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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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Sep 242010
 



 
My third visit to a Gothic Bar Heaven event at Club Crawl this year. Like many other Artism.jp parties it was a small-scale “live house” event with several bands presenting their music and DJs performing between the shows. Again, I had been invited by my friend Nekoi from Psydoll who were scheduled to play. Other bands of the evening included Ethereal Sin, Zwecklos and Mr. Chaos.

After having missed the belly dancers, the first band I saw was a solo artist called Mr. Chaos. For someone named Mr. Chaos he gave a very tame performance…

Kaosu (かおす) is the producer and singer behind the name Mr. Chaos.
Kaosu (かおす) is the producer and singer behind the name Mr. Chaos.
Mr. Chaos performing at the Club Crawl in Shibuya.
Mr. Chaos performing at the Club Crawl in Shibuya.
Mr. Chaos solo on stage at the Gothic Bar Heaven 28 event.
Mr. Chaos solo on stage at the Gothic Bar Heaven 28 event.

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Aug 142010
 



 
Following my recent string of goth events I attended the first day of the special Artism Festa Summer 2010 happening at Live Inn Rosa in Ikebukuro. As many Artism events it went from the afternoon to the evening, which means I didn’t have to worry about missing my last train. I was especially looking forward to the performance by the Japanese theater group 虚飾集団廻天百眼 (Kyoshoku Shūdan Kaiten Hyaku-me). Other performers were Mu☆Mu, Caramelman, 装置メガネ (Sōchi Megane), マイナス人生オーケストラ (Mainus Jinsei Ōkesutora), Zwecklos, Rose Noire and a second show group called MONT★SUCHT.

When I arrived I only saw the second part of Mu☆Mu’s gig. Fortunately, I had seen him before, so I didn’t have to shoot so many pictures. Anyway, he was a fun performer this time, too.

MuMu singing in front of the bright lights of the Live Inn Rosa stage.
MuMu singing in front of the bright lights of the Live Inn Rosa stage.
As a solo artist Mu☆Mu's live performances are supported by a guest drummer.
As a solo artist Mu☆Mu's live performances are supported by a guest drummer.
Pink-haired Japanese singer Mu☆Mu entertaining his audience.
Pink-haired Japanese singer Mu☆Mu entertaining his audience.

 
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Aug 062010
 



 
Tokyo’s electro crowd is one of the most dynamic and fashion-conscious party scenes I know of. Pretty much every event is under the unofficial motto “see and be seen” — the people often dress up in their most extravagant and stylish clothes to party. So I was quite happy to attend such an event after having missed so many this year. It was the Kawaii Tokyo party’s 2nd anniversary held at the Trump Room in Shibuya. I arrived rather late, so I did not manage to document all of the best unique styles the party-goers were wearing.

A Japanese girl striking a kissing pose.
A Japanese girl striking a kissing pose.
Japanese guy with a fancy dress amidst the strobe light.
Japanese guy with a fancy dress amidst the strobe light.
Two Japanese girls making v-signs.
Two Japanese girls making v-signs.
Japanese dude with a plain white t-shirt.
Japanese dude with a plain white t-shirt.
Guy with dark glasses and blonde hair on the dancefloor.
Guy with dark glasses and blonde hair on the dancefloor.
An excited Japanese girl at the Kawaii Tokyo party.
An excited Japanese girl at the Kawaii Tokyo party.
A bunch of good-looking Japanese girls at the Trump Room club.
A bunch of good-looking Japanese girls at the Trump Room club.
A couple of party-goers standing close to the dance floor.
A couple of party-goers standing close to the dance floor.
Japanese guy with a big top hat and a colorful t-shirt.
Japanese guy with a big top hat and a colorful t-shirt.

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 Posted by at 23:59
Jul 232010
 



 
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 at the Gothic Bar Heaven 26 event.
The belly dancer Neo with MiN behind her.
The belly dancer Neo with MiN behind her.
Gothic Fusion Belly Dancer Neo with her long, flowing fans.
Gothic Fusion Belly Dancer Neo with her long, flowing fans.
Neo and MiN waving their fans while dancing.
Neo and MiN waving their fans while dancing.
Gothic Fusion Belly Dance at Club Crawl by performer MiN.
Gothic Fusion Belly Dance at Club Crawl by performer MiN.
Another shot of belly dancer Neo during her dance performance in Tokyo.
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.
Bass player and programmer Takuya of Zwecklos doing his thing.
Singer Ageha of the Japanese dark electro band Zwecklos.
Singer Ageha of the Japanese dark electro band Zwecklos.
For their very first time Zwecklos delivered a quite powerful performance.
For their very first time Zwecklos delivered a quite powerful performance.
Zwecklos' singer Ageha dancing at Club Crawl.
Zwecklos' singer Ageha dancing at Club Crawl.
Another picture of the impressive show by Ageha of Zwecklos.
Another picture of the impressive show by Ageha of Zwecklos.
The singer Ageha was also singing some songs in German.
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.
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 is a pretty well-known dancer at goth events in Tokyo.
Mari dancing on bright backlight.
Mari dancing on bright backlight.
Custom Mary live on stage at Club Crawl.
Custom Mary live on stage at Club Crawl.
Mari gave one audience member a cat toy and was playing with it.
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.
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.
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.
A female member of the Japanese theater group Kaiten Hyakume.
Actress Tomoe Ōshima (大島朋恵) awakes from her transformation scene.
Actress Tomoe Ōshima (大島朋恵) awakes from her transformation scene.
Note the demon blade and the monster's arm.
Note the demon blade and the monster's arm.
Actress Tomoe Ōshima (大島朋恵) suffering.
Actress Tomoe Ōshima (大島朋恵) suffering.
Fast and furious action dominated the later half of the show.
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.
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.
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.
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 DJ Mikan in the DJ booth at Club Crawl.
Japanese goth guy Itsuki relaxing between the performances.
Japanese goth guy Itsuki relaxing between the performances.
A Japanese girl in white gothic lolita fashion.
A Japanese girl in white gothic lolita fashion.
Two male and one female guest of the goth party at Club Crawl.
Two male and one female guest of the goth party at Club Crawl.
Japanese goth DJ Tetra wearing an anarchy t-shirt while deejaying.
Japanese goth DJ Tetra wearing an anarchy t-shirt while deejaying.
Ageha and another patron of the Gothic Bar Heaven 26 party.
Ageha and another patron of the Gothic Bar Heaven 26 party.
The Japanese DJ Manik (HimemaniK) who invited me to this event.
The Japanese DJ Manik (HimemaniK) who invited me to this event.
Actress Mariko Akahi (紅日毬子) with red contact lenses.
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.
Mariko and a friend posing early in the morning outside of Club Crawl in Shibuya.
Tomoe eating a watermelon.
Tomoe eating a watermelon.
Another Japanese friend of Tetra holding a plastic spoon.
Another Japanese friend of Tetra holding a plastic spoon.
Eren dancing at the Gothic Bar Heaven 26 event.
Eren dancing at the Gothic Bar Heaven 26 event.
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Jul 182010
 



 
Again I had been invited by my friend Nekoi-san of Psydoll to see them live and shoot pictures of their performance. Surprisingly, like the last time they were performing at Urga in Shinjuku. The event was called “Machine Magic” (機械魔術) and besides the headlining Psydoll the bands Sredni Vashtar and Shingguapoura were scheduled.

Shingguapoura was just the singer Schizkkha (世都熾壟) singing to recorded gothic rock music. She used a scary plastic doll with bloody entrails as a puppet between her songs and gave a beautiful performance with singing and dancing.

Schizkkha of Shingguapoura was dressed in black latex clothing.
Schizkkha of Shingguapoura was dressed in black latex clothing.
Singer Schizkkha of Shingguapoura during her performance.
Singer Schizkkha of Shingguapoura during her performance.
Schizkkha of Shingguapoura playing with a rubber doll with trailing entrails.
Schizkkha of Shingguapoura playing with a rubber doll with trailing entrails.
Gothic singer Schizkkha of Shingguapoura live at Urga.
Gothic singer Schizkkha of Shingguapoura live at Urga.
Shingguapoura's Schizkkha holding her hand-made rubber doll.
Shingguapoura's Schizkkha holding her hand-made rubber doll.
Schizkkha's rubber doll was hanging from a chain during her performance.
Schizkkha's rubber doll was hanging from a chain during her performance.

 

The next band was called Sredni Vashtar (スレドニ・ヴァシュター). They are a Japanese duo making powerful synthie/electro music with female lyrics. The performance of singer Haruki (華季) and musician Laddie M (螺泥M) was quite popular among the crowd and fun to watch.

The beginning of Sredni Vashtar's live gig at Urga.
The beginning of Sredni Vashtar's live gig at Urga.
Singer Haruki (ハルキ) of Sredni Vashtar with programmer Laddie M at the synthesizer.
Singer Haruki (ハルキ) of Sredni Vashtar with programmer Laddie M at the synthesizer.
Laddie M (螺泥M) of Sredni Vashtar was dancing most of the time when he was not working with his computer.
Laddie M (螺泥M) of Sredni Vashtar was dancing most of the time when he was not working with his computer.
A close-up shot of Sredni Vashtar's singer Haruki (華季).
A close-up shot of Sredni Vashtar's singer Haruki (華季).
Haruki of Sredni Vashtar during their performance in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Haruki of Sredni Vashtar during their performance in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Another portrait of Haruki singing.
Another portrait of Haruki singing.

 
The final music group for the evening was the cyber gothic rock band Psydoll. As always, Nekoi, Ucchi and Uenoyama/Loveless delivered a tight performance, only hampered by the fact that Nekoi was still getting used to her new keyboard guitar (since her old one broke).

The Japanese cyberpunk band Psydoll performing at the Machine Magic event at Urga.
The Japanese cyberpunk band Psydoll performing at the Machine Magic event at Urga.
Guitarist Ucchi of Psydoll playing his instrument.
Guitarist Ucchi of Psydoll playing his instrument.
Singer Nekoi of Psydoll bathed in red light.
Singer Nekoi of Psydoll bathed in red light.
Psydoll's singer Nekoi wearing her signature cyberpunk fashion.
Psydoll's singer Nekoi wearing her signature cyberpunk fashion.
Nekoi of Psydoll singing.
Nekoi of Psydoll singing.
Percussionist Uenoyama/Loveless of Psydoll with Nekoi in the back.
Percussionist Uenoyama/Loveless of Psydoll with Nekoi in the back.
A wide angle view of the Japanese industrial band Psydoll performing.
A wide angle view of the Japanese industrial band Psydoll performing.
Nekoi and Ucchi of Psydoll on stage.
Nekoi and Ucchi of Psydoll on stage.
A last picture of Nekoi of Psydoll performing live at Urga.
A last picture of Nekoi of Psydoll performing live at Urga.
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