Isshin Aoi

“I’m a singer and songwriter, and my dream is to perform live at Kōhaku Uta Gassen (a popular annual New Year’s Eve television special in Japan). I write mostly love songs. I know, it’s such a cliché. I’m kinda embarrassed to say I’ve yet to experience grown up love. My longest relationship lasted only six years, and it was with someone who was like me, aspiring to be famous. She wanted to be an actress and me a singer. We broke up because decided our ambition and careers should be our top priority, instead of the relationship. Looking back, I kinda regret that decision so I even wrote a love song about her.

“Japan is a strange country. We’ve got so many world-renowned things, such as anime, although I think we can contribute some more. But because of some stubborn people (from our older generation), we’re stuck with little progress. Some things never change. So I fear we’re gonna get left behind by the world. Which is a shame because Japan still has plenty of nice things to offer—anime, traditional culture such as kabuki, etc. If we could find a way to strike a balance between our customs and traditions with changes in society, I think we can provide better entertainment. I hope the world will get to know more about Japan’s good qualities. And I wish my fans can forget their worries and enjoy themselves when they listen to my songs.”











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