I've collected various recommendations for places to go, things to see,
clubs to frequent, etc. from postings to alt.gothic.
This is a work in progress, and if you would like to add/update/remove something
- JapanEdge, the Japanese Underground, search on alternative or wave
14 Mar 1998
A friend of mine did a study abroad program there and said there was no
goth scene (just a tiny bopper scene)....and that is was so expensive to
go out it wasn't worth it anyway.
17 Oct 1997
Good luck... Are you Japanese? I can tell you're mailing from Yokota military
base... anyway, I lived there for 3 years, had a hell of a lot of fun, and
found no goths whatsoever (though the music itself is very accessible... try
the CD stores in the Shibuya district). Had the opportunity to go to a
*shriek* Marylyn Manson concert there (yeah, I like their music; yeah, I hate
their image) and just didn't bother to get tickets when I got a look at the
people attending. There was one guy, very memorable, face painted white and
ghoulish but you could tell he was a CEO or something when he wasn't attending
a concert. The poser:goth ratio in Japan is overwhelmingly high, and my
theory is that this is primarily because Japanese as a general rule seem to be
more imitators of popular culture than creators... not meant as an insult,
just an observation...
InUse was in Tokyo for a work term for a year, and sent me this information
which I had posted to the events list:
Yoyogi Koen (park), Harajuku, Sundays, ~1pm-5pm
Hang out with the goths and get your picture taken by hundreds of
people, both Japanese and gaijin alike ... dress tends to be on the
glam side of things, with the requisite few in the vampire look. A
younger crowd, prolly 16-20. Bring your meishi (business cards) (no,
I'm not joking, they exchange business cards).
Back to my travel page.