WASUTA clear their latest level “WASUTA LAND W1” – a new regular concert in Taiwan built around the concept of a video game!
13.June.2017 | MUSIC
Japanese idol group WASUTA, or “The World Standard,” performed their first overseas fixed, regular live show “WASUTA LAND W1″ on June 11th in the heart of Taipei at Jack’s Studio.”
The group already perform regular live shows in Japan, but “W1” marks the first in the series of “WASUTA LAND” concerts for overseas. The “WASUTA LAND” series of solo live shows is based around the concept of a video game – they must ‘clear’ the ‘area’ i.e. the location of where they are performing, to move onto the next.
Not only can the fans and group enjoy the performance, but they can feel more as part of a team together who must work to ‘clear’ the stage. Beginning in Japan, fans overseas in Taiwan can now look forward to joining in the fun.
The group stepped onto the stage and greeted everyone in Chinese Mandarin, saying “Hello everyone, we are The World Standard WASUTA!” which received yells of delight from the fans.
The Worships* in Taiwan and those who had come all the way from Japan chanted for Wa-suta as the introduction song “Overture” played. The group stepped onstage and went from 0 to 100 in a second as they performed the first song of the night, “Just be yourself.”
Fans were allowed to film the performance of the first track. which is not only their latest but is also called their representative song. Recording with their smartphones and posting the footage to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook was encouraged, which meant that the footage could reach fans around the world instantly for them all to enjoy
WASUTA went on to sing some covers of anime songs with each of their performances brimming with individuality. They performed “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” from Neon Genesis Evangelion and “Mezase Pokémon Master,” the first Japanese opening theme song of the Pokémon anime series, for the first time ever in Taiwan. The moment the intro rolled for each song the crowd cheered in surprise.
WASUTA are a group performing internationally. As an artist from Japan, they realise that well-known anime songs are a medium that bring people together, no matter what country they perform them in. They gave an exhilarating performance of the songs. And despite it being their first time to play them, Ruka said during the interlude, “These songs really are the best! They’re amazing!”
During the performance for “Mezase Pokémon Master,” each member showcased their favourite Pokémon through different poses. Miri posed as Eevee while Nanase posed as Mudkip, Hazuki as Pichu, Ruka as Chikorita, and Ririka as Piplup.
Towards the end of the night, Wa-suta performed a number of classics such as “Inu Neko. Seishun Massakari,” “Ultra Miracle Final Ultimate Chocolate Beam,” and “Wonderful World,” for a total of 19 songs in the set including the encore. Their first ever overseas regular live show “W1” was a huge success and they were ecstatic to the end for the 100 or so fans that were present.
2017 marks the 2nd year since their debut. This year they have already performed outside Japan three times – they were in Thailand in February, Taiwan in April, and they returned to Taiwan for a second show this month. They are also set to embark to Europe for the first time where they received a guest invitation to perform at Japan Expo in Paris next month. The week following their July performance in Paris they will be heading to Shanghai to perform twice, making it already a total of 5 overseas concerts by the middle of year.
We cannot take our eyes away from the global standards of “The World Standard”!
Japanese Idol Group Wa-Suta wowed the stage at JAPAN WEEKEND MADRID 2018! Featuring their collaboration with Spanish band Adexe y Nau!
08.October.2018 | MUSIC
From 29th to 30th September, Japanese idol group Wa-Suta (The World Standard) performed in Spain, Madrid-Barajas at the “JAPAN WEEKEND MADRID 2018 event held at the Feria de Madrid. JAPAN WEEKEND MADRID is a Japanese pop culture trade fair that celebrates anime, manga and other areas of Japanese culture. This year, the event was so large that 97,000 Japanese culture fanatics visited over the course of the two-day festival.
Wa-Suta performed on both days. The stage was surrounded by a large crowd of approximately 2,000 people and fans screamed and cheered with joy. During the one hour they were on stage, they performed “Taishi wo Dake! Girls, Be Ambitious”, which they had released on 16th September, and “Yo Quiero Vivir” which they collaborated on with Spanish duo Adexe & Nau and was viewed more than 2 million times. Just singing “Yo quiero vivir, yo quiero tu amor” had Spanish fans chorusing along.
The girls snatched the attention of the local press, attended talk shows, took part in autograph sessions and photo shoots, and were presented a cosplay contest! As well as taking part in a range of activities, they even met Picotaro, who was also at the same event!
Wa-Suta’s second day on stage was technically 1st October in Japan, which is the Birthday of Wa-Suta member Ririka Kodama! The crowd surprised her by singing Happy Birthday in Spanish!
Keep your eyes on Wa-Suta and their next step in their global adventure!
JAPAN WEEKEND MADRID 2018 – Main Stage set list
M1 GO!!! (NARUTO))
M2 Believe (ONE PIECE)
M3 Dogs & Cats, In the Bloom of Youth
M4 Yo Quiero Vivir
M5 The Perfect Idol
M6 Ran Ran Jidai
M7 Taishi wo Dake! Girls, Be Ambitious
M8 Wonderful World
M9 Ultra Miracle Kuru Final Ultimate Chocolate Beam
M1 Cruel Angel’s Thesis
M2 We Are! (ONE PIECE)
M3 The Biggest PAradox
M4 Taishi wo Dake! Girls, Be Ambitious
M5 Just be yourself
M6 Pawawawa One! Power Puff Girls
M7 Yo Quiero Vivir
M8 NEW Nyaku Nyaku Nya Suizokukan 2
M9 Dogs & Cats, In the Bloom of Youth
Wa-Suta official website: https://wa-suta.world/
Wa-suta Collaborate With Spanish Duo Adexe & Nau in New Music Video ‘Yo Quiero Vivir en Japones’
07.August.2018 | MUSIC
Five-member idol group and promoters of Japanese kawaii culture Wa-suta have finally solidified their places as a world standard. The group teamed up with Spanish brother duo Adexe & Nau, who boast well over 2 billion views on YouTube, to release a collaborative track with music video titled Yo Quiero Vivir en Japones.
“Wa-suta” is an abbreviation of “The World Standard,” a name by which the group have pushed to stand on the world stage since their debut. It’s been four years since they formed, during which they have performed as idols not only in Japan but twelves times overseas at numerous Japanese cultural events where their cute cat ears and unique outfits they wear on stage have received much praise.
They have been particularly well-received in Asia including Thailand and Indonesia where they have given rise to many copy groups. Their international recognition is clearly spreading.
This collaboration came to be after it was decided that Wa-suta will be performing at Japan Weekend Madrid 2018 from September 29 to 30. Adexe & Nau became interested in the group after seeing the line-up and learning that they work to promote Japanese culture to the world, so they sent them an offer to join hands.
It is very rare for a Japanese artist to collaborate with a Spanish artist. Fans are anticipating whether or not the two artists will perform together on stage at Japan Weekend Madrid next month.
Group leader Nanase Hirokawa commented, “This is a first for Wa-suta. We’ve made a music video on an enormous scale with the help of all the extras! The symbolic locations of Japan and the high school girls dressed in their uniforms dancing together is a sight to see!”
Member Ruka Mishina also commented, “I was shocked when I heard we’d be getting to collaborate with the Spanish artists Adexe & Nau. I’m honestly so happy ^^ Real world music! I’ll be glad if lots of people enjoy listening to it!”
Wa-suta have dubbed 2018 their “Wonderful Year.” They will no doubt be spreading their wings across the globe and dropping more news for us in the near future.
VR Idol Group “Enogu” to Perform Their First Virtual Concert on August 10
13.June.2018 | MUSIC
Enogu is a virtual idol group managed by Iwamotocho Geinousha who are set to perform their first ever live show on August 10 at Iwamotocho Theater. The show will service as a pre-opening for the first ever theater dedicated to performances by virtual idols.
Iwamotocho Geinousha made their name known at last year’s Comiket 92 with their virtual theater. They subsequently went on to take their VR equipment around the country, eventually racking up over 10,000 followers on Twitter.
Enogu are set to release their CD debut via Universal Music Japan.
The group originally consisted of two members, Anzu Suzuki and Tamaki Shirafuji, but three other idols from the company have joined to make it five, including Nao Hinata, Sakurako Kurihara, and Haru Natsume. Their current activity is centred around live streams and radio appearances.
Enogu is the name of their first song, and it hit YouTube on May 5. It showcases the talent of characters virtual world, with full choreography for the complete song.
There are plans for a new song to be released every month by the group from July 14. Their performances are sure to pull on the heartstrings of viewers once more.
It’s time to get excited in seeing what kind of group the world’s first VR idol unit will become. Let’s all watch over their story together.
TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2018: New Artists Announced & Tickets Now on Sale
23.May.2018 | MUSIC
TOKYO IDOL PROJECT is set to hold the 9th TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL (TIF) this year around the Daiba and Aomi areas from August 3 to 5. A fifth wave of new artists has just been announced.
A total of 23 new artists have been added to the line-up, including BiS 1st and BiS 2nd who are beginning their activities as part of BiS.LEAGUE which will determine both groups’ members through a fan poll.
The number of idols and idol groups performing at TIF 2018 now totals 107, including a special TIF-only collaboration between Tokyo Girls’ Style and Yuno Ohara which was announced on May 13.
Pre-sale tickets are now available, so idol-lovers best get their reservations in fast!
Tokyo Idol Festival Expands Overseas to Bangkok for the First Time
02.May.2018 | MUSIC
Tokyo Idol Festival (TIF)―the world’s biggest idol festival―saw a staggering line-up of 223 idol groups perform on stage in August 2017 with an attendance rate well over 80,000. In order to deliver Japan’s idol culture to the rest of the world, TIF departed overseas and began its expansion to the rest of Asia this year.
The first of those countries was Bangkok, a place where there is a particular love for idol culture. Tokyo Idol Festival in Bangkok Comic Con was held on April 27 to 29.
The final act of the first day was none other than NGT48. The event kicked into high gear with a collaboration between the event’s hosts BNK48, and 365 Nichi no Kamihikouki and Koisuru Fortune Cookie.
Special guests JKT48 from Jakarta, Indonesia dashed on stage for the second day, greatly demonstrating the extent of the idol culture in the Asian region.
On the final day, while BNK48 were reaching their climax on their solo stage, TIF’s producer Ryo Kikutake (Fuji Television Network, Inc.) stepped onto stage, giving a surprise announcement that BNK48 will perform at Tokyo Idol Festival 2018 at Odaiba, Tokyo in August.
Ryo Kikutake gave his thoughts on the overseas embarkment of TIF, saying: “We have made a good showing to the people overseas in showing just how charming and powerful Japan’s idols are. It has been a huge step in the run up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. I want to continue spinning all kinds of stories both inside and outside Japan.”
Let us continue to give our undivided attention to the ever growing force that is the Tokyo Idol Project!
Idol Yokocho Natsumatsuri 2018 – One of Japan’s 3 Biggest Idol Festivals
Lots and lots of idol groups are set to take to the stage at Idol Yokocho Matsuri again this summer.
The festival has received huge recognition and hails as one of Japan’s 3 big idol festivals. The event will return again to Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse on Saturday July 7 and Sunday July 8, promising to be even bigger than last year.
In line with the announcement, orders for pre-sale tickets are also now open. 1-day and 2-day pre-sale tickets will be available via a lottery system on Rakuten Ticket from 10:00 on April 14.
As a bonus, five lucky people who get their hands on a 2-day ticket have the chance to receive a specially signed flag from the performing artists.
Full details regarding the artist line-up will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, it’s time to get excited and brush up on your otagei skills!
MMN Festival 2018 Report: Idol Stage at Tower Records Shibuya Rooftop SKY GARDEN
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA delivered Japanese culture to the world from Shibuya. The event saw 16,000 people attend across the two-day period to experience a new kind of Japanese festival.
This report will cover the Featuring Japanese new music “MOSHI MOSHI MUSIC FESTIVAL” event that took place at SKY GARDEN on the rooftop of Tower Records Shibuya, a place which which has built a history of music in Shibuya.
Idols are one aspect of Japanese culture that Japan can boast to the world. The event showcased a line-up of idols groups that MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON (MMN) want to introduce to the world. Let’s take a look at the idol stage which was packed full of Japanese ‘kawaii’!
Kicking off the performances on Day One was two-member idol unit C-Style from the city of Kisarazu. They left a strong impact on the crowd dressed in red and blue sailor outfits and donning sunglasses.
Next was another two-member unit, Kus Kus. Their perfectly coordinated choreography captivated the audience as they danced to the tune of easy-listening electro pop.
Wyenra were the third act. If you were to divide shadows and sunshine they are a group who certainly bring the ‘shadow,’ wrapping the crowd with the dark side of springtime weather.
The fourth group were dancing rock idols QUEENS. Wyenra debuted this year on February 10th while QUEENS debuted on January 31st. You would never know these groups had formed so recently with their magnificent performances.
As the sun started setting on SKY GARDEN, Jewel☆Neige stepped onto stage wearing dazzlingly beautiful white and silver outfits. The audience made a huge display of their excitement with the group’s unshakable performance.
Act number six was 5-member group CY8ER. There was a sense of mutual elation with everyone gathered in the crowd with the group’s Japanese-esque-incorporated future bass songs with easy choreography that even first-timers seeing the group could copy.
The seventh group on stage was Nankini! Unfortunately, one member was unable to make it, but the remaining two put on a thrilling performance with everything they had. If you wanted to see them three of them together then be sure to check out another one of their events.
The final idol group of Day One was Yamakatsu whose fired up performance also had the people in the crowd psyched and singing as they wrapped up the day with the right amount of exhilaration.
The top batters for Day Two were C-Style once again. For the second day the members wore special green happi coats which had the Japanese character ‘mo’ (も) on the back.
Following them was NEO JAPONISM who made their debut in December 2017. Their ‘neo’ sound had the crowd pumped. Their outfits had a mode taste to them and incorporated a traditional Japanese style which looked pretty even on an outdoor stage.
Act three was Yamakatsu who also performed on Day One. They put on a galvanizing performance to even more people this time. And although they didn’t perform it on this day, people are looking forward to their new single distopia set to hit shelves on April 17th.
Next was The Dance for Philosophy for which over 400 people turned up to the roof. The group wowed the packed venue with their funk numbers and outstanding vocal abilities.
PPP!PiXiON were next to grace the stage. Despite one member graduating from the group leaving them with four members, there was some serious support from the fans as each of them put on an energetic performance.
Sakidori Hasshinkyoku who went on stage as the sixth act began their performance with their song Karimen Destiny which was released in February. They wrapped up their setlist with their staple track Gimirepa and brought much excitement to the floor.
Following them was APPARE! Harajuku who are tied to the same studio as Sakidori Hasshinkyoku. Their setlist also inevitably livened the atmosphere, and their final song Harajuku Sunny Day had the crowd so pumped as if the building was going to fall down.
As night turned and the rooftop turned to black, the progressive sound and singing abilities of the four members from sora tob sakana established their style as unique – even in the idol world.
Pulling the curtains shut on Day Two was idol group Lovely Doll. The performance from the seven members was the kind of performance you’d expect from such a seasoned group. They finished up Day Two with Calendar Girl which was voted as the number one most popular song amongst fans.
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL in SHIBUYA 2018
MMN Festival 2018 Report: MOSHI MOSHI MUSIC FESTIVAL & Up-and-Coming Artists at Tower Records
The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Project has one goal: to promote Japanese pop culture to the people of the world. On March 24th and 25th, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA was held, delivering Japan’s popular culture to the world from the Shibuya and Harajuku area.
There were several places this year’s festival took place. One of those locations was Tower Records Shibuya, where we held a music event titled “Featuring Japanese New Music: MOSHI MOSHI MUSIC FESTIVAL.” Here, music artists with huge influence in the scene, as well as music media companies who have hooked up with new talent, came together as curators to deliver a fantastic showcase of promising artists. The event took place at the CUTUP STUDIO on B1F of Tower Records Shibuya.
Day One at the CUPUP STUDIO saw many performers. This included MANON, a hopeful new artist signed to ASOBISYSTEM, as well as three other artists recommended by music media company Spincoaster: SIRUP, Mizuki Ohira with Kobayashi Utena, and The Wisely Brothers.
Recognised R&B artist SIRUP warmed and spellbound the room with his sugary vocals and mellow, infectious beats.
Mizuki Ohira rocked the steelpans while Kobayashi Utena played the marimba, giving rise to an exotic musical co-performance. Three-piece female band The Wisely Brothers sent forth new-age girl power with their heavy garage rock. They also spoke about there being so much manga in Japan as one of the things they like about the country.
The second half of the event was graced by an MC battle produced by WREP, a hip-hop radio channel, hosted by Zeebra and Hachi Moji. Four spectators from the audience were appointed as team leaders and had to create teams from the 12 battle MCs present at the show.
The 4 teams battled it out in a tournament for the title of best MC. MCs that participated in the battle included MC Seishain, MC Matsushima, MC MIRI, Kizal, SAM, SHO GEN, Datemegiri, TKdakurobuchi, NiLL Nico, 8×8=49, FRANKEN, and Yuma.
Team SHO GEN, TKdakurobuchi & NiLL Nico and Team MC Matsushima, MC Seishain & SAM came out victorious. At the end of the battle, the chief members of the teams SAM and TKdakurobuchi clashed in a final battle with SAM taking the crown. The winning team took home a cash prize with the hip-hop fans in the crowd in a flurry of excitement. This marked the end of the first day.
For Day Two, Natalie Music worked as curators for the live stage event “Live Natalie meets MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON.” MISMOPE were the first on stage with their spacey performance, followed by Nemuri Haru, who left a huge impact with her mad mix of poetry and rap.
Monari Wakita fitted in nine songs in 30 minutes, demonstrating her multi-layered musicianship. The packed-out CUTUP STUDIO also got involved with some fiery call & response.
Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders wowed the audience with their infectious outlook and sharp, nimble dancing. During their song Saishuu Jinrui, which is the lead song taken from their first major album Mae Narawanai released on March 21st, they demonstrated their acrobatic bodies to the tune of a lively piano.
Five-member band Luby Sparks, who are recognised in the British alternative rock scene, also announced their new vocalist Erika for the first time.
The last performer of the day was SHE IS SUMMER, who performed a string of popular hits such as Machiawase wa Kimi no Iru Shinsen and Tobikiri no Oshare Shite Wakarebanashi wo. The two-day festival came to a close with MICO’s energetic, jumpy performance.
Wa-suta release music video for “Saijokyu Paradox” and open collaboration café in Harajuku!
Wa-suta have unveiled the music video for their new song “Saijokyu Paradox,” which will feature on their upcoming second album “Paradox World” to be released on October 18th, and be used as the opening song for the TV Tokyo anime “Idol Time PriPara.”
“Saijokyu Paradox” Music Video
The creative director behind the music video for Wa-suta’s new song is none other than Maiko Fukushima, aka “Mofuku-chan,” who has served as creative director to many other groups including Dempagumi.inc. The music video captures the same dreamy-kawwaii world of Idol Time PriPara and features eye-popping visuals and typography. The video is irresistibly addictive, so much so that you’ll want to listen to the song over and over together with the video.
Arafune Yasuhiro, who worked as director on the music video, tweeted: “I got to direct for Wa-suta again, this time for ‘Saijokyu Paradox’! Once again, everyone was super cute! I feel that each of them gets cuter the more we do this… Please be sure to watch it.” (translated from Japanese).
Kimura U was in charge of the outfits for the video. She posted about the experience on her blog from the perspective of working as a designer. “The video is too good…! Are they angels?! Are they goddesses?! In any case, they’re not from this world!!! I’m all over the place. Although there’s a number of other idol anime out there, I worked really hard to bring out the puripara-ness.” (translated from Japanese).
Even fans couldn’t contain themselves and took to Twitter the moment the video was released, commenting on the major level of kawaii. There are lots of unique ways people are expressing their love for the video.
“Saijokyu Paradox” is available for early digital download in Japan starting today. You can download it at the available music sites.
But the fun doesn’t stop there for the new release, as a very special collaborative café is opening in Harajuku from October 6th which will capture the colourful world of “Saijokyu Paradox.” The “Saijokyu Paradox Café” is the third Wa-suta café. You’ll have to head on over to Harajuku and see it for yourself!
Finally, Wa-suta’s Japan tour is about to begin. The girls will be travelling to 9 cities around the country, starting in Sendai on October 22nd. Don’t miss out!
What’s in Your Pocket?—Pocket Idol T-Shirts Available at Village Vanguard!
27.July.2017 | FASHION
At first glace, it looks like an ordinary t-shirt pocket. But what do you think could be inside it? If you were to open it up and take a quick peek, what would you expect to see? You guessed it, an idol. This new t-shirt is part of a new t-shirt line fittingly dubbed “Girls In the Pocket.”
“Girls In the Pocket” was made by the capsule toy brand “Panda no Ana” and Vintage Vanguard’s collabrative brand “VILLEPAN.” Of course, there are many fan t-shirts displaying peoples’ favourite idols, singers and anime character, but there are also those kind of t-shirts out there which you can’t normally wear in public – those which are a little embarrassing to wear if you’re by yourself.
To combat that, “Girls In the Pocket” has been created, with original yet stylish designs which fans will be happy with. The pocket is seemingly standard, but if you open it up, your longed for idol will be inside!
The first companion in this line of t-shirts is Nana Asakawa from the Japanese idol group SUPER☆GiRLS. As part of this first release, if you purchase a t-shirt, you will receive an A3-sized poster in the packaging completely free. A select few of the posters are also signed.
Who will be the next in line to appear in your pocket? Make sure to keep an eye out!
Interview with WASUTA – find out more about the idol group who will be performing at JAPAN EXPO!
Between 6th-9th July 2017, idol group WASUTA will be performing at JAPAN EXPO in France. Today, we will be taking a closer look at this girl group, who have attracted lots of attention from all around the world.
-I know this is a bit straight to the point, but what kind of idol group is WASUTA?
Hirokawa: “WASUTA” is an abbreviation for “The World Standard”. We Japanese write the Japanese word “kawaii” (cute) in simple hiragana characters all the time because it looks cuter that way In a similar way, we write “WASUTA” in hiragana for the same effect. To answer your question, we aim to spread “Kawaii” Japanese culture around the world – “cute Japanese culture” is our main concept. We wear pastel-themed costumes that represent a “dreamy cute” feeling, and for this upcoming gig, we will be wearing Harajuku cotton candy-themed hats. All our costumes feature an element of “moe”. “Moe” refers to cute anime crush love! An example of our moe-themed costumes are our cat ears – we are definitely going to wear them!
– Now, if you could describe the character of each band member in one sentence, what would it be? Starting with the pastel green leader Nanase Hirokawa!
Kodama: 50% levelheaded person, 50% clumsy, I would say haha.
-How about the pastel pink idol Naruka Mishina?
Matsuda: You can’t judge her based on how she looks – she’ll surprise you!
-How would you describe the pastel yellow Hazuki Sakamoto?
Kodama: Stupid, unskillful but has a good sense of humour lol
-And what about the pastel blue Ririka Kodama?
Hirokawa: A person who hides their potentials. She hasn’t really given it her all yet lol
-And finally, what would you say about the pastel purple Miri Matsuda?
Mishina: I’d say she’s the stupid one, haha
Everyone:burst into laughter.
― As a band full of tension, as expected you’re all pretty good friends right? Do you go to Harajuku in your own spare time for fun?
Everyone: All the time!
Matsuda: I go round the cute cafes and delicious curry restaurants. There was a time I couldn’t stop going to one curry restaurant lol. There are loads of 100-yen shops along Takeshita Street and as a person who loves handicrafts, this is definitely a selling point!
Hirokawa: Harajuku is a great spot for picking up cheap goods. There are loads of visitors who express their individuality and there are so many foreigners too. Watching people take pictures at the entrance to Takeshita Street is also fun!
Mishina: The streets are overflowing with cute people too!
-How would you describe the district of Harajuku?
Hirokawa: To us, Harajuku is a really cosy place to be.
Sakamoto: Yeah. People tend to think that Harajuku, is the place of dreams and aspirations but if you go there yourself, it’s more fun and comfortable I would say.
Mishina: It’s also the source of youth culture.
Matsuda: This is the source of Harajuku-style girls – this is where they gather and share their fashion.
-I heard that your costumes were designed by fashion model and voice actress Yu Kimura!
Hirokawa: That’s right. This is the 4th time we’ve worn costumes designed by her.
Kodama: She uses lots of colours which gives the costumes a “dreamy cute” theme. They are unique – nobody else can make costumes like them!
Hirokawa: Our third single “Just be yourself”, is the theme song for the anime “Idol Time Pripra”. Our skirts were designed with the letters “PRPR” – that’s the main attraction you should be looking out for!
Matsuda: Our socks also feature a cute design – a design that would even suit a small child. Anyway, each of our costumes are slightly different and our outfits don’t really focus on headwear!
-And your production team, I’ve heard, consists of young female creators, right?
Hirokawa: Yep, that’s right. The producing was directed by Mofuku-chan (Maiko Fukushima), who also produced for Dempagumi.inc.
Kodama: Our choreography and music is directed by female creators. Each song is completely unique and the choreography fits perfectly to boot – so cool, cute and trendy! Every single time I am overwhelmed by how awesome it all is!
Mishina: We are WASUTA – produced by girls to enhance the concept of cute!
-Let’s talk a bit about JAPAN EXPO now. How did you feel when you found out that for the first time, you’ll be performing live in France?
Hirokawa: We couldn’t believe it! Up until now all our live performances have been focused around Asia….but now we’re finally hitting Europe! JAPAN EXPO itself is a huge event that spreads Japanese culture, secretly I was just thinking to myself that I really wanna perform in Paris – I’m soooo happy!
-I’m so happy for you all! Now that your plans for you to perform live in France had been finalized, surely you’ve all been more hyped than ever?
Hirokawa: Of course! Recently, we’ve all been strengthening our language skills. Originally, Ririka and I were in charge of English, Naruka was in charge of Korean, Miri was in charge of Chinese and Hazuki was studying French. We eventually started to skip many of our language classes, but after hearing the news we’ve all been trying to make time to study harder!
Mishina: We’ll be heading to many places where people don’t know WASUTA, so we’re serious about upping our language game in order to connect with new people.
Kodama: When foreigners come to Japan, I’ve seen people try their best to speak Japanese – even if it’s just a little. This makes me so happy. I feel like I have a connection to these people and that’s why I want to do the same.
-What precisely is the secret to WASUTA attracting so much attention from overseas fans?
Hirokawa: As we are going to Europe, we will infiltrate the barrier between the people with Japan’s “Kawaii” (cute) charm. When fans see our costumes and our appearance, they recognize us as cute. We also perform gothic rock and different genres of music. Soon, people naturally come to like us.
-I’ve seen your music videos on YouTube – there are English subtitles on your videos, aren’t there?
Matsuda: That’s right! We want to attract not just Japanese fans, but fans from all over the world! Speaking of YouTube, please use your smartphones only for filming our live performances, okay? Fans take pictures and videos of our performance and upload them onto SNS websites and YouTube. If you search the web, you’ll be able to find our gigs easily anywhere in the world thanks to these fans.
Mishina: Just like sharing our pictures, we have outfits with our Twitter account name written on it! I hope we can spread the news of WASUTA more at JAPAN EXPO!
-What do you want spectators at JAPAN EXPO to particularly notice about you?
Kodama: The words to our songs and our choreography show an insight to our world – I want people to enjoy it!
Matsuda: I think they should watch our music videos lots and lots – that way they’ll enhance their experience.
Mishina: My recommended music video is “Ultra Miracle Ultimate Chocolate Beam” – the Japanese lyrics use such unique words – it’s such an interesting song!
Matsuda: I recommend “Dogs & Cats, In the Bloom of Youth” – the fans can learn so many cute Japanese phrases and then we can dance together!
-And last of all, do you have a message for your fans?
Sakamoto: For our overseas fans – in order for you to feel the cuteness of Japan, we’re dressing up in pastel colours and cat ears. This is our ultimate charm point! I hope you enjoy our outfits!
Hirokawa: And for the fans who are coming from Japan to support us – we will definitely give you the best night of your life! By the way, we are collaborating with H.I.S, so we recommend you check it out! This includes a party where we will eat together, and a mini live! This is your chance to get to know us. It includes sightseeing and much more over a four-day period. This is something you cannot get in Japan! As we’re coming from a far away country, we are going to deliver something really special to you all!
Japanese idol group Wa-suta to perform in Paris at JAPAN EXPO in July!
27.April.2017 | MUSIC
5-member idol group The World Standard (or Wa-suta), who spread kawaii to the rest of the world, just made history in their list of one-man live performances with their show at Zepp DiverCity on April 22nd which they finished to huge success.
The group were backed by a full band for the very first time. They performed a staggering 19 songs in total which included 3 new songs, all of which were amplified by the members of the backing band “NEKONOTE BAND” who were present for the entire set.
The title of their show was “Yume ga aru kara Tsuitekite ne” (translation: “I have a dream; come with me”). Just as the title suggests, fans got to see a new side to the group with this performance, and each of them spoke about how important this concert was to them. The fans also shared that same feeling with them.
Nanase, the leader of the group, said “We’re going to work hard so that we can share our music with the rest of the world!” She then surprised everyone by announcing that the group will perform in Paris at JAPAN EXPO in July. They also announced a Japan tour for the end of autumn this year which had the crowd cheering. They will play at 9 locations throughout Japan, including Sapporo, Sendai, Saitama, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Hyōgo, Hiroshima and Fukuoka.
It hasn’t even been one year since the girls made their major debut and they already have big plans for 2017. It’s proving to be a big year for them, and their concert at Zepp DiverCity celebrated that.
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