A few of you who frequent this site may also follow me on my various social media platforms and if you do then you’ll be aware that I’ve been posting pics of myself with cosplayers alluding to some secret squirrel business for the past few months. Well, the time has come to reveal what all of us have been working on and I give you *ahem* The Japandaman female Cosplay Calendar 2018!
Here’s just a sample of the awesome pics that you can expect in the calendar:
The calendar itself will have pre-orders open soon, keep watching this space for that announcement. And we also have a Patreon running where you can get the whole experience of what’s gone into the making of this cosplay calendar. There’s behind the scenes footage, interviews, exclusive digital prints and loads more. We have different tiers available so if you’d like to become Patron then we have there’s one for you.
All this is to help fund season two of our TV show It’s Japan, Man so we can keep bringing this cool content to you! Here’s the Patron link for you to check out: PATREON LINK
We sincerely hope that you like what you see, everyone involved has had an amazing time putting it together and it’s turned out to be an amazing experience with new friendships being made 🙂
The J-Pop Harajuku Kawaii Amabassador, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, is performing in Sydney, Australia on the 23rd of March as part of her current world tour. Japandaman HQ was lucky enough to snag a few minutes of her precious time for an interview which she graciously agreed to. Many thanks to Katey Smile for assistance with the questions, Handsome Tours and Angela Henley Publicity.
Japandaman:Are you excited to come to Australia?
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: Yes very much! This will be my first time in Australia so I am very excited to meet local fans! I’ve never been to the Southern hemisphere so I am wondering if the climate is really opposite from what we have in Japan. Last but not least I would love to see sharks and koalas!
J:Who are your current influences?
KPP: I just love Katy Perry. Her cuteness is just perfect in every way. She is also a very humorous and kind person. Of course I respect her very much as an artist.
J:What is your favourite music video and song that you’ve released?
KPP: “Mottai-Nightland” video expresses the world of fantasy I love so much. On the other hand “Fashion Monster” is the very first video that I could express rock and the world’s quite different from the colourful popness like in other videos. Still it is very hard to pick which one is the best though.
J:What is your favourite costume that you’ve worn?
KPP: I love the Fashion Monster costume. I tend to wear quite colourful and ‘full of pop’ costumes but with Fashion Monster I wanted to challenge something rock and cool so I feel very attached to the costume.
J:Did you think you would end up being this successful when you started on You Tube?
KPP: I haven’t expected anything like this when I first uploaded the “PON PON PON” video on you tube. So I was honestly surprised to see the attention from overseas. I feel very fortunate that people find out about me on the Internet and they come see me on stage when I am touring their local cities for the first time.
J:Which artist would you like to collaborate with?
KPP: I cannot imagine to collaborate with anyone yet.
J:You have many fans that don’t speak Japanese but love your music, why do you think this is so?
KPP: I sing mostly in Japanese but the lyrics really don’t have a clear meaning. You can just enjoy the way it sounds. I think that’s why people enjoy my music even if they don’t speak Japanese or they are too young to understand the language.
J:How do you come up with the ideas for your clothes and music videos?
KPP: I get a lot of inspiration when I am going through the Internet. I pick up some pictures or videos I liked and I just talk with my stylist. Often our discussion starts with me drawing my images.
J:What else would you like to achieve through your music?
KPP: I want to achieve a lot of things through my music and fashion. Other than that I am not really interested. I just don’t want to be a jack-of-all-trades.
J:Outside of music, what’s next for you with your fashion projects?
KPP: I always want to design a costume like no one has ever seen. It is boring to keep doing the same things so I want to keep challenging new things.
Kyary, thank you so much for your time. We at Japandaman and all our readers appreciate it and wish you all the best with your world tour.
Reel Anime is a movie festival which takes place in Melbourne, Australia, also in New Zealand, used to show off some of the best up and coming movies that we may not normally see in mainstream release. Past films have included Evangelion 1.11 and 2.22 as well as Ghibli classic, 5 Centimeters Per Second.
This year seems to be no different with some massive titles coming to the land Down Under. First off, Madman Entertainment has confirmed that Ghost in the Shell: Arise will be showing as well the latest in the Evangelion franchise, Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is certainly one busy young lady of late. Not content with undertaking her first world tour, Kyary has taken some time out to have her first alcoholic beverage sponsorship contract now that she’s come of age and all.
She was yesterday announced as the brand ambassador of yellow tail Pink Moscato wine, a nice drop from Australia that is sold by Sapporo in Japan. She also mentioned that Pink Moscato was the first alcoholic drink she tried when turned 20 last year. The whole thing came as a surprise to her, where she said, “But it feels like YATTA! And it made me happy!”
As a result of the deal, there will be a strong marketing campaign kicking off today showing Kyary with what appears to be a crown which will be seen on train billboards, commercials aimed at commuters and other assorted billboard signage. You might think that it’s a strange pairing, Kyary with wine, but it was put down to both her music and video clip being intoxicating that gave her the edge.
As reported earlier, K-Pop girl group, Girls’ Generation, are currently in the US promoting themselves to break into the lucrative US market. Well, thanks to the SBS Pop Asia blog, I can reveal that the girls will be on the David Letterman Show tonight for Australian viewers. The show will be broadcast at 12:10AM on Channel 10 so you better set your recorders to make sure you don’t miss out. So that’s tonight making it early Thursday morning.
The group arriving at the broadcast station were met with thousands of adoring and screaming fans as they made their way of the bus and into the safety of the studio. Ever the attentive group, they spent time with their fans signing cd’s that they had brought along and also taking the time out to have a chat with them too.
The news we’d all been waiting for has finally come. The next handheld from the house that Sony built has an official release date and price for Australia. The PS Vita will launch next year across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia from February 22, 2012. The pricing is as follows, the Wi-Fi only model will set you back AUD $349.95 while the Wi-Fi/3G model will retail for AUD $449.95. No word yet as to which telco will support and carry the 3G plan but more on this as it comes to hand.
Zelda fans across Australia rejoiced recently when Vooks broke news of the Zelda Symphony coming to Australia for the Zelda 25th anniversary bash. Now unfortunately, it is not the case. Nintendo Australia contact Vooks after seeing their article and set the story straight in a massively shattering blow…the Zelda Symphony WILL NOT be coming to Australia. Once again…shattered 🙁 But in lieu of that, they did announce that a CD will be released containing the music from the event so not quite the same as being there but still, it’s better than nothing.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, don’t forget we’re still getting Zelda: Four Swords on DSiWare and there’s still The Skyward Sword to look forward to.
2 days off work means more reviews to come for my new buddies over at Otaku Fuel…I’d kill to be going to Anime Expo ’11 but once upon a time I wanted to go to Tokyo Game Show and that ended up happening last year 🙂 Thanks once again to Aussie Gamer for the press hookup so I’m guessing if I play my cards right, I’ll end up at Anime Expo sooner rather than later. We really are starved for these kinds of expos in Australia, I mean, sure we have Supanova, Armagedon and Manifest as the three big ones but the space they occupy is minute compared to what takes place overseas. I’m fairly certain those three expos are the only big ones unless I’m missing one? The point being that while these shows do draw big names from the entertainment world, I’d give my left nut for something more anime/manga/J-pop culture related with a bigger emphasis on cosplay…maybe Japandaman needs to do something about this. Get some sponsorship happening, pay for some big names to come Down Under and get some people dragging themselves to a proper big show with vendors peddling their wares, the whole works. Good Smile Company, Max Factory and then maybe even Japanese pop culture blogger himself, Danny Choo. I’m sure he’d love it down here and people would definitely come from interstate to see him judging by the amount of Australian visitors to his site. And if we’re going that path, maybe even have a Japanese car culture section where Itasha would be introduced to the masses. If you don’t know what itasha is or what it means, have a click here or here.
But I digress as EB or Electronics Boutique themselves are planning an expo themselves at the end of the year, which in lieu of going to TGS this year, may be a distinct possibility on the Gold Coast. Link here to the website for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about.
Of course something of this undertaking would require massive planning and I’d be doing market research for a lonnnng time to make sure this thing had the best chance of success and I’d probably call it Japania or something like that 🙂 So who’s with me, does anyone want to see a massive event like this here? So instead of us flying overseas, which we’d still do, it’d be great to see international fans coming here for the expo!