Takahashi Ai Featured in The Wall Street Journal December 9, 2011Posted by Nights4Saturn in Takahashi Ai.
Yup, you can even read the article for yourself, entitled “A J-Pop Star Goes From Music to Musicals,” here.
Sure, that may not be The Wall Street Journal proper, and the chances of this article ever actually appearing in print are nill to none; it still is a pretty surprising piece in an unheard of location.
What really impresses me most about the article is its rather serious nature and intended audience. Japanese pop idols aren’t treated as a strange curiosity, but in a matter of fact manner as a legitimate staple of the Japanese entertainment industry. On top of that, the article is specifically about Ai’s new play and her transition away from Morning Musume, something I can’t help but think would go over the heads of most casual readers. Sure, people like us eat this kind of stuff up, but those poor regular folk who don’t know who Takahashi Ai is would probably find it a little too specific for their tastes.
So what it all boils down to is that we have an article from The Wall Street Journal about Takahashi Ai written to appeal to Jpop fans. I approve. 😀