“I have a pen. I have an apple. *grunts* Apple pen.”
This is how the song Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen by Pikotaro starts. It was uploaded on YouTube last August 25, 2016 and in just about a month, it has become an earworm that almost everyone can’t seem to get out of their heads. As of right now, this viral video has over 11 million views on YouTube and has been recognized by world-renowned news sites such as BBC News and CNN. The famous Justin Bieber even Tweeted about it saying that it’s his “favorite video on the internet.”
Donned in a yellow and gold animal print outfit, Pikotaro starts his song by saying “PPAP” (short for Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen) which is then followed by a very interesting dance.
He goes on by showing that he has a pen and an apple which makes…
Again, he shows an imaginary pen and now instead of an apple, a pineapple, making a…
Apple pen + pineapple pen = …
Pen pineapple apple pen!
Pikotaro then ends the video with a very mischievous look on his face.
As much as we would like to spare you from another case of the last song syndrome (LSS), here’s the full PPAP video:
The question now is, who is Pikotaro?
Pikotaro, who is apparently a singer-songwriter, is a fictional character made by Japanese comedian and DJ Kosaka Daimao (古坂大魔王) whose real name is Kazuhito Kosaka (古坂和仁). He used to be a member of a Japanese comedian group called Sokonuke AIR-LINE (底ぬけAIR-LINE) along with Shinobu Kojima (小島忍) and Ryo Murashima (村島亮). In September of 2003, however, their group took a hiatus and he made a new comedy-music entertainment group called NO BOTTOM! (ノーボトム!) with Kojima. Then after, they changed its name to NBR (NEW BUSHIDOU RAVERS) and started producing club events as DJs. Unfortunately, Kosaka could not find his success in the music industry, so from 2008, he decided to focus on his work as a comedian. And with the current craze over his PPAP, it’s probably safe to say that he is pretty successful in that field, don’t you think?
Just like any other videos that went viral before, people from all over the world find themselves stuck with it, thus leading them to make their own versions of the original one. In the Philippines, the hashtag #PPAPChallenge has started to trend wherein average citizens and even local celebrities post videos of themselves doing the PPAP.
If you wanna join in the PPAP fun, here’s a tutorial video uploaded by Pikotaro himself where he teaches how to do the PPAP step by step:
Learn this dance and share it with your friends so that the next time you have a pen and an apple, you will know what to do. Also, good luck getting rid of its catchy lyrics and music out of your head in the next few days!