After attending Gothic Bar Heaven 25 I decided to go to more Artism events in Tokyo. So I visited Gantai Alice 3 (眼帯アリス) at Live Inn Rosa in Ikebukuro this Sunday. As expected, it was mainly an event with several bands playing for about half an hour each, with some DJing thrown in in-between. However, the headliner of the evening was the popular Japanese comedian Minoru Torihada (鳥肌実) who gave one of his famous spoken-word performances. The bands consisted of サンドイッチで１２０分？ (Sandoitchi de Hyakunijūpun?), GPKISM, 桃尻東京テレビジョン (Momoziri Tōkyō Terebijon), 遺伝子組換こども会 (Idenshi Kumikae Kodomokai) and Mu☆Mu.
The first performer was “Maria“. Unfortunately, I missed most of his gig, so I got only few photos. Overall, it was a kinda weird a cappella performance with singing, screaming and talking.
The singer "Maria" performing at the Gantai Alice 3 event.
Although his stage persona came on as pretty weird, "Maria" was actually a pretty nice guy.
Part of "Maria's" performance was playing with an improvised flamethrower made from a spraycan and a lighter.
The next performer was Mu☆Mu. They played minimalistic electro pop-rock filled with chiptune-like digital samples. MuMu also had good crowd participation as the audience was invited to dance along — which the people did, so it was a quite fun performance.
Mu☆Mu is the solo project of the singer and musician MuMu. Here he is playing guitar.
MuMu was supported by a guest drummer wearing a top hat.
MuMu's style was a combination of decora and fairy tale fashion.
MuMu invited the crowd to dance along with him, which the people did.
MuMu's performance was quite entertaining.
The singer of the one man band Mu☆Mu singing at the Gantai Alice 3 event in Ikebukuro.
The 3rd band of the evening was 遺伝子組換こども会 (Idenshi Kumikae Kodomokai), whose name could be best translated as “club of genetically-engineered children”. They were pretty unique insofar they did short Doraemon-inspired sketches before each of their songs, which was really fun to watch. Their music was fast and powerful pop-punk rock which was loved by the audience, who danced along to the instructions of the band.
Singer Nobita of 遺伝子組換こども会 giving a powerful performance at Live Inn Rosa.
The female bass player Ura (裏) of 遺伝子組換こども会 performing next to the singer Nobita.
The guitarist Kojirō of 遺伝子組換こども会 wearing his Doraemon cosplay while playing.
Nobita (ノビ太), Kojirō (コジロー) and Ura (裏) doing a Doraemon sketch between their songs.
The Japanese punk rock band 遺伝子組換こども会 (The Club of Genetically-engineered Children) giving dance instructions to the audience.
The singer Nobita of 遺伝子組換こども会 in one of his quieter moments.
The fourth music group was +桃尻東京テレビジョン+ (Momoziri Tōkyō Terebijon), which means Peach-bottom Tokyo Television. They were pretty popular, too, and their punk rock music was supported by the audience moshing and waving fans. Overall it was another great performance by a energetic and well-rehearsed band.
The orange-haired bass player Yogore (ヨゴレ) of 桃尻東京テレビジョン performing.
The singer Alps (アルプス) of Momoziri Tōkyō Terebijon singing at the Gantai Alice 3 event.
桃尻東京テレビジョン's guitarist Masashi (マサシ) in his polka dot suit.
The green-haired singer Alps of 桃尻東京テレビジョン was wearing gloves with glow-in-the-dark fingertips.
The line-up of 桃尻東京テレビジョン (Peach-bottom Tokyo Television) on stage at the Gantai Alice 3 event.
MGR-G100 of 桃尻東京テレビジョン playing keyboards and background singing.
GPKISM from Australia was the fifth musical performer. Their loud and gloomy gothic rock was quite different from music of the other bands, so the audience was less interested in their performance. I think they missed out on an up-and-coming Visual Kei band.
The Australian Visual Kei band GPKISM on stage at the Live In Rosa.
The guitar player Kiwamu (究) of GPKISM in his baroque fantasy uniform.
GPKISM was supported by a guest bass player dressed in black.
The male singer-songwriter GPK (Gothique Prince Ken) of GPKISM was singing both in Japanese and English.
GPK is the singer of the EBM/gothic rock band GPKISM.
Another wide-angle shot of GPKISM playing live in Tokyo.
The last band of Gantai Alice 03 was サンドイッチで１２０分？ (Sandoitchi de Hyakunijūpun?) = “120 Minutes for a Sandwich?”. They played hard, loud and fast punk rock which turned many of the cute and harmless-looking Japanese girls in the audience into headbanging fiends.
A shot of the wild and powerful performance of the Japanese pop punk band サンドイッチで１２０分？.
Bassist Tsuna Morikawa (森川ツナ) of サンドイッチで１２０分？ headbanging.
Bass player Tsuna Morikawa (森川ツナ) of サンドイッチで１２０分？ when he was not playing.
Sandoitchi de Hyakunijūpun?'s guitarist Hamu Takemura (竹村ハム) dressed in a red jumpsuit.
The singer and bandleader Retasu Matsuoka (松岡レタス) of サンドイッチで１２０分？ singing.
Again the concert goers were dancing and waving their arms according to the instructions of the band.
The final performer was Minoru Torihada (鳥肌実). He is an underground comedian, satirist and actor who uses an extreme right-wing persona to make fun of imperialists, the uyoku right-wing groups and current events (like the 2010 FIFA world cup). He gets taken way too seriously by the general public, but he has garnered a cult following among the more open-minded young people looking for shockingly absurd parodies of humorless Japanese realities.
Minoru Torihada (鳥肌実) dressed in a serious suit covered with outrageous patriotic slogans.
Part of his performance is the impersonation and ridiculing of far-right activists.
Minoru Torihada (鳥肌実) talking very seriously and earnestly about the ills affecting Japanese society today.
Many consider Minoru Torihada the most brilliant and sarcastic stand-up comedian of Japan.
Behind him was an oversized Japanese national flag and a banner reading Torihada support meeting (鳥肌翼賛会).
At one point of his performance Minoru Torihada undressed and continued with his parodies.
The Gantai Alice 03 event was surprisingly well attended and not just by the regular Tokyo goth. Although it was far from sold out, each of the bands had their faithful followers who made every performance exciting and entertaining. Many members of the audience were dressed up in cosplays or other elaborate fashions, so I found many interesting subjects to document the personal styles of Japanese party people.
Two patrons of the Gantai Alice 3 event wearing Ronald McDonald cosplays and holding various signs.
The Japanese goth guy Eren wearing a jester-like outfit with horns and white hair.
A shot of the crowd (mostly) enjoying the performance of Mu☆Mu.
The Japanese DJ Manik (HimemaniK) and the girl named Chokomelo (チョコメロ) on the dancefloor.
DJ Manik (HimemaniK) with Chokomelo and Mochi posing for the camera.
Two Japanese goth girls dressed up for the Gantai Alice 3 event.
Japanese girl dressed in a sailor suit and wearing a blue wig with colorful decora accessories.
Goth girl Kurau with white facepaint and Japanese cyber fashion.
Artist and singer Naoki Tamamushi (玉虫ナヲキ) with a My Little Pony in her hair.
Kei dancing to electro music.
Yogore of 桃尻東京テレビジョン portraited with a cuddly toy after his performance.
Yogore and a female admirer posing together.
Two Japanese girls dressed as some scary nurses with huge syringes.
Alps of 桃尻東京テレビジョン enjoying a cold beer in private.
"Maguru-san" making the peace sign.
This blue-haired girl was holding a sign with "7 o'clock" written on it for another photographer and I grabbed a shot while he was chimping.
A very beautiful young Japanese lady at the Gantai Alice 3 event.
Another good-looking Japanese girl with a unique style.
DJ Sumata-Q (素股Ｑ) behind the turntables.
A Japanese guy with dyed hair and colorful facepaint including the kanji "heroic self-sacrifice" (玉砕).
Chokomelo and a female friend wearing summerly fashion at the Live Inn Rosa.