Heaven Artists- FourLegsMAN

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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.
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Four legs move in unison.

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FourLegsMAN kicks back.
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Points to the bucket.
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Lurking. Looking for prey.
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Don’t look at his legs…
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The legs go back!

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He charges!!!

Oh no! They were too slow!

It’s over!

He drags his prey back onto his box. (Me).
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Chikurino- the man with FourLegs.

And of course, some video of FourLegsMAN entrancing then SWOOPING.


Heaven Artists – Four Legs Man from Michael John Grist on Vimeo.

FACTFILE

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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Comments 6

  1. I love the video! Is that your laughter in the background? These kinds of acts are always great when you get a chance to see them so thanks for sharing : )

  2. This is a very cool artist. I had never heard of him before. Is there a list of Heaven Artists you are working from for your profiles of them?

  3. Wow, that is some amazing talent!! I would be tripping all over myself and probably knock myself unconscious.

    I’ve been lurking on your blog for three months or so. I have really enjoyed your adventures to the abandoned buildings. They look like so much fun. Thanks!

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    Honor- Thanks, and yes that is my laughter :). I thought it might be a bit too loud as I shot the video, but couldn’t help it I suppose- when those legs go up you’re not at all prepared for it!

    Jason- I got his info from searching around and found his profile on his website- seems like a lot of these Heaven Artist’s have websites (a lot of them not regularly maintained…)

    FifthDream- Thanks, I’m pleased I stuck around in the park long enough to see him- glad you liked it too.

    Michelle- Hello, welcome, and thanks for commenting 🙂 There’s a bit of a mix of stuff on this site so I’m glad you can enjoy more than one thread. FourLegsMAN is a brilliant idea and Chikurino has a great talent with it for sure- I don’t think I’ve ever seen that kind of ‘mime’ before, certainly not executed that well. The haikyo btw are good fun- why not try one in your area?

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