Dancing ‘previous heart-throbs’ grow to be TikTok sensation in Japan

Displaying off their awkward strikes in shirts, ties and brightly coloured stomach heaters, 4 males of their 50s and 60s have grow to be Japan’s newest TikTok sensation. The group’s mission? To advertise their small countryside city, whose inhabitants is in decline, by dance routines to pop tunes that followers name “lovable”. Since their first submit in February, the movies, filmed in alternative areas from playgrounds and shrines to municipal buildings, have been seen greater than 16 million occasions.

The 4 name themselves “ojiqun”-a slang phrase utilized by younger those who mixes “ojisan”, which implies “previous males” in Japanese, and “kyun”, that means “heart-throb”. They put on go well with trousers, sensible sneakers and belly-warmer bands in numerous colors-blue, inexperienced, yellow and red-and preserve a straight face even after they wrestle to remain in time.

One of many members, 52-year-old Takumi Shirase, runs an IT agency and a gardening firm when not on TikTok. He advised AFP he had created ojiqun with three buddies to attempt to put the agricultural city of Wake, in western Japan’s Okayama area, again on the map. “We needed to provide you with one thing that may revitalize our ageing countryside neighborhood, which is affected by inhabitants decline with fewer and fewer kids,” he stated.

Wake presently has round 14,000 residents, and Shirase stated his previous major college has closed attributable to lack of demand. A neighborhood shopping center has additionally disappeared, whereas some annual festivals are not held within the city. However with greater than 34,000 TikTok followers, “we hope to encourage folks to return to Wake, both as vacationers or as new residents,” Shirase stated.

Ojiqun’s newest submit, “centipede dance”, reveals the 4 males doing a goofy Insanity-style stroll in single file in entrance of a concrete constructing to a rendition of “Home of Enjoyable”. Followers have peppered the feedback beneath every video with coronary heart symbols, calling them “splendid” and “lovable”. “I laughed repeatedly,” stated one current remark. “I’ve a peaceable smile, for the primary time in a protracted whereas,” stated one other.-AFP



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