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10 May 2011

Fushigi no kuni no kissa Tokyo

Arisu has a  huge impact in japanese culture. The fringe artist Yayoi Kusama consider herself a modern Alice. Alice appears since Gothic Lolita culture to animes and mangás, to the surrealist dreams of Kuniyoshi Kaneko, to experimental subcultures adventures, just to name a few. I love that multiplicity. Alice can be kawaii, delicate and feminine, but also weird, baroque and nightmarish (like Dark Marchen show).

My japanese friend White Rabbit Yoshi just sent me links for three Alice restaurants in Tokyo. We can see that Tenniel's Alice is the reference for the sceneries. Japanese contemporary culture has a strong influence of victorian age that in some images below presents a tropical touch. My favorites in these pictures are the cookies and the cards lamps, the Queen's garden over a chess board, the drink me potions, the big Alice book that makes us feel that have drunk too much, the cat cake! wow... with an Alice and a rabbit on the top! Well, at least for now, I can just visit these places in my dreams...

Here you can know more about the strong influence of Arisu in Japanese subcultures:

Meikyu no Kuni no Arisu (Alice in the Labyrinthine Land)
Taiyo-Building 5F. 8-8-5 Ginza. Chuoku. Tokyo 104-0061

Maho no Kuni no Arisu
Shinjyuku-Nishiguchi-Halc B3. 1-5-1 Nishi-Shinjyuku. Shinjyukuku. Shinjyuku. Tokyo 160-0023


絵本の国のアリス(Alice in the Picture-Book-World)Ehon no Kuni no Arisu
T-wing Building B2. 1-6-2 Kabukicho. Shinjyukuku. Tokyo 160-0021

Thanks to Yoshiyuki Momma

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