Quick Japan Magazine Vol. 107

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Quick Japan Magazine Vol. 107

Quick Japan magazine

Quick Japan magazine is a youth culture magazine that comes out on bi-monthly basis. The magazine features lots of articles on the music scene in Japan and the whole magazine, which resembles the looks of a book, is in Japanese.

whysojapan quick japan kyary pamyu pamyu 1 210x280 Quick Japan Magazine Vol. 107The main reason why I bought the magazine was because Quick Japan Vol. 107 had a huge feature on the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 2013 tour she did in Europe, with a loads of great photos from the tour, and pictures of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu walking around the streets of Paris while fiming a part of her TV show “TV John”.

So if you’re a Kyary Pamyu Pamyu fan, this a great magazine to add to your collection! I purchased my copy online from cdjapan for 900yen, plus postage.

I also see now thats there’s an app in the Japanese iTunes app store where you can buy the magazine from as well.

Here below are a couple of the pages that can be found in this issue of Quick Japan.

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu World Tour 2014

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu World tour 2014

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has just published her world tour dates for this year. After her world tour last year (which was a success, with tickets selling out for shows in London and New York) I’m sure that this time the tickets will sell out just as fast or even faster,  in line with her becoming more and more popular around the world.

The Tour

This year her world tour will start off with shows in the US, with five shows dotted around the states, and then a show over in Canada. She is also playing a bunch of shows around in Europe – UK, France and Germany. Same as last time, but at different venues. This time the venues in Europe will be bigger ones than her last shows, so now more people will get to see her. Which is great for all those that missed out last time she toured in this part of the world.

This tour is said to be an even more engaging and exciting event than her foreign dates from last year. What I would love to see is more of a setup, like she has on her Japanese parts of her tours, with lots of dancer and costume changes and big stages. But of course that would be costly to transport all of that over the world, so maybe it would take a trip to Japan if I wanted to see that. With her new album that came out last year (our review from the album is here: Nanda Collection) I think we will get to hear lots of songs from the new album, and of couse songs from her early stuff. Im sure when and where ever you see KPP, it will be a great show.

Check out my previous review from her 2013 show in London here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Tour dates are as follow:

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13 Seattle, USA/ Best Buy Theater
15 San Francisco, USA/ The Regency Ballroom
16 Los Angeles, USA/ Club Nokia LA Live

March
5 Chicago USA/ House of Blues Chicago
7 Toronto, Canada/ Sound Academy
8 New York, USA/ Best Buy Theater
23 Sydney, Australia/ Metro Theatre

April
5 Hong Kong, China/ ROTUNDA
3, KITEC 25 Paris, France/ Bataclan
27 Cologne, Germany/ Gloria
29 London, UK/ Shepherds Bush Empire

May
17 Tokyo, Japan/ Zepp Tokyo
18 Tokyo, Japan/ Zepp Tokyo
30 Taipei, Taiwan/ Taipei International Convention Center

June
21 Singapore/ N/A
28 Bangkok Thailand/Bangkok Convention Centre, Central Plaza Ladprao (BCC HALL)

Check with the official tour page for up to date information on the link below:
http://kppweb.tumblr.com/

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Nanda Collection

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On the 26th of June 2013 the Japanese pop star princess Kyary Pamyu Pamyu released her 2nd album. It was a much awaited album with many fans waiting for it become available, not just in Japan but all over the world, after her world tour making herself even more popular around the world than she was before. I’m sure that help boost sales outside of to Japan, so much so that when the album was released it debuted at number 1 in the Japanese charts and in the US it fell in at number 2 in the Billboard World Music chart.

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Her second album is called Nanda Collection (なんだこれくしょん) which is roughly romanized as “Nanda kore ku shon”. If you were to break it down, it sort of means,  Nanda kore “What in the world is this?” and kore ku shon “collection”. The title is a bit of play on words.

The artwork for the covers of the CD are, as usual, very different to what you might find with a normal artist. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu always likes to make the cover and photos odd, but odd in a fun and different way.

The album was releasd in two different versions, which is quite common in Japan it seems. The first being the regular version where you get the  CD in a normal CD case. The limited edition is for the hardcore fans you could say. The difference between both versions are that with the regular one you just get the CD in a standard CD case and the limited edition version comes in more of a book form case, and it includes a photo book with many great photos for KPP, and an extra DVD with four of the music videos from the album on it. Both editions have different art work to them, the regular shows KPP standing with a puppet and the limited edition has her dressed up like a peacock.

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The music

The album has a mixture of genes, from rock songs (like Fashion Monster) to more alien songs (like Invader Invader) Kyary is to have said. Two of the songs from album feature in TV adverts that have being running on TV in Japan – “Kurakura” and “Noriko to Norio”, which are being used by KFC and the mobile phone company AU respectively.

Also this time Kyary has worked with Yasutaka Nakata from Capsule, who wrote and composed all the song for the album. The album consist of 12 songs, with a few of the singles that had already been released, like Fashion Monster, Invader Invader and Ninjari Ban Ban.

I think the album is a strong album following of her previous album, which had many great songs from her. Of couse, her music is not for everyone. Playing her songs to someone that has never seen or heard of her before might think you’re crazy. But youre not crazy, just different in a good way, with a good taste of Japanese pop music, you could say.

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Tracklisting

The track listing for the album is as follows:

CD

1. Nandakorekushon
2. Ninjari Ban Ban
3. Kimi ni 100%
4. Super Scooter Happy
5. Invader Invader
6. Mi
7. Fashion Monster
8. Saigo no Ice Cream
9. Norikotonorio
10. Furisodeshon
11. Kura Kura
12. Otona na Kodomo

DVD
1. Fashion Monster
2. Furisodeshon
3. Ninjari Ban Ban
4. Invader Invader

Buying the album

I bought my album from CDJapan’s online site on pre-order. The album was shipped fastly to me as soon as it was releasedon the 26th of June. It also included 4 postcards of KPP, as an extra, which is something that CDJapan does from time to time. Most of the waiting I had to do was when the album got stuck in customs for almost a week, which also meant I had to pay import fees, which I wasn’t happy about. So do remember that its always a risk that you might end up having to pay extra for it when it arrives in your country.

The versions cost as follow: For the regular one you will pay around 3000yen and for the limited edition one you pay about 3619yen from CDJapan. At the moment the limited edition is out of print, so you might need to look on eBay for the limited edition. The album is also available as a digital download via iTunes.

The album is a great buy in any version and if you are a KPP fan I recommend you give it a listen.

Some links

Itunes
Cdjapan 
HMV
Ebay

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Dokidoki wakuwaku Pamyu Pamyu Revolution Land 2012 – DVD Review

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Dokidoki wakuwaku Pamyu Pamyu Revolution Land 2012

whysojapan kpp dvd 3 280x210 Dokidoki wakuwaku Pamyu Pamyu Revolution Land 2012   DVD ReviewKyary Pamyu Pamyu largest concert to date was performed in Japan on November 6, 2012 in the Nippon Budokan. The arena is located at Kitanomaru Park, which lies in the center of Tokyo. The concert was recorded for both to be released on DVD/BluRay and a music CD. All versions were first available on the market as of February 13, 2013, the same time that Kyary was on her first world tour. The DVD version, that I bought online, came with two DVDs. One of them holding the main concert and the other DVD holding the DVD extras, like behind the scenes stuff.

The concert differed from her other shows that she has put on across the world in that she could have a big stage and that lots of money was put into making it a big show. The stage from the Japan show was full of scenery and had been built with the help of one of her close friend Sebastian. Anyone that has seen her music videos that Sebastian has worked on can see that stage show, from scenery to the costumes, follows the trend of her videos, in being very bright and very colourful. That was the major difference from Lhe london show. It would have cost too much money to try and replicate that sort of production the other side of the world.

The DVD

The DVDs run for about 96 minutes or so. The main show features all of her regular songs, like Fasion Monster, Candy Candy, Kimi Ni 100 Percent, Ponponpon, and more. The show is very entertaining from start to finsh. At one point it even has Kyaray flying like an angel high in the air! The behind the scenes are great too.

The whole show is in Japanese, as that the product is designed to be sold on the Japanese market, but buying it for the music is just as fun. Its a nice thing to add to your Kyaray Pamyu Pamyu collection. The DVD with works on all regions of DVD players, which great news for those who dont have a reg2 player. The limited editon DVD version features a book styled case to hold the discs, insted of a normal boring plastic case. The case has a booklet with about 20 or so photos from the show, all in very nice quality. You definitely get the feeling that they have taken their time when putting the packaging together for the DVD, as its really nicely done and it’s great to look through. Another thing to know is that you only get the bonus stuff with the limtied edtion DVD version and not the BluRay version of the show.

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Where to buy it

I bought my DVD from hmv.co.jp. It is available from cdjapan.co.jp as well. Just be aware of that if it gets stuck in cutoms, you will end up paying extra taxes on it. I have also seen it available on Ebay,  it might be a good alternative place to buy from. Just check the prices with Japan first, sometimes Ive seen stuff like this sell for duble it’s original price.

Click links below for more infomation.
hmv.co.jp
cdjapan.co.jp

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Live in London – Part 3

The show started about 20:15. The first song she started with was “PON PON PON” – the song that made her a world wide hit via YouTube.

She would sing about two songs, and then have a chat with the audience and so on. Since KPP does not speak English she had a lady translate for her, which was fine since it wasn’t about understanding the language, it was about understanding the happiness of the music. Along with all the hits and songs from her album, she also sang her new song, Invader Invader,  before the song had been released.

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Between costume changes there were different videos being shown on a large screen. One was from a TV show she has back in Japan called TV John, and other videos were facts about KPP. Even a mascot of hers came out and danced and entertained the audience.

KPP fans are dedicated and a lot of people in the audience knew the lyrics to her songs and sang along. People were dancing and clapping along to the music. It was a great atmosphere!

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The show ended about 21:45 with a encore of one more song or so. After that it was a rush for the tube and change for our last train back home.

If you are a fan of KPP I would recommend the chance to see her live. Do so and you won’t be disappointed.

Here is a video with clips that we filmed at the show:

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