10 Reasons to love… Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, J-Pop star and business woman

Photo by Flickr user Dj ph, and used under Creative Commons license.

Photo by Flickr user Dj ph, and used under Creative Commons license.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, High Priestess of J-Pop and Harajuku style queen will be coming to the UK next month for a sell-out gig at the O2 Academy Islington. Have you discovered her yet?


1. Her name: Kyary’s full stage name is Caroline Charonplop Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.

2. Her style: Think Slave to the Rhythm meets Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.

3. Her business: Kyary has managed to break into the difficult eyelashes market.

4. …and her T-shirt promoting said business (see: 2mins20 in)

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…boob-lashes! *calls ASOS*

5. Her pop-art influences: Are those eyes in the background a reference to The Beatles’ illustrator Alan Aldridge?! (Incidentally, have you seen The Beatles Rockband intro? Oh my.)

6. Her instrumentation: You need patience and a flair for subtlety to arrange music well. Failing that, whack in a metric fuck-ton of Toy Piano.

7. Her unique take on art history: In a nod towards Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, Kyary sits down for a quiet meal with her creepy, faceless disciples.

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(…I’m also getting The Wizard of Oz, and…all that red? The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover…but less weird. )

8. Her Anonymous Backing Dancers: Oh, PLEASE be enigmatic avant-garde music collective The Residents

9. In 2012, she was crowned ‘Kawaii Ambassador of Harajuku‘ by the mayor of Shibuya, Tokyo. Your Majesty – if you’re reading, OBEs are so passé.

10. She’s not Lady Gaga

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Sam splits her time between London and Brighton, and when she's not making a racket on her piano she's probably swearing on Twitter.
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  1. Kyary is a musical genius and should be celebrated daily. Why isn’t she playing @ WOW?

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