Hi I'm Andrew from Indianapolis.
Let me start by saying many thanks to Taku Aihara, Hiroko, Hiroshi, Kita-kik, Masaaki, Michi, Mikachi, Satomi, Yasuko and Yoshie for their help on Japanese language translations. Also many thanks to our J-Pop World forum members Anthony, DoAsPuffy, Jeff, TofuUnion and Yom1970 for all their help over the years. And finally 10,000 thanks to Theresa for her editing assistance, contest judging and design suggestions.
So why and how did I create J-Pop World?
It all started in December of 2005. I had just begun learning Japanese and was looking for Japanese language music to keep me inspired. That's when I discovered the group Puffy AmiYumi.
Now once you enter your thirty-something years most people's musical interests tend to be fairly fixed. What impressed me was how much I enjoyed every song of theirs I heard. After buying the first of their ten plus CDs I was hooked.
By mid-2006 I was looking to improve my HTML and JAVA programming abilities by creating and maintaining my own website. Since I was enjoying Puffy's music so much I thought they would make a fun subject. I was right! So on October 16th, 2006 the first pages of Puffy AmiYumi World made their appearance and my love affair with promoting Japanese music began.
By the end of 2007 I had learned some more advanced website creating skills using CSS instead of straight HTML. Rather than just redoing all 300+ pages of my Puffy site I wanted to pick another Japanese group to help promote with an all new website. After looking over several different J-pop groups I decided on Kaela Kimura and GO!GO!7188 and started both new sites on December 11, 2007 using the puffyamiyumiworld.com domain.
From there it was an obvious decision to create a new domain name that would better incorporate all three sites along with the many pages I had created about other Japanese groups, including some interviews by Puffy's songwriters. So on February 1st, 2008 J-Pop World made its official debut.
J-Pop World has since grown into its current form: an interview website dedicated to promoting Japanese musicians and related artists from around the world -- particularly those seeking to establish a fanbase in English speaking countries.
Let me once again thank everyone for all the time and effort they've put into helping develop and promote the site. Arigatou Gozaimashita!
UPDATE: After a four year run J-Pop World took an extended hiatus while I worked on other projects.