Japan Just Gave Birth to a Cryptocurrency-Themed Pop Group

仮想通貨少女「月と仮想通貨と私」2サビまで | © 星座百景 【12星座のアイドルグループ】/ Youtube | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em4LhTdnHk0
Lucy Dayman

With the rise of Bitcoin, altcoins, and the growing mainstream interest in new forms of digital currency, 2017/2018 will probably go down in history as the years that cryptocurrency broke through. However, beyond the still rather enigmatic world of online trading, the cryptocurrency world is also breaking new ground here in Japan’s pop music scene. Enter Kaso Tsuka Shojo, the world’s first ever cryptocurrency-themed idol group. Known in English as the Virtual Currency Girls, this eight-member idol group is combining the J-Pop elements that made AKB48 such a hit with the current cultural madness that is the cryptocurrency buzz.

Where did they come from?

Originating from the Cinderella Academy Inc., the members of Virtual Currency Girls are all members of other J-Pop bands that work under the Cinderella Academy agency. Each member of the group represents a different digital currency that’s available to buy and sell here in Japan.

【写真】「仮想通貨少女」のコンサートhttps://t.co/SPN0ZFyMDs#写真 #仮想通貨少女 #仮想通貨 pic.twitter.com/UGK6Vc0TFp
— Sputnik 日本 (@sputnik_jp) January 15, 2018

The currencies

The currencies represented are Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Bitcoin (BTC) (yep they’re two different things), Ethereum (ETH), NEO (NEO), MonaCoin (MONA), Cardano (ADA), NEM (XEM), and finally Ripple (XRP). Though this is all relatively straightforward, and almost sounds a little dry; the group is keeping it all fun and J-Pop-esque with the maid outfits and individually styled luchador wrestling masks.


What’s their motive?

The band’s leader Naruse Rara, aka Bitcoin Cash (BCH), claims that the whole purpose of the group is to educate and inform their audience on the benefits and uses of cryptocurrencies. They also hope to show that cryptocurrency can be an accessible part of everyday life, just like pop music.

They’ve also promised that in the future, the band’s merchandise, tickets, music sales will be available to purchase exclusively by using the cryptocurrencies they represent. Their website tracks the evolution of currency exchange, starting with bartering, going on to the money era, and finally stopping at the present-day introduction of cryptocurrency, so it almost seems like they’re kind of serious.

Current state

Still in its infancy, the creation of the band was only announced on January 12 of this year, and thus their shows, music releases, and everything else are still in the works. But it’s fair to say in true cryptocurrency fashion that they decided to go ahead and announce their incarnation while the Bitcoin hype is inflated.

J-Pop is not averse to gimmicky idol bands, just look at Ladybaby, the cross-dressing wrestler-fronted idol group, or Baby Metal, one of the nation’s biggest crossover success stories. However, what will happen to the Virtual Currency Girls in the near future is full of speculation, just like the cryptocurrency world. For now, you can follow the band on their Twitter account, and check out their website for any new information, but they’ve promised to release something in the not too distant future.

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.