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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.”

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Nico-Tech (NicoNico) is a site that’s popular with hobbyists, and one user named Frisk_P recently shared this sexy steampunk creation.

Frisk has a thing for fashion and steampunk, so he created a unique steampunk heart rate monitor that actually works! Basically, it’s a modern heart monitor that’s attached to a thigh garter. The monitor features a heart rate circuit board that reads blood flow via a photoelectric transistor (so yeah, it’s not steam-powered). Then Frisk added a few rivets and brass fixtures to give it a real Victorian vibe. You can check out a video of the monitor in action after the break.

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Also, Frisk has some other unique fashion-y steampunk projects that he’s shared on Twitter in the past, and we posted some of those below as well.

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Cosplay by 3dbdotcom.

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I have to thank Galacticat for bringing this incredible Warhammer-inspired Stained Glass “Abbey” cosplay by Paige Gardner of Costume Art to my attention.

Gardner has a love of SteamPunk and says that she creates “costumes with the minimum of skill, talent and resources and the maximum of enthusiasm, confidence and tenacity.” Well, Paige, I beg to differ. This type of work takes a lot of skill and talent.

Head after the break to see more pictures of this stunning cosplay.

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Poison Ivy is a popular choice for cosplayers. That said, I’ve seen wildly different takes on the character. Even though I’ve seen a steampunk version of the Batman villain, I’ve never seen anything quite like this mad scientist spin by cosplayer Rei-Doll, a.k.a. Irene. Her creative costume was inspired by art by Jennifer, and the detailed props and background make this photo series extra spectacular.

Photos and decor by Soldatov Vladimir.

More of the series after the break.

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Tinker Bell is one tough fairy, and in this cosplay she looks like she could take on Captain Hook, Smee, and the whole crew without any trouble. It features cosplayer Sandra Disney in pictures by Meian Photography.

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If you’d like to add some steampunk flair to your life without donning Victorian attire and adding brass, you could simply apply the theme to your nails.

Actually, there isn’t anything simple about this steampunk nail art by Simone Gilbert. It features an intricate floral design paired with embellishments like goggles, gears, clock hands, and even a tiny corset. Color me impressed.

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It sure looks like Beccadex Cosplay is ready to kick some Victorian-era Dark Knight butt while wearing her steampunk-style Catwoman cosplay. Personally, I’m a big fan of steampunk, so I think this costume is pretty cool.

Photo Credit: Casey Tipton

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Tired of carrying a purse while wearing your favorite steampunk ensemble? These fantastic vegan leather boots can help you with that problem. They have pouches! Plural! This design is so clever and cool looking I can’t stand it.

The mid-calf boots have three completely functional pockets with snap closures. They have reasonable one inch heels and would look great with jeans, skirts, and every steampunk and renfaire outfit ever. They’re available in black, brown, and dark red.

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This steampunk prosthetic leg is the incredible design of Christopher Snell who specializes in making all kinds of prosthetics. This one is not one you’ll likely see every day, and features whirring steampunk gears with wood and brass accents that make it look like it’s doing all the work to propel itself. It’s quite a work of art!

Check out the video after the break to see it in action…

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