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06 30 10 - design festa

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The “Design Festa Gallery” is on a narrow street in Harajuku where young artists and performers alike, whether professional or  not, can get together and present their work of art. The Gallery is  divided into 2 separate buildings, East and West, both distinctive in their individual styles.

The gallery has long been a landmark of Oku-Harajuku, and an allery front of the building is known as "Festa Street".

Inside, various kinds of exhibits ranging from paintings, photos, multimedia demonstrations, to live performances and fashion shows are on display. You can also purchase the unique jewelry or accessory items offered by the artists directly and exchange ideas with them at the same time. If you are inspired by the numerous innovations and have the desire to create, you could even put on your own individual show in the Art Piece displays at a very affordable price of ¥525/day.

The Design Festa is a biannual international art event. Artists who have original work can participate with no restrictions. It is open to all artists from all over the world who want to exhibit their creative talent.

Booth Areas 2,600 booths are set up throughout the event halls! This free-style exhibition is open to all original mediums for exhibition, presentation and sale! There are no restrictions, no limits of genre or expression. There is also a Dimmed Lighting Area for exhibiting works requiring low lighting, which is becoming more and more popular with every event.

Outdoor Live-Show Stage Special outdoor stage for live music bands! Rock, Funk, Jazz and much more, crossing genres, roll out your innovative performance!

Indoor Stage This space is for all genres' performances! Fashion shows, Drama play, Contemporary dance, etc, there is no limit of genre. You can join 1 Walk Shows doing fashion show, performance, one-hit action, etc!

Mini-Theater Space Global creators express their eclectic multimedia work! Movies and mixed media performance, express yourself through originality! Work can be submitted from 5 min or more!

For prices, date and access to the design festa look here

source: designfesta, sakurahouse, photos by designfesta
"Roppongi Art Night" is an art festival that's been held in Roppongi for two years now (if I understand the information right). The festival illuminated all around the area of Roppongi for 2 days in the end of March.

The festival is filled with integrating various works of art, film, performances and dances, design and music, which takes place at mega-complex area such as Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown, Mori Art Museum, Suntory Museum of Art,21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, and The National Art Center, Tokyo as well as local areas such as Roppongi Shopping Street and public spaces in the district of Roppongi.

The festival doesn't have any admission fees and you can enjoy yourself in Roppongi without any cost but there are some exhibitions that takes fees and that need to be reserved since they only take a  limited number of visitors.

This big installation is a 13-meter-high big symbolic piece "Before Flower" by Noboru Tsubaki that was installed this years, 2010, Art Night.

"Art Night 2010" The "Aurora '10 Roppongi" by Takefumi Ichikawa was an installation utilizing semi-transparent fabric and painting, which you can see through from inside or outside.

Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa showcased a big lotus flower, brilliantly bloomed on the water at Mohri Garden, along with full bloom of cherry blossoms for the night of Roppongi.

source: roppongi art-night, shift, tokyo-japantimes, photos taken by: localjapantimes
06 30 10 - Manga farming
Tokyo-based artist Koshi Kawachi recently demonstrated his “Manga Farming” technique — which uses old manga as a growing medium for vegetables — by cultivating a crop of radish sprouts in an installation at the Matsuzakaya department store in Nagoya.


source: pinktentacle
06 30 10 - Zombie Meat

“Zombie Meat,” an exquisite new Japanese snack for the horror enthusiast, consists of bite-sized chunks of tender blue flesh that, according to the package, has been aged to deadly perfection at the graveyard.
     The ghastly meat snack, which tastes remarkably like peppered beef jerky, can be found at select shops in Japan for 399 yen (about $4.50) per pack.

source: pinktentacle

An ambitious chef from the Philippines has created the world’s most expensive sushi, wrapped in sheets of gold and small African diamonds. Angelito Araneta Jr., a young chef from Manila, managed to create yet another delicious treat for snobs the rich and famous. The ingredients used in his serving of sushi are not much different than what you’d expect to find in any other pieces of sushi you’ve had before, except for some thin sheets of 24 carat gold and a bunch of .20 carat African diamonds. The five pieces of gold and diamond sushi cost around $2750 and can be found in a restaurant in Manila. You might think no one buys this incredibly expensive dish, but according to Angelito Araneta Jr, his unique sushi is often used in marriage proposals and during courtship.

source: funnyfreepics

On the border of Shibuya and Harajuku, on the 7th floor above various small streetwear boutiques, you will find Grimoire. It’s the pioneering store behind the Dolly-kei fashion scene. Managed by former fashion student and Cutie model Hitomi Nomura and owner Naoaki Tobe, Grimoire is a magical hideout away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo street life.

Dolly-kei, as you may have guessed, takes inspiration from antique (and slightly spooky) dolls and movies such as Narnia, Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter. The used, vintage and antique clothing and the store’s own accessories line, which include crucifixes, bags and shoes, also come from the duo’s interest in picture books, European folk stories and fantasy.

The used clothes, which are sourced from the US, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic, are a playful mixture of bohemian, gypsy, eastern European costumes and fairy tales. Nomura, who is also considered a “charisma staff” for customers, says that when she embarks on her buying adventures she wants “girls to wear these clothes so they can change and transform into something else.”

The name Grimoire comes from an ancient magic book and as she explains, “When you open the pages of the book, the different pages show various magic tricks. We hope people can have a different scene or experience (every time they come to our store), and we hope we can make more dreams.”

Although the store is the epicenter for Dolly-kei, don’t be surprised if you see some Lolitas hanging around as they sometimes come into the store, too. Although distinct from Lolita, Dolly-kei looks, at first, like it has some distant connection with Mori girls (girls who look like they live in forests), but is more eastern European to Mori girl’s Scandinavian aesthetic. Nomura says that Grimoire girls have a “stronger image, more unusual with a special appeal”. The shop opened in June 2008 and has since has grown steadily from a secret grotto for specialist fans to a more popular meeting place for like-minded people. It’s not only for girls, either – as the store also sells bags and accessories for men.

A Mixi community for Mori-girls, a few years ago, had a checklist of 60 points which Mori girls should follow. However, when asked about things Grimoire girls like, in addition to dolls, wizards and eastern Europe, the answers were quite simple, “We like magazines like Zipper, Fruits and Kera and websites like Dropsnap, and for music we always play (in store) French, Celtic and country music and also movie soundtracks.”

This June will mark Grimoire’s 2nd anniversary, and the team plan to have a special party event. They already organize party nights at which “customers come dressed up wearing our store’s clothes so lots of magazines come and take photographs.” So if you want to party with Dolly girls (and boys), keep tabs on the store’s very quirky website and blog.

source: t

06 24 10 - Daruma

photo; image-MILL

The Daruma doll (達磨, daruma), also known as a Dharma doll, is a hollow, round, Japanese doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism. These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man (Dharma), vary greatly in color and design depending on region and artist. Though considered an omocha, meaning toy, Daruma has a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement. The doll has also been commercialized by many Buddhist temples to use alongside goal setting.
      Daruma dolls are hollow and round Japanese wish dolls with no arms or legs. The doll has a face with a mustache and beard, but its eyes only contain the color white. Using black ink, one fills in a single circular eye while thinking of a wish. Should the wish later come true, the second eye is filled in. 

source: wikipedia, image-MILL
06 24 10 - onigiri

photo: bananagranola

(お握り or 御握り; おにぎり), also known as omusubi (お結び; おむすび) or rice ball, is a Japanese food made from white rice formed into triangular or oval shapes and often wrapped in nori (seaweed). Traditionally, an onigiri is filled with pickled ume (umeboshi), salted salmon, katsuobushi, kombu, tarako, or any other salty or sour ingredient as a natural preservative. Because of the popularity of onigiri in Japan, most convenience stores there stock onigiri with various fillings and flavors. There are even specialized shops whose only products are onigiri for take out.

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source: wikipedia
06 24 10 - o-bento

photo; disneymike

(弁当, bentō) is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware. Although bento are readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops (弁当屋, bentō-ya), train stations, and department stores, it is still common for Japanese homemakers to spend time and energy for their spouse, child, or themselves producing a carefully prepared lunch box.

Bento can be very elaborately arranged in a style called kyaraben or "character bento". Kyaraben is typically decorated to look like popular Japanese cartoon characters (anime), characters from comic books (manga), or video game characters. Another popular bento style is "oekakiben" or "picture bento", which is decorated to look like people, animals, buildings and monuments, or items such as flowers and plants. Contests are often held where bento arrangers compete for the most aesthetically pleasing arrangements.

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source: wikipedia
06 24 10 - ekiben

photo: worldridden

Ekiben (駅弁) (Railway boxed meal) are a specific type of bento boxed meals, sold on trains and train stations in Japan. Today, many types of ekiben can still be purchased; at stands in the station, on the platform, or on the train itself. They come with disposable chopsticks (when necessary) or a spoon. Ekiben containers can be made from plastic, wood, or ceramic. Many train stations have since become famous for their especially tasty ekiben, made from local food specialties. The "Golden Age" of ekiben, however, ended three decades ago. At that time, air trip was quite expensive and train speed was slower. Many tourists needed ekiben during their train trip.

source: wikipedia
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