It’s November now, and it’s becoming cold. Speaking of November, we have beautiful Fall in Japan. In Spring, you can enjoy cherry blossom[sakura], but in Fall we have autumn leaves, 紅葉[kouyou]. Maple leaf or colored leaves are here and there. Cosplayers are always looking for beautiful places for cosplay. So…of course I shouldn’t miss this chance, should I? And Japanese costumes go so well with 紅葉. Now cosplay events are full of such cosplayers as Gintama, Nintama Rantarou, Sengoku Basara, or Sangoku Musou. And Hakuouki is one of them. I am a Hakuouki cosplayer, so it seems like I have been cosplaying Hakuouki a lot in the last few weeks. 紅葉 will disappear by next month, so I want to cosplay Hakuouki as much as I can before it’s gone.
Meanwhile, I had been waiting for this session with one of the best photographers I have worked with, highwaysong. He has taken my cosplays a few times like Durarara!! or Kuroshitsuji. He is such an awesome photogarpher that a lot of cosplayers ask him. So that is why I had to wait for 4 months as his schedule was too tight. But I booked this session on this day, because I wanted to take Hakuouki with 紅葉.
To my surprise, highwaysong brought a Chidsuru cosplayer who often works with him. Now that we have a beautiful 紅葉, it would be better for you to have Chidsuru, he said. He wanted to make this cosplay more like a love story between Saito and Chidsuru.
We went to the Japanese garden where highwaysong often uses for photoshooting. I was so surprised to see wonderful 紅葉. Could we cosplay with this!? I was too lucky. There were a lot of tourists inside the park, so it was a bit difficult to take cosplay as people got in to the photo. But highwaysong is a magician, how could he do something like this? There are just Chidsuru and me in almost all of the photos. The photos look so dramatic! I wanted something like this. I want to say thank you to him and the Chidsuru cosplayer.
One more thing, she told me one term, キャッキャウフフ[kyakkya ufufu], which means to act cozy or snuggle. You can say like 友達とキャッキャウフフした[tomodachi to kyakkya ufufu shita], or I had fun with my friends. She said, 斎藤とキャッキャウフフした[Saito to kyakkyaufufu shita] or I had fun with Saito.
Anyway, enjoy the photos, and have fun with kouyou. Please play the music before you see.
Saito: I don’t even remember how many people I’ve killed with my sword. Enemy or not enemy, I didn’t even care. So I would die in the battle someday. What goes around comes around. That’s it. I am not someone you really need to be nice.
Saito: Chidsuru, stay behind me.
Chidsuru: I-I’ve got to fight, too!
Saito: No, you shouldn’t.
Saito: Grab it so tight.
Chidsuru: Yes…like this?
Chidsuru: I think this would be nice to you.
Chidsuru: See? I was right! Looks nice.
Saito: C-Call my name…p-please…
Chidsuru: Saito-san, are you alright!?
Saito: I-I am fine, I gotta be alright soon…
Saito: So long as I am supposed to protect you, I will.
Chidsuru: I am not sure how many days are left for us. I have no idea when we have to fall apart.
Chidsuru: But it’s okay…even if we can’t live together any longer, I want to stay with him until then. Please, please let me believe this moment. This very moment…I love him. I really do. But for now…
Chidsuru: I just want you to stay with me a bit more. Just like this…
Cosplayers: Chachamaru as Yukimura Chidsuru[雪村千鶴], bangin as Saito Hajime[斎藤 一]
Music: Eternally by Utada Hikaru