After Gantai Alice #3 and Machine Magic I went to an another Tokyo goth party, this time Gothic Bar Heaven 26, again at Club Crawl in Shibuya. As many other Artism events it is a live event with shows instead of just partying and dancing. The two music bands Zwecklos and Custom Mary plus two performance groups (Neo&MiN and 虚飾集団廻天百眼) were scheduled for this late night event.
The evening was kicked off by Neo and MiN and their Gothic Fusion Belly Dance performance to Middle Eastern-inspired goth/industrial music. I had seen them the month before at Gothic Bar Heaven 25 where they had supported Ray Trak. This time they were alone on the stage.
The belly dancer Neo at the Gothic Bar Heaven 26 event.
The belly dancer Neo with MiN behind her.
Gothic Fusion Belly Dancer Neo with her long, flowing fans.
Neo and MiN waving their fans while dancing.
Gothic Fusion Belly Dance at Club Crawl by performer MiN.
Another shot of belly dancer Neo during her dance performance in Tokyo.
The first music act of Gothic Bar Heaven 26 was the Japanese industrial band Zwecklos. And it was actually their very first live performance — Zwecklos was formed in June 2010 by Takuya and Ageha.
Bass player and programmer Takuya of Zwecklos doing his thing.
Singer Ageha of the Japanese dark electro band Zwecklos.
For their very first time Zwecklos delivered a quite powerful performance.
Zwecklos' singer Ageha dancing at Club Crawl.
Another picture of the impressive show by Ageha of Zwecklos.
The singer Ageha was also singing some songs in German.
The second band was Custom Mary (カスタム・マリー). They played only electronic music with no live lyrics. Their performance largely relied on the dancer Mari, who delivered a stunning performance while wearing a cat mask.
Custom Mary's Mari ringing a small bell while composer and programmer Akira works in the back.
Mari is a pretty well-known dancer at goth events in Tokyo.
Mari dancing on bright backlight.
Custom Mary live on stage at Club Crawl.
Mari gave one audience member a cat toy and was playing with it.
Dancer Mari of Custom Mary performing at the Gothic Bar Heaven 26 event.
The last performer of the event was the show group 虚飾集団廻天百眼 (Kyoshoku Shūdan Kaiten Hyaku-me). They are a troupe of young theater actors and presented the play 「私は私として生まれ、私のまま死ぬんだ！！」 (“In the condition I was born I will die as well!”).
The performers of the 「私は私として生まれ、私のまま死ぬんだ！！」 play start their act.
A female member of the Japanese theater group Kaiten Hyakume.
Actress Tomoe Ōshima (大島朋恵) awakes from her transformation scene.
Note the demon blade and the monster's arm.
Actress Tomoe Ōshima (大島朋恵) suffering.
Fast and furious action dominated the later half of the show.
A short pause in a fight scene of 虚飾集団廻天百眼's performance.
Epilog of the story with all actors present on the stage.
After the play birthday boy Tetra was presented a watermelon with his portrait by his friends.
As always I also tried to document the Japanese goth scene a little bit, shooting party-goers, DJs and performers. These are the results, depicting the guys and gals of Tokyo’s dark underground…
Japanese DJ Mikan in the DJ booth at Club Crawl.
Japanese goth guy Itsuki relaxing between the performances.
A Japanese girl in white gothic lolita fashion.
Two male and one female guest of the goth party at Club Crawl.
Japanese goth DJ Tetra wearing an anarchy t-shirt while deejaying.
Ageha and another patron of the Gothic Bar Heaven 26 party.
The Japanese DJ Manik (HimemaniK) who invited me to this event.
Actress Mariko Akahi (紅日毬子) with red contact lenses.
Mariko and a friend posing early in the morning outside of Club Crawl in Shibuya.
Tomoe eating a watermelon.
Another Japanese friend of Tetra holding a plastic spoon.
Eren dancing at the Gothic Bar Heaven 26 event.