KISS in Japanese art

27 Feb

The American rock band KISS are currently on tour in Japan.
(I wrote a post about their Japan tour of 2015 here.)

KISS are doing many unique, only-in-Japan promotions while they are here.
Among them is the 「KISS激辛チリトマトまん」 (“KISS Spicy Chili Tomato Buns”):

Available in Japan now for a limited time!

These are delicious! If you’re in Japan, try them!  They were first available in Japan when KISS toured here in 2013.  Here’s the similar ad that was run then:

They were introduced to Japan in October 2013.

Now, KISS has commissioned Japanese artists to make unique artwork that combines KISS’s Japan-inspired images with traditional Japanese art:

A professional Japanese 書道 (calligraphy) artist wrote the KISS logo and the band members’ personas in Japanese kanji. (They were signed by the band members too).

A professional Japanese 浮世絵 (ukiyoe woodblock print) artist made two prints showing the KISS band members as samurai in one, and samurai battling Japanese monsters in the other.

Here is a YouTube video showing the ukiyoe artist carving the woodblock to make the KISS ukiyoe prints:

4 Responses to “KISS in Japanese art”

  1. CrazyChineseFamily February 27, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

    It is really interesting to see how well KISS gets their marketing done in Japan. Of course I learned now that they have a huge fanbase there and tour there pretty regular compared to the few European countries they go and sometimes with luck even get advertised with some poster…

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    • tokyo5 February 27, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

      Japanese fans are very loyal. So many bands tour here more often than they visit other countries.

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  2. tokyo5 February 27, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    By the way, KISS and Momoiro-Clover Z will perform one song on the popular Japanese TV show “Music Station” tonight at 8PM.


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