[Cosplay] Sakura -桜-

April 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm (cosplay(コスプレ))

 I am sorry that I haven’t been able to update this blog as I am kind of busy now. Earthquake still happens here and there. I don’t want it anymore, but we don’t know when it happens next. Tomorrow? Five minutes later? No one knows. That is why we have to do whatever we want while we can, right? Me, of course it’s cosplay! I think I stuffed my schedule because I have no off-days this month.

 No matter how terrible it is, spring comes. That means cherry blossoms [sakura] come to bloom. I saw so many people having a party with beautiful cherry blossoms. We say 花見[hanami] to mean an outdoor party with cherry blossoms. Meanwhile, this is the best chance to cosplay with cherry blossoms. As it disappears in one week or so, we can’t miss the right time. Last weekend, me and my friend had a photoshooting at the park. Though there were so many people, we could take a lot of nice pictures. Both of us cosplayed Saitou Hajime from Hakuouki as this series goes so well with cherry blossoms. They were in full bloom so we had no words to say…

 Sakura is ephemeral like a life. Life is so long, but short. No matter how tough it is, tomorrow comes. Spring comes. And cherry blossoms are in full bloom and disappears…If I could say cherry blossoms stand for hope, I want to survive. I am here, and I will be there. Let me promise this, I will walk with you. Read the rest of this entry »

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[Cosplay] Nodame Cantabile -Part 2-

April 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm (cosplay(コスプレ), general)


 Even though there are so much concern, we’ve got back our daily lives. Trains work, and delivery is okay. Food is still late, but not so much. The only thing we are scared of is the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima.

 Having said that, more and more people refrain from having fun in consideration of those people who are living in the disaster area. Because of this, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, wedding churches are too slow. They even cancel their own wedding ceremony. We often say 自粛[jishuku] to mean such a voluntary restrain. Meanwhile, some people critisize those who have fun in this situation. Of course such a mood is coming to cosplayers. I have seen a lot of debates, I mean, to cosplay or not to cosplay now.

 I have no idea. Because there are too many opinions, so I can’t judge what is right. I just asked some of my friends or colleagues at work how they feel about 自粛. One guy told like this; those who have a normal life should go on having a normal life. If we don’t do anything, don’t purchase anything, don’t go anywhere, it would make things worse. What we can do is to retrieve a normal life as soon as possible. Go to work, eat, sleep, and go out weekend to have fun, that’s it. Meanwhile, we should do for the victims like doing a donation, saving power and water or whatever.

 Besides, a friend of mine whose hometown is the disaster area told like this; she hasn’t seen any cosplay photos of her friends since the earthquake, nor even heard they have fun. She seems to feel sorry because she knows her friends refrain from having fun. As this situation persists, she feels they can’t have fun because of her.

 No matter how much we feel sorry for the victims, it changes nothing, saves nobody. We had better do what we can do. I have been thinking a lot what to do. I mean, I should stop cosplay or not. But if there is only one person who enjoys my cosplay, I will cosplay. That is what I can do. So I decided to join the cosplay event with my friend last week. The cosplay we did is Nodame Cantabile. If you have been following my blog, you might have seen part 1. After that me and the Nodame cosplayer decided to do part 2 in which Chiaki and Nodame have a session. She started to make her dress for the concert, and I tried to find the concert hall to cosplay.

Museum in Yokohama

 This is how we arrived at the memorial hall in Yokohama city, Kanagawa pref. The cosplay event takes place sometimes, but because of 自粛 or power saving this event might have been cancelled. But luckily it took place, so we joined. The setting was so beautiful, but the lighting was too dark to take a picture. However, the two photographer who have helped me joined as well. The devastation maniac Muen Kashi and the photographer NOBORAN kindly helped Chiaki and Nodame to do a session. Let’s go, Nodame. We’ve got to play for the people who are living in the disaster area in order to send our music, hope, and love.  Read the rest of this entry »

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