Kyary Pamyu Pamyu makes her mark on the front cover of Zipper’s winter edition!

21.December.2016 | FASHION

“Zipper” is one of Japan’s popular fashion magazines loved by young and fashionable girls.

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In the latest Winter edition of the magazine to be released on December 23rd, Japan’s number one pop queen Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will feature on the front cover. This edition will include a fantastic free gift, plus you will have the chance to sign up for a chance to win a photobook and signed chekkis from idol group Keyakizaka46. In addition, there will be a special feature inside of outfits from Hinako Kitano of Nogizaka46 who also models for Zipper themselves.

 

You can also find Moga Mogami (Dempagumi.inc) wearing the latest winter fashion trends, as well as a new serialization from the members of You’ll Melt More! where they will be wearing their animals outfits.

 

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will of course feature in the magazine too showcasing an outdoor look.

Enjoy Japanese fashion and pick up a copy of the Zipper winter edition for yourself which is packed full of the latest Japanese fashion trends.

 

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    Sabrina Carpenter: Yes, I’m a fan! Her nails look really cute today!

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: Oh, thank you!

     

     

    ――How did you come to know about Kyary?

     

    Sabrina:So, my sister was in the car with her boyfriend. He’s actually a big fan. He put on PONPONPON, and I was like, “Oh my gosh, this is amazing!” I got into it and I sent him this video of me singing the song from top to bottom. Ever since then I’ve been a huge fan, I did a deep dive and listened to everything.

     

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    Sabrina:Yeah, that was the last time I was here. It’s been just under a year.

     

    Kyary :Wow. That makes me really happy to hear.

     

     

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    Sabrina:That’s me! That’s me singing your songs! [laughs].

     

     

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    Kyary:What’s important for me is challenging myself to doing the things that I want to do. I’m a solo artist, and so I get support from my staff members to everything to life, but I always treasure thinking up and expressing concepts with each new song. And to do that I regularly write down the things that interest me, like when watching a film. I go to watch various different things.

     

    Sabrina:I’m very similar in the way that I don’t like to do the same thing twice, or three times. I feel like it’s not stretching me as a person or as an artist, and it’s also not stretching the fans. I think they deserve to grow just as much as we do. They’re along for this ride. Obviously they look for some sort of guidance, some sort of love they get from the artist they look up to. I think it’s also important for me to take those risks and challenges to inspire them to take risks and challenges too.

     

     

    ――What’s something that has inspired you both recently?

     

    Kyary:If we’re talking recently… Tim Burton’s “Dumbo.”

     

    Sabrina:Dumbo! I loved that too!!

     

    Kyary:I’ve seen the original animated version, but Tim Burton has taken all the great things about it and put his unique spin on it. It turned out really wonderful. The CG in the facial expressions is superb too. It was a really charming fantasy [movie]. It made me tear up.

     

    Sabrina:Aww, that’s so cute! [laughs] [For me] probably the places I’ve been travelling. I will find so much inspiration within different places, different cultures. The kind of art and photography I see in the places I’m in.

     

     

    ――Have you been inspired by anything in Japan?

     

    Sabrina:Harajuku! I went for my first the day before yesterday. I’ve been to Tokyo many times but I’ve never had a day off so I never got to explore.

     

    Kyary:Which part of Harajuku did you go to?

     

    Sabrina:The vintage shops in Ura-Harajuku. We also went to teamLab, that whole art museum.

     

    Kyary:The teamLab exhibitions are so good, I’ve been too!

     

    Sabrina:It was so beautiful.

     

     

    ――You mentioned Harajuku. Kyary knowns Harajuku inside and out. She might be able to recommend you some places to visit.

     

    Kyary:Sabrina is someone who would look good in any outfit, so I want to see you try dressing up in Lolita clothes [laughs]. I think you will look really cute.

     

    Sabrina:Yeah, I would love to! I honestly was looking for a lot of like ‘kawaii’ [stuff].

     

    Kyary:I recommend the basement floor of Laforet Harajuku, they have things like Lolita and punk fashion. That might be a good spot for you.

     

    Sabrina:Yeah! I wanna get some. You’ll have to style me.

     

     

    ――Both of you are close to your fans through social media. When talking about things that inspire you in daily life and let you discover new things, has social media been a big influence?

     

    Sabrina:I think for me it has forced me to think a little bit more about what [fans] would want to see in my daily life. Which I feel like normally I wouldn’t be living through my phone; I’d be living through my eyes. But because I’m close with them I think that that has made me want to kind of be more interactive with them, show them parts of my days.

     

     

    ――So in a sense, it feels like you’re working together with your fans?

     

    Sabrina:Yeah, it really does. If they weren’t at the shows we couldn’t do the shows. No one would come, there’d be no show!

     

     

    ――How about you, Kyary?

     

    Kyary:When I perform abroad I can see who has been tagged on social media at the shows so I can see everyone’s thoughts and comments. Being able to see things like that so directly makes it a great tool. It often cheers me up seeing people write things about me or when they send me messages, so [social media] is also a motivator to work hard.

     

    Sabrina:Usually with social media the experiences that you have sometimes are more negative than they are positive. But it also depends on how you’re looking at it. I shouldn’t say that because there’s many positive experiences. I think the most positive things that I’ve been able to see on social media are honestly just the fact that there are so many people in the world that we don’t know, and the majority of people use it to say really kind things to one another and support each other.

     

     

    ――Kyary’s new song KIMIGA IINE KURETARA is about social media. How did you feel when you received the song from [your producer] Yasutaka Nakata?

     

    Kyary:The song is the main theme for the TV drama Mukai no Bazuru Kazoku, and so it’s a song that’s based around that, but honestly the first time I heard it I really felt that it was relevant to today. We really live in an age right now where social media penetrates out everyday lives, and for that reason it felt very 2019.

     

     

    ――I really like how the song features sounds that remind you of the action of ‘liking’ something [on social media].

     

    Kyary:Yeah, it has a ‘Pyu!’ kind of sound.

     

    Sabrina:That’s funny.

     

     

    ――What did you focus on when recording?

     

    Kyary:I focused on how I sang the first verse. The pitch in the first verse of this song is low. I have a high voice, so that part was a little tough.

     

    Sabrina:That’s funny. I sound like a man.

     

     

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    Sabrina:I’m the opposite of Kyary. I always have a tough time with the higher parts [laughs].

     

     

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    ――Your recent outdoor solo concert at Izumo-taishi as part of your 2019 Oto no Kuni Live Tour was full of ideas that were very like you.

     

    Kyary:In my performances I value that feeling of bringing to life a dream-like world while at the same time not wanting it to end. Like when you go to an amusement park and think, “I don’t wanna go home yet.” I want people to have that same kind of feeling.

     

    Sabrina:It’s something not many people get to do so you have to have fun with it.

     

     

     

    ――What draws you both to pop music?

     

    Sabrina:I personally think it is one of the most difficult genres of music to make, and make it properly. Because it is something that has to connect with such a large diverse group of people. We’re not just like catering to one person or one type of fan. I think pop music is ‘popular music,’ so it’s the thing that regardless of what you’re supposed to like you end up liking it, and so I think that’s why it’s really hard but it’s also very rewarding. I’ve just always been a fan of it overall. And like I said for me it doesn’t matter what language it’s in, it’s more just like the way the song makes you feel, the melodies of the song, what the song’s about. I think that makes good pop music.

     

     

    ――It’s true that pop music can’t be boiled down to a single definition. So could you say then that pop music can be anything?

     

    Sabrina:It’s 80,000 different genres [laughs].

     

    Kyary: [Laughs]. In my case, people call my music pop music, but at the beginning it was more subcultural. It wasn’t music that everybody liked. But more people came to hear about me around the time Tsukema Tsukeru [was released]. From there I was able to experience my music reaching out to various different people, which made me really feel that pop music doesn’t have any rules.

     

    Sabrina:It also just makes you feel good. There’s a lot that makes us feel not great you know, in life, that I think it’s one thing we all look to. I wanna come to [Kyary’s] show.

     

    Kyary:Please do! Where do you live in America?

     

    Sabrina:I live in LA, but I’m originally from Pennsylvania.

     

    Kyary:Ah, I’m performing at an event in LA [OTAQUEST LIVE] in July!

     

    Sabrina:Amazing. I’ll be there. We’ll link up, I’ll show you some cool spots. Shopping! Rodeo Drive.

     

     

    Interview & Text: Jin Sugiyama

    Photo:MURA

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Meet & Hang Out With Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and See it Broadcast Live on Television

    25.April.2019 | MUSIC

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s new song KIMI GA IINE KURETARA, which is used as the main theme for the Japanese drama Mukai no Bazuru Kazoku, will be released digitally on May 10, 2019.

    A digital CD cover and artist photo have been released for the new song. The CD cover is split into two different photos: the left half is the same outfit as the artist photo with Kyary donning pink clothing and head accessory, while in the right half, for some reason, she is wearing a moustache and beard, opting for a more ruffled look.

     

    The unveiling of this bearded Kyary comes alongside the news that the singer will release a new music video on May 10.

     

    To celebrate the release, Kyary is holding a campaign entitled KIMI GA IINE KURETARA Kyary ga Ataru! “Kyary no Iine Dream Kuji”. This campaign asks fans to post on Twitter the things they would love to do with Kyary, whether it be eating her home cooking, or going to Harajuku with her to shop and have her coordinate a full outfit for you. The lucky winner will get to meet with Kyary personally and have their dreams come true! The entire experience will be broadcast live for five hours on AbemaTV on May 16.

     

    With preparations for the Olympics next year taking place this year, excitement and anticipation are growing around Kyary Pamyu Pamyu for her to spread Japanese culture through her unique perspective. Stay tuned for the latest news on her.

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s KPP CAMP & Other Events in Okinawa for May and June

    05.April.2019 | MUSIC / SPOT

    During the hot summer season and spring break, tourists from both Japan and overseas flock to enjoy the sunny beaches of Okinawa.

     

    Tourists tend to steer away from the island from early May to June because of Japan’s rainy season, but in fact on Okinawa there aren’t many long spells of rain, and the temperature is at a comfortable warmth. Not many people know that it’s also the best season for saving money when travelling there.


    With that in mind, a new campaign entitled Okinawa E-Motion has been set up this year. Various resort events will take place for people to enjoy what they are calling a “flying summer”―or experiencing the earliest summer in Japan.

     

    This first annual Okinawa E-Motion will take place from May 18 to June 2 with a host of events themed around food, music and art. It will begin with the opening event “Magic Beach & Beach Bar Walk” which combines food with magic. This will be followed by a string of exciting events including KPP CAMP organised by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Bar Walk Naha hosted by several restaurants in Okinawa’s capital of Naha, ASOBEACH!!! where artists and DJs will come together to hold an outdoor music festival, the popular food festival OKINAWA FOODO FLEA and more. There will also be marine activities, the Art Spot―the list goes on.

    May 25th – KPP CAMP

    KPP CAMP is a music event organised by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. This is the second time she has held the event, the first being back in June last year at Hibiya Open Air Concert Hall. The theme this year is “unique combinations.”

    Artists performing at the event include the genius singer-songwriter Shota Shimizu and the bear-masked female singer Koresawa who’s voice can be described nothing short of addictive. Enjoy this one-night-only special event outdoors in Okinawa on the first ever summer of Japan’s new Reiwa period!

     

    Ryukyu Nissan DAYZ Presents KPP CAMP in OKINAWA ~Renai tte Issei Muzukashii Desu yo ne Hen~
    Date:  May 25, 2019
    Time: Open 15:00 / Start 16:00
    Venue: Ginowan Seaside Park, Okinawa
    Line-Up: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Shota Shimizu, Koresawa
    Ticket Price: Reserved Seating ¥5,000 (Tax Included) / Student Reserved Seating ¥4,000 (Tax Included) *Student ID required
    Ticket Release Date: April 26, 2019

    Pre-Sale Ticket Window: April 5, 2019 at 18:00 – April 9, 2019 at 23:59 (via KPP Fan Club and KPP CAMP)
    KPP Fan Club: https://kyary.net/
    KPP CAMP Official Pre-Sale: https://pia.jp/v/kppcamp19hp/

    *Applications for an exclusive JTB Entertainment access tour open on April 12 when buying pre-sale tickets on KPP CAMP via: https://jtb-entertainment.net/tour/2019/kpp/ (Link available from April 12 at 17:00 JST). Please note that concert tickets are not included with the access tour plan.

    *Those aged 4+ years must hold a valid ticket. Those aged 3 years and under must sit on a parent or guardian’s lap. However, where a seat is required, a valid t icket must be held

    *Event will go ahead if it rains but be cancelled during stormy weather.

    Enquiries: PM AGENCY – TEL: 098-898-1331 (Weekdays 10:00-18:00) / https://www.pmnet.co.jp

     

     

    May 25th – Bar Walk Naha

    Bar Walk Naha is a popular food event that has been held 6 times to date. The team behind it came up with the concept of bringing together famous restaurants people have always wanted to visit as well as great restaurants people never knew about. Attendees are given a guide map to five restaurants for this bar-crawl-like event. Experience the culture of Naha while chowing down on new gourmet delights!

     

    June 1st & 2nd – ASOBEACH!!! / OKINAWA FOOD FLEA

    ASOBEACH!!! is an outdoor music festival that has garnered huge reception as a long-running event. It will serve as the main event to wrap up Okinawa E-Motion. It will be held alongside OKINAWA FOOD FLEA at Nami no Ue Umisora Park.

    Plenty of other events are lined up on the scheduled too. For full details of everything going on check the campaign’s official website.

  • Concert Review: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s One-Night-Only Live Performance at the Sacred Izumo Shrine

    01.April.2019 | MUSIC

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu released her fourth studio album in autumn 2018. The album, which was produced by Yasutaka Nakata, takes an oriental approach. Kyary kicked off her live tour “Otono Kuni Live Tour 2019”, which was based on one of the most impressive songs on the album called “Otono Kuni”. Kyary took to the stage at one of Japan’s most loved world heritage sites to enhance the album concept. On Saturday 30th March, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu kicked off her live performance “Maboroshi no Utopia ~Izumo-taisha no Yoru~” at Izumo Grand Shrine in Shimane, which is known to be the origin of Japan’s many gods.

    Japanese singer Akihiro Miwa, who is a big fan, praised Kyary Pamyu Pamyu on her performance: “You were like the reincarnation of Izumo no Okuni herself”, he stated, referring to the originator of Japanese traditional Kabuki theatre “Izumo no Okuni”, who worked as a server at Izumo Shrine.

     

    Kyary dressed in Japanese-style clothing decorated with gold chains and crystals. Although her fashion was criticised for not staying true to the old times, she also received compliments that her personal style as an artist has pierced through the generations and rules the times.

    As an artist whose outrageous fashion just cannot be comprehended, Kyary has jumped all over the world to perform at numerous stages. Now, with the words “the modern day Izumo no Okuni” spoken by Miwa kept close to her heart, Kyary pushed onwards and took over the stage at Izumo Shrine!

     

    As you walk amidst the majestic atmosphere when approaching Izumo Shrine, all of a sudden, you are faced with a giant frame surrounding a stage. Excitement rose as people wondered just how Kyary Pamyu Pamyu was going to present her story from inside the picture frame. The inside of the picture frame was decorated with plants that are often seen in European fairytale books, along with wild rabbits and butterflies. You can also catch a glimpse of a pop border and polka dots. You just can’t categorize this artwork into any time period or say it is based on just one country! It cannot be summed up as being “Japanese-style” either. This exquisite world is very Kyary-like!

     

    First, a movie-like opening played before the audience, through which the story was explained. The God of Music called the “Oto Ryu” protected the country of music (Otono Kuni) so that the people could live a peaceful life filled with fun and dancing. However, one day, this peaceful living was snatched away by an evil spirit. The God of Music was sealed away into a mountain and the plants and trees withered. The people forgot what music was and lost their smiles. The God of Music could sense the calamity from inside the mountain and began to cry. From the dragon’s tears, the Princess of Music; Kyary Pamyu Pamyu was born with the purpose of restoring the country’s smiles and peace.


    Gentle, orchestral music started to play, leading into the song! Kanzen Keitai”. The majestic figure of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu was accompanied to the stage. Against the white curtains, her golden dress floated like a goddess – very much like the descendant of the god of Izumo. Kyary’s clear voice resonated through Izumo forest. For a moment, the audience was pulled into her mystical fairytale world.

    When the curtains opened, the frame was filled with cherry blossoms in full bloom. At this point, Kyary performed her killer tunes “Kira Kira Killer” and “Tsukema Tsukeru”, to which the crowd suddenly went wild. Kyary then announced: “This live performance is limited to tonight only! I decided to include some of my older songs for nostalgia’s sake!”

    She did not just perform songs from her new album Japamyu, but also some of her songs she hasn’t performed in a long time from “Suki Sugite Kiresou”, “Noriko to Norio” and “Unite Unite” to her debut song “PONPONPON” which was a world hit! This line up was overflowing with variety and really kept the tempo going!

    As the surrounding area got darker, the forest and cherry blossoms were illuminated with the lighting and the area became a mystical land. After another video was played on the curtains, Kyary returned to the stage in a cute and cool outfit! This time, she wore a Japanese-style pink dress and arrived on a pastel pink cloud! She then kicked off with one of her most famous songs: Ninja Re Bang Bang, but this time in a cappella style! This is the first time she has ever performed this song in a capella!

     

    She then announced to her fans: “The atmosphere here at Izumo Shrine is just too good! There are times I feel like crying even though I’m mid-performance!”

     

    After relaying her deep thoughts to her fans, she moved on to “Enka Natrium”, for which she taught her fans some easy choreography so that everyone danced as one!

    She then continued to perform some of her biggest uptempo hits “Invader Invader” and “Fashion Monster”, at which the climax of the night was reached. Then, with the power of Kyary’s music, the God of Music was freed from the mountain and came spiralling down to earth. The grand figure of the dragon could be seen projected on the curtains. As this concluded the end of the main part of the live performance, Kyary immediately performed the main song of the evening “Otono Kuni”, which wrapped up the evening.

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s then performed her brand new song KIMI GA IINE KURETARA for the first time! This song will be used as the theme song for the new drama ‘Mukai no Bazuru Kazoku’; the drama which is currently big news in the media! The theme of the song is SNS and was heavily inspired by the drama. Whilst singing her new pop tune with passion, she performed a dance with one dancer for the first time. She described the dance as the “most difficult she has ever done”.

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu performed her original performance “Otono Kuni” in the special and traditional environment of Izumo Shrine. As we are approaching 2020, which is the year that Japan will host the Olympics, Japan is aiming to spread its culture worldwide now more than ever! Kyary, who was compared to the founder of Kabuki theatre Izumo no Okuni, mixed traditional culture and innovation to present a unique show. This evening was living proof that Kyary’s unique culture is being spread worldwide.

     

    For the second part of her Otono Kuni Tour 2019”, Kyary unveiled her next venue to be Minami-za, the kabuki ‘holy ground.’ This tour will be a link to “Kyoto Mirai Matsuri 2019: Minami-za Reopening Commemoration”. On the last day of the Heisei era of Japan (30th April), Kyary will hold a collaboration live performance with Minami-za in Kyoto! This will be a one day-limited special performance called “Kyary Kabuki Kabuki”. Kyary, who was compared with the founder of Kabuki herself, is sure to provide a dramatic collaboration performance! Just what kind of fusion of traditional culture and modern reform will she hit us with this time?

     

    There’s just no stopping Kyary Pamyu Pamyu!

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