Tokyo Design Festa
Yesterday we went to Asia’s largest Art Festival, Design Festa! There was a lot of interesting art filling every corner of the venue from paintings, to crafts, to live art and more.
Both artists and people attending the event are encouraged to dress up, so there was a lot of cosplay and costuming to be seen.There were also several interactive exhibits. The one above we found especially strange: you could pay 3000 yen to have someone tie you up for about a half an hour. There were a couple booths like this… (To each his own? I guess?)
The booth above was a coloring booth where you colored pictures that would then be transferred to ceramic plates, cups, etc.
This was a sort of body painting booth.
Here is a super creepy caricature drawing we got done for 600 yen. We hung it in our bathroom.
These are watermelon carvings.
There was quite a bit of steampunk-themed art.
I really liked this artist. He draws creatures with beards and mustaches called “Ohige no Pon.” I bought a couple postcards from him, pictured above with my ticket (which. bought in advance, was just 800 yen). Check out the Ohige no Pon website to see more of these fun illustrations!
I thought this illustrator’s work was pretty cute too, though on some level I actually found her art slightly disturbing.There were thousands of attendees, and so many artists that we didn’t even end up seeing everything. The event was actually a bit overwhelming, but fortunately we had a beer with our lunch to calm us down *winks*
I left the event feeling sleepy but inspired, and I’m really glad we decided to check it out!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!