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Three Things to Report
(posted on March 20, 2010)

I have three things to report this time.  I'll start with the most shocking news:

Van is going to model swimwear!!

Hiroko Koshino, a Japanese fashion designer, is creating a new line of swimwear...and she chose Van (as well as several other women) to model it.  Apparently, her granddaughter (who is very young) is a BIG fan of Do As Infinity, and she requested Van to be in the show.  Van was honored, and said "Yes"!

Here's an excerpt from the article (which also had an interview!):

...Even though she's very conservative (and is rarely photographed wearing tight or revealing clothes), she also likes Ms. Koshino's fashion: "I've always liked her designs.  She's such an inspiration, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I had to say yes!  I'm extremely honored and still very shocked about it! I didn't even know that Ms. Koshino knew I existed!!"

When asked about Keiko, Ms. Koshino's granddaughter, Van said: "Keiko's a very sweet and funny child. She's so cute, and she's really smart!  She owns all of our CDs, and I told her I'd sign them all if she wanted me to!"

No word if the granddaughter will get backstage passes for the next Do As Infinity concert. (I'll bet she does!!!)

The interview asked a lot of other questions too, including how many outfits Van will model; if she'll write a promotional song for Koshino's fashion line
; and if this experience will inspire a new Do As Infinity song. They also asked her about the future plans of Do As Infinity.

For more information, and a small preview image, please visit this thread on DAIForum!! :D

• On May 5, a new DVD will be released! It's their 10th anniversary concert, which was held at Budokan on November 29, 2009.  It's based on their "Eternal Flame" album, so it's only fitting that the album is called:

"ETERNAL FLAME"~10th Anniversary~in Nippon Budokan
Purchase from YesAsia | Purchase from CDJapan

...For more information (including a complete tracklist), please visit the "DVD" section of this site. ^^

The second round of the official "Do! Creative!!" contest has just concluded.  The winners this time are Shohei Ohi, Fumiyasu Sueoka, and Nobuhisa Fujii.  Once their winning songs are released, I'll let you know. ^^

For those who forgot (or don't know) what "Do! Creative!!" is: this is a special contest where fans from all over the world compose songs for Do As Infinity, and the winner(s) will have their music featured on an upcoming CD!  Best of all, avex apparently works fast, because last time there were three winners, and they were all featured on the "Eternal Flame" album: Yu composed "Nighter", Yousuke Kawashima composed "Kitakaze", and SHINPEI did "Hi"!!

Some people don't like this concest (and think it screams "desperate" and "proves" that they need Dai Nagao).  I actually think this contest is a GREAT idea.  How many big-time artists do you see letting their fans contribute stuff to them (besides Lady Gaga)?  This just proves that they're innovative and they love their fans.  And their fans might get a real shot at fame. How many people dream of collaborating with an artist, but find it impossible to do it? How many people desperately try to get their demo songs heard, only to be turned away by big record companies?

I see this contest as innovative and life-changing, and a true work of love.  I don't see it as desperate at all.

Anyway, the third "Do! Creative!!" contest is from April 1-April 15, for those who want to enter, please hurry and try your best!! Good luck! Gambatte!!!

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