Adelaide’s Chinatown precinct together with lovers of anime and Japanese cosplay (costume play) will host a night market on Moonta Street TONIGHT, celebrating the colour, fashion and market culture of Tokyo’s Takeshita Dori scene.
“It’s great to see Chinatown traders coming together to test out the concept of a Moonta Street market,” Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said.
“On my recent trip to Himeji in Japan I noticed many street markets which added to the vibrancy of the city.”
Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) is known in Japan for its extreme fashion and trend conscious teens who – often dressed as anime characters and punk musicians – frequent the area shopping and eating at the many crepe stands and fast food outlets.
The Moonta Street market will draw inspiration from Takeshita Dori, bringing together some of Adelaide’s most talented fashion designers such as Vitae Clothing, Sugar Kiss Party, Zombie Cupcake Couture, Hime Kitty Creations, Bubble Pop and Tokyo Hardcore.
Event coordinator and owner of Neko Nation, Craig Backshall said while other cities around the world had had great success with cosplay events, this would be a first for Adelaide.
“Adelaide is well known for doing open minded, new events.”
“There have been anime picnics and tea parties, but this is definitely the most interesting thing to happen in Japanese fashion,” Mr Backshall said.
Adelaide City Council encourages everyone to come along and enjoy something to eat from the many food stalls, listen to local DJ’s and take in some of the spectacular anime costumes.
There will be photo opportunities as well as a fashion parade and prizes for the best cosplay and Takeshita Dori inspired outfit.
Entry is free. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/events/303123303092621/
Event: Chinatown Harajuku no Yoko
Where: Moonta Street, Chinatown
When: Friday April 20, 6 pm – 8 pm