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Partying with a leathery twist

by Rob Schwartz

Whether you’re into alternative lifestyles, cutting edge art and performance or just a good old thumping party, the Japan Fetish Ball will entertain, and possibly challenge your assumptions.

This is the premiere Fetish event in all of Asia and clientele range from those who are deeply into the lifestyle to people who simply know a good party when they see it.

Organized by the Tokyo Kink Society, the emphasis is on interesting performances, great music and even fine art. This year, aerial dance performer Asagi Ageha will appear, and there will be a performance by avant-garde ikebana/flower artist Yuji Ueno as well as an exhibition of fine and installation art. Also check out VJ FlyFlyFly and his unique visual sense.

Says main organizer Charm of Tokyo Kink Society: “Taking place only once a year, the Japan Fetish Ball has evolved into one of Asia’s most exotic evening events, a place for artistic and radical expression in a stylish, safe and stimulating environment.”

One note, no streetwear is allowed in the party. You must come in cosplay, bondage or other fantasy dress. For those not equipped, clothes can be purchased at the entrance.

Japan Fetish Ball is an all-night event and takes place at Christon Cafe Shinjuku on Nov. 14 at 11:45 p.m. (¥4,000 including one drink, ¥3,500 with flyer). For more information call 03-5287-2426, or visit www.tksociety.com