Virtual Currency Girls

  • The cryptocurrency-themed Japanese pop (J-pop) group Virtual Currency Girls just performed live for the first time in Tokyo.
  • Each member of the group represents a different cryptocurrency, and tickets to future shows will only be sold in exchange for virtual currencies.
  • The group and its anonymous producer want to spread the word about bitcoin, ethereum, and other cybercurrencies.

To the delight of many — and the chagrin of untold others — the J-pop embodiment of cryptocurrency has finally arrived.

The Virtual Currency Girls, or Kasotsuka Shojo as they’re known in Japan, is an eight-girl Japanese pop group bedecked in masks and maid’s outfits that’s been formed specifically to spread the word about cryptocurrencies. Each member of the group, which had its public debut in Tokyo on Friday, represents a different cryptocurrency or blockchain, and the group’s first song has “virtual currencies” in its title.

In an email, the group’s producer, who works for Japanese entertainment company Cinderella Academy, said the Virtual Currency Girls was formed because a similar group did not previously “exist in this world” and because it would be “fun.”

“[V]irtual currency is not a tool of speculation but a technology that creates a wonderful future,” the producer said on the group’s official website. “The age of the virtual currency is already in front of us.”

The producer declined to disclose his or her identity, saying it is “a secret.” (Could the person be Satoshi Nakamoto, perhaps?)

The band is serious about the cryptocurrency theme. Fans will only be able to pay for tickets for future performances with virtual currencies, and the girls are paid exclusively in bitcoin, which is considered legal tender in Japan.

The Virtual Currency Girls first song, “The Moon and Virtual Currencies and Me,” is a punchy pop ballad that warns against fraudulent online operators. Read More Here