Japanese idol

“Loli-cute” Japanese idol turns 20, celebrates with playful swimsuit DVD

With its most famous idol groups being popular with both young girls and middle-aged men, Japan’s idol culture is a curious thing, There’s a juxtaposition at work here, with the young girls in these groups cultivating an image of purity and innocence while at the same time prancing around in bikinis and mini-skirts that so bewitch adult males.

Haruka Momokawa, one of Japan’s hottest new idols, has got this art down to a T, putting her adorably youthful look to coquettish use despite already being the ripe old age of 20.

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Marshmallow girls unite! Meet Chubbiness, Japan’s latest “chubby” girl idol group!

In Japan, being an idol is serious business. Getting caught in anything that has the potential of crushing a fan’s dreams could easily result in the idol getting fired. Simple things that common people partake in without as much as a blink of an eye, such as dating, smoking, or even putting on weight, are huge taboos for many members of Japanese idol groups.

But recently, a new idol group that overturns the conventional concept of weight-watching has surfaced. Instead of watching their weight to keep slim, the chubby idols from Chubbiness are required to maintain their well-rounded figures, or risk getting sent out of the group!

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Elitism divides otaku culture as the popularity of Japanese pop idols expands

Japan’s idol industry is a unique beast of a moneymaker. The girls who succeed on this cut-throat career path are supported entirely by their fanbase. While they may sing and dance, their live shows have more to do with their idol image than their actual talents, and it is ultimately their popularity which determines their level of success. These girls are famous for their popularity, rather than popular as a result of their fame and talents.

Supporting this industry at its core are the idol otaku, men and women who are obsessed with the girls in idol groups. Functioning as a sub-set of otaku culture, which is already criticized by greater Japanese society, one might expect these idol fans to band together tightly, and share in harmony their mutual love for miniskirts. But, this has not been the case. In fact, a large rift has apparently formed between long-time supporters of the idol industry and newcomers to the scene. According to the old-timers, it would appear that these fresh, new fans don’t understand what it really means to be an idol otaku. Just look at what they had to say about these newbies infringing on their turf!

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