Tokyo House Party is a monthly livestreamed night of Japanese art and culture. Tokyo House Party is always free, and trust us – you’re invited. The party is open to conversation, and we chat in real time with your questions and thoughts as you share them. The party goes live at 6pm CDT here, or on our Twitch channel. You can find us/subscribe to our channel on Twitch

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Mahou Shoujo Month
A History of Magical Girls and Feminism in Japanese Art, 4/24

Tokyo House Party invites contemporary Japanese and Japanese American women artists living in the United States to discuss a moment or movement in Japanese history that explores feminism in Japan. Each artist will be considering a different historical moment that directly influences their perspective and artistic direction. Later, each artist will join a conversation exploring their views and responses to ‘magical girls’ and contemporary feminism from the Japanese/Japanese American experience in the United States. Our night wraps with a special Sailor Moon themed City Pop DJ Set from Van Paugam and Sentimental Tokyo!

  • 18:00: Momoment - moshi moshi from momo and the team
  • 18:15: Hanako O’Leary

    Hanako O’Leary joins us to explore Izanami, meaning, “she who invites,” is a Shinto goddess of creation and death. According to legend, after giving birth to many gods and goddesses, Izanami died while giving birth to fire and was sent down into the underworld. Izanami was once a beautiful goddess embodying all that is desirable in the feminine. Once she entered the underworld, she came to symbolize death, suffering, and mortal decay. With this story Hanako will discuss feminine power in Japanese Mythology and it's associations with creation and destruction.

  • 19:00: Mami Takahashi

    Mami Takahashi will talk on Japanese feminism and arts through her family’s experiences, juxtaposing these with women's rights movements in Japan around 1911-1922, and how these influence her own art practice.

  • 19:45: Mayumi Lake

    Mayumi Lake will give a brief history of Mahou Shoujo (magical girl) anime, including some variations. She will explore the key elements that comprise the Mahou Shoujo genre including items, magical pets, transformations + "Nanori" = announcing their names.

  • 20:30: Open Dialogue

    Each guest will join a conversation exploring their views and responses to ‘magical girls’ and contemporary feminism from the Japanese/Japanese American experience in the United States.

  • 21:00: Sailor Moon in SENTIMENTAL TOKYO

    Live Sailor Moon themed music set with City Pop DJ Van Paugam.

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E17: Acting Like a Woman
Acting Like a Woman
Gender Performance in Japanese arts from Onnagata to Takarazuka, 3/27

Join the team in welcoming renowned Japanese performing artists to discuss the gender roles in Japanese theater and performing arts! We will speak with Shunojo Fujima, a Japanese classical dancer trained as an onnagata, or male actors who play the role of females in Japanese kabuki theatre. He will be joined by Yoshinojo Fujima, "Rika Lin" to discuss the performance of females. This conversation will be followed by an exploration of Takarazuka Revue with actress Yuuka Shiratorii who has played the roles both of men and women in this all female musical theater troupe.

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E16: Bubbles, Bijutsu, and Beats
Bubbles, Bijutsu, and Beats
The music, fashion, and art of Japan's "Bubble" era

Gillion Carrara founding Director of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Fashion Resource Center and Professor Adjunct discusses Japanese fashion designers 1980-today. Tokyo House Party host Saira Chambers gave a brief introduction to artists that respond to Japan's Bubble Economy focusing on Takashi Murakami's consumer culture in the Superflat. Allan Ikesaka, "J-Canuck", joined us to introduce us to the music of the "Bubble" in the late Showa period. As the founder of Kayo Kyoku Plus and an encyclopedia of Japanese music history - Alan schooled us!

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E15: Neo-Tokyo
Neo-Tokyo
Imagining the future

Killakuma joined the party to chat about virtual avatars and identities while the Japan Information Center (JIC) brought a very special guest, Mochi the robotic seal! TOTO USA joined us to talk about the technology of toilets, and we wrapped with a chat about gender identity in cyborgs as we streamed Mamoru Oshii's 1995 animated film, Ghost in the Shell together!

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E14: Bonenkai
Bonenkai
“Forget the Year” Party

A night of year end traditions from Japan! Five Elements Home joins to talk about Lunar New Year animals, Hadley Go Luckey makes a kurisumasu keki, and Vine Connections shares their top sake picks as no Bonenkai is complete without spirits! Van joins with a VERY special KFC themed holiday City Pop DJ set!

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E13: Kitsune Day
Kitsune Day
Foxes in folklore and food

We chat with author and folklorist Matthew Meyer in conversation about the Japanese fox or Kitsune as a Yokai. Onigiri Shuttle Kororin then joins the night to talk about Inari sushi and other fox approved snacks! Keep watching for the crew at the Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue to talk about some local kitsune you can support here in Chicago!

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E12: Yurei, Yokai, and Amai
Yurei, Yokai, and Amai
Halloween Livestream

Join our team for a night of sweets, spooky stories, and shochu! We jump in with award winning author and Japanese folklorist Zack Davisson, spooky colored Japanese ice cream flavors with KURIMU, and the lesser known Japanese spirit - shochu - with Mesh&Bone!

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E11: The Art of Puroresu
The Art of Puroresu
Japanese Professional Wrestling

While anime, manga, and J-Pop carved their niche on America’s pop culture radar, Puroresu - or Japanese Professional Wrestling - has been mostly absent. Join Tokyo House Party as we explore the brutal and beautiful art of Puroresu live through the decades with professional wrestlers, and more!

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E10: Yasuke
Yasuke
The African Samurai

Tonight we explore this important figure in Japanese history, Yasuke, with the authors of African Samurai. We also get a preview of ‘Oni Fighter Yasuke’ - a brand new game in development by party host Derrick Fields of WakingOni Games , and a member of Mugai Ryu Iaido to talk swords and contemporary samurai stuff!

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E09: Atomic Art
Atomic Art
Art in the Atomic Age

Join the Tokyo House Party team on the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in talking about the intersection between art and activism exploring art in the Atomic Age. See a separate video on how to fold a crane and join our call for art to be included in public installation of origami cranes!

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E08: The Beat of Belonging with Tatsu Aoki
The Beat of Belonging
With Tatsu Aoki

From Tokyo geisha house to Tokyo House Party, this highly anticipated episode explores innovation through tradition in Japanese performance art with internationally renowned artist Tatsu Aoki. Learn about taiko, dance, shamisen and more from this legendary artist, and see performances by Tsukasa Taiko and Asian Arts Improv Midwest!

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E07: Ink Under the Surface
Ink Under the Surface
Irezumi or Japanese Style Tattooing

Tokyo House Party is bringing you yet another cool episode! This week's Art Hour explores Irezumi, or Japanese tattooing with renowned tattoo artist Andre Malcolm! We also chat with Justin Doggett, founder of Kyoto Black Coffee in Chicago to learn more about a Japanese, or Dutch, historical coffee making technique. It's a cool one with a very unique contest prize, don't miss it!

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