Archive for August, 2005

Big quake off the coast of Miyagi prefecture – NE of Tokyo (Low 6 on the Japanese scale). I felt it in Tokyo – it was like a small 4, but just kept on going for 40 seconds. Magnitude 6.8 on the Richter scale.

12:08 — One helluva quake map on Yahoo! Japan.

Territory-D brings another dose of Midnight Necopolis to Osaka’s Neo. It’s essentially a Goth-oriented all-night DJ’d event with a heaven and hell sound concept and includes a few shop booths for you to peruse during the night. Sorry, Igor’s a tad tired and just writing up the last events for August. Good value if you get you tix in advance – you can call the number below or check their site for the e-mail contact.

Event info:
Event: Midnight Necopolis
Place: Club Neo
Address: B2, It Bldg., 2-18-9 Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka † Map
Territory-D Phone: 06-6213-5457
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2005
Start: 22:00~
Price: 2,500 yen adv. † 3,500 @ door
DJs: Taiki, Non, Syarman
VJ: 4D Blue mirror graphics
Booths: Trip (body piercing) and more

Prepare for a sexy night on August 20 as Aural Vampire take to the stage @ Aoi Heya with Femme Est Femme, Murasaki Baby Doll, and Be☆BAC. Looks to be a as though you will get some saucy cabaret (you must check out the Murasaki Baby Doll site!) mixed in with the fine sounds of AV. Not dark by any stretch of the imagination, but if you’re feeling sexay….

Event Info:
Place: Aoi Heya (7 min. walk from Shibuya station)
Address: B1F, Yachiyo Bldg., 2-12-13 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo † Map
Club Phone: 03-3407-3564
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2004
Start: 19:00
Price: 2,000 yen advance † 2,300 yen @ door
Live: Aural Vampire, Femme Est Femme (フェ

Now this looks hot Tokyoites! Zeus Machina, are relaunching Club Walpurgis on August 20. The origins of the event stretch back to the early 1980s.

According to the site:

The legendary Gothic Punk Club, Club Walpurgis opened in Shinjuku in 1982. ZIN was the main organizer. Soon, this club became quite popular among people such as musicians, photographers and artists. Overseas musicians & artists like The Cult, Nick Cave, John Sex, Kurtis Knap visited the club.

Titled Rebirth of Pagan Feast, the first chapter of the new Club Walpurgis series will feature dark wave, punk, industrial, neo-Gothic and other styles. Keep in mind it’s dress coded (vampire, Gothic, zombie, transvestite and glam).
Event Info:
Event: Club Walpurgis † Rebirth of Pagan Feast
Place: Aoi Heya (7 min. walk from Shibuya station)
Address: B1F, Yachiyo Bldg., 2-12-13 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo † Map
Club Phone: 03-3407-3564
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2004
Start: 24:00 ~ 05:00
Price: 2,000 yen (includes 1 drink)
Live: Zeus Machina
DJs: Zinny Aerodinamica (ZIN/ZEUS MACHINA, ROMEO MIRROR), Nariki, Sato M., Nero (Darkside Mirrors).


Yes, you heard right. The king of eikaiwa (English conversation companies – not schools) and employer of thousands of hapless gaijin, Nova Corp., has seen sales shrinkage this quarter.

Nova’s first quarter sales were 15.758 billion yen, down some 1.5 billion yen from the same time last year (17.283 billion yen). Their net profit for the whole of last year was 203 million yen from sales of around 75.2 billion yen.

I will always remember the touching scene in The Long Kiss Goodnight, where the amnesiac assassin cum mother tells her daughter “Life is pain! Get used to it.” For parents needing a convenient tool for initiating this lesson, there is the Kore Janai Robo, a really crappy, hand-made wooden robot toy designed to disappoint kids and elicit the cries of THIS ISN’T THE RIGHT ROBOT!!

Yes, this is the product’s intended use – showing kids that they cannot always get what they want. I’m not sure if that is the best way to teach children this lesson in life, but it may be a minor cult hit in the making – and you know there are going to be maniacs collecting stuff like this.

It was exhibited on late-night TV with a kid opening a present to discover this wooden monstrosity in the box and subsequently bawling his eyes out. The resulting argument with parents and ongoing temper tantrum shown in the TV simulation seemed to focus on the angst caused rather than any meaningful results, but who knows…

And how much does it cost to emotionally scar your children with this little ‘bot? Just 3,000 yen. Produced by Zarigani Works (robots here).

An event for the creative community in Tokyo. Not Goth, but arranged by Mizore, an industrial Goth-in-exile (and JP Goth member – w00t! Thank ya), to bring together artists, creators and people who love and appreciate all things creative.

ArtsyBugs is a monthly affair (every 2nd Sunday of the month @ The Pink Cow), where people can show their work, share ideas, network and socialize. ArtsyBugs is open to all and they always welcome new people. Bring your work, or just meet some new people creating the funky stuff. The evening will include DJ’d music, slideshows of members’ work and more. Having slooked their on Chin Music Press’ launch of Kuhaku, Igor can reassure you, the alcohol is alcohol, the food is great and the place is nicely laid-out and spacious. It starts @ 6 p.m. and is just 500 yen @ the door.
Event Info:
Event: ArtsyBugs
Place: The Pink Cow (nr. Shibuya and Omotesando stations)
Address: 1-3-18 Villa Moderuna B1, Shibuya, Tokyo † Map
Club Phone: 03-2406-5597
Date: Sunday, August 14, 2004
Start: 19:00
Price: 500 yen @ door

Just a quick heads up. Veteran industrial-glam rockers, Jubilee ,will be making a stop @ Firefly, Osaka. They’ll be accompanying digital hard-core Utero ZZZ AAA. I remember Uteru ZZZ AAA was once described on my old blog as a solo punk noise terrorist! If I get more details I’ll put them up, or you can check with the bands!

Alas brethren, the first cycle of digiblade arts is complete and the name of Chronotrigger has been laid to rest. A moment of silence please.


Erupting from the sleeping body of Chronotrigger comes the next evolution… BAAL!

Delivering hard-edged industrial sounds with powerful femme vocals, BAAL is a full aural assault! The first major attack is set for September 24, when BAAL will be joining Despair’s own interpretation of industrial chaos for Junk Children’s Slave’s Riot (page in production here!

Yes, this is propoganda, but Igor only does propoganda when it is THAT DAMNED GOOD. Igor’s primed to join the revolt and you should be priming too!

If you can’t wait, then you should haul your indentured booty to CHOP for Evil Roll on August 6 so you can get a taste of DESPAIR along with BAAL’s Mikito. It’s gonna be a night of hard industrial and metal sounds… But this is Tokyo – you need this stuff to stay sane!!

Band Sounds
Despair on
BAAL/Chronotrigger on (coming soon?)

Band Sites
BAAL (ex. Chronotrigger)

Event Site
Junk Children #1 (in production) † Slave’s Riot @ Marz on September 24.