If you were ever wondering how a Canadian kid from the 90s got into Japanese music and then moved halfway around the world to Tokyo for a year, this is my story.
At the young age of 9 or so, I was first exposed to the world of Japanese music. For a young Canadian kid to hear music in a different language from halfway around the world, this was actually pretty incredible. This was ages before I really knew what the internet was capable of. For all I knew there wasn't nothing beyond instant messaging and Neopets. We're talking about how Youtube wasn't even a thing yet.
Back on track, yes, I was in elementary school in Canada. Sure, we had anime streaming on the TV: reruns of Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, and Beyblade. However, the majority of those shows featured English songs. My first, true experience with Japanese music was thanks to a certain someone.