The Steam Garden Event Showcases Steampunk Cosplay With A Japanese Twist [Video]

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The capital of Japan has a quarterly steampunk festival called “Steam Garden”, and the first event of 2015 will be held in Harajuku next month. The event is organized by the Tokyo Inventors Society–a group of diehard steampunk enthusiasts–and the Steam Garden FAQ notes that the event’s entertainment, music and booths are all carefully curated, and feature everything from “rodeo girls at a ‘Wild Wild West’ fashion show to Katana-wielding samurai and live Japanese traditional music for ‘Meiji Steam.’”

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Japanese steampunk is deeply influenced by the “Meiji period” (an era in Japanese history that covers the late 1800s up until the early 1900s–roughly the same time as the Victorian era), and the founders of the Tokyo Inventors Society note that Japanese steampunk features some unique variations from its Western counterparts. Luke, one of the founders, told Rocket News:

“Aesthetically, Steam Garden really pioneered what we sometimes call the ‘wild east’ style of Steampunk, a more intense version of the Wa-yo-setyuu style of fusing East and West, and this seems to be inspiring a lot of the younger steampunks now to be proud of Japanese steampunk style, rather than copying a Victorian or American look.”

See more pictures and video after the break…

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Photo Credit: Rioru

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Photo Credit: Taro Irei

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Photo Credit: Tokyo Inventors Society

Next month’s Steam Garden, which is titled “Meiji Democracy” , will take place on February 7 at Laforet in Harajuku, 2pm-7pm. Admission costs 4,000 yen, or $34.

(Tokyo Inventors Society via Rocket News)

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