Japanese Anime Festival “Kumafes” Itasha

Kumafes Report,  Part 1

A series of Kumafes starts today.  Kumafes is a manga, anime and pop culture festival in Kumamoto, Japan.   It was the first time this event has taken place on December 2nd.   ” Grand 12″  organized it.   Grand12 is  working to make Kumamoto a famous mecca for manga.   That’s a good idea!

Unfortunately, it was a very cold rainy day.   First,  I saw Itashas(痛車).    Itasha is a car decorated with cute anime, manga or game characters.   This was the second time that I saw Itasha this year.   The first one was Toyota’s  Itashas for its promotion in September.   Toyota Itasha    This time,  these were anime fans’ cars.

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Itansha(痛単車)

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Decorated bicycles (痛自転車) were covered with plastic sheets to protect from the rain.    There are more photos on my Facebook page.   Please check it .    Facebook Happy Yuan     I would appreciate it if you would give a like to my page.

The next post will be about a hilarious dance.   I hope you look forward to reading it!

New Flamenco Costume

Recently, I danced wearing the costume I bought in Tokyo.   How do I look?     At first, I hesitated to buy such a showy dress because I’m not good at flamenco yet.  But I changed my mind.  I should start from the style.  This dress seems to be for a ballroom dance, but whatever is OK.  A woman in the mirror is my teacher.

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A series of articles about Kumafes,  the festival of Japanese pop culture, will start from the next.   Please look forward to it!

Solo Trip to Tokyo

I wrote about the dormitory on the last posting.   Also I visited several places in Tokyo.   One of them was Shinjuku Suehirotei.  Entertainment  shows, mainly Rakugo,  are performed  in this theater everyday.   Rakugo started over 300 years ago.  It is funny stories recited by professional story tellers, mainly in the form of one-person.   Rakugo performers play the characters, so the audience can visualize the people in the scene dialogs.     A Rakugo master, the central performer, is called a shin’uchi and is the last to perform   This day’s shin’uchi was Sanyutei Enjo 三遊亭圓丈  The Japanese characters on the wall are the day’s performers’ names.

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The next picture is Yasukuni Shrine.   It was my first visit.  Yasukuni is the special shrine.  2.1 million war dead from the Pacific War are enshrined there.   Asian countries oppose visits to the shrine by Japanese leaders because Class-A Japanese war criminals are also enshrined there.   I sometimes see it on the news.

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On the way home, I boarded the Boeing 787.   This aircraft is also called the Dreamliner.  It uses Toray Industries’carbon fiber composite materials in its body and wings to reduce weight.  It is said that it uses 20 percent less fuel per passenger than a conventional commercial airplane of the same size.   It was fantastic that the lighting inside cabin was rainbow colors by LED.

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Solo trip is really enjoyable 🙂