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Magic Pink Sky over Tokyo Bay

Posted in Places by tokyobling on December 15, 2014

Saturday saw a gap in the schedule so I filled it in one of my favorite ways, a long slow walk from mainland Tokyo over to the manmade Odaiba Island in the middle of Tokyo Bay. The magic pink colors that came out at sunset was as fantastic as always! I still think that this (free) walk over the Rainbow Bridge is one of the nicest tourist experiences the city has to offer.

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The Hammered Live at Design Festa 40

Posted in People, Places by tokyobling on December 10, 2014

One of the great things about the twice annual Design Festa are the many live acts you get to see for the ridiculously low entrance fee. One of my favorites from this winter’s 40th Design Festa was The Hammered, a very loud, very fast metal band, easily comparable to the best of what European metal bands has to offer. Watching metal in full daylight can challenging, even more so photographing it, but band photography is always fun regardless of the circumstances. If you are into metal, please check these guys out!

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The 40th Design Festa – Odaiba

Posted in Places by tokyobling on November 14, 2014

Photos from the 40th Design Festa which took place last weekend, the biggest amateur art and design event in Japan, and possibly in the world (not sure since I seldom leave Japan these days). Twice a year it is held at the Tokyo Big Site on Odaiba Island in Tokyo bay, a massive convention center. The event is almost impossible to cover in just the two days it takes place. There are about 3300 exhibitor booths and over 11000 exhibitors (many booths are shared and many exhibitors only book one of the two days). There are usually about 70 000 visitors.

If you are in Tokyo when this event takes place you really should consider going. It is easily accessible, entrance is only 1000 yen per day and it is great fun. The next one will be in May 15th and 16th, 2015.

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New work from the Great Mushrooming

Posted in Places, Stuff by tokyobling on November 13, 2014

Regular readers will remember a post I did about four years ago, showing the nice work of the Great Mushrooming, it is time to update it with his latest work that went on sale at this year’s Design Festa, the 40th. His work is as popular as ever and by the time I got there on the second day of the event it was almost all sold out. I assume most of it went within the first hour. If you want to learn more you can check out his homepage here, in Japanese but with nice photos.

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