Design Festa 25: Tokyo Art Festival 2007

Design Festa 25 time! I got four free tickets from the household agency so obviously I had to go. I met with Kelly and Kevin at Shinagawa to take the Yurikamome line to the Tokyo Big Sight, the famous inverted-pyramid-event-hall. Inside, there was a long queue of people waiting for their turn to buy a ticket. Kelly had two additional tickets with him and gave them to a Western couple. Of course we jumped the queue and entered through the colourful gate. It was my first time at this event.

Design Festa 25 filled several halls and two floors including an outside arena for bands and other performers. There were a lot of booths selling postcards, t-shirts, stylish bags, shoes and jewellery. I guess I could easily spend 20000 yen there. One of the stands that attracted our interest did sell t-shirts with ad spoofs like “Star Wars Coffee” (instead of Starbuck’s Coffee). The booth of “Unit of Land” did sell some nice penguin shirt. Stands are not sorted in any way, meaning that one could sell goth clothes while the next one has some flower power bags on offer.

Group of Japanese women

Lots of items were quite small like the pandas in a match box. One of the best things about Design Festa is that you can meet the artists personally and most also had a card with their web address. Very nice! I chatted with two artists: A young woman who was interested in my camera and another woman who sold postcards (among other things). I explained to her that Kelly is a “postcard man” – and he really bought a lot of postcards!

A large area on the second floor was reserved for the food stands. Noting artsy, just fast food from around the world. Almost no vegetarian meals, though. Also on the second floor: A tough looking guy getting burn marks and injuries from a makeup artist, live painting and some music performances.

Design Festa 25: Japanese guy in tough pose with deep wounds (makeup)

On the first floor there was a mass drum performance with everything that could be used as drums. It was almost closing time and many stands were already deconstructed when I decided that I really need to have that penguin shirt. I quickly ran through the rows and I was lucky because the one stand that sold these t-shirt was still there. Besides the shirt I also bought three postcards which look awfully kawaii.

Design Festa is still being held, check out more information on their website (Japanese, English).

Live painting at Design Festa 25
Design Festa 25 jewelry
Design Festa 25 shoes
Dresses
Design Festa 25 tiny panda
Design Festa 25 cute paintings
Design Festa 25 food court
Design Festa 25: Japanese woman in paper dress
Design Festa 25: Photo wall
Artist at Design Festa 25
Person with horse mask
Decorated lamp

Mia Jaap

Journalist, developer and passionate about Japanese and Korean language. Japan is my #1 country for travelling, penguins my favourite animals.

3 thoughts on “Design Festa 25: Tokyo Art Festival 2007

  • 29. July 2007 at 04:06
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    Hey Mia,

    Just checking to see if there was anything new and saw the Design Festa entry. Maybe it has been posted for a while, but I’m just seeing it for the first time.

    You’re heading back to Tokyo soon, right?

    Take care,
    Kevin

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