Last year, we learned from Nissin that samurai are still well and alive in Japan–they’ve just traded their swords in for glow sticks. While the Cup Noodle creators were obviously having a bit of fun with us, it has hard not to take notice of the wild swinging dance moves of the featured idol otaku. They moved with the sort of alacrity that we’d normally expect from a magical pear fairy running from explosions, and we had kind of assumed they were just actors playing a role.

It turns out we were wrong! Apparently that sort of jazzercise-on-steroids dancing is actually common at idol shows. In fact, it’s so common that Diaso, the 100 yen store filled with unique products, has gone out of its way to make and market long-lasting glow sticks. They even have little loops to make finger-spinning easier!


A trip to Daiso is almost always guaranteed to see you walking away with something interesting, but if you’re in otaku haven Akihabara, you’ll be able to find a truly unique product: Glow sticks specially made for dancers at idol shows. Pictured above is the selection that the company offers. As you can see, the sticks will last five, 10, or even 20 minutes and come in a wide range of colors. The sticks also feature finger loops, allowing extra-fancy dancers to throw extra-fancy spinning flourishes into their routines. The glow sticks can also apparently be taken on planes, if what’s written on the packaging is to be believed, so you’ll be able to take them with you wherever your beloved idols may go!

Obviously, the appeal for these glow sticks, which are called “Hageshiku Hikaru Bou” (literally “hard glowing sticks”), is that they last for quite a while, so dancers won’t have to switch their props, which, we imagine, would mess up a good flow. It should be noted that these glow sticks are chemical based–something that not all idol groups allow after a glow stick broke at an HKT48 performance last year, spraying the glowing chemicals into the air. AKB48 has also banned the chemical glow sticks at their shows (you’re supposed to used pen lights instead, apparently), but some people still use them.

▼This seems like an origin story for an idol superhero…

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Regardless of what AKB48 thinks about the chemical glow sticks, they’re obviously still extremely popular with idol fans. In fact, Daiso’s sticks have been a big hit with consumers, and they’ve posted several videos uploaded by fans showing off their moves in the dark. Don’t worry, it’s not as x-rated as that might sound!

▼Just glowing sticks flopping around in the dark…

▼Maybe don’t watch this if you have epilepsy…

▼I’m starting to feel like a moth drawn to a flame…

Now, we’re of two minds about these glow stick dancers. On the one hand, we have to admit that it looks like they’ve put a lot of work into learning their moves, and we kind of suspect that this could get pretty exhausting fast. It might not be as bad as a marathon, but that’s still a lot of non-stop arm waving. On the other hand, it does kind of look like a battle robot trying to swat away a swarm of angry bees, and if you’re there to watch your favorite idol group perform, then why are you spending the whole time whirling around like a madman anyway?

Well, whether you’re dancing to your favorite idol group or just need emergency lights in a wide variety of colors, it looks like Daiso has you covered. See, not everything is so bad, Mr. Yano!

Source: Zaeega, Naver Matome, Daiso
Images: YouTube