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.
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).