Since the mid-2000s, Japan has developed and refined a unique spin on club culture called anikura (a term combining "anime songs" and "club"), in which DJs play anime songs or other genres within the Akiba-kei, or Akihabara style spectrum (namely, anime songs, songs from tokusatsu and action hero shows, video game and PC game music, idol songs, songs by anime voice actors, dempa songs, chiptune, etc.) -- either in their original form or as remixes with EDM -- and VJs plays clips from anime or other media matching the tunes. At first limited to clubs like MOGRA Akihabara and Club Tsukiakari Yumeterasu in Kawasaki, anime song DJ parties can now be enjoyed in multiple neighborhoods of Tokyo, Osaka and other major cities, and even in smaller towns throughout Japan.


As anime and cosplay have become more appealing to mainstream audiences, anikura events have diversified. A new wave of party events appealing to both mainstream club culture and subculture have emerged. PariPism (playing off the term paripi, meaning "party people" who enjoy clubbing, drinking and partying all night long), now in its second year, is one of the more entertaining of these new events.


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Centered in the Kabukicho district, equally known for its night clubs as it is for its host and hostess clubs, Paripism prides itself on its inclusiveness and delivers surefire anthems while keeping anime songs in the mix, while a crew of gogo girls (and boys) are there to keep everyone happy.


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For their 15th and latest adventure, PariPism is taking their crew, DJs, gogo dancers and all, together with 250 willing participants, to a Pirate's Party aboard a boat cruising Yokohama Bay! If you've never heard of a DJ party on a boat, let alone a DJ party with cosplayers, here are a few images from some of the previous party cruise events organized by PariPism and its previous incarnations.

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All aboard!

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Things getting lively on the deck.

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Meanwhile, below deck, for the hardcore anisong lovers, the partygoers (and their arms) are in full swing.

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And if you can't handle the heat, you can just chill out...

You can also get a good idea of the kind of party to expect by examining PariPism's Instagram account. (Some of the images may not be safe for work.)

Party people enjoying one of PariPism's events earlier this year.

Tickets are still available, so if you're in town or coming in this week and are looking for a fun activity this weekend, go to the website and make your reservation! You can also find out more about the event and check out the exciting lineup of DJs and staff.

Tickets are 4,000 JPY (w/ 1 drink), 5,000 JPY (w/ 1 drink + 5 chips to tip the staff), or 10,000 JPY (w/ 1 drink + 10 chips and access to the after-party with staff). As for the dress code, the rule is to wear a minimum of one "party item," whether a cat ear headband, even simply sunglasses, or full-on cosplay.

Also, staff with water guns will be "on duty," so be prepared to get wet!

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By - Ben K.