Oct 292011
 



 
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!

A team of three smiley DJs at the turntables of the Trump Room.
A team of three smiley DJs at the turntables of the Trump Room.
Japanese girl dressed up as Marilyn Monroe for Halloween.
Japanese girl dressed up as Marilyn Monroe for Halloween.
A group of partygoers hastily posing for their picture.
A group of partygoers hastily posing for their picture.
The second of two Japanese girls with matching Marilyn Monroe costumes.
The second of two Japanese girls with matching Marilyn Monroe costumes.
Japanese girl in an old-school flight attendant's costume at the Noir Halloween party.
Japanese girl in an old-school flight attendant's costume at the Noir Halloween party.
Japanese guy suited up and sticking out his tongue.
Japanese guy suited up and sticking out his tongue.
A Japanese girl going for the kawaii cute look at the Noir Halloween party.
A Japanese girl going for the kawaii cute look at the Noir Halloween party.
Two girls in Spider-Man costumes posing with their friend.
Two girls in Spider-Man costumes posing with their friend.
Friends Shōko and Reiko costumed as black and white cats.
Friends Shōko and Reiko costumed as black and white cats.
 Posted by at 23:59
Oct 222011
 



 
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.

A leather-clad macho man and three Japanese ladies posing in the Trump Room.
A leather-clad macho man and three Japanese ladies posing in the Trump Room.
Two beautiful Japanese girls in matching nurse costumes.
Two beautiful Japanese girls in matching nurse costumes.
A blond Japanese girl wearing an elaborate Halloween costume.
A blond Japanese girl wearing an elaborate Halloween costume.
Two other girls wearing nurse outfits at the Halloween party.
Two other girls wearing nurse outfits at the Halloween party.
Japanese DJ Takeru with three female friends in the White Room.
Japanese DJ Takeru with three female friends in the White Room.
A Japanese girl wearing a naughty Little Red Riding Hood costume.
A Japanese girl wearing a naughty Little Red Riding Hood costume.
Two Japanese girls cosplaying in black and white Black Swan costumes.
Two Japanese girls cosplaying in black and white Black Swan costumes.
Popular DJ Takeru dancing in the Trump Room.
Popular DJ Takeru dancing in the Trump Room.
A dressed-up cute Japanese girl at the Mysterious Halloween Night event.
A dressed-up cute Japanese girl at the Mysterious Halloween Night event.
 Posted by at 23:59
Oct 092011
 



 
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).

Japanese goth girl with headphones holding a drink.
Japanese goth girl with headphones holding a drink.
A long-haired girl wearing colored contact lenses dancing at the Artism event.
A long-haired girl wearing colored contact lenses dancing at the Artism event.
Dressed-up goth DJ Mikan on the dancefloor.
Dressed-up goth DJ Mikan on the dancefloor.
Another costumed goth girl with a pink wig and blue contacts.
Another costumed goth girl with a pink wig and blue contacts.
Japanese goth couple of a cute magical girl and an elegant aristocrat.
Japanese goth couple of a cute magical girl and an elegant aristocrat.
A Club Theatic Show 22 guest wearing a gothic Helloween costume.
A Club Theatic Show 22 guest wearing a gothic Helloween costume.
 Posted by at 23:54
Sep 172011
 



 
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.

Young Japanese woman with light-brown hair and hat in the Shibuya afternoon sun.
Young Japanese woman with light-brown hair and hat in the Shibuya afternoon sun.
A stylish Japanese girl with black fur hat holding her mobile.
A stylish Japanese girl with black fur hat holding her mobile.
Japanese guy wearing glasses grimacing.
Japanese guy wearing glasses grimacing.
Japanese guy with blond hair and a black coat looking quite surprised.
Japanese guy with blond hair and a black coat looking quite surprised.
A Japanese girl in a sailor suit (school uniform) checking out the advertising screens in Shibuya.
A Japanese girl in a sailor suit (school uniform) checking out the advertising screens in Shibuya.
Japanese boy with fair hair throwing a wary glance.
Japanese boy with fair hair throwing a wary glance.
A good-looking Japanese girl running her hand through her hair.
A good-looking Japanese girl running her hand through her hair.
A young Japanese lady with pearl jewelry looking to her left.
A young Japanese lady with pearl jewelry looking to her left.
Two Shibuya girls in elegant Japanese fashion looking around.
Two Shibuya girls in elegant Japanese fashion looking around.
A Japanese toddler being carried by her mother at Shibuya crossing.
A Japanese toddler being carried by her mother at Shibuya crossing.
A Half-Japanase salaryman busy telephoning with his mobile.
A Half-Japanase salaryman busy telephoning with his mobile.
A girl and her friend trying to find directions with the help of a map.
A girl and her friend trying to find directions with the help of a map.
 Posted by at 19:45
Aug 272011
 



 
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.

A dance group performs on one the large shopping streets at the Kōenji Awa Odori.
A dance group performs on one the large shopping streets at the Kōenji Awa Odori.
The women do a special dance due to the restrictive nature of the traditional kimonos.
The women do a special dance due to the restrictive nature of the traditional kimonos.
A man doing the traditional 'silly dance' at the Kōenji Awa Odori.
A man doing the traditional 'silly dance' at the Kōenji Awa Odori.
The groups come from all over Japan, here some dancers from Ojiya.
The groups come from all over Japan, here some dancers from Ojiya.
As these drummers show, the Awa Odori dance festival is for all ages.
As these drummers show, the Awa Odori dance festival is for all ages.
A man carrying a big Japanese drum in front of his dance group.
A man carrying a big Japanese drum in front of his dance group.
 Posted by at 20:04
Aug 132011
 



 
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!

Large crowds of manga fans at the Kokusai-Tenjijō station of the JR Rinkai line.
Large crowds of manga fans at the Kokusai-Tenjijō station of the JR Rinkai line.
The entrance to the Tokyo Big Sight convention center.
The entrance to the Tokyo Big Sight convention center.
One of several huge halls where tens of thousands of manga illustrators and related artists offer their merchandise.
One of several huge halls where tens of thousands of manga illustrators and related artists offer their merchandise.
Two female cosplayers dressed up as Nathan Seymour/Fire Emblem and Ivan Karelin/Origami Cyclone from the Tiger & Bunny (タイガー&バニー) anime.
Two female cosplayers dressed up as Nathan Seymour/Fire Emblem and Ivan Karelin/Origami Cyclone from the Tiger & Bunny (タイガー&バニー) anime.
A girl cosplayer dressed up as Hatsune Miku from the Vocaloid singing synthesizer application (Miku Append version).
A girl cosplayer dressed up as Hatsune Miku from the Vocaloid singing synthesizer application (Miku Append version).
Two girl cosplayers dressed up as Azusa Nakano and Yui Hirasawa from the K-On! (けいおん!) manga.
Two girl cosplayers dressed up as Azusa Nakano and Yui Hirasawa from the K-On! (けいおん!) manga.
 Posted by at 21:42
Oct 222010
 



 
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.

The Royal Dead's line-up at Urga: Aci and Shun.
The Royal Dead's line-up at Urga: Aci and Shun.
Singer Shun of The Royal Dead on stage.
Singer Shun of The Royal Dead on stage.
Violinist Aci is the main composer and programmer of The Royal Dead.
Violinist Aci is the main composer and programmer of The Royal Dead.

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 Posted by at 23:06
Oct 162010
 



 
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!

Shirtless blonde guy with a plastic katana.
Shirtless blonde guy with a plastic katana.
Two Japanese guys in the mirror-covered Trump Room.
Two Japanese guys in the mirror-covered Trump Room.
Two girls wearing small devil horns posing.
Two girls wearing small devil horns posing.
Guy posing in a white and red prisoners' uniform.
Guy posing in a white and red prisoners' uniform.
Lady Gaga wannabe Eriko with white wig and black make-up winking.
Lady Gaga wannabe Eriko with white wig and black make-up winking.
Japanese guy in a furry costume captured in the stairway.
Japanese guy in a furry costume captured in the stairway.
Japanese cosplay girl with a wide-brimmed hat.
Japanese cosplay girl with a wide-brimmed hat.
Girl with orange wig and black witch attire.
Girl with orange wig and black witch attire.
Cat girl wearing a white jacket.
Cat girl wearing a white jacket.
 Posted by at 23:59
Sep 262010
 



 
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.

The designer Takuya Sawada founded the brand and designs most of the Takuya Angel fashions.
The designer Takuya Sawada founded the brand and designs most of the Takuya Angel fashions.
He is assisted by his wife Akiko who also works on the accessories and other products.
He is assisted by his wife Akiko who also works on the accessories and other products.
The Takuya Angel logo outside on the shop window with some clothing in the background.
The Takuya Angel logo outside on the shop window with some clothing in the background.
 Posted by at 16:21