FourLegsMAN is the creation of Heaven Artist Chikurino, a delightful fusion of creepy black-clad stalker, entrancing four-legged mime and hilariously shocking legs akimbo flasher. Like the Black Widow he draws in his prey with mesmerizing foot-work, four legs walking him smoothly on and off his box and round his den until all eyes are set on trying to determine- ‘how is he doing that, and which are his real legs?’ Then he ups skirts, the two fake legs hoist like a giant maw opening, and he charges down his unwitting prey- normally school-girls who dash away laughing hysterically.
Chikurino is a 31-year old street performer who’s been working the Tokyo Parks scene for 7 years, having quit the salaryman life-style at the tender age of 24. He applied for Heaven Artist status in 2004 and succeeded- qualifying as a multi-skilled performer: magician, juggler, mime, and tablecloth-puller.
FourLegsMAN surveys his crowd, probably wondering which one to eat.
I’m a little surprised and delighted at the number of Heaven Artists currently active in Tokyo today. I really had no idea. I thought Masahiro Tatematsu the drummer and Yukinko Akira the hipster painter were two of only a few privileged individuals innovating in the city’s parks. After a little web research though I found some Heaven Artist’s pages, along with information and performance schedules.
Here’s Chikurino’s site.
Of course, it’s in Japanese. You can use a translation engine like Babelfish to put it in English, and it’ll even translate the following pages you click- though it makes a mess of the schedule page.
Anyhow- I hunted that down last night and had some time today- so went off in search off him in Ueno Park, and across a 90 minute period I saw about 7 different acts- all of them of great quality in their individual fields, all of them bringing a smile (or even a hysterical yawp when I got four-leg-flashed!) to my face.
The bucket for Yen to be delivered into. FourLegsMAN would frequently point at this bucket and make the money sign (finger thumb made into a circle). He made a point of shaking everybody’s hand after they donated- I gave 100 yen.
Four legs move in unison.
FourLegsMAN kicks back.
Points to the bucket.
Lurking. Looking for prey.
Don’t look at his legs…
The legs go back!
Oh no! They were too slow!
He drags his prey back onto his box. (Me).
Chikurino- the man with FourLegs.
And of course, some video of FourLegsMAN entrancing then SWOOPING.
Location – Ueno Park.
Entry – Free.
Facts – 7 years a HA.
Highlights – He charges me! I’m too busy checking my camera settings though, so I barely notice, then just narrowly evade getting WHOMPED.
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