Michael Jackson‘s popularity remains strong world-wide despite his death six years ago, and that includes in Japan. There is no shortage of MJ fans in the country, and many still consider him one of their favorite artists. Of course, with a discography as massive as his, it’s nearly impossible to choose one “most famous” Michael Jackson song, but “Smooth Criminal” is certainly a strong contender. This has resulted in the tune being covered in nearly every genre imaginable, but there’s always room for one more. Especially when it’s played on shakuhachi and koto…even more so when it’s played this well!
In many countries where baseball is a major form of sports entertainment, it’s common to see celebrities grace the mound for the ceremonial first pitch. Earlier this year, we saw Japan’s infamous robotic dancing group World Order execute a seven-man pitch which incorporated their signature dance moves.
We never thought we’d see another seven-man pitch this soon, but this group of South Korean performers raised the bar with an amazing gravity-defying pitch! See the whole routine after the jump!
Good music surpasses generations, and can be enjoyed and appreciated by both young and old. Many talented artists have left their eternal mark on the music scene, but probably none so much as the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, who – in spite of his untimely death – has continued to influence and entertain music lovers the world over.
Take for instance this eight-year-old boy from Japan who, young age aside, shows off his amazing dance talent with moves that may just rival the man himself!
Oftentimes, foreign celebrities visiting Japan will don a kimono or hakama to take commemorative photos of their trip. While they can sometimes appear incredibly awkward or constricted while dressed in the traditional clothing, a photo of silver screen darling Audrey Hepburn reveals that she looks right at home in the beautiful garb. Furthermore, the picture wasn’t even taken in Japan!
An internet star was born yet again recently, this time surfacing in the deep south of China. As the legend goes, a traveler one day stumbled upon a farmer dancing most unusually amongst the lush greenery of the countryside and whipped out his camera to capture the scene.
After hitting the internet in China, the mysterious dancer was quickly crowned “The King of Farmers”. His incredibly tight moves, which mimic the King of Pop’s repertoire almost perfectly, drew acclaim from around the country, and his fame has only continued to grow since with a YouTube video earning him respect from all corners of the world.
Every once in a while at a fair or all-you-can-eat buffet I come across a make-your-own cotton candy (or candy floss) machine. Let me tell you, the excitement of pouring some sugar in the bucket and putting the card paper stick in is… is just about five seconds long for me. It’s cool and all, but yields about as much a “huh-look-at-that” reaction as noticing a 90-year-old using a smartphone.
At least, that’s what I used to think before witnessing David Shtorm work his magic with the wispy confectionery. By combining music, lighting, sculpting and dance he transforms cotton candy-making into something that you can’t take your eyes off.
There’s certainly no shortage of amateur Michael Jackson cover videos on YouTube, but few are as ambitious as this cover of “Thriller” by Inhyeok Yeo, a Korean university student living in Japan.
Check out the video below!