Peruvian Fandom, Subculture, Kpop and SMTown Peru
I remember back when I was in high school, I had a group of friends who were (and still are) Jpop fans. I know that some of them have “converted” to Kpop, but as a general rule, they still are fans of J-music. The thing is, back then, they had to (and still) do the impossible to get albums and attend concerts — though concerts have improved thanks to Jrockers like X Japan, Dir en Grey and Miyavi . Fans of Jmusic would generally be fans of anime, though I don’t really consider my friends otakus because I’ve never seen them do cosplay… but they may be doing that on the side for all I know.
Japanese culture has always been floating around here in Peru, but it was never a mainstream thing even if we had a president named Fujimori. You would always need to go to a specific place like C.C. Arenales or those iffy stands on the Cinephile’s Paradise to get the latest videos/music — you had to have a subscription to Revista Sugoi. That was a given.
However, in all those years that I had seen Japanese music floating around here and there, I had never seen such media attention like Kpop is receiving. I guess we have the interweb to thank. After all, accessibility means everything nowadays.
It is because it’s so easy to send an email, get people together, set up flashmobs, put together fanvids, get interviews, live performances, music videos, and even get MP3s (legal or not). It’s good to be a Kpop fan in the digital age. It’s easy to call the attention of the press when fans are organized, this is why they’ve had their fair share of local entertainment news like RPP Noticias , Parada Norte  and Panamericana Television, which is practically the inception point that spread Korean dramas in Peru , covering Kpop activities and helping spread the Korean Wave  — to be honest, Arashi had its own coverage not long ago from Veronica Ayllon’s De Pelicula.