Source: © Valuepress Co., Ltd. Kyoto pop icon and Harajuku fashion leader Asachill captured in photobook by M. Kato, influential J-pop artist photographer 2020-05-27 Wed 2020-05-27 Wed Kyoto pop icon Asachill Some of our long-term grape Japan readers may recall model, singer, artist, Harajuku fashion leader and Kyoto pop icon Asachill. We first met her in 2017 when she led us on a tour of her native Pontocho, the charming traditional Kyoto neighborhood and its main cobblestone street studded with restaurants, taverns, and pubs which sparkle like gems in the night. We interviewed her shortly afterward to learn about her upbringing in Kyoto, her development as a singer and the range of activities she was already involved in. After she moved to Tokyo, she blossomed as a Harajuku fashion leader, a position symbolized by her influence as one of KAWAII MONSTER CAFE's icon girls as we saw when we introduced the popular Harajuku establishment's Halloween menu last year. She has also branched out, creating ChillArt, her own brand of illustration and mixed-media works. Considering her creativity and growing popularity, it may be surprising to learn that Asachill didn't have a photobook to her name yet. Perhaps she was just waiting for the right occasion, but the wait has certainly paid off. POPN MONSTER SINGER "ASACHILL" © Valuepress Co., Ltd. Shooting Asachill's photobook POPN MONSTER SINGER "ASACHILL" was entrusted to Masanori Kato, a veteran and highly influential photographer in the J-pop scene. Beginning with legendary rock band Boøwy's groundbreaking "silhouette" photo on their "GIGS" JUST A HERO TOUR 1986 live album, an image which they later adopted as their logo, Kato has captured countless music artists through his lens and he continues to remain active in fashion photography and other fields. © Valuepress Co., Ltd. Through over 100 pages of photos, POPN MONSTER SINGER "ASACHILL" (Tatsumi Publishing Co., Ltd.) explores "the fluctuation between stillness and movement," covering a wide range of fashion styles and moods which convey Asachill's personality and interests, from stylish and retro to wild and whimsical, girly and kawaii to forward and daring, with influences of cosplay and Japanese pop culture thrown in. From urban Tokyo to rural Japan, traditional to futuristic, it's a wild ride that lets the Kyoto pop icon explore multiple facets of her personality, even including a few prints of ChillArt at the end. © Valuepress Co., Ltd. © Valuepress Co., Ltd. You can buy POPN MONSTER SINGER "ASACHILL" on Kindle now. Asachill: brief history 2014: Moved from Kyoto to Tokyo 2015: Vocalist on the eponymous theme song for Trigger's short animation "SEX and VIOLENCE with MACHSPEED" 2017: First album "E.A.T." 2018: Kyoto-themed second album "PONT." 2018 Dec.: First solo live in Shibuya, tickets sold out 2018: Exhibits original artwork at Beams Harajuku and the ZINE exhibition in Roppongi Hills 2019 Sep.: "Monster girl" representative in Vogue's 20th Anniversary party in Milan, Italy 2019 Dec.: First solo live in her native Kyoto Links Asachill Asachill on Twitter Asachill on Instagram M. Kato and Tatsumi Publishing Masanori Kato's website Publisher: Tatsumi Publishing Co., Ltd. By - Ben K. Tags: Asachill / Fashion / Harajuku / Kyoto pop singer / Masanori Kato / photo book / photographer grape Japan Art Kyoto pop icon and Harajuku fashion leader Asachill captured in photobook by M. Kato, influential J-pop artist photographer Related Article Give Your Feet Nine Adorable Lives With Cat-Shaped Japanese Geta Sandals Harajuku Kawaii Monster Cafe’s Super Freaky Spring Dishes Include Easter and Sakura Monsters Look Like A Legit Samurai With These Cozy Samurai Armor Hoodies The 5 Most Instagrammable Desserts in Harajuku, Tokyo Japan Releases Shirt To Combat Visible Nipple Slip-Ups Turn Your Feet Into Squishy Cat Paws With These Japanese Kitty Socks!