Panty-clad balloon exhibit celebrates samba, discontinued for being too 'obscene'
News On Japan via rocketnews24.com -- Oct 20
When Japanese artist Jun Kitagawa heard the main attraction of Shonandai Fantasia is a parade featuring the Brazilian samba dancers of Asakusa Samba, he knew exactly what he had to do: T&A.
It's a pretty clever idea: simply blowing up balloons gives them the roundness and luster needed to recreate the signature physical features of Brazilian samba dancers, and adorning them in colorful lingerie and feathers is the perfect finishing touch. All together, the scene is probably pretty close to the image most men actually see while watching Brazilian dancers.
The organizers of Shonandai Fantasia must have dug the idea as well because they gave Kitagawa the green light and, on October 7, he suspended 50 scantily-clad balloons from the ceiling above the ticket gate of Shonandai Station.
Photos of the exhibition began appearing on Twitter soon after, and most people seemed to get a rise out of the cheeky exhibit. At the same time, however, the local government office began receiving e-mails and phone calls from prudeslocals complaining that the exhibition is "obscene" and demanded it be taken down immediately.
City official passed the complaints on to the festival organizers, who decided to take down the balloons on October 20. The exhibition was originally scheduled to run until October 28, the final day of the festival.
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