I was recently introduced to them, and I immediately became a fan. They started as a YouTube success a few years ago,
and now they have their own website, album, and they go on tour. Click: The Piano Guys to visit their website, or visit their channel on YouTube.
I honestly wasn’t an instrumental music fan back in the day, but this isn’t just any piano/cello music. (^O^)
Also check out Cello Wars website of The Piano Guys.
This piece caught my attention as Star Wars is a big hit in Japan. But just saying that it is a big hit, is an understatement. Way before Star Wars was to hit the big screen, merchandise were on the shelves, collectibles were available to the willing chosen few (who could afford their exorbitant prices).
So why is Star Wars such a huge success in Japan?
For one, the robots. Such amazing creatures. Japan has this thing for robots and machines, from cars to assistant robots in the office, and one time I met one at a Comiket event (Comic Market), which is an exhibition for manga and cosplay that draws a massive crowd.
And, the Jedi with their lightsabers do look like the samurai with their katana. There’s even an ancient-looking artwork of a samurai in feudal Japan in a life and death sword fight with Darth Vader. My money’s on the dark side. He will use the force to tip the fight to his advantage.
Some villains and characters draw inspiration from Japanese legendary characters. From what I read at the Taiken Japan website, Darth Maul resembles a local legendary demon in Akita prefecture, called Namahage. 似ているんでしょうねぇ… niteiru deshou ne… They look alike, right…?
There is some resemblance indeed. I blame the hair loss to the stressful life of a villain. And the filing of his teeth… well, he had to keep up with fashion. We all know how important appearances are these days. He needs to brush more though (￣□￣;)!!
I’d like to give a nod to Liam Carrigan for his write up, Japanese Jedi: Why Japan Loves Star Wars. And Ollie Barder for, Understanding the Japanese Influences behind ‘Star Wars’. They are both great reads and a good resource for this entry. (≧∇≦)b
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