Category: Japan Goth

Destruct System in Dark Side Rockers :: August 18 (Sun) :: Ikebukuro Chop

Destruct System in Dark Side Rockers :: August 18 (Sun) :: Ikebukuro Chop

Hard-rocking industrial unit Destruct System will be infiltrating Ikebukuro Chop on July 18 (2013 guys), in Dark Side Rockers event.

If you like your BAAL (check out a full set live in LA), Despair (or let’s say… NIN for those who don’t follow Japanese underground music), then you will absolutely love these guys. Destruct System have played at the apex of the Japanese Gothic scene including many appearances at Tokyo Dark Castle.

Igor plans to do some screaming at this event… Let me know if you are going!

Dark Side Rockers with Destruct System

Where: Ikebukuro Chop :: Map
When: Sunday, August 28, 2013
Who: Destruct System, THETHEKURO, Magier Sexalice, Error:666, 餓鬼道
Open: 18:00 :: Start: 18:00
Price: pre-book 2,000 yen (+1 drink) :: @Door 2,500 yen (+1 drink)

Ho boy, have these guys gone far. From fighting in the clubs in Tokyo’s scene to Europe, Australia, and now the U.S…. and now with a record deal with Metropolis – awesome. Now you can experience one of Japan’s hottest industrial rock outfits at your computer!

An hour of glorious Japanese underground music recorded in high-quality video. Watch and SCREAM boys and girls!

Tokyo Dark Castle

Flyer for Tokyo Dark Castle’s last 2012 event (JGoth added question in red)

This blog entry is an update on the lack of overnight events this year in Tokyo’s dark scene.

In case you have not already noticed, iconic events such as Tokyo Dark Castle and Midnight Mess have gone strangely quiet in recent months. There could be a few reasons for this, but it seems one big issue is the re-enforcement of some old laws.

Tokyo has began re-enforcing a 60-year old law that makes late night dance activities illegal. There could also be some other re-animated regulations too, but that makes it hard to have the overnight events – especially lively events such as TDC.

Essentially, if an organizer wants to have late-night dancing, they need to have certification from a recognized dancing association to avoid the risk of them and their patrons being arrested. While it is possible to get certification for many standard dance styles, I do not think that there are any “disco” “mosho” dance associations out there, so it looks like the best of Tokyo’s Gothic night events have closed shop for a while.

Why was dancing without a license made illegal?

Well, it seems that it was somehow connected with prostitution when it was originally installed – perhaps offering a venue for solicitation. However, nowadays in Tokyo, walking down any of the night district streets will get you more solicitations than you can point a stick at.

So the question becomes… Why?

There was a case where one guy was beaten to death at a club last year, but that was more a case of gang members coming in with metal pipes and baseball bats, than being danced to death.

The end result is that overnight events are out for the time being. The early evening events appear to continue without problems, so if you are considering Gothing in Tokyo, an evening event may be the type of event to pursue…

Psydoll, I Psydoll CD

Igor’s first Psydoll CD – I Psydoll from 2004.

After a few months buried under work Igor has finally got around to writing an update. Today, I’m just want to show off my Psydoll CD, which I picked up at the Artism Market in April when I got a chance for a chat with Nekoi Psydoll and the gang.

Psydoll are a concept band whose sounds are built around the idea of escaped rogue robots from a slightly darkened near-future Japan:

Japanese companies (including S#NY, Mit#ubishi, Hit#chi, S#nyo and P#nasonic) usually use the word “DOLL” to name their production robots for military, business and home use. However, PSYDOLL (Psycho-Doll) are illegal robots manufactured and remodeled without proper licenses and with enhanced abilities unlike other “DOLLs”. View full article »

Club Theatic Goth Event TokyoI still have not had enough time to get into the site yet, but this event is too good not to mention! On Sunday March 10 from 3:30 pm, the Goths will be invading Ikebukuro Rosa Live Inn in Tokyo! Organizers are calling this Gothic 2013 SPRING FESTIVAL, and festive it is!

Featured bands include Psydoll, Vanished Empire (DJ Chihiro and 2Bullet’s Dee Lee), Suicide Squad, Dark Insanity, Zodiaque, Hernia_44, PeaceToPieces and Gothic Logic! There will also be DJs Chihiro, Wakana and tAk, along with exhibition space, fang makers, dancers and more! THIS IS NOT AN EVENT TO MISS!

Where: LIVE IN ROSA :: Map
When: Sunday MARCH 10
Start: 15:30
Price: Book/w flyer 3,000 yen (+1 drink) :: @Door 3,500 yen (+1 drink)
* If you want to book just do a quick search of the band and send them a mail – Psydoll or Vanished Empire (via 2Bullet’s Dee Lee) should be cool. Any problems? Buzz me and I’ll see what I can do!

SorAutogen (Latvia)ry, I was going to post this on the weekend, but I had to do things in order to eat.

It’s Monday, but something good is happening in Tokyo! It’s dark, got industrial bands and now, best of all (for me), is I can actually go!

Autogen hail from Latvia and have a great industrial sound. They will be joined by local rock industrial unit 2Bullet and two other local indie bands making my Monday AWESOME! View full article »

THE 2010 JAPAN FETISH BALL! – Nov 20 2010 (Sat)


Nov 20, 2010 (Sat)
11:45PM Open!
Tel: 03-5287-2426

Strict Dresscode Only!
Fantasy, Fetish, Goth, Loli, SM, Cyber, Kinky..etc.
(there will be a shop for people who wish to buy costumes at the entrance)

No Camera, No Video!

*For the first time ever – united in collaboration!
-Tokyo Kink Society – The GATE
-Torture Garden Japan
-Libido M&J
-Tokyo Perve
-Tokyo Decadance

…all together at the Japan Fetish Ball!

Mysterious by MIDORI!
Cyber Rope Futura by HAJIME KINOKO!
Special Revenge by TOKYO DOLORES!
Poledance by TKS Oasis Girls!

DJ A04! (from *AUTHORITY FOUR*)!


Visual Arts by Swan Yamada!
Visual Arts by Ken Hamazaki!

Special Areas:
Main Floor DJ & VJ Space!
Photo Studio by David Stetson!
TKS Dungeon Playroom!
Libido Lounge (main floor!)
Tokyo Decadance Bar (mezzanine!)
Sheesha Corner by Haruka and Topaz!
Shopping Bazaar Area! (20 shops are at the Ball this year!)

4000yen (inc. 1 drink) *or*
3500yen w/Flyer (inc. 1 drink) *or*
3000yen Advanced tickets (inc.1 drink) (limited supply @ C’est Bien
Roppongi, C’est Bien Shibuya & TKS Oasis)

Asia’s ultimate fantasy event is only once a year!
Nov 20, 2010 (Sat) @ Shinjuku Christon Cafe

Renowned Italian cyberpunkers, Dope Stars Inc. will be playing their first live show at Tokyo’s Club Asia on December 12. They will be joined by hot U.S. industrialists, Celldweller, and local heavy industrial rockers BAAL. Making up the line-up for the night will be 東狂黒, Gari and [xxxSYNAPSExxx]. This is definitely an event not to be missed, and at 4,000 yen it is one of the best value nights for any Tokyo night crawlers.

Event: Twist Fest.
When: December 12, 2010
Open: 16:00 :: Start: 16:00
Live: Dope Stars Inc. (Italy), Celldweller (U.S.), BAAL, 東狂黒, Gari and [xxxSYNAPSExxx]
DJs: Kaoru, Chihiro/千尋, Twist Crew and Awake Crew
Tickets: 4,000 yen
Ticket info: Disk Garage (03-5436-9600)
ClubAsia (Shibuya): 東京都渋谷区円山町1-8  第8矢澤ビル4F :: 1-8 Maruyamacho Shibuya-ku Tokyo :: Map

All righty folks. Igor’s gonna be dressed in a suit and all, especially for Friday night’s Psydoll gig. Well, I have to wear a suit on Friday so I don’t have any choice in the matter, but still… Psydoll, The Royal Dead and Psychodream – Awesome.

If any of you folks out there are rocking up to the night feel free to hassle out the suit. Or better yet, let the bands know that Igor @ sent you!

So just to whet your appetite, here are a few movies of the bands…




The Royal Dead



Must find video…

Fancy a bit of dark indie J-rock? Then this night should have you gamboling in the dance pit. The Lechery from Mara is a frenetic punk rock act with Gothic undertones and have played a number of evil events in Tokyo. 13th Moon is a darker shade of hard Gothic rock with an infectious beat. For those with a penchant for Clockwork Orange, the droogs from Hat Trickers’ style of punk should whet your appetite. Finally there is the sultry alternative rock from Royal Cabaret. There are also other acts due to join in making for a pretty kewl event. There is a 1,000 yen premium for ticket sales at the door so pre-booking with one of the bands is recommended.

Event: November Noire
When: November 19, 2010
Open: 18:30 :: Start: 18:50
Live: The Lechery from Mars, 13th Moon, Hat Trickers, Royal Cabaret and more.
Tickets: 2000 adv. :: 3000 @ door
Club Chop: 東京都豊島区池袋2-46-3 シーマ100-B1 :: 2-46-3 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo :: 03-5951-1127 :: Map