They do New Year's Eve right in Japan! NHK's "Kouhaku Utagassen" is not to be missed, particularly this year when Jero will be performing (along with dozens of others, including the little girl who sings the Ponyo theme song, and, of course, the Full Metal Archivist's faves, SMAP) in the traditional battle of the J-pop stars. That said, we're missing it for the 2nd year in a row. So sad! Hopefully we'll catch the highlights on youtube or veoh!
[Update 1 (6:10 am): Jero just won the Best New Artist award! Omedeto gozaimasu!]
[Update 2 (6:15 am): Turns out that one was his 2nd such award this year. Here's his 1st.]
[Update 3 (10:48 am): Of course, the nice thing about being here is that you get to catch snippets of the show on youtube and veoh before the evening. Here's Jero's performance...with his mom in the audience!
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[Update 4 (4:28 pm): The Ponyo song was the climax of a tribute to the music of Miyazaki's films: