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Most people will not notice the clothes you wear unless they are very dirty

Wow - that was really good. Design Festa was better than I expected; lots of interesting little booths full of random postcards and nick-nacks, lots of good t-shirts and a light sprinkling of oddball performance artists. I got a little carried away on the t-shirt front, but thankfully ran out of money after a couple of hours, so the damage was limited.

Some of the highlights of the day were:

  • t-shirts bearing the motto: "Most people will not notice the clothes you wear unless they are very dirty."
  • 2 feet tall posable monster warrior robots made out of twisted, welded metal - the cheapest ones we saw were a cool ¥80,000 (£500)
  • postcards in the style of a breakfast cereal box: "It's delicious! Special Breakfast (The cat likes corn flakes, milk and the mouse!!)" along with a picture of a cartoon cat tucking into a bowl of cornflakes - with a mouse in it. I'll scan one and put it up, if I remember.
  • Minx and their extremely enthusiastic moshers, who managed to synchronize their dancing styles with fearsome accuracy
  • t-shirts depicting Ninja self-purification rites, to be carried out before undertaking important missions
  • a girl sitting about four meters off the ground on a sort of lifeguard chair, watching the people passing below through binoculars. There was a megaphone on the table at the base of the chair, so you could shout up to her. No-one did, though.
  • t-shirts bearing the Apple logo, but with "Macintosh" replaced by "Fucintosh"
  • 3D CGI postcards of futuristic spacecraft, i-Mac-using robots and artist's impressions of next century's Apple Macs
  • birthday and other greetings cards in the style of 70's boarding passes and flight tickets - not for sale, unfortunately
  • postcards in the style of airline safety cards, showing the correct procedure for concealing ninjas in the overhead lockers

  • The weather was nice, we played frisbee next to a queue of what must have been a thousand young women waiting to get Tokio's autographs, and then went for dinner in Shinjuku. All in all, a great day - and I suddenly realised that this is my first proper Saturday / Sunday weekend in something like three and a half years.

    I could definitely get used to this.

    Posted by chris at May 21, 2001 01:09 AM | Permalink

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