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Tokyo Design Festa: Zombie Matryoshika & More

You can do this with FELT?!
You can do this with FELT?!

If you’re in Tokyo, get thee to Design Festa RIGHT NOW! It’s on through Sunday the 9th, out in Odaiba at Big Sight. You definitely don’t want to miss seeing (and buying!):

Handpainted zombie matryoshka dolls.
Handpainted zombie matryoshka dolls.
Elfin anime-style figures, mind-bogglingly crafted from felt.
Elfin anime-style figures, mind-bogglingly crafted from felt.
Eyeball clasp purses, leaking a little O Positive.
Eyeball clasp purses, leaking a little O Positive.
Scarily lifelike felted cat head pins.
Scarily lifelike felted cat head pins.
Gorgeous little mushrooms that light up.
Gorgeous little mushrooms that light up.
Handcrafted horns of Satan.
Handcrafted horns of Satan.
Fake fur Mt. Fuji tissue dispensers.
Fake fur Mt. Fuji tissue dispensers.
Decidedly non-traditional New Year's figures for the upcoming Year Of The Sheep.
Decidedly non-traditional New Year’s figures for the upcoming Year Of The Sheep.
Steampunk bird masks (in case you don't already have a dozen in every color.)
Steampunk bird masks (in case you don’t already have a dozen in every color.)
Froggy coin purses
Froggy coin purses
Your big chance to make your mom faint when she sees the oozing gash applied with painterly skill by the Amazing School JUR special effects makeup students.
Your big chance to make your mom faint when she sees the oozing gash applied with painterly skill by the Amazing School JUR special effects makeup students.
Cuter-than-thou cosplaying vendors
Cuter-than-thou cosplaying vendors
The Tokyo Zentai Club, that gathers regularly to beetle around Tokyo in their head-to-toe featureless lycra suits.
The Tokyo Zentai Club, that gathers regularly to beetle around Tokyo in their head-to-toe featureless lycra suits.

Design Festa is on from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. through Sunday November 9 at Tokyo Big Sight convention center, near Kokusai-tenjijo Station. Tickets are ¥1000 at the door. In addition to thousands of vendors selling quirky handmade merchandise, music and theatre performances run continuously throughout the day. Artists also are live painting murals thoughout the venue.

This mural features thousands of flowers, drawn on the spot with Spirographs.
This mural features thousands of flowers, drawn on the spot with Spirographs.

If you’d like to go to Design Festa, information on the next one is posted on the Design Festa website. Tickets are ¥1000 for ages 12 & up, children get in free. It’s always held at the Big Sight convention Center out in Odaiba. A map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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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!

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