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.
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.
Design Festa is the most famous amateur design and arts festival here in Japan. It is a massive two day event that takes place twice a year attracting hundreds of thousands of artists and visitors. The majority of exhibitors are artists and designers but there are three stages on site that continually hosts live events, bands and performers. At the 40th Design Festa that took place last weekend I saw a very good punk band, Bebop, perform at the outdoor main stage. Punk has never been a very big genre anywhere in the world and especially not here in Japan, but the local bands are top class. This is quite different from the punk bands I grew up with! You can check out their homepage here, but they sound best live, together with their dedicated and energetic fans of all ages!
It was good to do a bit of live music photography again. Despite the fans rampaging in front of the stage I could sneak in a few close ups of the band. The slight spraying of beer I received was totally in the spirit of the show and quite fun!
People here in Tokyo love Oktoberfests. There are Oktoberfest events almost year round here in Tokyo, but of course the biggest ones are in October. Last night I visited the Odaiba Oktoberfest held in a park next to the Daiba Diver City complex. It was very early in the evening so the park was still only half full but I expect it would get packed with visitors later. Plenty of German breweries and wineries were represented, as well as Japanese sake breweries. There was even a rental service for Oktoberfest waitress costumes and a proper Munich band, the Almpower playing rock and pop classics. The official Facebook page is here.
The Odaiba Oktober Fest 2014 continues until Sunday the 5th of October, and it is open from 13:00 to 22:00. It is a 5 minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station, Daiba Station or the Funenokagakukan Station.