PIKOTARO, best known for the single “PPAP” that went viral in September 2016, revealed a miraculous story that happened to him, attracting the public’s attention.
In a blog post from September 30, Kosaka Daimaou, the person behind PIKOTARO, wrote about his meeting with 2 young girls in an entry titled, “A miracle that didn’t happen and a miracle that happened”.
He wrote that this past April, PIKOTARO met a Japanese girl named Airi who’d been fighting against a serious disease. Although she was fighting with her illness, she loved PIKOTARO and loved to laugh and dance to PIKOTARO’s DVDs and Youtube videos. An organisation that connects celebrities to sick children contacted PIKOTARO and he was able to visit and cheer for her. Knowing she was going to be able to see him, Airi dressed like him, she enjoyed singing karaoke and dancing with PIKOTARO. PIKOTARO and Airi promised to see each other again; they were able to keep in touch with him checking on her condition and exchanging letters. Unfortunately, Airi passed away September 27.
Then, on September 29th, PIKOTARO visited Madrid, Spain to attend an event. After the show, he was asked, “What is your favorite animal?” by a young Spanish girl and he answered “Alpaca!”
After that, even though she said she did not know what an “Alpaca” was, somehow she showed up to his meet and greet autograph session with an alpaca stuffed animal. With only about one hour between the show and the autograph session, she was able to buy the stuffed animal as a gift to PIKOTARO. He was so happy and when he went to sign her autograph, he asked for her name. It was “Airi.”
This is an English translated excerpt from Kosaka Daimaou’s blog post.
A miracle, a miracle.
She is Airi. Airi came to see me.
At least, I couldn’t stop thinking like that.
A miracle that didn’t happen and a miracle that happened.
Two AIRI over such a long distance, between Japan and Spain.
Airi is supposedly an unusual name in Spain, so it makes me think it’s a miracle even more.
I believe it’s a miracle.
Yes, It’s a miracle!!
Dear AIRI (Spanish Airi),
PIKOTARO says thank you very much for such a cute alpaca. I’ m gonna cherish it.
Alpaca muy linda! Piko Taro dice que sea un tesoro. Estoy diciendo gracias.
Dear AIRI(Japanese Airi)
PIKOTARO will never forget you. Please rest in peace now.
Many people were touched by the miraculous story that happened to PIKOTARO after reading the blog. It created a buzz on the internet with fans saying, “I was moved by the story that showed PIKOTARO’s heartwarming personality”, “I couldn’t stop crying about PIKOTARO’s story”, “PIKOTARO’s miracle story moved me so much.”