Discover Japanese Idols

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In Japanese pop culture, idols (アイドル, aidoru, from English idol) are people from the media (singers, actresses, models etc) young, mostly teenagers but there are many older women in this environment, with a cute and innocent image.

Idol is a separate category of traditional Japanese artists. Idols sell an image of youth combined with musical talent. Idols are intended to be the ideal love object of crazed fans. These fans usually buy everything related to them including CDs, accessories, pay to meet them in person and take pictures.

To become an Idol, it is not enough to be talented and beautiful, it is necessary that you accept to live a regulated life since they are prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages and cigarettes. In addition, they cannot get involved in any kind of scandal and also cannot affectively relate to each other while under contract with the producer. Why so many rules? Because doing these things would spoil the “fan fantasy” who dream of dating them even though it sounds weird.

Get to know some Japanese idols

There are also differences between solo singers who have a little more “freedom” in their private lives than those who are members of a group like AKB48 and NMB48. These groups have many members and are divided into cities and teams, each of which has a different role. Some teams appear on album covers, others perform publicly frequently, record separate clips of the main album's music, and so on. The most popular groups are AKB48, Momoiro Clover (ももいろクローバー), Morning Musume, °C-ute, NMB48 among others. From solo singers who usually also work as models and Seiyu we have Haruka Tomatsu, Tamura Yukari and others.

In addition, we have singers from groups that also follow a solo career like Miyuki Watanabe, and finally independent solo singers like the famous Kyary Pamyu Pamyu among many others, as a rule, Idols who belong to groups like this when they get older, they leave for a solo career, giving space for new members since these groups are always in constant change.

Idols have become a great passion even for young perverts, just search on youtube or google image for Japanese Idols and you will come across thousands of sex appeal photos, or even supposed photos…

Origin

The phenomenon emerged in the early 1970s due to a boom in the popularity of the French film called Cherchez l'idole (“Finding the Idol”) which appeared on Japanese cinema screens in November 1964. Actress Sylvie Vartan, who played the lead role, became extremely popular. The term “idol” became used for girls, mostly between the ages of 14 and 16, who were just beginning their path to stardom.

The Influence on Japanese Animation

In addition to Idols influencing all the media and causing repercussions. They exist countless anime, manga and games that influence girls to dream of becoming idols. Several animes show what the life of an Idol is like, for lovers on duty. The best known are The [email protected], Love Live! and Wake Up, Girls!

Get to know some Japanese idols

Footage

Idols are very popular in Japan, there are thousands of groups spread out, of all tastes and styles. It will depend on whether each person likes idols or not. Some foreigners may not understand young people's passion for idols. For that you would have to think like a Japanese and understand the language.

To finish, let's leave below some videos of famous Idols.

Article written with the help of Lucas Ribeiro Machado from the page Nintendo, Apple and Japanese Culture.

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