ALAMODE NIGHT AND TOKYO DECADANCE: GOTHIC LOLITA CLUB EVENTS.
When the sun sets, Tokyo’s creatures of the night come out to rage… and the bloody tracks always converge at one of the Goth & Loli Heaven events organized by D’s Valentine. Alamode Night is especially favored by Gothic Lolitas. Every week, there are stage shows (such as The Dark Marchen’s twisted operetta), Visual Kei rockers (BLOOD, The Candy Spooky Theater, GPKISM), and electronic sets by DJs Sisen and Chihiro. It’s enough to turn any dance floor into a danse macabre.
The night has expanded into day with the occasional Alamode Markets, where indie Goth Loli designers display and sell their wares. As you can see from the party photos, the guests really know how to rock the undead look. (I want those white devil horns.) At nightclubs, Lolitas like to layer on the plaster, and their attire tends to the extreme and eclectic.
Tokyo Decadance is another popular destination for Lolitas, along with cyberpunks, drag queens, jet-setters, yamanbas… even “salarymen and normal people”!
Led by Adrien, a towering ex-drag queen from Paris, the extravaganza is slowly taking over the world. Tokyo Decadance has never been staged twice in the same location since 2005 – and its neon dreads are now stretching into Europe and North America.
The night may include a striptease, bondage show, fire dancers, circus… or all of the above. It makes me want to wear a pink birthday cake on my head (like the girl at 1:24).
Tomorrow, I’ll post about two more Tokyo club nights that Gothic Lolitas can’t live without.