Dancing ‘old heart-throbs’ become TikTok sensation

Tokyo: Demonstrating off their uncomfortable moves in shirts, ties and brightly coloured belly warmers, 4 males in their 50s and 60s have turn out to be Japan’s most up-to-date TikTok sensation.

The group’s mission? To endorse their smaller countryside city, whose population is in drop, through dance routines to pop tunes that admirers contact “adorable”.

Because their 1st put up in February, the films have been seen more than 16 million periods.

The four get in touch with on their own “ojiqun” – a slang word made use of by younger people that mixes ojisan, which means “old men” in Japanese, and “kyun”, which means “heart-throb”.

They put on accommodate trousers, good footwear and stomach-hotter bands and hold a straight experience even when they wrestle to keep in time.

One of the associates, 52-12 months-old Takumi Shirase, operates an IT company and a gardening business when not on TikTok.

He explained he had produced ojiqun with his pals to try out and put the rural town of Wake, in western Japan’s Okayama region, again on the map.

Wake now has all over 14,000 people, and Shirase explained his old key faculty has shut because of to deficiency of demand.

But with far more than 34,000 TikTok followers, “we hope to stimulate men and women to arrive to Wake, both as holidaymakers or as new inhabitants,” Shirase explained. — AFP