I just received the following email:

Dear Haruka Matsumoto,

Thank you for sending in your video to “We Love Japanese Songs! 2013”.

Your signing was so impressive that we decided to show it in our show!

You can watch it on January 2nd (Wed) @ 2:10, 6:10, 10:10, 13:10, 17:10, 21:10 (UTC) on NHK World. (note: this is 18:10 and 22:10 Pacific Standard Time on January 1, and 2:10, 5:10, 9:10, and 13:10 PST on January 2)

If NHK World is not available to you, you can watch live streaming on NHK World’s Website. Here’s a link. http://www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld

You can also check out the content of the show at http://www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/special/index12_4.html

Anison singer Masami Okui and American Enka singer JERO will give live performances in the show.

So please tune in!

We also appreciate your opinions and comments.

Thanks and Best Regards,

Maiko Yamamoto from NHK World We Love Japanese Songs! 2013

Masami Okui sang the opening theme songs for the animes Revolutionary Girl Utena and Di Gi Charat, among others. American-born JERO is Japan’s first black enka singer. I first saw him on television during a trip to Japan, and was so impressed I rushed out and bought two copies of his CD (one for me, one for my mom).

Needless to say, I am very excited that Haruka Matsumoto will be appearing on NHK World! Read more about her video here, and more about the We Love Japanese Songs! 2013 contest. Thanks to Randall E. and everyone at NHK World!