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Adam Lambert Will Conquer Japan

March 14, 2010

By Juneau

March 14, 2010

Adam with fans in Tokyo

Hundreds of fans made the pilgrimage to Narita Airport to greet Adam Lambert, supporting my prediction that Adam will be huge in Japan as well as elsewhere in Asia, which shares the same pop culture tastes as Japan. I’m not sure when this notion started to gel in my mind. Perhaps it’s when I saw the first Idols tour pictures, with Adam in full make up and that spiked leather coat. Especially when he wears his bangs long and spiky over his eyes, he looks like a Japanese anime character come to life.

Adam’s type of androgyny is pitch-perfect for Japan. I grew up reading manga comic books (my parents very cleverly got overseas subscriptions for my sisters and me as a way to motivate us to learn to read Japanese), and I remember having crushes on certain male characters who were an intriguing blend of masculine and feminine: long hair, wide-open sparkly eyes framed with long lashes, refined lips, manly cheekbones and strong, dark eyebrows – Adam, in other words. Since embarking on my Adam adventure and being informed about the existence of Slash fiction, I have learned that the most popular genre of manga in Japan is Yaoi, gay romance stories written by women for women. (See this web site, for an example.) Adam’s sexual orientation will likely fuel the fan frenzy.

So, Japan is primed to embrace Adam. The music is almost incidental – the Japanese pop music industry is notoriously capable of marketing no-talent stars – but I have no doubt fans will be ecstatic to have a singer who is as good to their ears as he is to their eyes. His warm, polite personality will bowl over a society fabled for its manners. His heritage is a bonus, as the Japanese generally admire the Jewish people. And to clinch the deal, there’s Adam’s love of sushi. There’s nothing like the sight of a gaijin (foreigner) enjoying their food to win over the hearts and minds of the Japanese. Now if he can be caught on camera savoring fugu, the puffer fish famed for its deadly toxic gonads, he could possibly be in the running to be a future Prime Minister.

Video:

Adam’s arrival at Narita airport sets off fandemonium

Adam’s performance in Tokyo

Juneau writes about neuroscience, physics and whatever else attracts her peripatetic attention. She is co-author with Xena of On the Meaning of Adam Lambert, and co-hostess of this Salon.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Daphne permalink
    March 17, 2010 10:24 pm

    The world was always waiting and ready for this Glitter God
    …………… they adore him!!!!! ….. Hey, check out those
    uggs!!!!!………They were a gift from some mates in Australia….and I saw he got some other incredible things
    given to him (one being a scrotum purse)………and a Mardi Gras mask made by a kid which was covered in glitter and
    feathers. I think they knew Adam by the way they were
    talking.
    .

  2. mika permalink
    March 19, 2010 9:37 pm

    For Your Entertainment album “Japanese version” is already sold out on Amazon.jp.
    Japan adores Adam’s talent.

  3. lola permalink
    March 21, 2010 8:30 am

    i am very happy with adam. asia embraced him am sure uk and europe will do the same. like lisa above i feel adam need protection but i realized he is a smart guy, a mind of his own and he will surely do very well.

  4. Cyndy permalink
    October 4, 2010 5:56 pm

    The Anime connection was exactly what I thought when I first encountered Adam on AI. He is a cross of Elvis with Ash from the Pokemon comics.

    Those eyes…very anime.

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