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Author Topic: Steampunk in Japan Thread (formerly "Steampunk expands a bit more in Japan...")  (Read 37535 times)
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« on: December 27, 2012, 07:55:47 pm »

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:

Just opening this as a casual thread bringing you the news.

In the Land of the Rising Sun, where Steampunk is generally very small due to competition from the large presence of other subcultures (e.g. Gothic Lolita, and many other popular movements), there seems to be a small contingent of people fighting to bring a more pure version of Steampunk into light.  And what better way to bring Steampunk to the masses than to simply organize a Steampunk Walk/Crawl in the streets of Tokyo? EDIT: The walk was organised under the Tokyo Steampunk Society banner (see my second post below).

These photos were re-tweeted by @MaRy from the (self- professed Steampunk) musical Group "Strange Artifact,"  (http://www.strangeartifact.jp/) and with whom I have very limited contact via Twitter.  The two members of the group MaRy and 130Jet can be seen at the centre of the picture below (and video below).  My contact with them is still very limited, but as I gather more information from them (there were rumours they might visit Texas - I don't know what happened with that), maybe I can get them to participate in the forum and bring first accounts on the state of the movement in Japan and their activities:


By the way, Strange Artifact came to the US to attend Steampunk World Fair, 2012, and an interview with them is attached below:

Strange Artifact - Japanese Steampunk Rock Band - Interview
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2012, 08:43:09 pm »

Gosh, they even have a banner!
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2012, 08:54:07 pm »

Gosh, they even have a banner!
Well, that's entirely necessary my dear  Wink  What's that business of not having a flag??  How uncouth would that be?
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2012, 08:56:13 pm »

Marvelous!
It pleases me to see that I am not the only expanding Steampunk in the world. (This Holiday season is making me actually Chestertonian, above and beyond my usually prosperous figure.)
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2012, 11:15:42 am »

More about the Tokyo Steampunk Walk here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.314182665366184.74908.188910044560114&type=3&l=7036f0e094

It looks like the group organising the stroll was the Tokyo Steampunk Society (and I imagine the banner previously discussed represents that society).

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tokyo-Steampunk-Society/188910044560114
http://www.tokyosteampunk.com/

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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2012, 12:26:46 am »

Gosh, they even have a banner!
Well, that's entirely necessary my dear  Wink  What's that business of not having a flag??  How uncouth would that be?
Of course. In Japan, every organized group has a banner.  Kids walking to school in a group have a banner.
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2012, 01:40:52 am »

I want a banner. For that matter, I want that young person's eyepatch-cum-monogoggle. Hmmm, maybe an eyepatch/monogoggle banner...
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2012, 03:23:49 am »

Bloody marvelous. Combining two of my favorite things. All that's missing is a Tardis and a zombie. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2012, 08:33:13 am »

Bloody marvelous. Combining two of my favorite things. All that's missing is a Tardis and a zombie. Smiley


Well, for the moment they have an octopus wearing a top hat... http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/533762_314183025366148_1948071432_n.jpg
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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2012, 12:29:56 pm »

Why am I not in Japan ;___;
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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2012, 12:33:07 pm »

That is most brilliant!
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« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2012, 02:04:37 pm »

Excellent, they absolutely all look adorable.  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2012, 04:01:36 am »

Bloody marvelous. Combining two of my favorite things. All that's missing is a Tardis and a zombie. Smiley


Well, for the moment they have an octopus wearing a top hat... http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/533762_314183025366148_1948071432_n.jpg


Looks more like a cuttlefish to me.
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« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2012, 04:34:39 am »

Why am I not in Japan ;___;


We should look for an excuse to go to Japan....  Grin

*snip*
Looks more like a cuttlefish to me.

I though it would be this one: http://gifts.worldwildlife.org/gift-center/gifts/Species-Adoptions/Octopus.aspx
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« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2012, 04:21:21 pm »

Why am I not in Japan ;___;


We should look for an excuse to go to Japan....  Grin

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Looks more like a cuttlefish to me.

I though it would be this one: http://gifts.worldwildlife.org/gift-center/gifts/Species-Adoptions/Octopus.aspx


You may be quite right. I must brush up on my pupamalacology (the study of mollusc dolls).
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« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2012, 12:25:59 am »

The young ladies in the group certainly make my heart go all a-flutter. Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2012, 02:36:07 am »

Hands off the ladies,  you fiend!

Some interesting photos found on their facebook site: Here's a photo a Meiji-Era painted panel (which means they are thinking along similar lines to what we've discussed as Non- Victorian Steampunk in Anatomical):


And looks like they have zeroed into the local buildings of the period and where Western influences are found; they mention Tokyo Station (1912)
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.314182665366184.74908.188910044560114&type=3&l=7036f0e094


From Wikipedia: Tokyo Station exterior.  Image 2012 (cc)    Toshinori baba

But the house shown in the pictures (I think) is the Berrick Hall, a house designed by J.H. Morgan as the residence for a British trading merchant, B.R. Berrick (1930), in the Yamate area of the suburb of Yokohama, the foreigners neighbourhood next to Tokyo Bay.
http://www.i-love-yokohama.net/berrick_hall.html
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« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2013, 10:41:02 pm »

I guess I'll post this for the ladies in the forum and those intrigued by the Steampunk indoctrination initiation process in Japan:

2013 Steampunk Recruitment / Tea-Party December 30, 2012
http://d.hatena.ne.jp/strangeartifact/20130102

MaRy's Steampunk (with Lolita influence) Pullip doll; won at the raffle (actually not a raffle, but Rock, Paper and Scissors, ha, ha!)
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« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2013, 06:01:31 pm »

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I've decided to re-title the thread and turn it into the official thread for Japan.  It just seems more practical that way.  I'll start by posting the current events and see if this can attract those in Japan and elsewhere who may be interested in spreading their movement.  The initial phases of communication are always the most difficult.  From experience with the Mexican Steampunk movement I know sometimes non English speakers will shy away from participating at Brassgoggles, as even today in the days of Google Translate (limited usability of course), people will still retract out of sheer shyness.

The best way is just to "throw their events" into the three-ring circus, as it were, and let them know the world is watching  Wink  So this thread may become a little of a monologue at first, but as a news thread, that hardly bothers me.  That is the way it was -and still is- with the Mexican Steampunk thread, although we did get a few extra members from the Steampunk Mexico forum to come into Brassgoggles.

*PUSH*
*SHOVE*

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Two major events coming up this Winter/Spring;  It seems that Steampunk has to push its way through the other subcultures in Japan, and the best way to attack the enemy is to infiltrate its ranks; or at least this is the way the Steampunk band Strange Artifact (Mary and Jet a/k/a 310 Jet) have chosen to do it, namely by participating in the alternate culture venues.  Upcoming is an annual alternate culture fashion show associated with a print magazine in Japan, and also a general meeting and showcase of alternate culture art.  The details:

ALAMODE NIGHT
Mary and Jet's (a/k/a 130 Jet) "Poorman's Gold Label" line of wearable paraphernalia will feature prominently at the front of Alamode magazine's 10th anniversary event,  "Alamode Night." A general Gothic, Lolita and underground / alternative fashion show on Sunday February 10, 2013 at the Live Inn Rosa, live music venue in Tokyo.
http://www.artism.jp/index.php?an42

ARTiSM MARKET (Tokyo)
A Steampunk Exhibition booth (again featured as the forefront) will be present at the 10th annual Artism Market;  General exhibition of music, illustration, photography, doll-making and other arts in Tokyo, Saturday April 20, 2013 at the Hamamatsucho Hall of the Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Trade Center.  
http://www.artism.jp/index.php?am01


For more details click the links above the pictures

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« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2013, 01:11:49 am »

Of course for those doing Dieselpunk, they are pretty spoiled for art deco in Japan as well.
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« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2013, 01:17:24 am »

I've met one of the main people behind the Tokyo Steampunk Society a few years ago. Splendid people. Excellent manners.
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« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2013, 06:59:43 pm »

I didn't include the announcement for January's "Steam Garden" Steampunk meeting in Tokyo ("Episode 3: Steam University"), because I found out very late, but for your information and perusal, the Tokyo Steampunk Society is in the habit of promoting regular Steampunk meetings every couple of months, each of which has a different fantasy theme, corresponding to an "episode" in the mythical adventures of the "Tokyo Inventors Society."  The meetings include performances by various artists, such as Final Fantasy 13 stunt/motion actor Kaori Kawabuchi.

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Timeline: 1870, the Pacific Ocean

Kenny Creation, the young son of a legendary science pirate, steals his
fathers airship and sets off on a voyage of adventure. Along the way he
meets Luke Chaos, a philosopher with a dark history, and together they
remodel the airship into a time travelling machine. Calling themselves
the “Tokyo Inventors Society”, they prepare to make their first time
jump when their plans are interrupted by the science pirates and the
British East India company.
With the time engine still incomplete, they begin a journey through the
space time continuum…

http://www.tokyosteampunk.com/?page_id=29

Here's a short video announcing their next Steam Garden event, slated for this Sunday March 10.  I will bring more details as they become available!

EDIT:  We have a date and a place for the event:
Christon Cafe, (at) Shinjuku on March 10, 2013
From http://www.notquitenigella.com/2008/07/08/christon-cafe-at-shinjuku-tokyo/
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

"Episode 4: Celtic Fantasy"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahtx1dLtYaE

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« Reply #22 on: January 29, 2013, 04:39:02 pm »

Hee, hee!  There will be some interesting groups featured for entertainment at the next "Steam Garden: Celtic Fantasy" (cited above).  It will be interesting to see how traditional Japanese culture meshes with Steampunk (IMHO it's inevitable that regional influences will show up, and in fact this is a good thing):

IDEAL sword performance group (http://actionideal.blog133.fc2.com/)
IDEAL Japanese samurai performance 偉伝或~IDEAL~ ダイジェスト


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« Reply #23 on: January 30, 2013, 09:13:51 pm »

It will be interesting to see how traditional Japanese culture meshes with Steampunk (IMHO it's inevitable that regional influences will show up, and in fact this is a good thing)



I've been toying around with the idea of doing a Japanese-inspired Steampunk look in the future and I'm very glad to see that the genre is gaining a foothold in Japan. For anyone else thinking about doing Japanese Steampunk, there are two fabulous books I would highly recommend for aesthetic inspiration:

Art of Armor: Samurai Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection: http://www.amazon.com/Art-Armor-Samurai-Barbier-Mueller-Collection/dp/0300176368/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359576133&sr=8-1&keywords=samurai+armor

and

Splendors of Meiji: Treasures of Imperial Japan: Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection: http://www.amazon.com/Splendors-Meiji-Treasures-Masterpieces-Collection/dp/1874780137/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359576181&sr=1-3&keywords=splendor+of+meiji

Both are enormous, high quality museum exhibition catalogues with glorious full color photographs of really exquisite Japanese arts and armor. The first book is just chocked full of mind-blowing armorial workmanship and, while a little pricy, is well worth the cost. The latter book is replete with gorgeous objects made of bronze, ivory, silver, wood, and other natural-steampunky materials, and can be had very cheaply through Amazon Marketplace. I've literally spent hours admiring these two books and feel that they provide a great example of the lost art of designing high-quality beautiful utilitarian (and decorative) objects. If you have any interest in Japanese history and multicultural steampunk design, these are must-haves. Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2013, 10:03:33 pm »

It will be interesting to see how traditional Japanese culture meshes with Steampunk (IMHO it's inevitable that regional influences will show up, and in fact this is a good thing)



I've been toying around with the idea of doing a Japanese-inspired Steampunk look in the future and I'm very glad to see that the genre is gaining a foothold in Japan. For anyone else thinking about doing Japanese Steampunk, there are two fabulous books I would highly recommend for aesthetic inspiration:

Art of Armor: Samurai Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection: http://www.amazon.com/Art-Armor-Samurai-Barbier-Mueller-Collection/dp/0300176368/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359576133&sr=8-1&keywords=samurai+armor

and

Splendors of Meiji: Treasures of Imperial Japan: Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection: http://www.amazon.com/Splendors-Meiji-Treasures-Masterpieces-Collection/dp/1874780137/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359576181&sr=1-3&keywords=splendor+of+meiji

Both are enormous, high quality museum exhibition catalogues with glorious full color photographs of really exquisite Japanese arts and armor. The first book is just chocked full of mind-blowing armorial workmanship and, while a little pricy, is well worth the cost. The latter book is replete with gorgeous objects made of bronze, ivory, silver, wood, and other natural-steampunky materials, and can be had very cheaply through Amazon Marketplace. I've literally spent hours admiring these two books and feel that they provide a great example of the lost art of designing high-quality beautiful utilitarian (and decorative) objects. If you have any interest in Japanese history and multicultural steampunk design, these are must-haves. Smiley


As somewhat of a samurai fan (is that a thing? I just kind of know random things about the samurai - and especially their swords and some of their strange habits), can I just say: be right back, drooling all over my keyboard. Because oh my god, dkhflsjflljdl.

I, too, have been toying with the idea of a Japanese inspired steampunk outfit, especially as I have my own yukata and kimono...if only I can find/make the right accessories. I also kind of really want a hakama. Imagine the outfits you can make with a hakama!
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