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DESIGN FESTA: LOLITA ART EXHIBITION, TOKYO DECADANCE GOTH BODY PAINTING.

Tokyo Design Festa international art exhibition event in Japan. Crazy makeup special effects, girls painting hipster art, weird performance art.

Anyone else here a raving fan of the Garfield and Friends cartoon (1988-1994)? From the third to seventh season, the theme song went a little bit like this:
“Dancing, fiesta! Romancing, siesta! Samba, la bamba… aie caramba!”

That’s what I was humming to myself (okay, singing aloud) as I moseyed around Tokyo’s Design Festa. The two-day, twice-yearly event attracts over 7000 crazy persons (a.k.a. artists), who are given a sliver of floor space to express their inner animal. For some, this means dragging random attendees onto a stage and crowning them Mushroom King/Queen (top right).

Cyber Gothic Lolita and sweet loli girls at Tokyo Design Festa international art exhibition event in Japan. Japanese boy in top hat, cute gosurori girls with bow on head.

Crazy persons, you say? No wonder the J-Goth crew came out to Design Festa, along with a number of cyber / Gothic / Lolita types.

Tokyo Decadance body painting goth performance at Tokyo Design Festa international art exhibition event in Japan. Topless performance art, fetish kink stage show.

The Tokyo Decadance regulars re-staged their Halloween performance, but made it longer and less kinky. Basically, they went Jackson Pollock on each other to the soundtrack of EBM (electronic body music). Entwining limbs created a living painting of blood, kabuki, and death.

Body painting and dancing performance show, avantgarde Japanese dance theater and art. Tokyo Design Festa international art exhibition event in Japan.

The more hardcore performers got acrylic paints down their throats and on their eyeballs!

Gothic Lolita handmade clothing and fashion for sale, lace-up PVC corset, feathered top hats, bell skirts and velvet capes with neo-Victorian buttons. Tokyo Design Festa international art exhibition event in Japan.

Many Gothic and Lolita independent fashion designers had booths at Design Festa. I’m overly familiar with the major brands, so it was nice to see something both different and handmade.

Sweet Lolita jewelry, Gothloli and gosurori accessories. Shopping in booths at Tokyo Design Festa international art exhibition event in Japan, November 8, 2008.

The sweet accessories are truly works of art.

Creepy dolls on display, scary faces of dolls and figurines, Blythe and gothic lolita dresses. Goth sculptures at Tokyo Design Festa international art exhibition event in Japan.

Over a dozen exhibitors specialized in creepy dolls, along with Lolita-fied Blythes.

Now I have the “Abu Dhabi” song from Garfield and Friends stuck in my head… What were your favorite childhood cartoons?

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  1. Posted November 9, 2008 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    I am SO glad that the home/hand-made lolita scene is so alive and well in Japan… I really like their fresh take on the look! I must try to emulate that creativity in my own creations and outfits…

    Thanks for the awesome report!! ^o^/ This will all be going in a book, yes? :3

  2. Posted November 9, 2008 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    I am SO glad that the home/hand-made lolita scene is so alive and well in Japan… I really like their fresh take on the look! I must try to emulate that creativity in my own creations and outfits…

    Thanks for the awesome report!! ^o^/ This will all be going in a book, yes? :3

  3. Posted November 9, 2008 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Ohh so intersting ^^

    mine was scooby doo and it still is XD

  4. Posted November 9, 2008 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Those dolls are really creepy and its nice to know that there are more independent lolita brands over there.
    I used to love Pirates of Darkwater and Sharky and George when i was little :)

  5. Posted November 9, 2008 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    omg lol someone besides me watched Pirates :-) and yeah Scooby too

  6. Posted November 10, 2008 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    Ohh so intersting ^^

    mine was scooby doo and it still is XD

  7. Posted November 10, 2008 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    Those dolls are really creepy and its nice to know that there are more independent lolita brands over there.
    I used to love Pirates of Darkwater and Sharky and George when i was little :)

  8. Posted November 10, 2008 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    omg lol someone besides me watched Pirates :-) and yeah Scooby too

  9. Posted November 9, 2008 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Who remembers Lady Lovely Locks besides me?

    Also, that pretty horrendous Super Mario Bros. cartoon. I still have a fondness for the equally terrible Zelda part they aired every Friday XD

  10. Posted November 9, 2008 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    Ohh I remember the Mario Bros cartoon! It was unwatchable; almost as bad as the Archie cartoons. I wanted to strangle Veronica and her ditzy voice…

  11. Posted November 9, 2008 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    Ohhh, those were in Denmark as well, and Zelda had the WORST DUB EVER, I was laughing so hard I couldn't stop… The part where he goes “Excuuuuuuuse me princess” was translated into “Undskyld mig prinsesse-ehhhhhhhh” (the “ehhhhh” part was just, you know, to fill out the rest of the mouth-movement and it was like that all the way through with random sounds just to fill out the gaaaaa-aaaaps.)

  12. Posted November 10, 2008 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    I remember the Abu Dhabi song! Yessssss.

    I also liked “Pirates of Dark Water” — but “Voltron” and “The Real Ghostbusters” were my faves, along with “Dungeons and Dragons” and “Kidd Video” and, er, a lot of things. I just like animation — I've never stopped.

  13. Posted November 10, 2008 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    Who remembers Lady Lovely Locks besides me?

    Also, that pretty horrendous Super Mario Bros. cartoon. I still have a fondness for the equally terrible Zelda part they aired every Friday XD

    • Posted November 10, 2008 at 5:56 am | Permalink

      Ohh I remember the Mario Bros cartoon! It was unwatchable; almost as bad as the Archie cartoons. I wanted to strangle Veronica and her ditzy voice…

    • Posted November 10, 2008 at 7:49 am | Permalink

      Ohhh, those were in Denmark as well, and Zelda had the WORST DUB EVER, I was laughing so hard I couldn’t stop… The part where he goes “Excuuuuuuuse me princess” was translated into “Undskyld mig prinsesse-ehhhhhhhh” (the “ehhhhh” part was just, you know, to fill out the rest of the mouth-movement and it was like that all the way through with random sounds just to fill out the gaaaaa-aaaaps.)

      • Posted November 10, 2008 at 8:40 am | Permalink

        Hahah! I would be falling off the couch laughing!

  14. Posted November 10, 2008 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    Abu Dhabi, it's far away.
    Abu Dhabi, that's where you'll stay.
    Abu Dhabi, the place to be for any kitten who's annoying me.
    Yeah!
    Abu Dhabi, way off the track.
    Abu Dhabi, now don't come back.
    Abu Dhabi, what a great thrill for any kitten who can make me ill.
    Now some take a train,
    and some take a plane,
    but I am sending you,
    not by a boat,
    or even a goat,
    but in a box marked “Postage Due”!
    Abu Dhabi, you're what they lack.
    Abu Dhabi. Now you're all packed!
    Abu Dhabi, a far commute for any kitten who is TOO DARN CUTE!!

  15. Posted November 10, 2008 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    Hahah! I would be falling off the couch laughing!

  16. Posted November 10, 2008 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    well i got only one thing so say

    THEY HAVE MANNEQUIN WITH GENITALIA??!! and look like kids too.
    kinda like paedolophile's heaven isn't it?

  17. Posted November 10, 2008 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    I believe there is a cute bow tied around said genitalia. Hey, I guess it's art!

  18. Posted November 10, 2008 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    Dear Carmina,

    Thank you very much for your mail and putting event report on your website.
    We are very happy to hear that you had a good time.

    Your report looks great! I'm amazed you found so many interesting things
    that I couldn't find.

    As you might know already though, we have Design Festa Gallery in Harajuku.
    Many different exhibitions are held every day and we are sure that you can find
    some interesting artists and artwork here too.
    Please find more information on the website and please come by when you are near.
    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.

    Best regards,
    Takeshi Araki
    Design Festa Office
    3F, 3-20-18, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku,
    Tokyo, 150-0001 Japan
    (Tel) 03-3479-1433
    (Fax) 03-3479-1498
    (e-mail) info_e@designfesta.com
    http://www.designfesta.com

  19. Posted November 10, 2008 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    It's pretty artistic in my eyes, it depends on how you interpret it. Could you buy them or were they just for an exhibit?
    I like the statement really, but again, depends on what statement you see in it. I like the statement I see!

  20. Posted November 10, 2008 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    I remember the Abu Dhabi song! Yessssss.

    I also liked “Pirates of Dark Water” — but “Voltron” and “The Real Ghostbusters” were my faves, along with “Dungeons and Dragons” and “Kidd Video” and, er, a lot of things. I just like animation — I’ve never stopped.

    • Posted November 10, 2008 at 8:40 am | Permalink

      Abu Dhabi, it’s far away.
      Abu Dhabi, that’s where you’ll stay.
      Abu Dhabi, the place to be for any kitten who’s annoying me.
      Yeah!
      Abu Dhabi, way off the track.
      Abu Dhabi, now don’t come back.
      Abu Dhabi, what a great thrill for any kitten who can make me ill.
      Now some take a train,
      and some take a plane,
      but I am sending you,
      not by a boat,
      or even a goat,
      but in a box marked “Postage Due”!
      Abu Dhabi, you’re what they lack.
      Abu Dhabi. Now you’re all packed!
      Abu Dhabi, a far commute for any kitten who is TOO DARN CUTE!!

  21. Posted November 10, 2008 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    well i got only one thing so say

    THEY HAVE MANNEQUIN WITH GENITALIA??!! and look like kids too.
    kinda like paedolophile’s heaven isn’t it?

    • Posted November 10, 2008 at 8:45 am | Permalink

      I believe there is a cute bow tied around said genitalia. Hey, I guess it’s art!

      • Posted November 10, 2008 at 10:49 am | Permalink

        It’s pretty artistic in my eyes, it depends on how you interpret it. Could you buy them or were they just for an exhibit?
        I like the statement really, but again, depends on what statement you see in it. I like the statement I see!

        • Posted November 10, 2008 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

          Yes, you could buy the items at Design Festa :)

  22. Posted November 10, 2008 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    Yes, you could buy the items at Design Festa :)

  23. Posted November 10, 2008 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Dear Carmina,

    Thank you very much for your mail and putting event report on your website.
    We are very happy to hear that you had a good time.

    Your report looks great! I’m amazed you found so many interesting things
    that I couldn’t find.

    As you might know already though, we have Design Festa Gallery in Harajuku.
    Many different exhibitions are held every day and we are sure that you can find
    some interesting artists and artwork here too.
    Please find more information on the website and please come by when you are near.
    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.

    Best regards,
    Takeshi Araki
    Design Festa Office
    3F, 3-20-18, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku,
    Tokyo, 150-0001 Japan
    (Tel) 03-3479-1433
    (Fax) 03-3479-1498
    (e-mail) info_e@designfesta.com
    http://www.designfesta.com

  24. Posted November 10, 2008 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    oh, I've heard of this before! It looks amazing! I didn't know there was a gallery (above post), I'll have to check it out!

  25. Posted November 10, 2008 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    oh, I’ve heard of this before! It looks amazing! I didn’t know there was a gallery (above post), I’ll have to check it out!

    • Posted November 11, 2008 at 3:32 am | Permalink

      It was a great event – I highly recommend checking it out.

  26. Posted November 10, 2008 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    It was a great event – I highly recommend checking it out.

  27. Posted November 10, 2008 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    lol my fave cartoon when i was little was the ren and stimpy show!!!!!!!!!

    wow these photos are sorta giving me some inspiration for my next artwork!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Posted November 10, 2008 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    oh, I've heard of this before! It looks amazing! I didn't know there was a gallery (above post), I'll have to check it out!

  29. Posted November 11, 2008 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    lol my fave cartoon when i was little was the ren and stimpy show!!!!!!!!!

    wow these photos are sorta giving me some inspiration for my next artwork!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Posted November 11, 2008 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    It was a great event – I highly recommend checking it out.

  31. Posted November 11, 2008 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    lol my fave cartoon when i was little was the ren and stimpy show!!!!!!!!!

    wow these photos are sorta giving me some inspiration for my next artwork!!!!!!!!!!!