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TOKYO DECADANCE: HALLOWEEN CYBER RAVE GOTH PARTY AT CHRISTON CAFE SHINJUKU.

La Carmina wearing crown of roses and leather corset Goth costume at Tokyo Decadance, cyber fetish electro party in Shinjuku's Christon Cafe, Japan.

The countdown to Tokyo Decadance caused me undue anxiety – what on Earth was I to wear? After much hewing and hemming, I ran to trusty Daiso, the 100-yen store that is every club kid’s best friend (it’s where I got Xmas garland and bows for my Tokyo Dark Castle hairdo). For Decadance, I picked up several garlands of fake roses and a glittery diamond decal – which, to my great relief, did not leave a mark when I peeled it off my forehead.

While in Harajuku, I picked up a sheer puff skirt with strawberries from AC/DC ($29). The leather lace-up demi-corset is from a Goth shop in Seattle’s Capitol Hill. But I’m sure your eyes are on my shiny red boots…. which are indeed Metamorphose temps de fille! Vintage but in perfect condition, and a shopping steal ($100 from Closet Child Shinjuku).

Adrien, organizer of fetish ball club night in Japan, Tokyo Decadance. Decadence French drag queen, blue hair. Wild Halloween outfits and partiers.

Last Saturday, hundreds of costumed club kids stormed Christon Cafe Shinjuku (the Jesus-themed restaurant featured in my upcoming book). ‘Twas quite amusing to witness candy-ravers poking the Virgin Mary with light sabers. Organizer Adrien (with the blue hair) spent the entire night either dancing on the platform or running around like a maniac.

Tokyo Decadance Halloween party club kid costumes. Japanese Lolitas in nightclub, Christon Cafe in Shinjuku. Cyber new rave and fetish party.

Tokyo Decadance attracts fetish, cyber, and decora types in addition to Goths and Lolitas. Since it was a special Halloween/3rd anniversary event, the handmade costumes were wilder than the norm.

Scary Japanese masks, Halloween costumes at Tokyo Decadance. Pumpkin mask, monster special effects makeup, clown and buddha disguises, masks.

Quite a few guests were experts at special effects monster makeup.

Cool fake eyelashes, decorative Halloween stickers, drag queen eye lash makeup. Long fake nails and Hello Kitty cute bag.

In the back (as at all these parties), you could receive a crystal ball reading or buy club accessories. I got long fake eyelashes with blue stars attached to them.

Kokusyoku Sumire and the Dead Sexy Inc performing music, concerts at Tokyo Decadance Halloween party in Japan, October 25, 2008

From 10pm to dawn, the entertainment alternated between cyber/electro/rave DJs (including Sisen) and musical performances. I arrived just in time for Kokusyoku Sumire (center, right); the girls wore pumpkins on their heads and captivated the crowd with strong voices and violin virtuosity. A forgettable rock band called The Tokyo Cramps and France’s The Dead Sexy Inc (left) also played.

Nagata Yoichi photography, Japanese club fashion photographer at Tokyo Decadance. Lolitas and halloween clubbers taking portraits at party.

Nagata Yoichi set up a portrait studio and took photos through a ring of light, resulting in a painterly effect.

Joker Dark Knight as hospital nurse costume, outfit with wig, dress and bomb detonator. Batman Joker makeup. Winning Halloween outfit at Midnight Mess, Tokyo party.

I rolled out at 7am, half-blind (literally – one of my contacts fell out) and delirious from the lack of sleep and too many whiskey/sodas. In the subway, I met friends who chose Midnight Mess over Decadance. It was a hard choice – Skinny Puppy was the special performer at Midnight Mess – it’s unfortunate that every year, the parties are on the same night! Jim won the costume contest, and deservedly so; he dressed as The Joker from the infamous hospital blow-up scene…

Halloween’s only just begun, darklings! This weekend, there’s The Fashion Ramone’s “Horror Vacui” party and another Tokyo Dark Castle…

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47 Comments

  1. Posted October 29, 2008 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    fav pic : the big hair girl under the green monster pic. awesome.
    2nd fav pic : black hat girl taking the portrait picture. delicious.
    must mention pic : the cleavages ! LOL

  2. Posted October 29, 2008 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    Heart big hair!

  3. Posted October 29, 2008 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    fav pic : the big hair girl under the green monster pic. awesome.
    2nd fav pic : black hat girl taking the portrait picture. delicious.
    must mention pic : the cleavages ! LOL

    • Posted October 29, 2008 at 7:52 am | Permalink

      Heart big hair!

  4. Posted October 29, 2008 at 4:24 am | Permalink

    I want that tartan dress!

    You look so cute ^^
    I hope u've regained ur sight! :3

  5. Posted October 29, 2008 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    I wonder if the girl with the pink hair and black hat is wearing a wig… looks awesome ^^

  6. Posted October 29, 2008 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I want that tartan dress!

    You look so cute ^^
    I hope u’ve regained ur sight! :3

    • Posted October 29, 2008 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

      Thanks! <3 Yes, that girl was adorable – she was eating a snack in a chair, but got up so I could take her photo.

      And I've got 20/20 vision again ;)

  7. Posted October 29, 2008 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if the girl with the pink hair and black hat is wearing a wig… looks awesome ^^

    • Posted October 29, 2008 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

      I’m pretty sure it was a wig – but yeah, what a stunning look

  8. Posted October 29, 2008 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Thanks! <3 Yes, that girl was adorable – she was eating a snack in a chair, but got up so I could take her photo.

    And I've got 20/20 vision again ;)

  9. Posted October 29, 2008 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Tokyo Decadance (on tour) is coming again to Madrid on 8th november!

  10. Posted October 29, 2008 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    the girl taking the portrait pic with pink hair and black hat, she has the most exquisite face omg.
    and your gear rox let me say, wow those boots! ^-^ and yet it seems that to keep up a look, like yours, requires lots of time and cash. sadly these days I don't have much of either. and my fashion shows it :-(

  11. Posted October 29, 2008 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    I forgot to mention one other pic, round the middle is a girl with multicolored wild hair and 2 extra mouths painted on, its awesome and creative as he//

  12. Posted October 29, 2008 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Ooooh will you be going? Looking forward to seeing photos!

  13. Posted October 29, 2008 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    It does take a lot of time, I admit. But it's mostly DIY and imagination rather than spending on labels… my friends rely on fabric/craft supplies and dollar store goods. I suppose it's a weekend hobby of self-decoration!

  14. Posted October 29, 2008 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    I'm pretty sure it was a wig – but yeah, what a stunning look

  15. Posted October 29, 2008 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    You look really Really good without bangs! Plus, I think you belong there. You fit right into the crazy decadance crowd!

  16. Posted October 29, 2008 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Tokyo Decadance (on tour) is coming again to Madrid on 8th november!

    • Posted October 29, 2008 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

      Ooooh will you be going? Looking forward to seeing photos!

  17. Posted October 29, 2008 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    the girl taking the portrait pic with pink hair and black hat, she has the most exquisite face omg.
    and your gear rox let me say, wow those boots! ^-^ and yet it seems that to keep up a look, like yours, requires lots of time and cash. sadly these days I don’t have much of either. and my fashion shows it :-(

    • Posted October 29, 2008 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

      It does take a lot of time, I admit. But it’s mostly DIY and imagination rather than spending on labels… my friends rely on fabric/craft supplies and dollar store goods. I suppose it’s a weekend hobby of self-decoration!

  18. Posted October 29, 2008 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    I forgot to mention one other pic, round the middle is a girl with multicolored wild hair and 2 extra mouths painted on, its awesome and creative as he//

  19. Posted October 29, 2008 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    You look really Really good without bangs! Plus, I think you belong there. You fit right into the crazy decadance crowd!

  20. Posted October 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I love your outfit, Carmina, and the pictures of “portrait-in-progress” are absolutely gorgeous. I love the outfits in the top two pictures. I also notice that a lot of Japanese Lolitas are quite willing to play with the style, using it as a base to jump from and improve. I'd love to see more Kokusyoku Sumire pictures, as well! ^^

  21. Posted October 29, 2008 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    I love your outfit, Carmina, and the pictures of “portrait-in-progress” are absolutely gorgeous. I love the outfits in the top two pictures. I also notice that a lot of Japanese Lolitas are quite willing to play with the style, using it as a base to jump from and improve. I’d love to see more Kokusyoku Sumire pictures, as well! ^^

    • Posted October 30, 2008 at 4:27 am | Permalink

      Tee hee, you’ll have to wait until the Theme Restaurants book… I’ve shot Sumire no Tenmado, the girls’ cafe in Shinjuku! You’ll get to see the interior, the yummy food, the Lolita customers and the girls serving it…

  22. Posted October 29, 2008 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    LOL!!!!!!!!

    thats like my fave scee from the dark knight!!!!!!!

    also u look so grogouse with that dress on!!!!!!!!!

  23. Posted October 29, 2008 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Tee hee, you'll have to wait until the Theme Restaurants book… I've shot Sumire no Tenmado, the girls' cafe in Shinjuku! You'll get to see the interior, the yummy food, the Lolita customers and the girls serving it…

  24. Posted October 29, 2008 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    I love the hair and the dress.

  25. Posted October 29, 2008 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I love your forehead decal, I can never pull those things off. Yayyyy Joker!!!! Gotta love that, I noticed Hot Topic's been advertising the nurse outfits with the Joker makeup. I love his middle pose!

  26. Posted October 30, 2008 at 4:21 am | Permalink

    LOL!!!!!!!!

    thats like my fave scee from the dark knight!!!!!!!

    also u look so grogouse with that dress on!!!!!!!!!

  27. Posted October 30, 2008 at 4:30 am | Permalink

    I love the hair and the dress.

  28. Posted October 30, 2008 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    I love your forehead decal, I can never pull those things off. Yayyyy Joker!!!! Gotta love that, I noticed Hot Topic’s been advertising the nurse outfits with the Joker makeup. I love his middle pose!

  29. Posted October 30, 2008 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    lucky lucky!
    its like one of my dreams to attend tokyo decadence!

    ur outfit looked stunning!

  30. Posted October 31, 2008 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    lucky lucky!
    its like one of my dreams to attend tokyo decadence!

    ur outfit looked stunning!

  31. Posted October 31, 2008 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    La Carmina…your costume is sooo elegant and exotic! Looks like you are having fantastic Tokyo experiences. Keep Rocking!

  32. Posted October 31, 2008 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    hahaha there are THREE Halloween parties this weekend… stay tuned! <3 <3

  33. Posted October 31, 2008 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    La Carmina…your costume is sooo elegant and exotic! Looks like you are having fantastic Tokyo experiences. Keep Rocking!

    • Posted October 31, 2008 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

      hahaha there are THREE Halloween parties this weekend… stay tuned! <3 <3

  34. Posted October 31, 2008 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    I was there. Frickin cool event!

  35. Posted October 31, 2008 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    I was there. Frickin cool event!

    • Posted November 1, 2008 at 4:27 am | Permalink

      Fun! What did you wear?

  36. Posted October 31, 2008 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Fun! What did you wear?

  37. Posted November 1, 2008 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    great pics and stoprie…like ever:)
    awesome^^

  38. Posted November 1, 2008 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    great pics and stoprie…like ever:)
    awesome^^

  39. Posted November 1, 2008 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    great pics and stoprie…like ever:)
    awesome^^