Here’s the poster for next Sunday’s Shinjuku Ni Chome festival. It’s kind of ridiculous that I couldn’t find a larger image online. Although brief, from 3 pm to 6 pm, this bar-organized festival combines day-time socializing, some rituals including lesbian shrine-carrying, and an excuse to stroll around in your yukata. Who’s coming?
On a weekday afternoon, Tokyo Dome was alive with two groups of contiguous but not intersecting fans. On the upper level were hundreds of girls who had arrived hours early to watch a Johnny’s boy band called Katun. On the lower deck, hundreds of ojiisan (old guys) stand transfixed watching horse races on video screens and consulting their newspapers for betting stats.
I love the fan’s fan. Both groups have a similar intensity of purpose, no?
And the contrast between the girls’ “kawaii” fashions and the older gents’ uniforms of caps, muted colored slacks and jackets. There seems to be a group for everyone in Tokyo.