North Korean Olympic cheerleaders steal the show in Pyeongchang

Dubbed ‘the army of beauties,’ the cheerleaders waved small flags. (File photo: AP)
Updated 12 February 2018

North Korean Olympic cheerleaders steal the show in Pyeongchang

CAIRO: Videos of North Korean cheerleaders at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics performing tightly-synchronized routines left viewers around the world mesmerized by the spectacle.
As North and South Korea’s unified women’s hockey team took to the ice this week, 75 cheerleaders stole the show as they chanted their own songs in unison.
Dubbed “the army of beauties,” the cheerleaders waved small unified Korean Peninsula flags, swayed in unison and sung “ban gap seup nee da,” or nice to meet you, reported USA Today.
The crowd was taken by storm.
Audience members attending speed skating and ice hockey events managed to capture several videos of their performance, which went viral on social media.


Silent but cheerful, mannequins enforce social distancing at Tokyo bar

Updated 43 min 34 sec ago

Silent but cheerful, mannequins enforce social distancing at Tokyo bar

  • Tokyo recently began to ease restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

TOKYO: They may not be helping out with chants but complete with cheerleader uniforms and pom-poms, mannequins at one Tokyo bar are helping keep customers a safe — and cheerful — distance apart.
Tokyo recently began to ease restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, a respite for bars and restaurants dependent on the city’s normally thriving nightlife even if customers are not yet back in full force.
“Our restaurant looked very empty and we wanted to add more excitement,” said Arata Funabara, owner of Cheers One, a cheerleading-themed bar in the capital’s upscale Ginza district which counts both women and men among its clientele.
Other safety measures include face shields and gloves for the bar’s cheerleader waitresses who perform karaoke songs on request. The shields and gloves are also on offer for patrons.
Waitress Chinatsu Fujii said the mannequins made for a safer work environment.
“It takes a bit of getting used to but it’s reassuring that they are here and I think of them of workmates,” she said.
Japan has recorded some 17,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 900 deaths.