The Harajuku Girls are four Japanese and Japanese American backup dancers featured in stage shows and music videos for Gwen Stefani during her solo pop/dance-record career. The women also act as an entourage at Stefani's public appearances. The Harajuku Girls are Maya Chino ("Love"), Jennifer Kita ("Angel"), Rino Nakasone ("Music") and Mayuko Kitayama ("Baby"). The name of the group is a reference to Harajuku, a neighborhood of Tokyo. The stage names of the women are derived from Stefani's Love. Angel. Music. Baby., which was the name of her first album as well as her clothing brand. In 2014 Gwen Stefani announced she would be producing an animated series that was based on the characters Love, Angel, Music, Baby, and G, a character who was first introduced in the Harajuku Lovers perfume line. The series Kuu Kuu Harajuku follows the girls, known together as HJ5, as they fight evil and try to pursue their music. The Harajuku Girls are girls who live in the Neighborhood called Harajuku.
History with the Macy’s Parade
Appearing for the first time in 2008, the Harajuku Girls' Tokyo Lights! float features neon Lights, over the top signs and Harajuku girls are on full blast. Inspired by the Harajuku area of downtown Tokyo, the float consists of multi-level, clear, plexiglass platforms that show the lights of Tokyo to full effect. Featured onboard are balloonhead alter egos of Love, Lil Angel, Music, Baby, and G - the Harajuku Girls! Also taking the trip through Manhattan will be the real Love, Angel, Music, and Baby who dance close to their balloon counterparts on Thanksgiving. The float was retired after making only one appearance and was recycled into the There's A Party In My City! float the following year.
Below, you will find a list of every performer/celebrity that has performed/appeared on the float.
- 2008 - Gwen Stefani