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Japanese band WORLD ORDER as surprise guest at the 2017 Taipei Lantern Festival

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Post date:2017-02-03



Iconic surprise guest will be joining the 2017 Taipei Lantern Festival. Taipei City’s Department of Information and Tourism announced today that famous Japanese band WORLD ORDER will attend the opening ceremony of the Taipei Lantern Festival and perform two shows on the Main Display Area on February 4 th and 5 th , boosting Taipei’s international visibility through this collaboration.

WORLD ORDER also released a video clip on its official website and Facebook page announcing this upcoming appearance in Taipei. In the video, they greeted fans with “Happy Lunar New Year “and “Be There or Be Square” in Chinese. Since the festival will be held in the vicinity of Ximen Shopping District, they look forward to seeing fans to come see their performance on the opening event.

According to the city’s transportation department, partial roads on Chengdu road and Hanchung Street will be closed from 16:00-20:30 on February 4 th of the lighting ceremony. Motorists are advised to choose alternative routes. As the displays areas scatter between MRT Beimen station of Songshan-Xindian Line and MRT Ximen station of Bannan Line, visitors are encouraged to take public transportation to avoid traffic jam and time wasted in looking for parking spaces.

Japanese band WORLD ORDER as surprise guest  at the 2017 Taipei Lantern Festival
Japanese techno band WORLD ORDER is famous for robot-dancing their way around world’s major cities. After travelling to big cities around Europe and the U.S. and several top cities in Asia to shoot music videos, WORLD ORDER’s latest stop is Taipei. Its upcoming performance in the Taipei Lantern Festival will have Taipei’s west district included in its territory.

Yu-yen Chien, commissioner of the Department of Information and Tourism of Taipei City, says city marketing has been one of the top agendas for major cities in the world. WORLD ORDER has been connected to different cities since its establishment and the collaboration with the famous band is a way to promote Taipei to the world. It also echoes to Taipei mayor Ko Wen-jen’s motto “Let Taiwan walk out, Let the World Walk in, Let the World See Taiwan.”

Japanese band WORLD ORDER as surprise guest  at the 2017 Taipei Lantern Festival
Another feat of WORLD ORDER is that the band is featured in a video promoting the 2020 Olympics games in Tokyo. According to Chien, WORLD ORDER successfully helped promoted the image of Tokyo as the next host of the Olympics games. Its visit this time helps market Taipei, warming up to the 2017 Summer Universiade which will take place in Taipei in August.

WORLD ORDER was formed in 2009. It was founded by former mixed martial arts fighter Genki Sudo who retired at the peak of his career in the end of 2006. He then established the all-male band in 2009 featuring techno music in the United States. The most eye-catching style of the band is that all members wear clean-fitting suits as they perform amazingly-choreographed dances and adroit footwork. One might easily mistake their moves as slow motion at first. But their perfect synchronized dancing and sometimes unexpected moves bring viewers surprises and delight.

Japanese band WORLD ORDER as surprise guest  at the 2017 Taipei Lantern Festival

Besides shooting music videos in major cities that incorporate cityscape, WORLD ORDER is also great in live performance as the band brings fun as members connect to the audience. The band is slated to perform at the opening ceremony of the Taipei Lantern Festival on February 4 th , with an additional performance on the Main Display Area on February 5 th . However, the founder Sudo has officially taken a back seat from the spotlight and will not come to Taipei with the band this time.

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