She's a phenomenon in Japan- not only in the kawaii world, but everywhere else. Her real name is Takemura Kiriko, and she started out as a fashion model for Harajuku-style magazines, then suddenly released a hit song that came with a psychedelic trip of a video, and she's now one of the biggest pop stars in the country. She also released her own line of false eyelashes, for those interested.
Her costumes are over-the-top, gravity-defying designs, her videos are a dizzying spiral into some kind of candy land, and her music is robotic, sugary and oh-so-catchy. Most of her songs have very simple titles, such as "PonPonPon", "Candy Candy", and "Fashion Monster". I know this sounds weird coming from the mouth of a devoted Sonic Youth and The Smiths fan, but I love Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
I can't stop watching her videos, there must be something they put in it to get people hooked. I saw her perform live yesterday at the aptly named Kawaii Matsuri (thrown by her management company, who else), and despite my vow to only stick around for two songs, I stayed until the very end.
I also had the chance to be interviewed on national Japanese TV about kawaii culture and the whole Kyary Pamyu Pamyu sensation- I did a terrible job fumbling on the word "popularized" (hey, I'm French), but it was fun to watch afterwards.
Here's your introduction to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu- get your fill of rainbows and ribbons:
My personal favourite, Ninjyari Bang Bang
|Looking quite serious discussing 'kawaii' culture.|
The upper caption says I'm media from Canada