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Author Topic: Steampunk in Japan Thread (formerly "Steampunk expands a bit more in Japan...")  (Read 37195 times)
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« Reply #75 on: July 17, 2013, 04:09:53 am »

Just bumping the thread, on account that Strange Artifact (Mary and 130Jet) have announced they will be coming to the US for the Anomalycon event in Denver Colorado, March 28-30.  Sadly it may be too late, and I doubt I can drag them down to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas this March 7-16....

http://www.anomalycon.com/
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« Reply #76 on: July 17, 2013, 05:37:48 am »

We do appreciate the SXSW suggestion, but sadly our schedule makes it a bit difficult to spend that much time away from home!
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« Reply #77 on: July 17, 2013, 06:48:08 am »

We do appreciate the SXSW suggestion, but sadly our schedule makes it a bit difficult to spend that much time away from home!


Hello!  And welcome to the forum! フォーラムへようこそ! (The monkey butler will take your hat and coat). Nice to see you here! It seems I managed to pull you into the forum!   Cheesy 

Indeed you shall be missed in Austin!  But we have other people in Brassgoggles who are in Denver for sure!  They will get the opportunity to meet you!

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« Reply #78 on: July 17, 2013, 05:14:38 pm »

Don't give yourself too much credit, we created this account to promote our crowdfunding campaign last year  Grin
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« Reply #79 on: July 18, 2013, 06:43:21 am »

Indeed.

But you came back again after a whole year  Wink

parvis rebus, sed tamen successu!
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« Reply #80 on: September 07, 2013, 03:43:33 am »

We have an official photo album for the Steam Garden 5 event (Tokyo Steampunk Society), posted on Facebook:

Photos by Taro Irei (you will need to log in to see the full album)
https://www.facebook.com/taro.irei/media_set?set=a.10151707458522508.1073741831.709432507&type=1

Here is a couple of pictures where you don't need to log in:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151707460602508&set=a.10151707458522508.1073741831.709432507&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151707459587508&set=a.10151707458522508.1073741831.709432507&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151707458822508&set=a.10151707458522508.1073741831.709432507&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151707461507508&set=a.10151707458522508.1073741831.709432507&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151707461792508&set=a.10151707458522508.1073741831.709432507&type=3&theater


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« Reply #81 on: June 23, 2014, 08:54:21 am »

Hear ye, Hear ye!

The time for Steam Garden in Tokyo approaches again.  Apparently the theme for Steam Garden 7 next July 5th is Steampunk Pirates in Persia

7月5日・Steam Garden ペルシャの海賊 スチームガーデン!
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« Reply #82 on: June 25, 2014, 03:47:47 pm »

That was REALLY well done!
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« Reply #83 on: September 07, 2014, 07:36:37 am »

Apparently there will be another event in October, "The Tower of Saint Germain." This time organised by the people involved in Steam Garden (presumably TIS), and a corset maker called Abilletage.  The evnt will take place in October 19, and as usual will include many attractions (I just wish there was more communication between Steampunks in Tokyo and the West....).

http://www.tokyosteampunk.com/?p=293

The Steampunk DJ Machine at Steam Garden 6
Marvelous steampunk music machine


Maker booths at the past Steam Garden 5
スチームガーデン、スチームパンク市場Steam Garden Booths Area

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« Reply #84 on: September 07, 2014, 05:36:32 pm »

Interesting, good to see it's not dominated by 'Victorian London' or 'Wild West' outfits....looking at what people were wearing.
If my memory serves me right Japan bought several 'dreadnoughts' from the UK when they modernized their navy in the late 1800's early 1900's. So they had a steam / ironclad navy.
And they have always taken tea seriously (an essential steampunk trait).

Develop your own Steampunk that fits your culture, and keep sharing it with the rest of us (please).
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« Reply #85 on: September 07, 2014, 07:35:59 pm »

Do we have many Japanese members on this forum? I've got some Japanese language/culture/history content in my upcoming book and I'd love to pick someone's mind about the plausibility of these elements.
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« Reply #86 on: September 07, 2014, 08:04:07 pm »

Interesting, good to see it's not dominated by 'Victorian London' or 'Wild West' outfits....looking at what people were wearing.
If my memory serves me right Japan bought several 'dreadnoughts' from the UK when they modernized their navy in the late 1800's early 1900's. So they had a steam / ironclad navy.
And they have always taken tea seriously (an essential steampunk trait).

Develop your own Steampunk that fits your culture, and keep sharing it with the rest of us (please).


Do we have many Japanese members on this forum? I've got some Japanese language/culture/history content in my upcoming book and I'd love to pick someone's mind about the plausibility of these elements.


Unfortunately not many.  I think there are only two from Japan, out of which one is Strange Artifact.  We've had many more from Spain, Chile and Mexico, for example, as well as many from the Easter European bloc and at least one from Russia.  Granted, the Latin American and European movements are much bigger than Japan's, but the Japanese definitely have a lot chutzpah;  They primarily operate by way of the night club scene, and apparently mostly in Tokyo.  But establishing communication and participation from Japan has proven to be much more difficult than when the Mexican Steampunk scene exploded into view (http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,26636.0.html)

EDIT: Here's a video of Steam Garden 6 I had forgotten to include:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HeDQqvHxCl0
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« Reply #87 on: September 13, 2014, 09:16:10 am »

I was contacted by Tokyo Steampunk Society a.k.a. Tokyo Inventors' Society  a.k.a. via Twitter two days ago; you can find them at http://www.tokyosteampunk.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tokyo-Steampunk-Society/188910044560114

I share with you some comments Luke made so far:

From @TokyoSteampunk:
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Hello John, I wanted to thank you for sharing our activities at brassgoggles, and let you know anyone can contact us easily via email


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or facebook or the contact form on our website. VS velde had questions re: Japanese culture; we'd be happy to try and answer.


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I'm sorry it's sometimes hard to communicate: though Kenny & I are bilingual our website/ twitter is aimed at Japan (well, obviously)


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But we do get plenty of overseas visitors at Steam Garden, and hope this will increase as the events continue to get bigger.


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cheers for the reply! for the record- Kenny has an active FB account and about 5000 friends, Luke (me) is a hermit and has no personal FB

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anyone who has enquiries about Steam Garden, press stuff, or any questions about Japanese steampunk, our homepage contact form is fastest!


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« Reply #88 on: January 20, 2015, 09:32:29 am »

Dear ladies and gentlemen:  As curator of the Mexican and Japanese Steampunk Threads, I have received news from our esteemed Niponese brethren.

As it happens we are but a few scant days away from Steam Garden 8: Meiji Democracy, organised by our friends at the Tokyo Inventors Society (Formerly aka Tokyo Steampunk Society):

Steam Garden 8: Meiji Democracy opens at 2pm this February 7, 2015, at the Laforet Museum, at Harajuku district in Tokyo:

Steam Garden 8 Tokyo Steampunk Festival スチームガーデン スチームパンク祭典


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« Reply #89 on: July 13, 2015, 04:23:34 am »

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:

Our own Mr. Never Mind the Cogs has brought to my attention this video from the Steam Garden 8 event (also see his thread http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,46028.msg942269.html):

TOKYO STEAMPUNK


Apparently the official TIS You Tube channel has been made private  Undecided How on Earth are we Western Steampunks supposed to keep up with Steam Garden (or discover it if we've never heard from TIS)?  Huh

Anyhow... the next Steam Garden will happen this August:


Steampunk Garden 9: The Lost Pyramid

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« Reply #90 on: July 13, 2015, 08:47:48 pm »

That was an interesting collection of outfits.  Thanks for posting it.
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« Reply #91 on: July 14, 2015, 02:08:19 am »

That was an interesting collection of outfits.  Thanks for posting it.

You're most welcome, butsly thanks to Mr. Never Mind the Cogs.  Alas, as of late, I don't upkeep the international Steampunk threads as well as I should.  Mostly I need to initiate contact with the international groups through Faceplant, which often is well suited for schizophrenic people only.
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« Reply #92 on: July 14, 2015, 08:28:38 am »

Often cultural aspects from Japan are melded into Steampunk and viceversa.  On the 26th of thos month a semi-annual event called "Wonder Festival" will take place at the Makuhari Messe convention centre, in Chiba, Japan. The festival is known for their "garage kits," a handmade sculpture version of cosplay, if you will, where the favourite characters from anime, manga, and other forms of popular culture are presented and sold to the public.

In this case, some of the clique whom I follow on Twitter, including "Kamaty Moon" are presenting some Steampunk-esque figures, and our friends from "Strange Artifact" (Under the brand "Poorman's Gold Label") are presenting some bona fide Steampunkery of their own at the "Flying Megalopolis" exhibition of the Wonder Festival.

http://www.kamaty.sakura.ne.jp/contents.html

http://www.strangeartifact.jp/about-pmg.html








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« Reply #93 on: September 05, 2015, 05:19:46 pm »

At the risk of reckless self-promotion, visitors to Japan on October 31st should definitely come to Laforet Museum in Harajuku for "Hunters Fair", a wild and adventurous market produced by the Steam Garden team. An absolute ton of incredibly talented fashion designers and gadgeteers will be there, also antiques, kimono, everything you need to equip yourself for a "wild east" adventure. Entry is free!
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« Reply #94 on: September 05, 2015, 06:39:06 pm »

At the risk of reckless self-promotion, visitors to Japan on October 31st should definitely come to Laforet Museum in Harajuku for "Hunters Fair", a wild and adventurous market produced by the Steam Garden team. An absolute ton of incredibly talented fashion designers and gadgeteers will be there, also antiques, kimono, everything you need to equip yourself for a "wild east" adventure. Entry is free!

Makes me wish I had an airship so I could make the trip to Japan!
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« Reply #95 on: September 07, 2015, 02:35:15 pm »

Hopefully there will be lots of pictures posted from the event so we can live vicariously through our Japanese friends.
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« Reply #96 on: October 28, 2015, 06:30:25 pm »

A quick note to remind anyone who may be in Tokyo on Halloween that the place to be on Saturday afternoon is Laforet Museum, Harajuku for Hunters Fair. Web page with English details here:

http://www.tokyosteampunk.com/?p=1984

Basically- it's a big market full of all kinds of Japanese steampunky and alt-historical goods, fashion, accessories and some surprise performances.

Entry is free.

For party animals, you can combine it with a night-time walk to nearby Shibuya for the famously crazy halloween crowds around Shibuya station, or buy some sweet gadgets for your halloween party.

Wherever you are, happy halloween!
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« Reply #97 on: October 28, 2015, 08:02:53 pm »

A quick note to remind anyone who may be in Tokyo on Halloween that the place to be on Saturday afternoon is Laforet Museum, Harajuku for Hunters Fair. Web page with English details here:

http://www.tokyosteampunk.com/?p=1984

Basically- it's a big market full of all kinds of Japanese steampunky and alt-historical goods, fashion, accessories and some surprise performances.

Entry is free.

For party animals, you can combine it with a night-time walk to nearby Shibuya for the famously crazy halloween crowds around Shibuya station, or buy some sweet gadgets for your halloween party.

Wherever you are, happy halloween!


Thanks for the update! We're looking forward to what gets posted to the media! Happy Samhain/Halloween/Dia de Muertos
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« Reply #98 on: October 29, 2015, 04:09:37 am »

Crikeys, the Japanese steampunk scene is amaaaazing.

Happy Halloween, all.
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« Reply #99 on: November 02, 2015, 10:59:48 pm »

"Hunters Fair" pictures and reports:

Go to Twitter Search

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Enjoy scrolling through literally hundreds of posts, many with great photographs.

We got a lot of overseas guests this time which was especially nice.
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