Design Festa vol 44: Experience Asia’s Biggest Art Show

In November 2016, I went to Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba for Design Festa vol 44. At that time, the promoters billed it as the largest art show in Asia. Well, it was more than that. From start to stop, it was all entertainment. It was also great for photographers like me! I got some nice pictures.

It was a diverse event, with its artists, creators, photographers, and designers. There were paintings, sculptures, fashion, art, accessories, live music, and food. Of course, there was some quirky stuff too. It was open to everyone, from professionals to students!

The artwork at Design Festa vol 44 was impressive.  Many of the artists had amazing skills. You could especially see that with the murals. Some of them were massive and incredibly detailed.

Everything on sale was high quality. You could pick up environmentally-friendly iPhone speakers, paintings, clothes, jewelry, accessories, and more. What you wanted, it was there.

Many people were in cosplay. Some of them put much effort into their costumes. My favorite was steampunk-inspired. It had a WW1 gasmask and a huge gun. Compasses, bags, and tools hung from the leather jacket. To be honest, I didn’t know if the person underneath it was male or female! That outfit would be great at Halloween in Shibuya!

The only thing that wasn’t so good was the weather.  Outside, the number of people seemed to be down compared to previous events as the clouds were very grey. But, the dull weather didn’t affect the music.

I especially enjoyed the groups Nagashima and Patron. A U.S. group, Captain Wailer and the Harpoons was also at Design Festa vol 44. They were very loud and very entertaining. Anyway, all of them were great.

The tickets were 1000 yen, which was a super price. You could have spent the whole day there. It was tremendous value for money.

Who ran Design Festa vol 44?

It was run by Design Festa Gallery in Harajuku. Please leave your questions and comments below.

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