It is still very cold, but will be warmer soon here. I can’t wait to see cherry blossom[sakura] as I want to do a photo session with sakura. You know, when beauty of nature comes, Japanese costumes look so good. My friends are doing Japanese cosplays here and there. From my cosplays, there are some Japanese costumes like Gintama, Harukanaru toki no naka de, Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto…and Hakuouki[薄桜鬼]. Since Hakuouki is still popular, most cosplayers are doing it. Most of my friends has started to cosplay Hakuouki. So have I.
I have cosplayed Saito Hajime who is a member of Shinsengumi as you may know, and I have cosplayed with Chidsuru, Hijikata, Kazama, and Todo. Oh no, here comes a newcomer. He is Harada Sanosuke[原田左之助] who is also a member of Shinsengumi. He and I met last month. My friend saw a wonderful Sanosuke at the cosplay event, and she asked me to speak to him as she was too shy to do so. I spoke to him, and we made friends with each other. After that we e-mailed a couple of times and this is how we joined the cosplay event together.
The event took place at Sakuradamon[桜田門] where is the filming place of Sakuradamongai no Hen in Ibaraki Prefecture. Here is open for visitors so that anyone can come in. Since last year, cosplay events have also taken place from time to time. But it is going to end soon. That’s why we decided to go join though this place was a bit too far.
The Sanosuke cosplayer is actually fresh. After we changed, I noticed his make-up was not enough at all. I was so sure he would look much better if he did make-up well. So I helped him. When he looked himself in the mirror, he had no words to say. All he could say was “This is not me.” Well, I could see who I used to be in him. Because I was not good at make-up at all. When I cosplayed Saito for the first time, I didn’t do make-up. And the Chidsuru cosplayer got an eyeliner and grabbed my face. I looked at the mirror, and shouted,”it’s not me.” I don’t know what to say, but may I say I got improved as a cosplayer? Now I have my own camera, Nikon D90 with a short focus lense so I can help other cosplayers. Before, I just relied on photographers, but I want to help my friends and make good works together. That’s my resolution this year.
Harada: Go to hell!
Todo: OMG, stop it!
Cosplayers: Mira as Todo Heisuke[藤堂平助], Aburamushi as Harada Sanosuke[原田左之助], bangin as Saito Hajime[斎藤 一]
Photographers: All of us