After last week (and last year) it was a given that I would go again to a Halloween event in the Trump Room. Organized by Me And My Friends the party today was called Noir Halloween with the motto “I’m your inner monster”. Again lots of people came costumed for Halloween, which is no surprise since the Tokyo party crowd loves to dress up for going out. So it wasn’t too hard to shoot some nice pictures of the friendly patrons. Enjoy!
Like last year, Tokyo’s party scene loves to celebrate Halloween as an opportunity to dress up in weird fashion or naughty costumes and dance the night away. Although this foreign holiday is not yet here, this Saturday was one of many pre-Halloween nightclub events at the Trump Room. Located in Shibuya, it is a small but nicely decorated club with three rooms on three floors.
The party was presented by bunny.×Tokyo cherry×Dead or Alive and called Mysterious Halloween Night – Tarot Fortune Teller, because it featured not only popular DJs from Tokyo and Nagoya, but also a small booth with a girl reading tarot cards for a measly ¥1000. However, I was more interested in the costumes and attires of my fellow partygoers and tried to capture the best of them. Sexy nurse outfits were rather popular this year, as were ballet costumes from the Black Swan movie, the usual Japanese cosplays and Western gothic/horror classics.
Again I went to an Artism event, this time the 7th anniversary of the Club Theatic Show at Live Inn Rosa in Ikebukuro. This “Gothic Culture Club Party” consisted of nine musical performance by goth, rock and metal bands, interspersed with DJ music. Among the music groups were Vanished Empire, Zodiaque, well-know Psydoll, Death Trance Delilah, Hernia 44, Zwecklos, PeaceToPieces, Remnant and Solomon Grandy.
But first I want to show some pictures of the people attending such an Tokyo underground goth party. Unsurprisingly, many were dressed up in elaborate costumes as they are artists and DJs themselves (or just love the chance to wear a gothic cosplay).
I love documenting people on the street. I am a street photographer at heart and I am especially fond of shooting candid portraits of everyday people, showing their style, clothing, and expressions when walking in public. The fashion hub Shibuya with its millions of commuters, shoppers and visitors is my favorite hunting ground for this photographic endeavor where I try to capture my subjects unaware.
Only in Japan! This dude was driving on his Honda bike cross-dressed in a red plaid skirt and shirt outfit in Meguro. But I guess this is not his normal everyday attire — he probably is a performer of some kind on his way to work.
With about 12,000 participants in about 180 dance groups and over a million of visitors, the Kōenji awa odori (高円寺阿波おどり) is one of the biggest summer festivals of Tokyo. On one weekend in August the dance groups parade around the area of the Kōenji JR station (of the Chūō line), performing the traditional fool’s dance before huge crowds of onlookers.
Unfortunately, unlike before this year the awa odori was not in the evening but in the afternoon, spoiling the chance for some low-light street photography. Still it was nice to watch the dancers and musicians in their traditional costumes chant and sing as they paraded through the streets.
Like last summer, I went to the the manga and anime fair Comiket (コミケット) on Odaiba. Again I wanted to take pictures of the many cosplay girls and guys who gather at the Tokyo Big Sight venue. I also went to the となりでコスプレ博 (tonari de kosupure-haku — Cosplay in the Neighborhood exhibition) event in the TFT halls which, unlike the Comiket, costs money to enter. But due to the fact that the Comiket is attended by about 500,000 visitors and many thousands of cosplayers, photography at there is much more harder with all the other people taking pictures in the rather small areas where photography is allowed.
After grabbing a few shots indoors at the Comiket I went outside to the dedicated cosplay areas, where it was really crowded, hot and not that well suited for getting nice images. So I moved to the nearby Tokyo Fashion Town building and the Tonari de Cosplay expo.
As you can see, cosplays of Vocaloid characters were extremely popular this year!
Again I visited the “Machine Magic” (機械魔術) concert series at Urga in Shinjuku. As Nekoi-san from Psydoll is one of the organizers, I was happy to help my friend by taking pictures at this event. The other bands invited were The Royal Dead and PsychoDream.
The first performer of the evening was the duo The Royal Dead. Originally called Phantasmagoria, they are one of the longest-lived Japanese dark electro/goth bands of Tokyo/Saitama and are currently recording their new album.
Although Halloween is still two weeks away, Tokyo is gearing up for its Japanese take on this foreign holiday. Many shops, restaurants and public spaces are already decorated with the usual Halloween accessories based on US influences. Stripped of all its pseudo-Celtic and pagan traditions, Halloween is pretty much an excuse for fancy dress parties with a goth/horror theme.
On this Saturday there was one of these nightclub events. Called “bunny. × Tokyo cherry × Dead or Alive presents SPECIAL HALLOWEEN PARTY – CIRCUS OF TERROR” Tokyo’s fashion party scene gathered in the multi-story Trump Room in Shibuya to celebrate and check out each others’ dresses and cosplays. Popular DJs like 2BOY, MA5AKAZ, Death Is Not My Aim, smoooch!, Cherry Boys, DaF, RS, Da Monde, lilith (of Kawaii Tokyo), Dusty John Thomas, Make the Chaos Party, Lie…, Shilas and MA-C were performing in a pretty much sold out club, so taking photos in this crowded environment turned out to be harder than expected!
This Saturday I made a short trip to Harajuku to shoot some street portraits in front of the Takuya Angel store. Unfortunately, no Angelers (fans wearing the TA brand) did show up, so I just took a couple of pictures of the fashion designer Takuya Sawada and his wife Akiko Angel.