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Japan's Latest Sensation is a Cryptocurrency Pop Group ( 57

An anonymous reader quotes Engadget: If you're starting a pop group in Japan, where giant rosters and virtual superstars are par for the course, how do you stand out? By tying yourself to something trendy -- and in 2018, that means cryptocurrency. Meet Kasotsuka Shojo (Virtual Currency Girls), a J-pop group where each of the eight girls represents one of the larger digital monetary formats. Yes, you're supposed to cheer for bitcoin or swoon over ethereum (what, no litecoin?). The group played its first concert on January 12th, and naturally you had to pay in cryptocurrency to be one of the few members of the general public to get in. The group's first single, "The Moon and Virtual Currencies and Me," warns listeners about the perils of fraud and extols the virtues of good online security.
"It isn't clear how French maid outfits symbolize cryptocurrency or blockchain technology," notes Quartz, "but they're popular costumes in Japan's anime and cosplay circles."
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Japan's Latest Sensation is a Cryptocurrency Pop Group

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  • What? Is this for real?
  • Stop being weird.
  • by AlanObject ( 3603453 ) on Sunday January 14, 2018 @06:04PM (#55928479)

    It seems that the Japanese want to anthropomorphize everything. If you watch any anime you are familiar with this.

    Maybe the most extreme example I have seen is Kantai Collection []. The story is full of cute girls. Each one is a Japanese war ship. Not, mind you, a symbol for or otherwise a representative of the war ship but actually THE war ship. And they take on physical attributes for example the carriers have big physiques and the destroyers are all little younger girls. Aside from being cute girls they have deadly battles.

    One is left to wonder if the fan base is supposed to (or actually does) fantasize about having sex with a battleship (or a carrier, or a destroyer).

    This seems fairly normal in comparison.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      The Shinto religion assigns 'spirits' to just about all inanimate objects. You can commune with them, in much the same way as a Christian communes with the voice in their head that they call 'God'.

      In principle I don't see why you shouldn't also have sexual urges toward them. Dreaming of bonking a battleship is not the most harmful fantasy I can imagine.

      Incidentally, this is also one reason why Japan is so far ahead of the west in robotics. There's much less soul-searching about "creating life" and suchlike

  • by denzacar ( 181829 ) on Sunday January 14, 2018 @06:05PM (#55928485) Journal

    Or is this actually the other side, peak being the cryptocurrency milk. []

    I presume that a crypto-cheese [] derivative is also in the works.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    No Dogecoin, I observe. Perhaps that'll come later, when the initial surprise dies down (estimation: eight days) and they grow desperate for attention. Perhaps they're saving the unmasking for then, although I remember having KISS take off their make-up didn't impress anyone.

  • by LordKronos ( 470910 ) on Sunday January 14, 2018 @06:26PM (#55928565)

    I think that Bitcoin girl is a total slut. It seems like every other day I hear someone new has forked her.

  • by gman003 ( 1693318 ) on Sunday January 14, 2018 @06:34PM (#55928585)

    Still a better business proposition than investing in cryptocoins, at this point. Nobody has yet made a *useful* cryptocoin - Bitcoin is proving to be an absolutely horrid transaction processor, Ethereum is trying to be something else, and nobody I have seen will accept anything else. Without the utility value of a currency enabling transactions, cryptocoins have only speculation value - and things with only speculation value trend towards zero.

    Meanwhile, J-Pop idol groups are pretty bog-standard entertainment, from an economics standpoint at least. "Entertainment" does have intrinsic value, after all. I don't know if they'll be successful, but it's at least *possible* for them to succeed. And when cryptocoins crash, they can switch to some other gimmick.

    In other words, I would much rather invest by buying shares in whatever music label owns this band, than in any cryptocoin company.

  • Is this group really a "pop sensation" once you get away from the virtual pages of Engadget?

    • by Nikkos ( 544004 )

      This ^

      A one-off show in what looks to be a basement, with poorly choreographed dancing. Stupid drive-by media lined up to interview them as soon as they're done 'performing'.

      Fake news indeed.

  • not /. worthy news.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      /. is promoting bitcoins, if you didn't notice, so anything related is fair game. How else is /. going to make bank off their investment?

    • OW!!! My ears. Oh, well. Harmless fun. The Japan culture is very different from what I see in the USofA. Use the Google to look for music, toons, clothing or hairstyles.
  • They would call themselves the Ted DiBinarybases.

  • ... this isn't the most ridiculous use of cryptocurrency that's in the news.

  • Sum up all these comments and you can see how much passion there is here AGAINST cryptocurrency. I think everyone here need to learn from these girls. Turn your frigging selves around and gain insight into this community. It's growing stronger, bigger, and it's frigging happy too. It's also technical. Get out of your mothers basements (or dont, good place to do some mining) and look out there. It's social, it's fun, it's very technical. Does it scare you that it's grown so fast? Does it scare you that compu
    • Go to one meetup and you'll see its actually a good movement with a lot of good people in it with good intentions

      I don't doubt that a lot of early adopters are libertarians who whole-hardheartedly believe in bitcoin. But from the outside, it looks a lot like, well, a snake-handling cult. People who are in either community can be good people, but I just don't grok the reasons you say or do things.

      And your defense actually reads like how I would expect a (techno-)cult's salespitch to read. One part subtle

      • by jwymanm ( 627857 )
        You do know there are tons and tons of coins that aren't PoW right? Most of my holdings are PoS and require zero mining. And do you think fiat requires zero electricity? All those banks that were constructed and running security, computers, coffee makers, fridges, safes.. all of the stock exchange equipment, all the jet travels bank execs use. All the cars people who are employed at these places drive to work every single day. I bet you mining pales in comparison of the carbon impact especially considering
        • I'm actually not sure how PoS works. Happy to learn if you care to explain or point me to some documentation, but nothing I've read about it makes sense.

          And yes, by comparison normal dollars, etc, use no currency. Because all the examples of things that need electricity exist in both cases. The only difference is the work of mining itself.

  • Pfft. Wake me when there's Cryptocurrency Hentai.

  • Latest maybe... I wouldn't exactly call them a sensation yet. I hate "weird Japan" articles.
    • by Ogive17 ( 691899 )
      That's what makes Japan fun and unique, the weird shit they dream up!

      I've been there 6 times (my wife was born in Aichi) and each time there's something new that catches me off-guard.

      At least the "weird Japan" articles are usually about innocent fun, the "weird US" articles usually revolve around someone being killed in some new way....

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