Photography at Comic Conventions

There’s definitely something mind-blowing about walking past a cat-eyed woman with snow-white hair.

Of course, as human beings surrounded by many doubtful human beings we feel the need to obtain some kind of evidence to prove that we did in fact witness a blonde haired, green clad, pointy-eared elf eat some candy.

The Internet plays at being a double-edged sword for niche communities. On the one hand misinterpretation of anything can lead to swaths of negative reactions and niche cultures are particularly vulnerable to misunderstandings.

However, while it can chop your head off, it can just as easily fire a beam of light into the sky alerting people to the greatness that wields the sword…

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What is Wa Lolita?

Wow, we definitely live in a global village… I’m going to take a moment to break away from Thailand to dash back to an interview I did with a Canadian friend who enjoys wearing a unique Japanese-inspired fashion style. Continue reading “What is Wa Lolita?”

Japanese Culture Presentations: March 28th

How to draw anime was the title of the workshop. And it had me at anime. Depositing my camera into my bag I pulled a piece of paper close and clutched my pencil excitedly. Nervous giggles and confessions of lacking drawing skills came from those in attendance. Like the wind passing through a forest of leaves, the sound of papers shuffling tickled my ears as we set ourselves up.  The small group grew quiet as the presenter stepped forward. Continue reading “Japanese Culture Presentations: March 28th”

Soran Bushi: A Japanese Tradition

“Hi!” The commanding opening to the Japanese sea shanty, Soran Bushi, would have startled me out of my seat had I not already witnessed it last year. In the unglamorous classroom the powerful dance was out of place. It was a force of nature in a delicate artificial shell. The beginning sequence of hands dipping and rising to imitate waves was such a stark contrast to the surroundings– like an oasis in the desert. Even without their happi, or Japanese festival jackets, the dancers exuded the spirit of the traditional dance. It was great to be allowed to watch the dance grow and come together as the group continued to practice.

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