Japan is one of the most advanced countries in the world, with users making mobile payments even before the iPhone was a thing in the country.
Today, the Land of the rising Sun is known as one of the friendliest places for cryptocurrency fans. Heck, we have even seen a small village mulling the idea of conducting an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) to fund local infrastructure projects, and the city of Tokyo organizing a blockchain business camp.
Joining that trend is a pop group that is gaining media traction for promoting cryptocurrencies.
Virtual Currency Girls
Virtual Currency Girls is a Japanese Pop (J-Pop) group that hopes to educate people about cryptocurrency. It is comprised of eight band members known as “Kaso Tsuka Shoj,” with each singer taking up the identity of a popular virtual currencies, including Bitcoin and Ethereum.
- 18-year-old Rara Naruse, Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
- 16-year-old Hinano Shirahama, Bitcoin (BTC)
- Age-unreleased Ami Amo, Ethereum (ETH)
- 22-year-old Suzuka Minami, NEO (NEO)
- Age-unreleased Momo Aisu, MonaCoin (MONA)
- 17-year-old Kanako Matsuzawa, Cardano (ADA)
- 17-year-old Koharu Kamikawa, NEM (XEM)
- 15-year-old Hinata Kozuki, Ripple (XRP)
Their goal is to spread information about cryptocurrency and the potential benefits they could have for society.
“This unit is not here to promote speculation or investment,” the group’s leader, 19-year-old Rara Naruse, told Japan Today. “Out of the numerous existing virtual currencies, we have carefully selected a handful of currencies that are sure to exist in the future in order to broaden the public’s understanding of them using entertainment as our medium.”
Virtual Currency Girls have reportedly held their first concert on January 12 in Tokyo. Unfortunately though, a few weeks after their show, pretty much all major cryptocurrencies lost a big chunk of their value. It is a temp glitch, we know, but still — it doesn’t help these girls get their message to the mainstream audience…