TOKYO DARK CASTLE: BAAL, AUTO-MOD, DJ CHIHIRO. GOTH INDUSTRIAL CLUB NIGHTS, ALTERNATIVE PARTIES IN JAPAN.
Since I’m not in Japan at the moment, I’ve asked my spookiest friends to bring you coverage of Goth and alternative events. Here’s another guest post from Evil Queen Yukiro Dravarious! I hope you enjoy these new voices and perspectives on La Carmina blog. Take it away, girlfriend…
So! I’m back in Japan and I haven’t noticed much difference after the nuclear crisis. It feels super-good to be back and to be going to Goth events again.
Tokyo Dark Castle is one of the first — if not the first — Gothic events I’ve been to in Japan. It takes place every month, at Club Marz in Shinjuku’s Kabukichô. They always have a fabulous mixture of darkwave/EBM/industrial DJ sets and live Goth bands. That night’s agenda was:
[Bands] AUTO-MOD / BAAL / DEMONS / 東狂黒 / P.I.M.P
[DJs] Chihiro / TAIZO / KENZO-A
I was grateful to see so many of my friends crawling out from their crypts to join me in this dark glamourama extravaganza. Plus, I got acquainted with some new faces as well.
It’s always nice to hang outside of TDC; they have renewal allowance so you don’t have to worry about having to stay in the narrow club all night. Outside, you can mingle, take photos and drink cheap conbini (convenience store) drinks. Actually, inside they have pretty cheap drinks at the bar, and a good selection. If you’re lucky, you can get them extra strong, like mine usually are.
Here’s what I wore. I always want to do something original and fashion-forward, and at the same time, I wanted to be sexy and vulgar. So I came up with the idea of combining dark turquoise blue with neon pink for makeup — and why not use it all over? More is never less!
I found the plane-attendant mini-dress the day before and it fit me so well that I had to wear it right away. I needed something for my head so I went around looking for a leather hat or cap. When I didn’t find one for a reasonable price, I decided to glam up an old cap by attaching the backside of a helmet on the front, so it would look like spikes.
The club night is a bit empty and less colorful without Dj SiSEN and Selia (who often preform at TDC) since they now are on the Tokyo Decadance tour in France. The music was good as always, though pretty random that night. Everything from hip-hop, rock, metal, Goth, synth, old school and of course a lot of heavy danceable cybergoth music.
The organizer Genet (right) started a charity collection called “Goth Saves Japan” and even created some pins with the slogan. I think it’s absolutely the right thing to do. Goths can do so much to help Japan recover. It’s awesome that everyone is so helpful in these times of horror!
Have you been to Goth parties around the world? How did the scene compare? Soon, I’ll bring you dark culture coverage from Hong Kong…