The Outrageously Charming Art of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

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Source: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Instagram

I have a confession to make.

I am into Japanese culture—I have always been. I grew up like the standard Spanish nerdy kid, playing Japanese video games and watching the anime that was becoming so popular in the 90s; think Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya or Sailor Moon. Because of this, I developed an appreciation of the outlandish and outrageous Japanese art; I think nothing illustrates this point better than their TV commercials.

Needless to say, I am a big fan of J-Pop, too—that is, Japanese pop music. Some of the artists I listened to growing up were Megumi Hayashibara, Ayumi Hamazaki, L’arc-en-ciel, and a big, big list of such names. One of my all-time favourite music videos is Stereopony’s “Hanbunko”.

As I said, I grew up watching these baroque-esquely epic, ridiculously exaggerated, delightfully lighthearted shows and videos.

None of that could have prepared me for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.

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Book Review – Norwegian Wood

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I once had a girl or should I say she once had me…

Sorry, sorry, I’m getting carried away!

When 2017 started, a very important question popped into my head: what’s going to be my first book of the year? I looked at my shelves, and found a book that I bought a year ago and have since been meaning to read: Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood. A Japanese book based on a Beatles song? I had to read it. Plus, I had heard many people saying it’s a great book, so I could not help but give it a try.

What do I think about it? It may very well be one of the finest books I have ever read.

But don’t stand there, just sit anywhere…

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