There are many ways to learn about cryptocurrencies. Sure, you could read Satoshi’s original paper. You could even take an online course. But here’s another option: you could get really into a Japanese girl group called Kasotsuka Shojo, aka the Virtual Currency Girls.
Mission to Educate
The girls are on a mission to educate the public about cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Each of the Virtual Currency Girls wears a helmet representing a cryptocurrency popular in Japan. One is Bitcoin, one Ethereum, one Ripple. They also happen to wear short skirts.
Group leader Rara Naruse (Bitcoin Cash, in case you were wondering) said that they wanted “to promote the idea through entertainment that virtual currencies are not just a tool for speculation but are a wonderful technology that will shape the future.”
She also revealed the hard work involved in being a Virtual Currency Girl. “Our brains are fried as we are studying every day” she sighed.
Their new single, “The Moon and Virtual Currencies and Me“, is a jaunty slice of J-pop warning against fraud and recommending diligent online security procedures.
Today the band had its first concert, posing for photos afterwards with fans… for the price of 0.001 BTC (around $15). Tickets for all future shows and merchandise will have to be bought in cryptocurrency.
Thanks to the girls’ efforts, a new generation of middle-aged men are learning about about cryptocurrencies. 42 year-old Makoto Sato, one of the attendees, thanked the group (average age 17) for “a useful introduction” to the subject.