Vernicious Knids

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Takeshi Chaplin?!

Street busking is not as widespread in Japan as it is in other countries, but Akihabara is working to change this. Every Sunday, Chuo Dori - the main street - is closed to vehicular traffic and the buskers take over.

This Chaplin tribute guy does magic tricks, dancing, juggling and some comedy.

Very debonair, don't you agree?

Some famous busker alumni include:
Cirque Du Soleil, Stomp, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Beck, Dolly Parton, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, Pierce Brosnan, & River Phoenix.
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  • At 2:17 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Pierce Brosnan was a street artist?

  • At 2:19 pm, Blogger Carmi said…

    I think that's neat: a city that understands and appreciates the uniqueness that artists bring to street life. Cool!

  • At 2:21 pm, Blogger Catherine said…

    Cool photos - here in Christchurch we have an annual World Buskers Festival which brings a lot of class acts - all free if you are mean enough not to offer a donation.
    Michele sent me.

  • At 7:39 pm, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said…

    Well, he is pretty amazing looking, isn't he?
    I'm here from Michele's this early A.M. So nice to Meet & Greet you!

  • At 7:46 pm, Anonymous Boy said…

    Thats cool! Wish we had people like that on the streets here... Hehe though it would be very bad for traffic as people WILL stop to watch in the middle of the road... :)

    Michele sent me.

  • At 8:02 pm, Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said…

    Those are great pictures; thanks for telling us about this.

    Michele sent me this way.

  • At 11:39 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Anon: That's what Wikipedia said!

    Carmi: I couldn't have put it better myself!

    Catherine: That sounds like a festival I'd dearly like to attend!

    OOLOTH: Unfortunately, I don't get to meet the real celebs like you do...just the imitators!

    Boy: That's what I love most about busking...groups of people who would never normally congregate together, do so to watch someone's artistic output!

    JLP: With all the quirkiness in Japan, it's easy to take interesting shots...thanks for trekking over!


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