Design Festa is the largest art festival in Asia held biannually at Tokyo Big Sight. Anyone with original artwork can participate regardless of genre, and the event has served as a platform for thousands of creatives since it began in 1994. Today we check out Vol. 41 of the festival.
Most of the traditional art pieces and goods can be purchased, like these cute panda cups. But the most interesting parts of the event are usually not for sale.
These miniature buildings show some awesome craftsmanship, with so much effort put into all the little details.
Some booths demonstrate the techniques used in their works.
My favorite areas are the live art exhibitions. Artists test their skills and creativity creating large murals during the event.
Several styles and techniques are on display.
This artist masks over a colorful background pattern creating a myriad of creatures.
Some live artists look a little haggard late in the afternoon.
This sign hints at another popular festival performance.
Quite a few rope bondage groups put on shows, sometimes using volunteers from the audience. At the very least, they know how to draw a crowd.
We first attended a Design Festa way back in 2009, and we always wanted to go again. Sometimes the booths can be hit or miss, but there is just so much going on you are bound to find something you like. Tickets are cheap, so don’t miss out.