Japanese netizens were in for a surprise when a visit by Empress Michiko to an art exhibition in Roppongi Hills revealed that the 78-year-old was updated on the latest trends, particularly about virtual superstar Hatsune Miku. The news spread on social networks, with people expressing delight that the Empress is conversant about ordinary things like pop culture.
Empress Michiko visited the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo which is celebrating the gallery and Roppongi Hills’ 10th anniversary. Part of the gallery was an exhibition featuring the vocaloid star, and the Empress exclaimed “Ah, I suppose this is Miku-chan, isn’t it?”. Miku is a singing synthesizer from the vide game Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA. The pig-tailed, teal-haired virtual singer has captured the hearts of audiences in Japan and even world-wide and is the face of Domino’s Pizza in Japan. Twitter users were amazed that someone from the royal family recognized Miku and made them feel like the Empress was just like “one of us” and some found it cute as well that she referred to the virtual star as “Miku-chan”.
The exhibition had around 200 pieces from different genres, like paintings, photographs, sculptures, etc. It had works by celebrated Japanese artists like Yayoi Kusama, and also internationally-renowned works like those of Spanish surreal artist Salvador Dali.
[ via Japan Crush ]