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Japan Rocks It Tiny Style

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

For those of you who weren’t able to make Balsa Man Japan, you missed out on a great mass of itty-bitty imagination and joy. Obviously the main Balsa Man event kept me on this side of the Pacific pond, though I really would have loved to be there in person to see the Li’l Lamp Fighters marching across the sand.

Balsa Man Japan 2010 - Lamp Fighters, photo by toitoi

Balsa Man Japan 2010 - Lamp Fighters, photo by toitoi

I’ve gone through all the photos and video from the event with relish—especially the tiny Hot Chihuahua Stand! But nothing beats a first hand account so I will let Makibee, the Japan Balsa Regional Lead tell the story…

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Balsa Man Japan Is Nearly Upon Us!

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Balsa Man Japan is nearly here! This Sunday August 29th the lil guy burns. As you can see, Maki and her crew the built an amazing creation.

Balsa Man Japan sits waiting for the burn!

Balsa Man Japan sits waiting for the burn!

It’s shaping up to be a don’t miss event—and sadly since BART doesn’t yet have a Tokyo station, I won’t be there. If you are planning on going make sure to review the Balsa Man Japan Tiny Map and read the Balsa Man Japan Survival Guide. Some wonderful tiny art and minute vehicles are going to be there, check out the photos below (more photos are on the Balsa Man Japan Flickr Group.

Cat Bus for Balsa Man Japan, photo by cabcab

Cat Bus for Balsa Man Japan, photo by cabcab

Lamp fighters, back stage, photo by ijinden

Lamp fighters, back stage, photo by ijinden

Balsa Man Japan, August 29th

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Balsa Man JapanOur Japanese counterparts have launched their own Balsa Man Japan website! Their regional burn will be happening on August 29th at 5pm. The location will be announced one week prior to the event on the 22nd.

Tiny artists and DTW volunteers are asked to show up early for set up. The Balsa Man Japan burns at sunset with other tiny art burning shortly thereafter—balsa burns in a blink of an eye so be on time! Clean up will begin after all tiny art is burned (around 8pm). Balsa Man is a Leave No Trace event so please help the DTW with their clean up efforts.

More information can be found on the Balsa Man Japan Survival Guide.

Participate!

There are several ways to participate to make Balsa Man Japan the grandest tiny spectacle ever:

For more information on how you can participate contact balsajapan@balsaman.org

You can stay abreast of all the Balsa Man Japan updates by following their twitter @balsamanJPN or RSVP to the Facebook Event

It’s a Small World After All

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

This year is the year that the tiny spirit of Balsa Man goes global with regionals happening around this small blue marble called Earth!

Tokyo Balsa Regional

Makibee - Tokyo Balsa Regional LeadLeading the effort to bring a small bit of joy across the Pacific pond is the amazing Makibee, a Freelance art-loving ex-mountain guide who just gave birth to 2nd generation Black Rock Desert camper! Makibee also runs #BURNINJA, a community of people in Japan who love camping in the Black Rock Desert… why they would come all the way to the United States to camp in a dry, dusty and dull desert I have no idea. No matter what their camping habits are, I can’t say how thrilled we all are at the Balsa Man headquarters that Makibee is heading up the Tokyo Balsa Regional! Japan very well seems to be full of people who have mastered the art of tiny and cute 10 times over, so I can’t wait to see the minuscule masterpieces that are sure to be born at their Balsa Burn.

More information about the Tokyo Balsa Regional will be forthcoming. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer or make tiny art for the regional you can contact Makibee at balsajapan@balsaman.org

London Balsa Regional

Miss Cheeky London Regional LeadAcross the Atlantic Pond we have the marvelous Miss Cheeky, a veteran Black Rock Desert camper herself… what is it about Balsa Man that attracts all these desert campers? Anyways, besides being a person who likes to camp where it’s dry she is an avid Roller Derby girl with the London Rollergirls and crafter of adorable yet slightly creepy dolls—correction, Miss Cheeky is a specialist and only crafts doll faces. With her creative crafting skills I know she”ll be able to make a pint-sized wonder of an Balsa event! And with her roller derby moxie, she’s more than tough enough to handle any can kick all the riffraff out no matter how big they are.

More information about the London Balsa Regional will be forthcoming. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer or make tiny art for the regional you can contact Makibee at balsalondon@balsaman.org

Also more regionals are in the works in other parts of the United States so stay tuned to the Balsa Blog! If you would like to host your own Balsa Regional please contact our Regional Director at regionals@balsaman.org