Fashion Festivals in Tokyo this Week-end


Are you in Tokyo this week-end? You are in luck! Japanese schools are holding their annual culture festivals which are free and open to the public. Two are especially interesting for Japanese fashion lovers

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Every November, Japanese schools, from nurseries to universities, hold so called Bunkasai (文化祭), culture festivals. Students display their artistic achievements, there are booths where handmade items and foods are sold, and there are countless events. Most of these festivals are open to the public, especially at high schools and universities.

In Tokyo, two Bunkasai that take place this week-end are of special interest to JAPANESE STREETS fans who happen to be in Tokyo right now.

Bunka Fashion College Bunkasai

The most interesting of these two is the one at Bunka Fashion College. It takes place from Friday through Sunday (Nov 2~4, 2012) and features a fashion show, plays, food booths, and countless displays of works created by students.


111103-5986: Fashion displays at the Culture Festival at Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo

111103-5921: Watching a fashion movie at the Culture Festival of Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo

111103-6330: Enjoying food at the Culture Festival at Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo

111103-6570: Watching comedians perform at the Culture Festival at Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo

111103-5932-111103-5934: Fashion displays at the Culture Festival of Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo

See JAPANESE STREETS’ coverage of last year’s Bunkasai at Bunka and Bunka students’ amazing fashion show. You will also see some of Tokyo’s best dressed people at Bunka’s Bunkasai.

For more information, see the Bunka Fashion College homepage (Japanese).

Waseda University Bunkasai

The second one that you want to visit is the Bunkasai at Tokyo’s Waseda University. It features several events organized by the university’s Gothic & Lolita & Punk Club, founded in 2009. Under the name Alice in Wasedaland, there is an exhibition, a fashion show, and a talk show. All are open to the general public and free of charge.

At the exhibition, you can try on gothic & lolita outfits, see photos, watch movies, buy handmade accessories or get your future told. Speakers at the talk show are Lolita fashion model Misako Aoki, Pina sweetcollection designer Yuko Sato, and Momo Matsura, the author of The World, Me and Lolita Fashion (Sekai to Watashi to Lolita Fashion).

For more information, see the Gothic & Lolita & Punk no Kai official website or the Gothic & Lolita & Punk no Kai facebook page (both Japanese only).


Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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