Long Live the Republic!

Shibuya’s streets came alive with performance art, music and sculpture for “Art Re-Public Tokyo”.

In Photo Reports by William Andrews 2010-05-05

One hot Golden Week afternoon, a 110 metre stretch of street in Shibuya was turned into a public art carnival for the “Art Re-Public Tokyo”. There was music from the likes of Soil & “Pimp” Sessions and Toast Girl, performance art, live painting, and exhibits of everything from children’s picture books to sculpture.

A rare sight in Shibuya: the street between OI City and Tower Records shut off to traffic.

Delicate wire sculptures, 'Vanishing Figure' by Etori Kenji.

'Black Usagi' by Oak To All Relations.

Live painting by several artists on one pillar.Yutaka Kato's building block sculpture, being adjusted by the artist.

Seen last year at the then-newly opened Nanzuka Underground gallery in Shirokane, 'Family' by Akiyoshi Mishima seemed a bit isolated in the open air.

These gentlemen seem very lost at sea, or even rather marooned. Tange Kouki's 'Kusou Tsuribito'.

Yuu Satou's 'horn man' occasionally moved, in tandem with a friend, or simply alone.

Baguette-lover Toast Girl in concert!

A performance by Oak To All Relations involved foil costumes, paint, masking tap...and inflated black creatures.

One of the themes of the festival was nature and Mother Earth. Hiromi Nakajima's drawings are half-buried in greenery.

William Andrews

William Andrews. William Andrews came to Japan in 2004. He first lived in Osaka, where he was a translator for Kansai Art Beat. Arriving in Tokyo in 2008, he now works as an writer, editor and translator. He writes a blog about Japanese radicalism and counterculture (ThrowOutYourBooks.wordpress.com) and one about Tokyo contemporary theatre (TokyoStages.wordpress.com). He is the author of Dissenting Japan: A History of Japanese Radicalism and Counterculture, from 1945 to Fukushima. » See other writings


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