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Uganda makes Pikotaro its tourism ambassador

National Oct 7, 2017

Uganda makes Pikotaro its tourism ambassador

YouTube star Pikotaro was appointed by the Ugandan government Friday as a tourism ambassador to help boost the number of Japanese travelers to the East African country. In a ceremony in the capital Kampala, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni asked Pikotaro if he is a samurai. ...

Pikotaro marries model Yasueda, vows to work harder

Entertainment News Aug 4, 2017

Pikotaro marries model Yasueda, vows to work harder

Comedian Pikotaro, best known for his hit song "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen," announced Friday he has tied the knot with model Hitomi Yasueda. The 44-year-old, whose real name is Kazuhito Kosaka, and Yasueda, 29, filed for marriage on Thursday, he said on his blog. The two became acquainted through ...

Pikotaro rejiggers 'Apple-Pen' rhyme to support U.N. initiatives

National Jul 12, 2017

Pikotaro rejiggers 'Apple-Pen' rhyme to support U.N. initiatives

"Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen" and the U.N. are rhyming. Comedian Pikotaro has adapted his catchy song to promote the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. The original went viral last year after pop star Justin Bieber tweeted that it was his favorite video. Pikotaro, in his trademark leopard-lizard patterned outfit, ...

Koike kicks off free lightbulb-switching campaign with Pikotaro

National Jul 10, 2017

Koike kicks off free lightbulb-switching campaign with Pikotaro

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Monday kicked off a campaign to encourage residents to replace their incandescent lightbulbs with energy-efficient LED lighting for free. Later the same day, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike held a launch ceremony at City Hall with comedian Pikotaro to explain the ...

The top entertainment stories of 2016

Culture Dec 30, 2016

The top entertainment stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these culture stories as the most important of 2016. 1. Nothing lasts forever: After conflicting reports dominated tabloids, J-pop act SMAP finally announced a breakup planned for New Year's Eve. Regardless of whether it was in-fighting or exhaustion that led ...

'Superhuman' slugger tops year's list of buzzwords

National Dec 1, 2016

'Superhuman' slugger tops year's list of buzzwords

by Daisuke Kikuchi

A superhuman effort on the baseball field inspired the top buzzword of the year, it was announced Thursday, in a contest that highlights social, political and entertainment trends. The winning entry was kamitteru, or superhuman behavior, honoring the clutch performance of Hiroshima Toyo Carp outfielder ...

A timeline of how Pikotaro went viral

Music Nov 4, 2016

A timeline of how Pikotaro went viral

by Patrick St. Michel

Internet memes often feel like they come out of nowhere, emerging from the digital ether at random before becoming inescapable fixtures of late-night comedy shows and social-network news feeds. Online ephemera tends to follow a clear path, however, journeying from obscure LOL-bait to something ...