Sputniko! Amongst VOGUE JAPAN’s Women of the Year 2013

Not only is a musician amongst VOGUE JAPAN’s Women of the Year 2013, it’s our long-time buddy Sputniko! The electro-pop, robot-creating artist who created a female-cyborg sushi machine that hunted yakuza (year really, here’s a video), a menstruation machine so men could feel the pain and discomfort of menstrual cramps and intermittent bleeding (she even made a song about it: video), and a robo-crow that allowed her to make regular crows into her friends and minions. (video)

We did our very first Japan Underground DJ set with Sputniko! on a boat party on the Thames back in 2010, a lot has changed since then, especially for the young artist. Upon graduating university she went back to Japan and signed a major record AND art deal that’s had her touring the world with exhibitions and installations, as well as a regular on Japanese TV to talk about science, technology, art and the environment. She combined all of those things when she created the Nanohana Heels; a pair of shoes that plant seeds with every step. Check out the video.

Recently English updates from camp Sputniko are few and far between, but don’t let that stop you from keeping an eye on her YouTube Channel (her newest video, The Moonwalk Machine is on there too), Facebook page, and Twitter.

Well done Sputniko! The other winners were: Rila Fukushima (Actress), Chiharu (Model), Mami Sato(Athlete), Danmitsu (TV personality), Kayoko Okubo (TV personality), Hikari Mitsushima (Actress), Kiki Kirin(Actress), Kaoru Yachigusa(Actress)

About Tom Smith
Some say he's fuelled on nothing but energy drinks, and that when he visits Japan, he spends the whole time engaging the ground in an all too familiar way. But what we do know is that his words on the country's entertainment and culture find their way into NEO Magazine on a monthly basis, while everything else finds its way here. Be it quirky news item from the Land of the Rising Sun, or a story so gruesome it'd be rude not to pass it on, you'll find it here along with his general posts about life, work and most importantly play. And yes, he has had articles printed in the likes of MCV, GamesMaster, 360 Gamer and more, thanks for noticing.

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