Pikotaro wows crowd at mall with viral song

Sunday, 30 July 2017
KUALA LUMPUR: The Japanese sensation known for his PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen) song took centrestage at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur with a decidedly Malaysian flavour as he infused his popular little tune with nasi lemak and satay.

In his maiden visit to Malaysia, 44-year-old Pikotaro, clad brightly in his trademark shiny yellow get-up with a shawl that had leo¬pard and snake prints, gave an energetic performance before a large gathering of locals and fo¬¬reigners.

The comedian-singer swayed and danced as he belted out his signature tune and another fun song called I Like Orange Juice!.

The crowd roared with delight when he greeted them with “Apa khabar?” and later gave an en¬-core of PPAP using the favourite Malaysian food in its lyrics.

His visit here was organised by G-Yu Creative in conjunction with the inaugural three-day Japan Expo Malaysia 2017, which ends today.

Pikotaro also got his young fans onstage to perform with him during his half-hour showcase at the shopping mall yesterday.

Among his fans was Japanese Higashikawa, who was with his seven-year-old son Ko.

“Ko is a big fan. He has known Pikotaro since he was five. He enjoyed the show a lot,” said the father.

Eight-year-old Wadi Bakri said: “I love Pikotaro’s moustache and his catchy songs.” The Kuala Lumpur boy was overjoyed when he got Pikotaro’s signature on his arm.

Hisashi Takahashi, also from Japan and who brought along a pineapple, said he loves the pop singer for his quirky sense of humour.

Pikotaro rose to fame last year when PPAP went viral on YouTube.