Be Kind, (Promotional Video) Rewind – 20170115 to 20170121


Over at New School Kaidan, I write a few words about some of the recently released promotional videos. This is a collection of those write-ups, with a few words sometimes added after a week+ of viewing.

This week we have Promotional videos from: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Kamen Joshi, LinQ, Tokyo Performance Doll (Rewind Exclusive), Happiness, Batten Show Jo Tai (Rewind Exclusive), Appare! Harajuku, Maneki Neko from OS☆U, Spica no Yoru, 243 and Yoshizaki Aya, and Sentimental Wink

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Harajuku Iyahoi

Who ever said that becoming a grown-up meant getting less surreal? Not Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The sound of “Harajuku Iyahoi” features a decidedly more adult sound that the artist’s previous work, especially when contrasted with her iconic debut “Pon Pon Pon“. The autotune brought down to level 7, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu compliments a wistful keyboard melody with rhythms played on the off-beat and a confident vocal take. Visually, “Harajuku Iyahoi” plays like a saccharine-infused Salvador Dali parade in a darkened room. The trees dance, the hat racks march, and the motorized looking glasses keep Kyary within sight lines for the 3:40 duration. As I contemplate the Harajiku lanterns glowing red and blue, the idea of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu forging a career past her teenage “it-girl” status really interests me. If “Harajuku Iyahoi” is any indication, the poster girl for kawaii culture still has much in store for us. Continue reading

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Jonishi Seira is Daily LoGiRL #316


One of the things you learn from attending idol shows is that oranges are not the only fruit. Something about Tokyo Performance Doll, their history, their Domobics, or their members got to me. So, I’m going to present to you a few of the girls from Tokyo Performance Doll. Heaven knows, the best way to get people interested in idols is showing them pictures of the pretty girls. With that in mind, here’s Jonishi Seira!
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J-Pop Summit Report – Tokyo Performance Doll 20160723


Tokyo Performance Doll

The continuation of Tokyo Performance Doll visited in San Francisco for a date with the eighth J-Pop Summit. The performances on this weekend held special importance as the late-July weekend would mark the US debut for the storied idol group. The nine girls probably had the most difficult schedule of all performers as they juggled duties as both Tokyo Performance Doll- the idol group, and Tokyo Performance Domo- the NHK World ambassadors. Whether or not the general festival attendees were aware, everyone heard TPD’s “Tokyo Performance Domo” song on repeat. In fact, during one TPD appearance at NHK, the song blasted over the main stage loud speakers 100 yards away as the group prepared to perform the song live. How did the girls of Tokyo Performance Doll fare with J-Pop Summit? Continue reading