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Aomori Mascot Kills it on the Drums

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In Aomori Prefecture, located in Northern Japan, there lives a creature named Nyango Star, a drumming yurukyara. Its apple-shaped cat costume—apples being the product Aomori is most famous for—seems pretty bulky, so it’s impressive that it can sit at a drum set at all.

A small crowd gathered at ROCK’N’AOMOROLL to witness the talent of Nyango Star. Here, we see Nyango Star playing X Japan‘s Kurenai. Besides being one of Japan’s most famous rock tunes, it’s also infamously difficult to play on the drums. That’s why many in the audience were shocked into laughter upon witnessing this apple cat’s technique.

Coincidentally, this Nyango Star performance coincided with Visual Japan Summit 2016, a three-day music festival in Tokyo that X Japan headlined all three days. Though Nyango Star couldn’t be there in person, it was definitely there in spirit!

Nyango Star plays at events all over Aomori. If you’re interested in this rocking mascot’s upcoming gigs and activities, follow their Twitter account @NYANG_GO_STAR!

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