Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu performing at the Japan Expo in July 2012
Native nameきゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ
BornKiriko Takemura (竹村 桐子)
(1993-01-29) January 29, 1993 (age 25)[1]
Tanashi, Tokyo, Japan
Other namesCaroline Charonplop Kyary Pamyu Pamyu;
Height157 cm (5 ft. 2 in.)
Musical career
Years active2010–present
Associated acts

Kiriko Takemura (竹村 桐子, Takemura Kiriko, born January 29, 1993) known by her stage name Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (Hiragana: きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ), is a Japanese singer, model, and blogger. Her public image is associated with Japan's kawaisa and decora culture, centered in the Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo.[3] Pamyu Pamyu's music is produced by musician Yasutaka Nakata of electronic music duo Capsule.

She is well known for her 2011 single "Pon Pon Pon", which reached the top ten on Japan's Oricon music chart; the 2012 singles "Candy Candy" and "Fashion Monster" followed this success. Pamyu Pamyu has since released three full-length albums: Pamyu Pamyu Revolution (2012), Nanda Collection (2013), and Pika Pika Fantajin (2014).

Though most of her success as a recording artist has been in Asia, she has also gained popularity in Western countries due in part to Internet videos which have gone viral.[4] Media outlets have referred to Pamyu Pamyu as "Harajuku Pop Princess", and she has been photographed for magazines such as Dazed & Confused.[5] In 2013, she signed a distribution deal with Sire Records to release her material in the United States.[6]

Early life[edit]

Pamyu Pamyu was born on January 29, 1993 in Tokyo, Japan. Throughout most of her childhood life, she was raised in a traditional strict household, where her parents frequently set early curfews and limited her cell phone access. Pamyu Pamyu's mother was very critical of her fashion sense to the point where she would have to leave the house dressed normally and change into Harajuku-style clothing inside a public restroom. Pamyu Pamyu often returned home and found that her mother had disposed of her fashion accessories, which led to further quarrels. She writes in her autobiography, Oh! My God!! Harajuku Girl, that her father was more supportive of her, although they had their fair share of quarrels as well.[7] Pamyu Pamyu writes in her autobiography that in her childhood, she took dance lessons. Later, different sources report that, around the age of 12, she appeared in a video series called Imouto Club (いもうと倶楽部), and in another titled Kasumi, in which she was filmed posing while wearing a school-issued bathing suit among other things.[8]


2009–2010: Career beginnings[edit]

Takemura started as a fashion blogger, and then began her professional career as a model for Harajuku fashion magazines such as Kera! and Zipper.[9] After achieving a measure of fame, she collaborated with the Eyemazing company to produce a line of fake eyelashes called "Harajuku Doll".[10]

Takemura explained her stage name in a Japanese MTV interview. Wearing blonde wigs as a fashion affectation in high school, a friend began calling her "Kyari" because she embraced Western culture and seemed "like a foreign girl". The name stuck. Upon starting her blog, she felt the name "Kyari" — a phonetic Japanese spelling of the Western name "Carrie" — was too short, and "missing something". Takemura added "Pamyu Pamyu" because it sounded cute.[11] She states her full stage name as "Caroline Charonplop Kyary Pamyu Pamyu" (きゃろらいんちゃろんぷろっぷきゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ, Kyarorain Charonpuroppu Kyarī Pamyu Pamyu).[12]

Takemura first met Yasutaka Nakata, the music producer of her favorite electropop group Perfume, at his club event. Because he makes music for the fashion industry, he was intrigued by her career and encouraged her to debut as a singer.[13]

2011–2012: Moshi Moshi Harajuku and Pamyu Pamyu Revolution[edit]

In April 2011, along with Japanese fashion editor and photographer Yasumasa Yonehara and Japanese brand 6%DokiDoki, Pamyu Pamyu participated in the charity event "One Snap for Love" to benefit victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[14] In July, she released her first promo single, "Pon Pon Pon", citing Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera and Katy Perry as inspirations at that time.[15] The music video, a psychedelic tribute to kawaisa and Decora culture, was released to YouTube and became a viral hit, leading to it being reported on by MTV and The Huffington Post.[16][17] The single was produced by Yasutaka Nakata and is the first release from Pamyu Pamyu's debut album, Moshi Moshi Harajuku, which was released August 17, 2011.[18] "Pon Pon Pon" was released on July 20, 2011. The single entered Billboard Japan's Hot 100 chart at 72 on July 31, 2011.[19] American rapper G-Eazy sampled "Pon Pon Pon" on his single "Lost in Translation".[20] The single topped the iTunes Electronic Songs Chart in Belgium and Finland.[21] On August 3, 2011, her second promo single, "Jelly", was internationally released via iTunes.[22] A week after the release of Moshi Moshi Harajuku, Pamyu Pamyu released an autobiography about her rise to fame titled, Oh! My God!! Harajuku Girl.[23][24]

Pamyu Pamyu performing at the 4th Okinawa International Movie Festival.

On December 6, 2011, her single "Tsukematsukeru" was digitally released internationally via iTunes. On December 9, Pamyu Pamyu made her American debut in Culver City, California to perform in a fashion show and play two of her songs, as well as her first time performing the single.[25] "Tsukematsukeru" was released physically on January 11, 2012, which included a special edition photobook. It was eventually certified gold in April 2012. In February and March 2012, she represented Japan during Japanese performing arts exhibitions in Shanghai and Hong Kong. She performed on 24 February in Shanghai at the Shanghai Expo Mart.[26][27][28] On 27 March, Pamyu Pamyu performed for 700 fans in Hong Kong at the Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre. She released her second single, "Candy Candy" as a digital download on March 14, 2012. The single debuted at eighty-nine on the Billboard Japan Hot 100, and later peaked at number two.[29][30] It was released as a CD single on April 4, 2012, and sold 9,913 copies its first week, debuting at number eight on the Oricon weekly singles chart.[31] Despite it being Pamyu Pamyu's first and only single to chart on the Recording Industry Association of Japan charts, "Candy Candy" remains Kyary's lowest selling single to date at the time.

Her debut full-length album, Pamyu Pamyu Revolution, was released on May 23, 2012. Along with the announcement of her second single back in February, it was revealed that Pamyu Pamyu was planning to hold her first nationwide tour in June of that year, as well as launching an official fan club.[32] The tour kicked off on June 2 at the Namba Hatch in Osaka. It continued in Hiroshima, Nagoya, Sendai, Sapporo, Fukuoka and finished in Tokyo on June 29. In July 2012, she made her European debut by performing for 13,000 fans at the Japan Expo in Paris.[33] Pamyu Pamyu was bestowed the title of "Kawaii Harajuku Ambassador" on 30 August 2012 by the Mayor of Shibuya.[34] Following a montage of her successes performed on a large screen, she performed several songs in front of a crowd after accepting the award.[35] In early September 2012, Pamyu Pamyu announced that she was collaborating with Japanese budget fashion brand g.u. for her new single "Fashion Monster", which was given a CD release date of 17 October 2012. She was also used as the image character for g.u. after the announcement.[36] Around the same time, Pamyu Pamyu announced her debut world tour titled 100% KPP World Tour, which began in February 2013 and lasted until June. The tour visited the United States, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and her native Japan.[37][38]

2013–2014: Nanda Collection and Pika Pika Fantajin[edit]

During 2012 and 2013, she began receiving more attention in Western media. Sputnikmusic listed Pamyu Pamyu Revolution as number one on their "Best Pop Albums of 2012" list.[39] Britain's Dazed & Confused magazine became an enthusiastic supporter. Pamyu Pamyu was photographed by Matt Irwin for the magazine's December 2012 issue, styled by Nicola Formichetti.[5] The magazine also cited her video for "Furisodation" in their "Video of the Week" category in January 2013,[40] and named her "The Star of Tomorrow" in August.[41] In January 2013, MTV Iggy called Pamyu Pamyu "the coolest girl on the planet" and The Fader called her "the most exciting person making music".[42][43] Furisodeshon's video was also named by Stereogum as a "Video of the Week" in January.[44] Elle France promoted Pamyu Pamyu in its February 2013 issue,[45] and she appeared on the French television show Le Petit Journal on February 11.[46] During this period, she also appeared in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet[47] and was interviewed on the British radio station Monocle 24.[48] February also saw the release of Pamyu Pamyu's first concert DVD/Blu-ray, Dokidoki Wakuwaku Pamyu Pamyu Revolution Land, recorded live in November 2012 at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.[49] A month-long exhibition in March 2013 titled "Kyary Pamyu Pamuseum" was held in Tokyo's Roppongi Hills complex, showcasing all costumes from her music videos and live performances.[50][51][52] In April, a deal for American distribution was reached with Sire Records, and "Fashion Monster" was re-released in the United States.[53][54] In summer 2013, Pamyu Pamyu's television series TV John! was broadcast in France on the Nolife channel.[55] In America, Paper featured her in its July issue,[56] and she received her largest American exposure to date in a lengthy profile in The Wall Street Journal the same month.[57]

Pamyu Pamyu at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Japan red carpet.

Pamyu Pamyu performed her songs "Invader Invader" and "Ninja Re Bang Bang" at the end ceremony for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Japan Awards, where she also received the awards for Best Pop Video and Best Karaoke! Song for "Fashion Monster". In late June, it was revealed that she is working on a documentary film that is due out late 2013 entitled Kyary Pamyu Pamyu the Movie. The film featured one-day limited screening and concert footage from Pamyu Pamyu's 100% KPP World Tour.[58] Internationally the same year, she was nominated for Best New International Pop Artist by Fuse TV and Best Japan Act at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards.[59][60][61] Pamyu Pamyu's second studio album, Nanda Collection, was released on June 26, 2013.[62] In September 2013, she announced a second world tour titled Nanda Collection World Tour and a new single "Mottai Night Land" was released in late October and received positive reviews from Western media outlets.[63][64][65][66] The single was released on November 6.[67] The world tour visited the United States, Canada, Australia, England, France, Germany, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Pamyu Pamyu's native Japan, lasting from February until November. It was originally to last until June but was postponed due to a political unrest. She was interviewed by or was the focus of articles in internationally renowned publications such as The Guardian, Time Out London, Sydney Morning Herald, and VICE.[68][69][70][71] in April 2014, Pamyu Pamyu made her Australian television debut on the program Sunrise and was the focus of Australian news programs such as ABC News.[72][73][74] In May 2014, she appeared in the British fashion magazine i-D.[75] In July 2014, Vogue premiered Pamyu Pamyu's first English-language song, "Ring A Bell," in the United States.[76] In October 2014, she was the focus of an article and photoshoot in the American fashion magazine Nylon.[77]

In February 2014, Pamyu Pamyu announced her single "Yume no Hajima Ring Ring" in which her theme would be "evolution" which provides a theme relating to graduation. The music video was uploaded to YouTube on February 19. The single was released on February 26. In March, she announced that her upcoming single "Family Party" will be used as an ending theme for the movie Crayon Shin-chan: Serious Battle! Robot Dad Strikes Back. Pamyu Pamyu has stated that this is her first original theme song for a film.[78] "Family Party" was released on April 16. On May 9, she announced her first limited-run single, "Kira Kira Killer", which was released on June 11. The single was featured in commercials for au's "Lucky" campaign. Also in May, Dazed & Confused announced that Pamyu Pamyu was working with international musicians Sophie and Yelle on new upcoming music.[79] she announced at her Zepp Tokyo concert that she would be releasing her third full album, titled Pika Pika Fantajin on July 9, 2014. Along with the album announcement on May 18, Pamyu Pamyu also announced that she would be holding an arena tour after her hall tour in Japan. Both nationwide tours were held after the Nanda Collection World Tour. The Hall tour consisted of 17 shows in 13 cities, visiting Saitama, Tokyo, Miyagi, Matsudo, Hokkaido, Tochigi, Niigata, Ishikawa, Yamanashi, Chiba, Hiroshima, Kagawa, and Aichi, and lasting from July 27 until September 22. The arena tour consisted of nine shows in five cities, which ran from October 18 to November 9, visiting the cities of Makuhari, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Yoyogi.[80][81]

2015–2016: KPP Best[edit]

The Seibu KPP Train in 2016.

In January 2015, she was mentioned by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the "major recent sellers" for Warner Music Group alongside artists including Coldplay and Ed Sheeran.[82] In March 2015, Pamyu Pamyu released her single "Mondai Girl".[83] In June, she was chosen by the international cosmetic brand MAC Cosmetics as one of its "Global Heroes" and was profiled in an interview on their website.[84] In the following month, Pamyu Pamyu was chosen to represent Japan in Italy at Expo 2015.[85] On June 17, 2015, a remake of the movie Nutcracker Fantasy with a remix of her song "Oyasumi" as theme song. On September 2, 2015, Pamyu Pamyu released the Halloween-themed single "Crazy Party Night (Pumpkin no Gyakushū)" and began the Crazy Party Night 2015 Tour, a nationwide concert tour that lasted until December 2015.[86] The music video for the single premiered beforehand on August 20, 2016 and has since amassed over thirteen million views as of May 2018. On October 11, 2015, she played a one-off international concert at The Roundhouse in London, England.[87] In November 2015, Pamyu Pamyu was featured prominently in advertising for "The World Goes Pop" exhibition at the Tate Modern national art gallery in London.[88][89]

On May 25, 2016, her debut compilation album KPP Best was released, featuring her single "Sai & Co" which was released on April 20. Around that time, Pamyu Pamyu announced a third world tour titled the Five Years Monster World Tour. The world tour visited Singapore, London, Sydney, Melbourne, San Francisco, New York City, Taipei, and Tokyo.[citation needed] Her first art exhibition titled the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Artwork Exhibition 2011–2016 was held at Laforet Harajuku from December 16th. In addition to every CD jacket design being present at the event, there will be well over 100 images on display including unseen photos from Pamyu Pamyu’s photobooks that are available exclusively within her album releases, outfits and wigs worn by Pamyu Pamyu herself, interactive displays of the jacket images, and much, much more. This is the ultimate Kyary Pamyu Pamyu artwork exhibition collecting together 5 years of work since her debut. In conjunction with the exhibition was released the book "Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Art Works 2011–2016", compiling around 300 unseen images from her photobooks. It is Pamyu Pamyu's first release together with art director and designer Steve Nakamura, who has been responsible for the art direction of Kyary’s releases since her debut in 2011.[90]

2017–present: Japamyu[edit]

On December 27, 2016, she announced that she would be collaborating with English singer Charli XCX on Yasutaka Nakata's solo track "Crazy Crazy". The song was released on 18 January 2017, followed later in January by her single "Harajuku Iyahoi". In April 2017, Pamyu Pamyu released the single "Easta". From August 12, 2017 to October 1, 2017, the new exhibition titled the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Art Exhibition 2011–2016 in Taipei was released, the event will feature displays of all 18 CD sleeves since her debut back in 2011, as well as outfits and wigs worn by Pamyu Pamyu herself in music videos, unreleased works from photobooks that come with her albums and more.[91] Pamyu Pamyu also embarked on a tour titled The Spooky Obakeyashiki: Pumpkins Strike Back in 2017. The following year, she performed at 6 international concerts in London, Cologne, Berlin, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles as The Spooky Obakeyashiki World Tour.[92][92] In an interview with Billboard Japan, Pamyu Pamyu stated that although her music and performance style have evolved, she hopes to "maintain that basic 'kawaii' side" her music and style is known for.[92] Over a year since the release of "Easta", she released the single "Kimino Mikata" on April 11, 2018, along with an accompanying music video.[93]

In August 2018, Pamyu Pamyu announced her fourth studio album Japamyu scheduled for a release date on September 26, her first studio album in four years. The album will include her 2016 single "Sai & Kou" as well as her recent singles "Harajuku Iyahoi" and "Kimino Mikata".[94] Pamyu Pamyu performed a new song from the album titled "Kizunami" on Music Station on September 7.


Public image[edit]

Pamyu Pamyu performing at J-Pop Summit in San Francisco, July 2013

As a musical entertainer, Pamyu Pamyu has been recognized as the "J-Pop Princess" or "Harajuku Pop Princess".[95][96]

Her fashion sense is the subject of much media coverage. Pamyu Pamyu is often called "Japan's Lady Gaga",[97] citing her similar use of fashion to attract attention.[98] According to a review of her London concert, a press release stated "[Kyary] is not supposed to be musically talented. She is more about image featuring her creative fashion sense as one of the main subjects of her career, not just the music."[99] She has recently cited American singers Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga as her inspirations in both music and fashion.[100] Pamyu Pamyu's fashion sense has also been criticized. While being interviewed on TV Asahi's Music Station, she was wearing an oversized ribbon on her head, which blocked Japanese boy band Kanjani8 from being seen on camera, angering fans of Kanjani8 by her outrageous fashion style. She later stated that when she is being interviewed on television, she will restrict what she is wearing.[98] Pamyu Pamyu's fans, however, defended her wearing the outfit.[98] Pamyu Pamyu cites "kawaii" (meaning "cute" or "cuteness") as her background style.[11]

Her international success has also received much attention. During an interview with The Fader, Pamyu Pamyu was asked if she meant to make music outside of Asia, where she responded; "At first, I didn't think about global markets at all. But even in Japanese, my lyrics don't make any sense and have a kind of mystery, like on "Pon Pon Pon" and "Tsukematsukeru". I can feel that what I'm doing in Japanese is catchy to global audiences anyway."[100] Keiichi Ishizaka, chairman and chief executive officer of Warner Music Japan Inc, commenting on her image to The Japan Times, says "[Kyary] is a person who came directly out of Tokyo's Harajuku culture, and there is a growing international interest in Japan's kawaii culture,"[101] Many critics and publications noted the increase of popularity within the Japanese popular culture outside Japan, such as its fashion and animation, and she is serving as its global ambassador. Ishizaka believed that with the advent of the Internet, there is no difference in time and distance among countries anymore."[101]

Musical style and videos[edit]

Since her debut in 2011, her music has been exclusively produced by musician Yasutaka Nakata of electronic music duo Capsule, which also produces music for girl group Perfume and once for singers like Meg, Ami Suzuki, and SMAP. Despite this collaboration with technopop artists and charting on electronic music charts, most media outlets do not classify Pamyu Pamyu under the genre due to Nakata's musical style for her, which is different from his other produced acts.

In the media[edit]

As of August 2016, she has gained over 4.4 million followers on the social media site Twitter, making her the most followed female celebrity in Japan.[102] Pamyu Pamyu's debut single "Pon Pon Pon" is one of the most viewed music videos in Japan, garnering over 100,000,000 views as of September 2016.[16][17][57][103] The music video, which has been influenced by '60s and '70s fashion along with the main Japanese theme kawaii, has received huge media attention.[104] American recording artist Katy Perry had tweeted about the music, indicating that she is a fan of hers.[105]

Many of Pamyu Pamyu's singles, including "Candy Candy", "Invader Invader", and "Fashion Monster" have generated millions of views on the social streaming site YouTube. Her single "Furisodation", however generated minor controversy in her native Japan, where a citizens' group believed the video encouraged alcohol and smoking, in which her label declined.[106] Pamyu Pamyu's breakthrough single "Pon Pon Pon" was featured in the American cartoon The Simpsons in the 2014 episode "Married to the Blob".[107] The single also appears in Just Dance Wii 2; "Ninja Re Bang Bang" and "Tsukematsukeru" appear in Just Dance Wii U, Japanese games, unless emulators are used (or Homebrew), they have yet to be playable outside Japan. The former and "Koi Koi Koi" are briefly featured in the 2016 animated film Sing, sung by an aspiring girl group composed of five Japanese-speaking red pandas. Pamyu Pamyu herself appeared at the film's premiere in Los Angeles.[108] Several of her songs are also found prominently in several releases of the Namco rhythm game series Taiko no Tatsujin.

The character Sylvie Paula Paula in the 2016 video game The King of Fighters XIV is modeled after Pamyu Pamyu.

Personal life[edit]

Although Pamyu Pamyu knows some English, she is not completely fluent and often has an interpreter while overseas, and prefers to speak in Japanese for interviews.[109] As of 2014, she has been studying English and spoke to the audience in brief bits of English during her concerts in London, United States and Australia, and on the NHK World show Moshimoshi Nippon. When asked in an interview in 2016 about Pamyu Pamyu's progress of studying English, she stated, "Not very good, not at all".[110]

She dated Sekai no Owari lead vocalist Satoshi Fukase from June 2013 until August 15, 2015.[111][112][113] Pamyu Pamyu is friends with members of Perfume, as they both share times during recording with their producer Yasutaka Nakata. In a July 2014 live interview with Space Shower TV, she stated that she frequently communicates with the members either through Line or e-mail. On the other hand, the members of Perfume have explicitly stated that they also listen to Pamyu Pamyu's songs, specifically member A-Chan, who admitted that some of her songs sound identical to theirs but still enjoys listening as by crediting Nakata working with other artists.[114]

She is an anime and manga fan and has mentioned that her favorite anime show and manga is Crayon Shin-Chan. Pamyu Pamyu has also mentioned that she is a Vocaloid fan.[115]



Year Title Role Network Notes
2013 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu the Movie Herself Movie[116] Documentary
2014 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Cinema John! Herself Movie[117]


Year Title Role Network Notes
2011 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu TV John! Herself / Host Nagoya TV[118] Japanese variety show
2011–2013 Space Shower Area Herself / VJ Space Shower TV[119] Program about music
2012 Catherine Herself / Host Kansai TV Japanese variety show
2012–2013 Catherine the Third Herself / Host Kansai TV[120] Japanese variety show
2012 Kazoku no Uta Herself Fuji TV[121] Japanese drama / 1 episode
2013 Crayon Shin-chan Herself TV Asahi[122] Voice
2013–present Nanda Kore TV with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Herself / MC Space Shower TV[123] Monthly Japanese variety show
2014 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu TV-John! Herself / Host United Television Broadcasting Systems[124] Japanese variety show with subtitles
2014–2015 Moshi Moshi Nippon Herself / MC NHK World[125] Bimonthly Japanese variety show
2015 Mondai No Aru Restaurant Herself Fuji TV[126] Japanese drama / 1 episode
2015–present Sekai no Nanda Kore!? Mystery Herself / Host Fuji TV[127] Weekly Japanese variety show
2015–present Moshi Moshi Nippon TV Herself / MC NHK World[128] Bimonthly Japanese variety show
2018 uBabibbevodi Herself NHK Educational TV[129] Children's medical program, 1 episode
2018–present u&i Metchaca NHK Educational TV[130] Fairy's voice on program for disabled child


Year Title Role Network Notes
2010–2012 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu no Way-Way Channel Herself/ Host Niconico Niconico Douga channel
2012–2013 Dam Channel! Herself/ MC Club Dam[131] Karaoke system program
2012–2013 Catherine the Thirteenth Herself / Host Kansai TV[132] YouTube channel/ Japanese variety show
2012–present Harajuku Kawaii!! TV Herself Harajuku Kawaii!! TV[133][134] YouTube channel/ blog
2015–2016 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Goes Pop Herself The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop[135] Video Collab at Art Exhibition


Year Title Role Network Notes
2012–2015 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Way Way Radio! Herself/ Host TBS[136] Part of the radio program "Kakiiin"
2015–present Kyary Locks! Herself/ Host TFM[137] Part of the radio program "School of Lock!", Monthly - Thursdays)



Japan tours
  • Pamyu Pamyu Revolution Tour (2012)
  • Nanda Collection Tour: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Universal Theater (2013)
  • Pika Pika Fantajin Tour: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu no Kumo no Ue no Heaven's Door (2014)
  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Colorful Panic Toy Box (2014)
  • Crazy Party Night Tour (2016)
  • Special DJ × Live ZEPP Tour 2016: YSTK × KPP (2016)
  • KPP Japan Iyahoi Tour (2017)
  • Japamyu Hall Tour 2018: Cherry Martini of Stardust (2018)
World tours
  • 100% KPP World Tour (2013)
  • Nanda Collection World Tour (2014)
  • Five Years Monster World Tour (2016)
  • The Spooky Obakeyashiki: Pumpkins Strike Back (2017–18)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2011 Best Styling Award 2011 Artist Herself Won
Antville Music Video Awards Most Fun "Pon Pon Pon" Nominated
Best Art Direction Nominated
2012 Music Jacket Award Grand Prix Moshi Moshi Harajuku Won
Space Shower Music Video Awards Special Award Herself Won
Wired Japan Grand Prix Won
Japan Record Awards Won
Vogue Japan Women of the Year Stylist Won
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best New Artist Nominated
Best Dressed Award International Won
2013 CD Shop Awards The CD Shop Grand Prix Pamyu Pamyu Revolution 2nd Place
Space Shower Music Video Awards Video of the Year "Tsukematsukeru" Won
Rekochoku Best March Month Music Award Download (Single) "Ninjari Bang Bang" Won
Ring Song Won
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Pop Video "Fashion Monster" Won
Best Karaoke Song Won
Fuse TV[60][61] Best New International Pop Artist Herself Nominated
2013 MTV Europe Music Awards[59] Best Japanese Act Nominated
Mnet Asian Music Awards Asian Artist Won
Japan Record Awards Best Song "Ninja Re Bang Bang" Won
Best Album Nanda Collection Won
2014 Barbie Award 2014 N/A Herself Won
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Japanese Act Pre-nominated
World Music Awards Worlds Best Female Artist Nominated
Worlds Best Live Act Nominated
Worlds Best Entertainer of the Year Nominated
Worlds Best Album Nanda Collection Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Pop Video "Mottai Night Land" Nominated
Best Karaoke Song Won
Best Album of the Year Nanda Collection Won
Japan Record Awards Excellent Work Award "Family Party" Won[138]
Best Song Award Nominated[139]
2015 Antville Music Video Awards Best Choreography "Crazy Party Night (Pumpkin no Gyakushū)" Nominated
Best Art Direction Won
World Music Awards Worlds Best Female Artist Herself Nominated
World;s Best Live Act Nominated
World's Best Entertainer of the Year Nominated
SBS PopAsia Award Best Solo Star Nominated[140]
Japan Record Award Song of the Year "Mondai Girl" Nominated
2016 Tokyo Music Odyssey 2016 Best Costume Artist Herself Won
Space Shower Music Video Awards Won[141]
Best Pop Artist Nominated
Japan Record Award Excellent Work Award "Sai & Co" Won[142]
2017 Space Shower Music Awards
Tokyo Music Odissey 2017
Best Art Direction Won[143]
Best Music Friends Herself Won[144]
2017 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Japanese Act Nominated
2018 Space Shower Music Video Awards Best Female Artist Nominated[145]


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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (January 21, 2017), Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Atashi Idol Ja Shi!!! (TOKYO NEWS MOOK) (in Japanese), Tokyo: Tokyo News Service Co., Ltd., ISBN 9784863366176


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