See Pikotaro, 'PPAP' Creator Daimaou Kosaka's Silly New Wedding Photo
Japanese comedian and DJ Daimaou Kosaka, who created the "PPAP (Pen-Pinapple-Apple-Pen)" character <a href="artist/7572726/pikotaro/chart">Pikotaro</a>, announced Thursday (Aug. 3) that he has tied the knot.
Pikotaro's "PPAP" went viral back in September thanks in part to Justin Bieber referring to it as his "favorite video on the Internet." The song broke into the <a href="charts/hot-100">Billboard Hot 100</a> on the chart dated Oct. 29, making it the first Japanese song in 26 years to do so while also setting the record for shortest song to ever land on the chart.
Kosaka, who is 44 years old, had long been a "the people who know him, love him" kind of entertainer with a career spanning 26 years. He has consistently created and uploaded comedy clips on YouTube before and after "PPAP," and as a DJ and music producer, he has worked with artists such as Scandal, Mihimaru GT and AAA.
But even after bursting into the mainstream spotlight last year portraying a "53-year-old guy with a mustache" with a Hot 100 hit under his belt, appearing in various TV commercials and even performing at the UN Headquarters as the chipper character, he still prefers to keep the Pikotaro persona separate from his own.
So in the blog post announcing his marriage to his girlfriend of four years, Kosaka released a photo of himself and his wife (29-year-old model Hitomi Yasueda) receiving a bouquet of flowers from Pikotaro and his wife Tami (Yasueda displaying her inner comedian in a silver wig and kimono).
"I intend to make a happy home as if my life depended on it," quips Kosaka, and fortunately for him it looks like his wife has a great sense of humor.
Pikotaro celebrated the newlyweds as well, saying, "You make a great couple just like Tami and me! We'll all work together as a team from now on! Congrats!"
Pikotaro will be performing at the <a href="articles/news/international/7857795/pikotaro-japan-summer-sonic-festival-ondo-new-video">Summer Sonic music festival</a> later this month in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.