Daimaou Kosaka

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Daimaou Kosaka
古坂大魔王
Daimao Kosaka.jpg
Born
Kazuhito Kosaka (古坂 和仁)

(1973-07-17) 17 July 1973 (age 47)
Nationality Japanese
Other namesPikotaro
Alma mater Japan Institute of the Moving Image
OccupationComedian, recording artist
Years active1992–present
Employer Avex Group
Known for"PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)"
Muryou Hatakaminami in Kiramager
Height184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Spouse(s)
Hitomi Yasueda
(m. 2017)
Children1
Notes
Same year/generation as:
Cream Stew

Kazuhito Kosaka (Japanese: 古坂和仁, Hepburn: Kosaka Kazuhito, born 17 July 1973), [1] better known by his stage names Daimaou Kosaka (古坂大魔王, Kosaka Daimaō, lit: "Kosaka the Great Demon King") and Pikotaro (ピコ太郎, Pikotarō), [2] is a Japanese comedian, television personality and entertainer. [3] Kosaka insists that Pikotaro is another personality promoted by him, [4] but they are considered the same person. [5] [6] He is currently signed with Avex Management Inc. under Avex Group. [7]

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He is best known for his single "PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)". [8]

During US President Donald Trump's Fall 2017 trip to Asia, Kosaka was chosen to sing at the official state reception, reportedly as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe wanted to keep the mood "upbeat". [9]

Kosaka currently plays as Muryou Hakataminami in Mashin Sentai Kiramager .

Personal life

Daimaou Kosaka married Hitomi Yasueda, a gravure model, on 3 August 2017. [10] On 17 June 2018, Yasueda gave birth to their first daughter. [11]

Discography

Albums

Studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions Certifications
JPN JPN
Physical
PPAP53

Singles

List of singles, with showing year released, peak chart positions and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
JPN
[12]
CAN
[13]
US
[14]
"PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)" [15] 201613677PPAP

Other singles

List of other singles, with showing year released, peak chart positions and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
JPN
[12]
CAN
[13]
US
[14]
"The Theme Song of Pikotaro" [16] 2016N/A
"Romita Hashinikov" [17]
"Kashite Kudasaiyo" [18]
"Neo Sunglasses" [19]
"PPAP vs. Axel F."
"I Like OJ"2017

Filmography

Currently, Kosaka portrays Muruyo Hakataminami (The owner of Carat, Mentor to the Kiramagers, and Younger Brother to Kiramei Silver) on Mashin Sentai Kiramager. His role as Pikotaro (Most notably making PPAP) has been poked at many times, including (but not limited to):

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