to everyone, and keep listening to awesome music :D


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 15th, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
Aichi for study abroad? Interesting choice. I lived there for a year at my first job but have now been in Tokyo for 2 years. I would love if you added me on your personal journal.
Apr. 15th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
Similar here, real life's been keeping me off LJ for most of the time in the past two years. However, thank you very much for your time, it was fun. :-)
Apr. 15th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update and congrats on your study abroad! :D
Apr. 16th, 2011 08:40 am (UTC)
Wapiko!! You were one of the music mp3 rotation sites that got me into more diverse Japanese music. Thanks for the wonderful music and memories. (Perfume & Feel So Bad ♥) That's great you were able to study abroad! (I want to too! I've been studying Japanese and Korean for a while now)

Good luck with everything ^^!

Apr. 18th, 2011 07:22 am (UTC)
This was a great music journal. The personal update was nice. :) Good luck with everything, and thanks again for sharing the great music!
Apr. 21st, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
As goes this LJ, so goes Tanaka Yoshiko.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
That's so sad!!! I'll have to listen to some Candies today in her honor.

toshishita no otoko no ko is my jam~~
Apr. 25th, 2011 11:19 am (UTC)
How sad! You introduced me to some great music, at least one band (GO!GO!7188) that became an all-time favorite, and the wide world of dorama, and I'm pretty sure you also introduced me to *my* favorite idol, Natsuko "Gyaru" Sone. XD

Thanks for all your fabulous culture influences, and best wishes for the future. ♥
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