Music Monday — Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Kira Kira Killer is a newer tune from J-Pop sweetheart Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, someone I’ve written about before here on the blog and it’s one of those music videos that makes you think.

Think about what? The symbolism within it, or the differences between Japanese culture and America? What’s with the person in the weird wardrobe and the staff?

Well, no. Though the person with the odd wardrobe (who isn’t Kyary Pamyu Pamyu) is representative of a priest that seems to be an amalgam of multiple religions. There are Shinto, Buddhist, and Taoist influences in that costume so I suppose we could opine on its portrayal of religion as an authoritarian master, holding the people in the palm of its hand. This is further supported by her visions of a spinning Yin Yang, interlocking white and grey Magen David stars, topped with prayer beads and crosses.

The only turtle ever to feature on the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram.
The only turtle ever to feature on the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram.

There’s also a nod to the Discworld novels where you have a more or less flat world perched atop elephants with the whole thing riding on the back of a turtle. We’ll pass on all of that and get straight to the thing I think about.

Virtual reality technology needs to go mainstream so I can inhabit this video. It’d be far better than drugs.

Seriously, flying through a virtual tunnel on a jet powered hoverboard with an amalgamated priest while the bounciest, happiest song ever plays in your ears? You might get that kind of trip with LSD or DMT, but if you could get it with a set of VR goggles and headphones?

Sign me up.

Racism and Stereotypes in Sports

I’m not a sports person. I like the occasional soccer game (or football to people around the world except Australia where they too call it soccer) and a decent tennis match. I fenced in college and I run on a very regular basis. In the end, pro sports just don’t appeal to me. Still, you can’t escape the news and when it comes down to the recent spat over the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins and their racist, stereotypical logos and mascots; well, I just can’t help but notice that a few things were missing from the discussion.

Racism in Sports