Samurai Dave: The Roving Ronin Report

Rambling Narrative of Travels, Thoughts, and Embellishments

Random Halloween Cute Sexiness in Tokyo 2012

Halloween madness in Tokyo with cute sexy Japanese girls on the loose in their wild crazy outfits! Halloween should be made official every other weekend. It practically is anyways.

For more photos go to my other site here.

November 2, 2012 Posted by | cosplay, costumes, halloween, japan | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Halloween Party at Tokyo Glitterball from Metropolis Magazine

This is a mishmash of scenes from two Halloween parties from 2008 and 2009 known as Glitterball. Glitterball is a twice-a-year party hosted by Metropolis magazine, a free weekly english magazine.

An extra feature is my avant-garde arthouse film entitled “Le Morte d’Clown” (The Death of a Clown) starring Pierre Du-Phew as Coco the Suicide Clown. Enjoy!

October 31, 2009 Posted by | 2008, 2009, cosplay, costumes, Glitterball, halloween, japan, Metropolis Magazine, party, tokyo, travel, video, weird, WTF | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tokyo Decadance Halloween 2009

Tokyo Decadance Halloween 2009

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Decadant particpants at Tokyo Decadance Halloween

Another fun-filled Tokyo Decadance event with sexy sirens, wickedly wild witches, ghoulish goblins, devious devils, rollicking robots, newhalf ninja, vicious violinists, plundering pirates, alliterating *ssholes, and god knows what else for Halloween.

Also in attendance was Rolly Teranishi who performed at last year’s Halloween event. Here he sang two songs from the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show in Japanese with a bit of English.

Rolly Teranishi was a member of the Japanese rock band Scanch before going solo. He’s a big fan of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and has played Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Japanese stage versions.

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Hoichi the Earless(?) and Pretty Devil enjoy Tokyo Decadance

One of my favorite costumes at the event was the girl dressed up as Hoichi the Earless even though she still had her ears. This is from an old ghost story where a blind biwa player unknowingly played for the ghosts of a defeated samurai clan. In order to save him from eventual destruction, Buddhist priests covered his body in sacred texts but they forget to cover his ears. When a ghost came to fetch Hoichi, the sacred writing prevented him from seeing the biwa player save for his two ears which he ripped from Hoichi’s head.

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wickedly sweet witch

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Transformer chick – wearing less than meets the eye

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rollicking robot

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Christon Cafe – a church-themed restaurant and club

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Adrien le Danois – Founder of Tokyo Decadance

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Cap’n Blackjack Dave on the prowl for booty

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pirate with fetish poster

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Is Tokyo Decadance a Biohazard?

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Cutie devil makes going to hell seem fun

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Goth Geisha girl with coffin handbag

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Spooky DJ

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pink petite maid

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french maid

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sleepy devil

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A cake with endowments for Tokyo Decadance’s 4th Anniversary

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Cap’n Blackjack Dave bemused and bewigged

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Cute Cop ready to lay down the law

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The stuff of nightmares…

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Ditto

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Naughty Nurse, Sultry Wednesday, Zombie Bride, and Goth Geisha Vampire

October 30, 2009 Posted by | clubbing, cosplay, costumes, crossdressing, dance, Goth Girls, goth lolita, halloween, japan, Japanese subculture, party, Rolly Teranishi, sexy, subculture, tokyo, tokyo decadance, travel, video, weird, WTF, youtube | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Artistic Chaos – The Tokyo Design Festa Movie!

The Tokyo Design Festa is a semi-annual event where artists, craftsmen, performers, musicians, film-makers, and what-not gather from all over the world to exhibit their creations.

It’s a weekend of artistic chaos!

It’s up for votes on Current TV:
http://current.com/items/89051722_artistic_chaos_the_tokyo_design_festa

Help a Blogger out, why doncha?

July 2, 2008 Posted by | art, avant-garde, cosplay, costumes, culture, current tv, dance, entertainment, event, festival, japan, japanese culture, life, music, tokyo, Tokyo Design Festa, travel, video, vlog, youtube | , , , , | Leave a comment

Artistic Chaos – The Tokyo Design Festa

Artistic Chaos!!!
The Tokyo Design Festa – a chaotic ensemble of art


The Tokyo Design Festa


Anime fan wearing an all handmade costume

As I entered the futuristic-looking Tokyo Big Site building on Odaiba Island, I was greeted by a person with the head of fish. Beyond him/her/it and all about the place wandered a colorful assortment of strange characters which appeared to have been born in fertile imaginations bred on Japanese Anime, Gothic Horror, and Salvador Dali. It was then that I knew I had reached my destination: the Tokyo Design Festa.


Fishhead man advertising


Getting a leg up or two at Tokyo Design Festa


Usagi – Drumming Rabbits – Female Taiko Group

Design Festa is a chaotic showcase of artists, musicians, craftsmen, designers, dancers, and performers – the sublime mixed with the avant garde. The Design Festa takes place twice a year in Tokyo and has been going on for 14 years.


A Wild Wall

Artists come from all over the world to participate. Booths are set up to showcase their creations and crafts. Visitors can look at, handle, and purchase their favorite pieces. In addition they have the chance to talk with the artist to learn more about them and their artwork.


An artist below one of her works


Painter creating art at the Festa

For artists, the Design Festa gives them the opportunity to get their work noticed and possibly sold. The event is a breeding ground for future art as a lot of networking goes on between artists which can lead to potential collabrations.


Pint-size masters at work


Ninja getting down with their badselves


A twirling ghost

There is so much to see, do, and absorb in a weekend at Design Festa. The place is literally a beehive of activity. There are performances to see, workshops to attend, bands to hear, painters to watch, and oddity to puzzle over.


Geisha Gone Godzilla


Panda Man! He eats, shoots, and leaves.

Some of the booths offer short workshops to teach visitors a bit their craft. I tried my hand at the ancient art of Japanese calligraphy. Calligraphy in old Japan was considered an all important skill. In the far off days of the Heian Period (794-1192), a person’s calligraphy was believed to be a mirror of their character. I would have been laughed out of the Heian Court with my paltry attempt at the turtle kanji character. My turtle looked a bit more like a sickly chicken strung up by clumsy anti-poultry vigilantes. My teacher, a ten year old girl, was patient with me and guided me as best as she could.


Me with my Calligrapher Teacher


Anime School Girl Calligrapher

At a makeup special effects booth, visitors were able to get horrific body scars which didn’t hurt a bit. I got myself a nice deep scar running down my arm which later fooled a few drunks at my local bar.


I got scarred at Tokyo Design Festa


A bloody guitarist

There were several fantasical creations from this booth wandering around surprising the unwary and small children. One was tall elegant alien creature frighteningly realistic but fortunately sweetenly demure.


A very realistic alien courtesy of special effects make up

Another creation was a ghastly sculpture of a half-tree half-woman monster with the severed head of a man in her/its hand. Her/Its roots were nourished with the blood and gore of other men. It was a macarbe cocktail of environmentalism and feminism blended horrifically together.


Environmental Feminism at its goriest


A samurai fiercely guarding his booth

Along with the countless booths, there are a variety of showings throughout the day in different sections of the event area. Bands, short films, musicians, eclectic performers can be seen outside, upstairs, and in the main hall. I was able to see rock bands, taiko drum groups, naughty nurses, a gyrating eyeball man, and a dancing ninja troupe.


A band performing at the outdoor stage


Guitarist licks lips as he rips licks


The Bufferins – naughty pain relievers

One of the popular returning performance groups is Mr. Eyeball Love Globe from Taiwan. The group is headed by man with an enormous eyeball as his head. His outfit is covered with a similar pattern. His story from his flyer is that he is an alien here to spread love. The Eyeball group was one of the most out-there groups and attracted a lot of attention. They have been to Design Festa several times before.


Mr Eyeball Love Globe Group from Taiwan


Avant-Garde at its Warholian best

Design Festa takes place twice a year in May and November. For more information please check:

http://www.designfesta.com/index.html

July 2, 2008 Posted by | art, avant-garde, Blogroll, cosplay, costumes, culture, dance, entertainment, event, festival, japan, japanese culture, life, music, ninja, painters, painting, tokyo, Tokyo Design Festa, travel | , , , , | 4 Comments

Roving Ronin Report presents Tokyo Decadance

Here’s some clips from Tokyo Decadance a monthy dance event held in different clubs in Tokyo and around the world now.

I only got the chance to record one of the shows but I was able to get some glimpses of participants in all their get-up.

The website I posted on the vid is to the Amsterdam site. The tokyo one is under construction but you get a look at it here:

http://www.tokyo-decadance.com/

It’s also up for votes for airing on Current TV:

http://current.com/items/89030965_tokyo_decadance_underground_dance_scene_goes_above_ground

June 19, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, clubbing, cosplay, costumes, culture, dance, entertainment, japan, life, tokyo, tokyo decadance, travel, video, vlog, youtube | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tokyo Decadance – bringing the Underground up

Tokyo Decadance brings the Underground above Ground
Dance event mixes the unmixable


Tokyo Decadance was created by Adrien Le Danois of France

Deep underground, a myriad of weird and fantastical shapes move and groove to an eclectic beat and the sway of pulsating strobe lights. It’s Tokyo Decadance an underground (literally!) dance scene that is fast making its presence felt on the surface world.


Tokyo Decadance is an ecletic melting pot of underground cultures

There is no rhyme or reason to the costumes or themes in which the performers and participants come in. There are psychedelic psycho clowns, cat people who looked like they’ve escaped from a Japanese production of Broadway’s Cats, naughty nurses, light saber wielding cyborgs, Victorian Era vampires, dastardly devils, Gothic school girl Lolita’s, luscious hula girls, dancing doctors, and variety of types that defy labeling.


A cat and a devil carvorting

Tokyo Decadance started almost three years ago as the brainchild of Adrien Le Danois, a noted French Drag Queen of the Parisian scene. He moved to Japan in 2003 where he later created Tokyo Decadance. Decadance is a melting pot of various underground cultures in Japanese society. What was thought unmixable, Decadance mixed. Dark cyberpunks dance alongside genki nouveau geisha while outrageously-dressed anime geeks dance alongside suited salarymen.

The organizers describe the phenomenon as follows:

“Tokyo Decadance became the ‘rendez-vous’ of gothic, cyberpunk, fetish, manga heroine, lolitas, yamanbas, ko gyaru, drag queen, punk, tokyo jet-set and other partymonsters, but also salaryman and ‘normal people’ love Tokyo Decadance, especially because of its ENERGY!!!”

In its beginnings, Tokyo Decandance was influenced by the street styles of the various fashion subcultures of Tokyo. Now Tokyo Decadance is influencing those street styles.

Tokyo Decadance is not just a dance scene. There are number of performances at each of the shows running from fire shows, martial arts demos mixed with dance, theater, exotic dancing, and a little bondage to keep things interesting.

Tokyo Decadance has now become practically a worldwide event with shows taking place in a number of cities around the world. Decadance has been invited to perform in several distinguished venues such as the Enghein Center museum and the Salon of Pret a Porter in France.


A cyborg bouncer with his trusty lightsaber makes sure no one gets too out-of-hand

Overall its a funtime to let oneself go and a great place to meet and/or get beaten by some interestingly unique people.

 

June 19, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, clubbing, cosplay, costumes, culture, dance, entertainment, japan, life, sexy, tokyo, tokyo decadance, travel | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Tokyo Light Saber Techno Ballet

This was from a monthly dance event in Tokyo called Tokyo Decadance where people dress in wild outfits and such.

http://www.tokyo-decadance.com/
http://www.myspace.com/tokyodecadance…

This guy wore a combination of Predator and Optimus Prime which he called Preda-Prime. He had two light sabers which he swung around the dance floor.

The music is by Koko T.:

http://www.myspace.com/cyberandroidkoko

April 12, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, cosplay, costumes, culture, dance, electronica, entertainment, japan, japanese culture, life, light saber, Roppongi, star wars, techno, tokyo, tokyo decadance, travel, video, vlog, youtube | 1 Comment

Battle of Hastings Videos

Here are three videos I made of the Battle of Hastings re-enactment of 2006.

The first one is set to the theme of the movie Excalibur – O Fortuna:

The Battle of Hastings 

The Death of the Minstrel Taillefer 

The second video is a little bit of medieval humor with an incident from the Battle of Hastings. Before the battle began, a Norman minstrel, Taillefer, attacked the English in a mad attempt to gain glory. This is his story.

The Fall of King Harold Godwinson

The third video has a Roving Ronin Report intro and is a ballad of the Battle. The song is from the Secret Commonwealth, a celtic folk-rock band from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It’s a period piece not necessarily on the battle but around the time period. The theme of a woman mourning her husband’s loss though is eternal.

http://www.myspace.com/thesecretcommonwealth

December 11, 2007 Posted by | 1066, Anglo-Saxons, Battle of Hastings, Blogroll, Celtic, celtic music, costumes, England, Harold Godwinson, history, humor, medieval, Middle Ages, murfreesboro, Normans, secret commonwealth, tragedy, travel, UK, video, vikings, William the Conqueror, youtube | 5 Comments

Tokyo Yamanote Halloween Train Power Rangers On Parade

Tokyo Yamanote Halloween Train Power Rangers On Parade

This is from the 2006 Yamanote Halloween Train event where a group of crazy Spanish-speaking Power Rangers who on the second loop of the party would jump out at the stations and do a little martial arts dance.

Just some harmless mischievous bit of good fun.

November 2, 2007 Posted by | cosplay, costumes, entertainment, event, halloween, japan, party, Power Rangers, tokyo, travel, video, yamanote halloween train | Leave a comment