Kina is currently in Japan promoting the Japan edition of her album 'Stairwells', and will return to Tokyo and Osaka in August to perform four shows. Her show dates begin on August 4th, which is ONE DAY after I leave Japan to return to New Zealand. Major sad face. But then, she posted on her Twitter account the chance to win an invite to her release party in Osaka! I entered, and received an email from Kina saying me and a guest could come! やった！
|Kina's poster outside the Music Club Janus!|
After the interview those of us who had bought CDs were able to meet Kina and get her signature. What was really cool was that she had read all of our emails personally, and when an English and American girl and guy in front of us went up to her, she got excited and said 'oh, are you the Kiwis?', and they were like, 'no, they're behind us.' It turns out when Kina was at university, she did an exchange to New Zealand - more specifically, University of Otago, which is our university! She even studied Japanese there, and was taught by our wonderful, crazy, funny sensei. So when it was our turn to get the CD signed we chatted about that for a little bit, and she said it was 'great to hear the Kiwi accent again'. Yay!
|Us with Kina... Kiwi thumbs up!|