Sto­ryville: Tokyo Girls

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doc­u­men­tary / 10.00pm / BBC4

an ‘idol’ in Ja­pan is a young girl who sings and dances and has a mas­sive, mainly mid­dle-aged, male fol­low­ing – both on­line and in real life. Com­pletely ob­sessed by these girls, the men give up their jobs, their girl­friends and bank bal­ances to spend time wor­ship­ping their Idol. It’s un­com­fort­able to watch for ob­vi­ous rea­sons, but there’s also an in­no­cence about it too, which makes it a con­fus­ing cul­tural phe­nom­e­non. Mostly it seems to be a sign of a cul­ture in cri­sis, where the tra­di­tional male role is clash­ing so vi­o­lently with mod­ern so­ci­ety that this bizarre Idol cul­ture is flour­ish­ing.

‘Idol’ Rio Hi­iragi sings for her fans

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