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!
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.
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: 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.
Chidsuru: (Ah, he is taking it…)
Chidsuru: How’s it?
Saito: …It’s sweet.
Saito: …One more.
Chidsuru: Oh, I will get…
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