More recently, there is a strange man dressed in gold animal print clothing, singing about a pen, pineapple and an apple. PPAP is one of those ‘viral’ videos on the internet that has everyone talking. It’s funny, strange, catchy, completely fake, and totally meaningless. It’s hard to explain, so if you are one of the few people who haven’t seen it yet, please check out this video:
“I have a pen.” (Or I have a pineapple / I have an apple, as the case may be.)
So who is Piko Taro, and how did he achieve this amazing feat? Piko Taro is a fictional character created by 43-year-old Japanese comedian Kazuhito Kosaka (aka Kosaka Daimaou). Kosaka hails from Aomori Prefecture in northern Honshu. As a stand-up comedian, he first introduced the character Piko Taro to audiences in one of his live performances. The response was positive and ‘a star was born’ as they say.
Despite its brevity (only 45 seconds long) it has even entered various song charts around the world, including the Billboard Hot 100, and the Streaming Songs chart. Justin Bieber referred to it as his ‘favorite video on the internet’ which in turn brought it the attention of all his followers around the world. You would think then that this is an amazing piece of music, but in fact it has a very basic tune, a catchy melody, very simple dance steps, a good dose of Japanese humor, and lyrics that are really rather meaningless. It’s just a lot of fun to watch.
Have a great week.
Warm regards, Chris