Tokyo Damage Report

tokyo events in October

1) Sunday Cocktober 27, tokyo big sight, 10 am – 3 pm

hard-gay manga event YARO FEST @ tokyo big sight. That’s right: not BL but actual gay comics by gays.  The emphasis seems to be on “indie” comics, not “maninstream”.  YARO FEST is part of a larger hentai comics event called COMIC CITY SPARK 8, but I don’t know what other “specialities” are represented at COMIC CITY; I’m just going for the dudes.

2) Saturday and Sunday October 12 and 13 : CHOCOLATE CHIWAWA 15TH ANIVERSARY!

Store opens around 1PM, and stays open til 10ish.

Chocolate Chiwawa is a used clothes store for drag queens and burlesque dancers and used-clothes fiends; it’s also sort of a fixture of the Kouenji underground, and it’s having a 15th aniversary sale/party. It’s the sort of place where you don’t just go to shop, you go to meet other oddballs and hang out. So even if you’re not a drag queen or stripper, you should come and support it.

The owner , Suma-Q, is one of my best friends in tokyo, and you can read my interview with her HERE.

3)  Sunday October 20 in  Meiji Kouen (nearest station is Sendagaya , on the chuo/sobu line):  NATIONAL PROTEST AGAINST BULLSHIT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE THESE DAMN DAYS!

Booths and festival starts at 11 AM, speeches and rallies start at 1PM, then there will be a march.

This is supposed to be a giant protest of young people who feel shut out of the steady-paycheck  job market that older generations enjoyed,  and exploited/preyed upon by giant temping corporations, living paycheck to paycheck, can be laid off at any time, etc.   Also, they are protesting the TPP treaty, the lack of daycare/maternity leave for working mothers,  rising education costs, Abenomics, and the increasing numbers of youth forced to work in semi-illegal un-regulated and un-safe “black market” jobs.

Apparently they do not have a website.  The event, if you want to look it up in Japanese, is called 全国青年大集会2013.

If you want to go to any of these, drop me a line in the comments.





7 Comments so far

  1. Frank Booth October 5th, 2013 10:13 am


    Great site…I’m visiting Tokyo for a week in mid October, and am interested in the 10/20 protest/festival. Also interested in working out a tour of some kind, if possible. Any info on artsy/unusual events would be much appreciated. Thanks.

  2. Anonymous October 8th, 2013 8:22 am

    Update your kanjidamage page, please.

    I love you and your guide, you brilliant motherfucker. The forum is PILING with revisions to be made. What are you waiting for??

  3. 古山田咲郎 October 9th, 2013 12:06 pm

    “What are you waiting for??”

    Schultz is probably waiting for cash. Cash as a good reason to invest any of his precious time into that project of his.

    What ever happened to that Anki-plugin-thingy that was advertised on Kanjidamage for like one week or so? Did your marketing research point towards poor revenue, sir?

  4. admin October 9th, 2013 6:33 pm

    @anonymous: Thanks for pointing out the backlog of revisions to KD. I will get on it but it’s not going to be all done at once.
    @古山: cash would be nice but mainly i wish more people who like the site would tell their friends and etc. It’s kind of a vicious circle I know, but it’s hard for me to justify putting more work in it if more people aren’t using it, although i really appreciate how the people who ARE using it are pretty rabid.
    As for the Anki thing, there are already a bunch of DIY anki decks out there. And since I personally don’t use Anki i didn’t want to bother making an “official” deck from scratch.

  5. Anonymous October 10th, 2013 8:44 am

    Glad to hear a response from you.
    Also, I’ll have you know that 4chan’s /jp/ board endorses the shit out of your guide.

    Anytime the link is ever posted outside of /jp/, it is generally met with positive reception as well.

    Hell, there’s a memrise course dedicated to your shit, dude.

    I’m just going to let you know, your guide has been helping out people understand japanese at an understandable level, rather than a rigorous level. Thanks so much, dude.

  6. alejandro October 17th, 2013 9:44 am

    Is about going to the national protest on the 20th, i would like to see a political protest in japan and youngsters sindicates.

    In case you didnt know there is an anti whaling rally on the 2nd nov in shibuya , yeap i am not a big fan of Hello Kitty style activism (help this cute animals) and honestly whaling methods at least are selective, not set a net and drag out anything that pass by, but i will definitely go.

  7. admin October 17th, 2013 5:32 pm

    @alejandro: thanks for the lowdown on the anti-whaling demo! it’s funny because there is an all-whale restaraunt in Shibuya.

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