Amaitsuki (in Japanese 甘い月, literally « sweet moon ») is a non-professional dance and vocal unit aiming to spread J-pop (Japanese popular music) culture in France. Our main activity is to dance and sing on Japanese idols’ most famous songs. However we also intervene, on demand, during events all around France to explain the Japanese idol phenomenon, its origins and its impacts on the current Japanese society. Amaitsuki is currently one of the most active French idol groups with more than 10 years of existence and more than 300 videos on Youtube. The group’s strength is to accept members all over France (also including Luxembourg, Switzerland and Belgium) to be able to touch as many people as possible by covering a vast area. Thus, we go on stage for shows in Paris, Lyon but also Dijon and Epinal and other towns. With the aim to represent best what is the Japanese pop culture, we dance on music from different bands: virtual groups (Vocaloid), female Japanese bands (AKB48 or Hello!Project) but also male Japanese bands (Arashi, Hey!Say!Jump…from the Johnny’s Entertainment).
Momo and Youshu met in August 2008 and decided to create together a group to sing and dance on various Japanese pop songs. They mainly focused on Hello!Project, AKB48, Perfume and Vocaloid.
Amaitsuki did a lot of shows with other groups and associations (TR4KSPPA, which helped Amaitsuki to get its bearing at the beginning, Dansuki, ChocoHearts…).
In 2011, Amaitsuki joined the association Dansuki and realised a lot of shows all over France.
In 2013, Amaitsuki left the association Dansuki to become independent and created its own association named: Amaitsukiland.
Since summer 2013, the group also started creating its own original songs.
On August 2015, after 7 years as the co-leader of the group, Momo decided to leave to concentrate on her on-going life. She, however, remains a member of the association as an adviser for the youngest.
In Summer 2016, Amaitsuki was contacted by the Consulate of Japan in Lyon to perform on stage during the “Fêtes Consulaires” on the famous “Place Bellecour”. It was a first for the group as 12 members performed on the same stage together.
A few months later, in September 2016, when we decided to organize auditions for the 8th generation of Amaitsuki. Momo joined us and became Staff-Manager! For the first time in 8 years, the audition was opened for girls living in Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland and even in Tokyo for native French speakers living in Japan, like Kyandii. Facing a high rate of applications, the “directory board” of the association decided to create 2 rounds-auditions: the first round took place online and we gathered in the second one the finalists for a two-days dance and vocal training session in Lyon.
On April 25th 2018, 33 Degrees announces a contest aimed at amateur dance and vocal cover acts to win the opportunity to perform as opening act for Angerme’s very first concert in France. The competition featured 28 groups and solo performers, but Amaitsuki managed to keep up and win this once in a lifteime chance! They performed in La Cigale (Paris) on June 3rd 2018 in front of more than 600 Angerme fans. It was an unforgettable memory and the best gift the group could ever dream of for our 10th anniversary.
During Japan Expo 2018, Amaitsuki had the opportunity to be contacted again by 33 Degrees to organize activities for the official H!P booth. Kurimu, Ume, Matcha and Remon were staff on the H!P booth for 4 days in the biggest event in France on Japanese culture. Between quizz, karaoke and wotagei classes, the 4 members had the honour to interview Niigaki Risa, former Morning Musume member and guest of Japan Expo to celebrate Hello!Project 20th anniversary.
On August 28th, Youshu, leader and co-founder of Amaitsuki with Momo, decided to graduate from the main group after 10 years of activities to join the OG members and have more time for personal projects. At that time, she announced 3 new co-leaders : Kyuuri, Mizu and Remon.
In November 2018, Amaitsuki was contacted by H!P staff to have the chance to interact with Ayano Hamaura and Minami Nomura, two members of Kobushi Factory within the Harosute (youtube). Momo, Reishi, Matcha and Aroe thus coulf talk with idols they admire and answer questions in English and Japanese.
In January 2019, following the 2nd round of the 2018 audition, Amaitsuki welcomed 5 new members from Paris and Switzerland, the total number of members reaching 23 !
Jul 19,20 | STAGE 39 – Japan Start’air Expo
Jul 17 | Announcement of a partnership with Concerto Karaoke Box
Jun 07 | STAGE 38 – La Japonaise #3
Mar 30 | STAGE 37 – 15th Martial Arts Festival in Morangis
Mar 18 | Generation 9 joins (Chikuwa, Manju, Nashi, Shinamon, Kukki)
Jan 26 | STAGE 36 – Vannes Matsuri
Jan 01 | Kyuuri, Mizu and Remon become co-leaders of the group ; Pocky, Gekikara and Mochi graduate to join the OG members
Nov 17-18 | STAGE 35 – Japan Touch
Sept 05-06 | 9th generation audition finals
Aug 29 | Youshu graduates from the group to join the OG members
Aug 28 | Amaitsuki celebrates its 10th anniversary
July 05-08 | Amaitsuki animates the Hello!Project booth at Japan Expo 2018
June 03 | Opening act for ANGERME at La Cigale (Paris)
Feb 17-18 | STAGE 34 – Japan Impact
Sep 21 | Ichigo (2nd generation) and Berry (6th generation) officially graduate from the main group to join the OG members
July 16-17 | STAGE 33 – Trucs de Geek
July 02 | STAGE 32 – Fêtes Consulaires
June 04 | STAGE 31 – Epitanime 2017
May 19 | STAGE 30 – Manga Saône (opening act for Ohno Keisho)
Feb 18 | STAGE 29 – Japan Impact
Jan 18 | Kyandii (6th generation) graduates from the main group to join the OG members
Jan 16 | Generation 8 joins (Anzu, Aroe, Gekikara, Maccha, Mochi, Kokonatsu, Remon, Youkan)
Nov 06 | Amaitsuki’s first sub-unit ORiYON is created, mostly covering song from the WACK groups (BiS, BiSH, GANG PARADE)
Nov 09 | STAGE 28 – Les Fêtes Consulaires
July 17 | STAGE 27 – FanMeeting Asian Dreamers
May 29 | STAGE 26 – Epitanime 2016
May 28 | STAGE 25 – Manga Sâone 2016
Apr 10 | STAGE 24 – Japan Touch Haru 2016
Mar 26-27 | STAGE 23 – KamoCon
Aug 28 | Momo graduates and becomes manager of the group
May 31 | STAGE 22 – Epitanime 2015
May 26-30 | STAGE 21 – Manga Saône 2015
Feb 28 | STAGE 20 – Senyu 2015
Jan 01 | Generation 7 joins (Mizu, Ocha, Reishi)
Sep 13-14 | STAGE 19 – Player Three Manga Show 2014
May 17 | STAGE 18 – Manga Saône 2014
Apr 13 | First dance contest – Japan Touch Haru 2014
Apr 12 | STAGE 17 – Japan Touch Haru 2014
Jan 01 | Generation 6 joins (Kyuuri, Kyandii, Ume, Mikan, Berry, Pocky)
Sep 28-29 | STAGE 16 – Player Two Manga Show 2013
Sep 20 | Amaitsukiland becomes a stand-alone association
Sep 16 | Amaitsuki splits from Dansuki
Sep 13-15 | STAGE 15 – La Parisienne 2013
Aug 28 | Release of our 1st original song and MV “夏の恋” for the group’s 5th anniversary
May 18-19 | STAGE 14 – Epitanime 2013
Apr 16 | STAGE 13 – Tech Jap Night
Apr 13-14 | STAGE 12 – Manga Saône 2013
Jan 01 | Generation 5 joins (Kurimu, Ringo, Harumaki)
Nov 03-04 | STAGE 11 – Player One Manga Show 2012
July 05-08 | STAGE 10 – Japan Expo 2012
May 25-27 | STAGE 9 – Epitanime 2012
May 12 | STAGE 8 – JapaNiort 2012
Apr 14 | STAGE 7 – Jardin Japonais au Jardin d’Acclimatation
Oct 29-30 | STAGE 6 – Japan Expo Orléans 2011
July 01 | Amaitsuki joins the Dansuki association
June 01 | Generation 4 joins (Suika, Chiizu, Chocominto)
May 20-22 | STAGE 5 – Epitanime 2011
Oct 29-31 | STAGE 4 – Chibi Japan Expo 2010
May 29-30 | STAGE 3 – Epitanime 2010
Mat 01 | Generation 3 joins (Painappuru)
Nov 28-29 | STAGE 2 – Japan Touch 2009
Oct 01 | Generation 2 joins (Ichigo)
May 29-31 | STAGE 1 – Epitanime 2009
Aug 28 | Amaitsuki is created by first generation and founders Momo and Youshu