Yanakiku Wins Fans at J-Pop SummitJul 25th 2014
July 25, 2014 - J-Pop female vocal duo YANAKIKU made their USA debut at San Francisco's J-Pop Summit last weekend, giving American fans their first opportunity to see YANAKIKU's high-energy performance and comedic MC. The duo gave a special name to the packed audience in San Francisco's Japan Town, proclaiming "You are the lettuce, we are the meat!" before beginning their live set which included recent releases "FUJIYAMA DISCO" and an English version of their unreleased song "Ninja Iroha".
Vocalists YANA and KIKU spoke in frequent English to the audience, giving a positive message that "Music is stronger than our differences," a statement with special meaning to YANA as a representative of San Francisco's sister city Osaka.
In addition to their live performances, YANAKIKU served as judges for J-Pop Summit's cosplay and idol performer contests, as well as taking photos with fans and giving KIMOCOS (Kimono Cosplay) and Shuji calligraphy demonstrations at their booth.
YANAKIKU's new song "Orihime" was released July 2 on iTunes and Spotify worldwide. They will follow their J-Pop Summit performance with a return engagement at London's Hyper Japan Festival July 25-27.
SE ("We are YANAKIKU")
"PAKU PAKU KINGYO"
"NINJA IROHA English Version"
Image Credit: ©YANAKIKU/30 Frame, Inc.
With Harajuku-inspired fashion and catchy dance beats, YANAKIKU has built up a strong following among Japanese music and fashion fans after appearances at Hyper Japan 2013 (London) and TIFFCOM 2013 (Japan). In 2014, they performed at Tokyo Dome's Furusato Matsuri and the special "New Year Event with Japanese Artists 2014" live show in Korea. In July 2014, YANAKIKU returned to Hyper Japan and made their American debut at San Francisco's J-Pop Summit.
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PROFILE Japanese Pop female vocal duo YANAKIKU formed in 2012 and released their first single “Miwaku No LADY” in October 2012. In 2013, they released their second single “UP↑SIDE↓DOWN” and performed for international audiences at Hyper Japan 2013 (London) and TIFFCOM 2013 (Japan).
In January 2014, YANAKIKU performed at Tokyo Dome's Furusato Matsuri and followed up with a special “New Year Event with Japanese Artists 2014″ live show in Korea. In April 2014, they released their new music video “FUJIYAMA DISCO,” achieving over 20,000 views in the first week, followed by a digital release of English and Japanese versions of the song in 109 countries. In July 2014 they returned to the UK for an encore performance at Hyper Japan 2014 and made their American debut at San Francisco's J-Pop Summit.
With their unique costumes named KIMOCOS (“Kimono Cosplay”) and their live Japanese calligraphy, YANAKIKU's high-energy performances and bright, funny personalities are winning over music fans worldwide.
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