Hello Kawaii

Feature

Friday, March 14, 2008

Japan has embraced cuteness with a vengeance -- from the ubiquitous Hello Kitty to the successful artist-designer Takashi Murakami, the Andy Warhol of Japan. Sarah Lilley tries to figure out why an ancient culture like Japan’s would strive to be super adorable.

    Music Playlist
  1. Twiggy Twiggy/Twiggy vs. James Bond
    Artist: Pizzicato 5
    Album: Made in USA
    Label: Matador
    Purchase: Amazon
  2. Comment Te Dire Adieu?
    Artist: Tokyo's Coolest Combo
    Album: Sushi 3003
    Label: Bungalow
    Purchase: Amazon
  3. Kepler
    Artist: Nobukazu Takemura
    Album: Scope
    Label: Thrill Jockey
    Purchase: Amazon
  4. My Super Lover
    Artist: SP 1200 Productions
    Album: Sushi 3003
    Label: Bungalow
    Purchase: Amazon
  5. Sweden, Heaven & Hell
    Artist: K-Taro Takanami
    Album: Sushi 3003
    Label: Bungalow
    Purchase: Amazon

Contributors:

Sarah Lilley

Comments [6]

Kairos from US

Great segment (and thanks for solving the Pizzicato Five puzzle; it IS a great tune)

BTW, the Drexel site, Smart Set, offers more insight on the art-culture-pop-history influences on Murakami's superflat art.

http://www.thesmartset.com/article/article05160801.aspx

May. 23 2008 03:29 PM
Derek John from Studio 360

Hi Steven -- the track you're looking for is called “Twiggy Twiggy/ Twiggy vs. James Bond” by Pizzicato Five, from the album "Made in the USA" (Matador Records).

Mar. 18 2008 02:29 PM
Andy from Lawrence, MA


Loved this program, and couldn't help but think about that ultimate rebellion against cute: the Hello Kitty assault rifle:

http://www.kittyhell.com/2007/12/16/hello-kitty-assault-rifle/

Mar. 17 2008 09:02 PM
Steven

Nope, it was the intro that went "twiki nomi."

Mar. 16 2008 11:53 PM
Matt from michigan

Was it a Japanese version of "mahna mahna"?

link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YevYBsShxNs

I'd like to know what the version they played is called.

Mar. 16 2008 11:06 PM
Steven

What is that catchy Japanese tune you played? It was a hit on a Bay Area radio station in the 90s when I was a teen and I've never been able to remember the title or artist!

Mar. 16 2008 09:40 PM

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