[Cosplay] Hakuouki -Kyoto trip 1-

October 17, 2010 at 2:00 am (cosplay(コスプレ), otaku word)



 I am back from Kyoto[京都], and even now I still miss my tour. In fact last weekend, my friends and I went to Kyoto for sightseeing and cosplay. Even though we stayed only two nights, we really really enjoyed. The cosplay buddy organised everything from the hotel to the cosplay event. I appreciate it. The series we decided to cosplay is…just Hakuouki[薄桜鬼]. Well, the 2nd season has started right? Are you watching it? So in Japan, the number of Hakuouki cosplayers are increasing more and more. We are one of them.

 We cosplayers say 遠征[ensei], meaning to travel for cosplay. This is my first 遠征 in all of my life. Actually I had never been to Kyoto even though I am Japanese. In order to cosplay, I am going to Kyoto? What a strange life it is! 

Kyoto Station

 In fact, I hadn’t played the game Hakuouki although anybody else had done. So before the trip, I rushed to the shop to buy it. I couldn’t finish all of the guys as I had no time, but could finish Saito and Hijikata. Since I cosplay Saito and my friend does Hijikata, I should finish the two at least. The more I played the game, the more I could understand them. Saito is actually more complicated than I thought. But he is a really nice guy.

The manager guided us.

 In the morning of the first day, I was a bit late for the appointed time since I overslept. But I could still catch the Shinkansen for Kyoto. Having a chat for two hours and a bit, we arrived. Unfortunately, it was raining. The Chidsuru cosplayer made a しおり[shiori, leaflet] for us, it was so pretty. Yes, しおり is supposed to be provided to students before school trip. We are having a school excursion, 修学旅行[shugaku ryokou] though we are not students anymore. After the lunch, we were going to the hotel. Since the map was a bit difficult to see, we almost got lost. But the hotel’s manager passed by and found us, she guided. Her husband helped our luggages. The hotel was, actually like a guest house. Looks so old, but it really fits Hakuouki. As soon as we had dinner, we started to prepare for cosplay.

 The Chidsuru cosplayer did her 花魁[oiran] version, which you could see the additional game, 随想録[zuisouroku]. I didn’t play this so I had no idea. She made the costume and the wig herself, wow. We started the photoshooting from 9:00 p.m., and it lasted by 3:00 a.m.. 

Saito: Do not make a noise. Otherwise Okita would find you.

Chidsuru: ….!?

Chidsuru: Saito-san, here’s some sweets for you. Would you have it?

Saito: Give it to someone else. I don’t want.

Chidsuru: Please, I bought for you. 

Saito: …

Chidsuru: (Ah, he is taking it…)

Chidsuru: How’s it? 

Saito: …It’s sweet.

Saito: …One more.

Saito: …

Chidsuru: Oh, I will get…

Chidsuru: (…!)

Series: Hakuouki[薄桜鬼]

Cosplayers: Yukiharu as Yukimura Chidsuru[雪村千鶴], Waon as Hijikata Toshizou[土方歳三], Mamitath as Toudou Heisuke[藤堂平助], bangin as Saito Hajime[斎藤 一], Sena as Kazama Chikage[風間千景]

Photographer: Mamitath and Sena

Shiori made by Yukiharu


  1. kloadheart said,

    hahah, kawaii :]
    wish i could visit kyoto someday! D:
    …. or japan in general!! TT-TT

    • bangin said,

      You are always welcome if you come to Japan!

      • kloadheart said,

        someday wen i go to japan, can we do a cosplay together? 😀

  2. azu-chan said,

    so cute! XD and you looks great as saito like always.. ^__^

    wow! seriously, i love chidzuru’s hair..it’s so cool that she made that herself.. that wig looks like an art to me! XD it is so beautiful..

    • bangin said,

      It took three nights to make this wig and the costume, she said.
      I was so happy that I could cosplay with them!

  3. Hinano said,

    I will be playing the game soon!! XD One of the photos looks like game CG!! (〃ノωノ)

  4. Ruuko said,

    Wow, your cosplay session looks so beautiful! 感動しました!
    You look so handsome. And I really love the Chidsuru cosplayer’s costume and wig.

    • bangin said,

      This is part 1 so part 2 will come soon!
      I wonder how the Chidsuru cosplayer brought her wig. lol


  5. angelofdevotion said,

    Once again, you have made another epic, totally awesome cosplay! kyaaa******
    Seems like there are so many nice locations in Japan for a cosplay photoshoot!

    Thank you for sharing these great pics ^^ Your cosplay pics often keeps me away from boredom! ^^

    • bangin said,

      Yes, we have a lot of nice locations. I love those places, and always look for it.^^

      I will tell the Chidsuru cosplayer, she will be happy.
      Your comments always keep me going.^^

  6. bangin said,

    kloadheart: Sure we can.^^

  7. tasukihoneybunny said,

    I have never played this game but this makes me want to play it. Kawaii Bangin-san!

    Everything looks so wonderful! Cannot wait to go Japan!!!

    I love ya cosplay, Bangin-san!!

    • bangin said,

      Thank you very much.^^
      You are always welcome if you come to Japan.

  8. mochie said,

    Ahh I haven’t visited your blog in ages!! Your cosplay is getting better and better everytime! ^^ Makes me want to play the game now. Haha

    • bangin said,

      The anime is now on the air so you can see those costumes.
      Because I have nice friends, so that is why they help my cosplays!

  9. kim mei said,

    yay~! more hakuoki cosplay (^o^) I’m so happy~

    everybody did awesome!! from the wigs to the clothes…you worked so hard to make all look so good…thank you very much!! ^^ (i wish cosplayers from my country were that hard working…XP )
    I especially loved how Mamitath-san, Sena-san and Bangin-san portrayed the characters…through your face expressions, without saying a word, you captured the very essence of them…(I think this is very important in cosplay..because no matter how perfectly done the costume is if the person can’t act as his character)
    I wish there were more photos of Waon-san’s Hijikata…that’s my 2nd favorite character^^
    waa~ Yukiharu-san did an excellent job with that wig~ and she draws really well I wish I had her skill ! (*o*)
    ..and Bangin-san why are you making such a handsome Saito!! with that cool gaze you’re making me blush !! >////<

    • bangin said,

      Thank you! Actually one more Hakuouki post will come!

      I will tell Waon, Mamitath, Sena, and Chidsuru about what you said, they will be happy too.^^

      Yes when I first cosplayed Saito, I didn’t know about him that much. But before this trip, I watched the whole episodes, and played the game to learn about Saito more. Cosplayers have to be in the character, this is crucial.

      Thank you again!

  10. ponytale said,

    Bangin-san, awesome cosplay and photography! And you guys look like you’re having such a great time! 😀 That’s such a cute pamphlet. All the effort is worth it, isn’t it?

    Wow, Yukiharu-san made her own wig and costume? That’s mega-impressive cos it looks really professional. I love the attention you guys paid to the details and the setting is so perfect for this set of Hakuouki cosplay. All of you also posed really well! Love the scenario you put up cos it is very sweet and you look in-character as Saito ^///^

    It’s a privilege to see it, thanks for sharing! X3 Looking forward to part 2!

    • bangin said,

      We had a very good time and a photo session.^^ But we still wanted more time! Yukiharu is good at make-up, actually she helped me do make-up for Saito. She made my eyes! In fact, the game zuisouroku has no scene in which this Oiran Chidsuru interacts with Saito. So we quickly made the scenario.

      Please stay tuned!

  11. Irene said,

    Beautiful~ *_* Both of you are beautiful cosplayers.

    Say, do you have a room for a Nagumo Kaoru cosplayer? 😛

    • bangin said,

      Thank you^^
      Oh we should have Kaoru! And Shinpachi…such a gachimuchi guy? lol

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