Japanese kimono-cosplay duo YANAKIKU debuted new costumes at their first hosting event, “YANAKIKU Chindouchuu Hizakurige Sono Ichi” at Tokyo’s Daikanyama LOOP on March 30.
After high-energy sets by guests Cyntia, LUI FRONTiC Akabane Japan, and Hatsune with BAYBAND, performers Yana and Kiku emerged in slick black outfits hand-crafted by Japanese designer Nobuko Ariga (“NOBU”), renowned for her work in several film and theatrical productions. Ariga has produced all of YANAKIKU’s eye-catching ensembles which have been a major source of attention from their international fans.
Starkly different from their previous image, YANAKIKU’s new costumes arise from a more mature and modern feminine concept, while maintaining a connection to classical Japanese fashion. The girls challenged themselves to wear a prominently black design to express a woman’s power, combined with contemporary versions of traditional items like hakama (pleated skirt), tamari (colorful threaded balls popular in the Imperial Court) incorporated into their necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, and eboshi (noble headgear).
Supported by a live DJ and colorful lasers, YANAKIKU powered through the 40-minute set, giving the first-ever live performance of their new song “VIVA! Jinsei chindouchuu” (“VIVA! Crazy Life”) along with popular hits “Ninja no Iroha”, “Kira Kira Tokio”, and “Fujiyama Disco”.
Yahoo! Japan has posted a digest video containing select moments from YANAKIKU’s live performance along with the duo’s trademark audience interaction and comedic dialogue.
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Japanese pop female vocal duo YANAKIKU formed in 2012 and released their first single “Miwaku No LADY” in October 2012. In 2013, they launched 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.
YANAKIKU released their first full album YANAKIKU NO ENBAN in March 2015. With their unique costumes named “Kimo-Cos” (“Kimono Cosplay”) and their live Japanese calligraphy, YANAKIKU’s high-energy performances and bright, funny personalities are winning over music fans worldwide.