Today, kids and adults alike are always up to date with the newest trend thanks to the easy access to the Internet. We all know that everything that’s popular now will come to cease after some time whether it be a trend or a fad. But the impact that it made will surely leave a mark which many people will come to reminisce in the future.
Over the last few months, many people all over the world have been talking about the newest funny and catchy viral song from Japan and I’m pretty sure you have heard of it as the video has been circulating on various social media sites for some time now. Of course, the song or video that I’m talking about is none other than Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen, or PPAP for short, by Pikotaro.
As the viral video still lingers around, some of you might be wondering what and how much of an impact PPAP has made inside and outside of Japan. Some might be surprised with the extent that it has reached, while some might just lightly sway their heads as a gesture of saying “Oh, Japan.”
Interested to find out more? Then make sure to check this article out!
The Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen video which has become the talk of the town was first known by the public when it was uploaded on Pikotaro’s official Youtube account on August 25th. It wasn’t long after it was uploaded that the video started circulating on other social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. But more than that, the video currently has a total of more than 74 million views on Youtube!
Some people are wondering how this song became so popular, but it was rather thanks to its catchy tune and a somewhat ridiculous combination of lyrics and hand gestures which made it a funny video despite being simple and only being a minute long. While it may not be closely comparable, many people were also hooked with Korea’s popular song Gangnam Style by PSY when it first came out in 2012 for the same reason – the funny video.
But aside from PPAP, Pikotaro also has a few more videos on his Youtube account such as “Romita Hashimikov” which is about a single dad bringing a Russian woman to be the new mother, and “Kashite Kudasaiyo” (roughly translated as “Please Lend Me”) which is about borrowing 100,000 yen, returning half the amount, and then borrowing a car to be sold off at Yahoo! Auctions to pay the other 50,000 yen. “Neo Sunglasses” is about being dark when wearing sunglasses and bright when not wearing any, or even half dark and half bright as Pikotaro showed in the video.
Yes, the PPAP song is short but the catchy tune surely made an impact. Although nobody might have thought about it or expected it to happen, Pikotaro’s viral PPAP music video has been recognized by the Guinness World Records!
On October 28th, the PPAP music video was awarded the title for the shortest song to have entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States with the song running for only 45 seconds. The comedic Pikotaro received the award during a ceremony that was held in Tokyo complete with his signature outfit. It was also mentioned that a great factor for the music video’s success was thanks to the popular singer, Justin Bieber, who made a remark on Twitter about PPAP being his favorite video on the Internet.
With worldwide recognition from people all over the world and also awarded by the Guinness World Records, what else does Pikotaro’s PPAP have to offer? It may seem to stop at that point, but Japan has something up its sleeves to give more from the PPAP madness. However, it’s for a limited time only!
Japan loves its one shot themed cafes so much and guess what! That is exactly what Pikotaro’s PPAP is getting this November! Talk about the lyrics of the song and you’re sure to have an idea what the cafe’s menu will have to offer for its guests.
From November 1 to 20, 2016, for the course of 20 days, the Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen/PPAP Cafe will be opening at the Tree Village situated at the foot of the Tokyo Skytree where Pikotaro’s management company has teamed up. By the looks of the cafe’s exterior, it certainly will draw attention just as much as the music video did thanks to the flashy design it has.
For the menu, we’re sure to be getting ourselves a hefty amount of apples and pineapples from the cafe but it seems like we’re not limited to only those!
A majority of the cafe’s menu items are named PPAP, but the funny thing about it is that it’s Pen-Pineapple-Apple-(something)! If you want something to quench your thirst, why not have a variety of PPAP Drinks such as the Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Peach Soda, or the Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Passion Fruit, or even the Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pink Grapefruit? Want fresh juice instead? They also have a double dose of pineapple with the Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pineapple juice drink, too!
If you’re up for some desserts, they also offer the PPAParfait and the PPAPancake which also comes in a Japanese PPAPancake version. Food and drink prices at the PPAP Cafe will be ranging from 420 yen to less than a thousand yen (inclusive of tax).
Having much time with kids here in Japan, I’ve also seen the impact that the viral music video has with them and it’s funny how kids re-enact the song since it’s also in English!
What do you think of Pikotaro’s PPAP video? And how much impact did it have in your country? There are only a few months left before 2016 comes to a close, but it’s no doubt that PPAP has made one of the biggest impacts to hit the world this year. Also, don’t forget to visit the PPAP Cafe before it’s gone!
PPAP Cafe on Tree Village’s Website *Japanese only