The J-pop band that wants to teach the world about cryptocurrency

Introducing The Blockchain, According To Kasotsuka Shojo.

When you think about it, it was probably only a matter of time. As the hyper-culture of Japan becomes ever more interested in cryptocurrencies, it was probably only a matter of time before a gimmicky pop group emerged to reflect, and capitalise on the interest. So, here we are; the only country in the world yet to make Bitcoin legal tender, now has a cryptocurrency inspired band.

Kasotuka Shojo, which translates to the ultra-literal ‘Virtual Currency Girls’ want to serenade us with songs about  blockchain technology. Each of the eight masked girls that make up the group – in true Spice Girls style – represent a distinct currency, depicted by their different day-glo masks. Specifically, that’s NEM, Augur, Monero, Factorum, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple and Ethereum – in case you were wondering.

Presumably, the French maid outfits are some sort of tribute to classic BBC sitcom Allo Allo, or the fever dream of whatever producer/A&R guy that came up with the idea for the band in the first place. Hope their gigs are warm.

You can listen to their first release below, called The Moon and Virtual Currencies and Me if you really want to…

As you would perhaps expect, if you want to buy Kasotsuka Shojo’s music, concert tickets or merchandise, you can pay with cryptocurrency via the band’s website. Alternatively, you could learn a little bit more about them from this handy primer by Bloomberg.