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Not an End, But a Loop

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Much to my regret, the radio program “VIRTUAL ADVENTURE”, after broadcasting for 10 long years, has aired its final show. Accordingly, this means that “I.D.”, the show I’ve hosted, has also come to an end, but the fact that this spot was able to continue for more than seven years is a testament to the faithful support of listeners like you. I’d like to express my gratitude once again. Thank you very much!

Although I didn’t have a chance to read it on the air, I was excited to see the stacks of feedback for my new music. I’m taking some time now to read through the letters that arrived after the final broadcast.

The show may have ended, but my life will go on the same as always, of course. It looks like this year I’ll have even more opportunities than ever before to connect with you, whether through music, acting, or essays. So half of me knows there’s nothing to be sad over.

I grew up with radio, so I know what it’s like. It’s terribly lonely when a favorite program that is practically a part of your daily routine ends. Since I put so much time into creating this show, I can’t deny that the other half of my feelings are of extreme sadness.

I put a lot of thought into what to do for the final broadcast.

I have a ton of memories from the years past, and so many things I want to say, but since spending time in wistful reflection on the past feels negative, I didn’t want to do that for the last show. Instead, I reintroduced myself and asked for everyone’s continued support. Just like the very first broadcast.

During the last show I gave an early on-air preview of my new single “Loop”, which goes on sale in May, and by coincidence the song’s lyrics linked perfectly with my feelings then, and they left me with much on which to reflect. Every end is a beginning. As we loop on, let’s meet again over the airwaves.

I’ll close with a thank-you to everyone on the staff. They’re so spectacular, and I trust we’ll be able to do something with each other again someday. As we loop on, let’s work together again.

See you next time!


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