Japan doesn't have big parades down the streets like they do in the west (due to the cities being so cramped and narrow for a hundred years, we still have most large streets that have over ground telephone poles). But some Japanese artists get to take their work elsewhere and show it off. One artist did at this year's Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade!
This year's Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, like usual, featured a number of new balloons, prominently featuring the transformed art of four pop artists. Takashi Murakami, Japan's king of pop art, was honored with two balloons, one each for his characters Kaikai and Kiki, and appeared himself, in costume, riding the float beneath them. more pictures of what happens when you take already strange-to-western-eyes Japanese otaku culture and filter it through a "high-art" lens to follow.
Thanks to News On Japan