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On the 7th Day of *J-Pop* Christmas: Utada Hikaru vs. AKB48 in the battle of the Christmas cola commercials

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 19, 2011 12:00am | Post a Comment
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ようこそ、welcome to another post celebrating the 12 Days of J-Pop Christmas with another post dedicated to pop idols in holiday advertising. I'm not back on the J-Pop commercial tip, I'm still on it! And why not? After all what mixes better with Christmas than business? I'm talkin' good, old fashioned, nothing-but-net holiday eye-candy endorsements like Utada Hikaru's winter wonderland Pepsi challenge taking on AKB48's Coca-Cola ad, not to mention the absoludicrous Christmas cake ads, plural, AKB48 made for 7-11. Check out how all these season's greeting stack up against one another below.

Utada Hikaru pining for Pepsi:



AKB48 miming for Coca-Cola:

On the 9th Day of *J-Pop* Christmas: Foxxi misQ puts new gloss on a Wham holiday favorite

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 18, 2011 12:00am | Post a Comment
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Back again with the next sassy addition to the 12 Days of J-Pop Christmas list! First off, let me just say I'm not gonna lie. I've never heard of sexy Japanese hip-hop trio Foxxi misQ, also known as "FQ" - apparently their name comes from the words "Foxy!" and "misc", short for "miscellaneous" which I guess makes perfect sense. Anyhoo, these ladies got it together, in a Destiny's Child kinda way, to stomp out a Christmas jam à la Wham or, shall we say, in the style of  Exile - J-Pop's all-male 14-member super group that made the Japanese version of "Last Christmas" oh so very popular. Check out the street sauce 'n' lip gloss video below and feel free to mash it up with Exile's smooth-as cover.

Exile - "Last Christmas"


On the 9th Day of Christmas: Foxxi misQ - "Last Christmas"

On the 8th Day of *J-Pop* Christmas: Fried Chicken and KARA

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 17, 2011 12:00am | Post a Comment
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As we all know, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas in Japan if it weren't for fried chicken. It seems everyone gets their so-called "Kentucky Christmas" fix by December 25th, even the cutest of the cookie-cutter cute J-Pop girl groups like KARA, pictured above, can be seen savoring the fryolator flavor of crispy holiday cheer in this year's commercial for Family Mart. Of course, KARA already have a Christmas hit to add to the 12 Days of J-Pop Christmas list with their single "Winter Magic", but wouldn't you rather see them work some fried chicken into their seasonal song and dance routine? I thought so! And because you've been such good boys and girls this year I'm not only adding KARA's rhapsody in white short-shorts music video for "Winter Magic" to this post, but I'll also be including a bonus Japanese "Kentucky Christmas" KFC commercial, starring Japanese ingenue Haruka Ayase. Take it away, babes!

On the 8th Day of J-Pop Christmas: KARA Christmas for Family Mart Fried Chicken



KARA - "Winter Magic"



On the 11th Day of *J-Pop* Christmas: L'Arc en Ciel's "Hurry Xmas"

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 16, 2011 12:00am | Post a Comment
Oh Hai. Here we are again with the second in a series of J-Pop "Christmas" videos. Today's feature: L'Arc en Ciel's 2007 swingin' holiday jam "Hurry Xmas" featuring way more than the 11 Santas a-fist bumping mentioned in the title, you're welcome. Stay tuned for more holiday cheer as the 12 Days of *J-Pop* Christmas keeps on truckin' - woot!

On the 11th Day of Christmas: L'Arc en Ciel - "Hurry Xmas"

On the 10th Day of *J-Pop* Christmas: Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence"

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 15, 2011 12:00am | Post a Comment
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Oh hai! メリークリスマス again everyone! I'm here again with today's installment in the 12 Days of J-Pop Christmas wherein we celebrate the wild wonderful spectrum of J-Pop Christmas hits both classic and funky fresh. If you're keeping up with this list, checking it twice as it were, welcome back! Today's addition pays homage to award winning musician, composer, producer, writer, singer, pianist and actor Mr. Ryuichi Sakamoto! If you think you've never heard of him chances are you have at least heard a sampling of his work whether it be while strapped into the dentists chair, waiting for some elevator doors to open or watching the Last Emperor. His other works include a career pioneering electronica with his band Yellow Magic Orchestra, a successful career as a pop music producer and a semi-successful career as a pop musician, his international notoriety stemming from numerous Golden Globe, Academy Award and BAFTA nominations and wins as a film composer.

So without further ado here's Ryuichi Sakamoto of Yellow Magic Orchestra playing his beautiful work "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" live in Europe 2009. And remember: I'll be adding to the 12 Days of J-Pop Christmas line-up everyday until the hull on my Christmas vessel breaches in a holiday display both beautiful and terrible to behold.

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