Osaka Artists Charm Harajuku Insiders

111112-8460: Intaramango, Tokyo

Some 20 Osaka artists take over Tokyo’s VACANT art space and manage to charm Harajuku’s jaded fashion lovers

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Some 20 Osaka based artists and designers representing 12 brands last week-end created a parallel world by the name of Intaramango at VACANT, an art and rental space hidden away in the backstreets of Harajuku.

Walking up the stairs you immediately found yourself in a totally different consciousness. The space appeared to have been transformed into an alternative market place with fashion items and accessories mixed with more unexpected displays like a girl hiding away in a large carton box, menacing monsters, a cute girl dressed up as a bee, a massage corner, performance artists and lots more to overwhelm the senses.

111112-8559: Toko

Dressed in a purple kimono with girlish twintails, Toko, one of the organizers tries to explain what the two day event is all about. “Our theme is being alive,” she says after some hesitation. She smiles sheepishly; she appears to have made up the theme on the spot.

It is the first time the group of friends has organized an event like this. There are no plans yet for a repeat, so these photographs might be your only chance to experience Intaramango. I hope they get across the bewonderment and fun many visitors to the actual exhibition felt.

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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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Comment (日本語もOK)

AMAZING pictures. This was seriously one of the most creative and avant-garde events I have ever been to in Tokyo. The movement that is coming from this crew out of Osaka/Kansai is unbelievable. SO glad you snapped some pics.

Lactose Intoler-Art
Nov 14, 2011 (4398 days ago)

@Lactose Intoler-Art: Yes, this was fun, wasn’t it! Unfortunately, I missed the outside events that you snapped, but this gives a pretty good impression. It is too bad that Japanese are often so bad at promoting themselves; it now looks like this will be just a one off event. It would be great if it grew into something regular that metamorphosed over the years.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Nov 14, 2011 (4398 days ago)

this is a beautiful blog DAMN!!!!

Nov 15, 2011 (4397 days ago)

@InTubato: Glad you like us! ^^

Kjeld Duits (author)
Nov 15, 2011 (4397 days ago)

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