Kawaii moves, thanks Japan

If you find yourself sitting at a large table (kind of like Jesus between strangely dressed apostles) with nothing to do, why not do a little dance?

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Harajuku J-Pop Princess, style icon, eyelash designer and all round cutie demonstrates some pretty sweet moves to do while sitting down. It may come real handy during festive times when there is a lot of sitting and eating (and, you know, people with masks everywhere).

Watch and learn:

If sitting down to dance isn’t your thing, maybe you’ll prefer lying down.

Luckily this cray Japanese pop star, née Kiriko Takemura,  has got moves for you too, as demonstrated in her latest video “Mottai-Nightland” (“Mottai is apparently the Japanese equivalent to ‘waste not, want not’). Warning: This video contains a lot of cuteness as well as pink poop (with a little pink boat launching off of it), semi naked ghouls, disproportional arms and  a cupcake head with a bite out of it. It’s also got a Christmassy Alice in Wonderland vibe about it.

Okay so you’re probably thinking this lady is deranged, but she’s actually all about the cuteness (and sharks). The Japanese call it kawaii (which is awesome cause it almost looks like the Afrikaans “kwaai” – meaning angry or kiff). It’s everything that makes you go “awww” and have a warm fuzzy feeling.

Sort of like this odd cute food:kawaiifood

Hello Kitty is a kawaii mascot, yet Kyary likes to say she is the opposite of the beloved kitten/girl.

“For me, ‘traumatic’ is the key word,” she told Jeff Yang from Speakeasy. “I want to traumatise people out of the way they think. I want to get different reactions. So some people think I’m crazy. But soon they find I’m also addictive. And then they can’t get enough of what I do.”

“To Kyary, kawaii is anything that jars you out of your sense of balance and normalcy, and prompts an involuntary response of pleasure. It could be an object, a gesture, an image, a person. It could be something sweet and heartwarming, or something weird and bizarre. As long as it gets you to say ooh, aah or awwww, in Kyary’s eyes, it has the “dimension” of kawaii.” – (Read the full article on Kyary and kawaii here)

Seeing as I haven’t stopped writing, I think she might be right about the addictive nature of what she’s offering. Or maybe I just left for last! Voila! A guide to her dance moves from this video, go ahead, master it:

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Open your hands up above your head and bob left and right like a frog! Right, left, right, left, to the beat!

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Face front-on and open up your right hand, then your left hand in time with “Pachi Pachi”. Next, bow your head to do the the blink with your whole body!

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Put your thumb, middle finger, and ring finger together with the other two fingers pointed up. Rotate your wrists right and left to the beat.

Circle both hands up to shoulder height like you're taking a big breath. Open up your hands and strike a pose!

Circle both hands up to shoulder height like you’re taking a big breath. Open up your hands and strike a pose!

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This time make a peace sign with your hands and rotate your wrists right and left to the beat.

Circle both hands up to shoulder height while making the peace sign. Open up your hands and strike a pose!

Circle both hands up to shoulder height while making the peace sign. Open up your hands and strike a pose!

Put your right hand, then your left hand under your cheek at "Kawa", press your palms up a little at "ii", and then do a cute tilt of your head to the left at "no".

Put your right hand, then your left hand under your cheek at “Kawa”, press your palms up a little at “ii”, and then do a cute tilt of your head to the left at “no”.

Keeping your head tilted, raise your right hand, then your left hand above your head in time to "Tsuke".

Keeping your head tilted, raise your right hand, then your left hand above your head in time to “Tsuke”.

Keeping your head tilted, raise your right hand, then your left hand above your head in time to "Tsuke".

Keeping your head tilted, raise your right hand, then your left hand above your head in time to “Tsuke”.

Make a thumbs up with both hands and push your hands forward out from your chest.

Make a thumbs up with both hands and push your hands forward out from your chest.

 

Pictures found on Ana’s website

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