Some young Australians have, I discovered tonight, gone ga-ga over Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (real name Kiriko Takemura) - the "Queen of J-Pop" (as in Japanese pop music). Hardly surprising, I suppose, since she's been called "the coolest girl on the planet" and "the most exciting person making music".
The video from Kyary's latest hit, Mottai Night Land, was shown on a mainstream TV current affairs program and it featured Kyary typing on an Olivetti Valentine portable - the Pop-Art typewriter icon.
The use of a typewriter may seem appropriate, since the song title is based on the Japanese term mottainai, which conveys a sense of regret concerning waste. It is an old Buddhist word, which has ties "with the Shinto idea that objects have souls". Does a Valentine have a soul?
Actually, given Kyary's fashion tastes, I think she should have used my Hello Kitty typewriter:
Kyary ("Carrie"), born in Nishitōkyō, Tokyo, on January 29, 1993, has developed a public image closely associated with Japan's kawaisa and decora culture (street fashion) centred on Harajuku in Tokyo.
She has also gained popularity in western countries through her Internet videos, which have gone viral.
Kyary started out as a fashion blogger, and then began her professional career as a model for Harajuku fashion magazines such as Kera! and Zipper. Her new pop star status was confirmed by a lengthy profile in The Wall Street Journal.
She has made two world tours, embracing the US, England, France, Belgium, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and now Australia.
Be warned, the music in this video may not be to every Typospherian's tastes. The visuals might be a bit confronting, too: