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Midnight Mess

Me, La Carmina and Yukiro outside Club Marz in Shinjuku

Saturday night I went to the monthly Goth party at Club Marz and met up with famed author/journalist/TV host La Carmina, who was filming a segment for NHK Tokyo Kawaii TV. The fabulous outfits and makeup of everybody there – especially La Carmina and Yukiro – are always a visual treat.

And the entertainment did not disappoint. I’m trying (and failing) to imagine this mix at an American live house:

A goth-metal band fronted by a guy in an admiral’s uniform
Diva Selia singing baroque opera
A lone dude on synthesizer who managed to sound like an entire band by himself, accompanying two fire-wielding belly dancers.

If you want to go to a Midnight Mess the next time you’re in Tokyo, dates & ticket info are here.

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Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

12 thoughts on “Midnight Mess Leave a comment

  1. You have fantastic hair! But that’s not what I was going to say… I was going to say that you went to Midnight Mess! Nostalgia! I haven’t been in years… way cool. Did you meet Maya (organizer)? One of these days I’m going to get all tarted up and go again… (^-^)

    • Come in October! Halloween! I haven’t been to the October Midnight Mess yet, but I was at Tokyo Dark Castle last October, and the costumes were so incredible they defied description. I was sorry that Mistress Maya wasn’t there on Saturday night, but I’m definitely planning to go back to see her perform.

    • I think I might go to Midnight Mess AND Dark Castle this month on account of the Halloweenishness – it would be fun to meet up at one or both! If you’d like to, find me on Facebook (I think I’m the only Jonelle Patrick) and maybe we can message that way.

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