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!

The Mecca “Akihabara”

Tokyo Trip Report, Part 5

Do you remember my post about Ikebukuro?  I wrote that Ikebukuro is the Mecca of female anime fans.  On the other hand, Akihabara also seems to be the Mecca of male anime fans.  So, we went to Akihabara too.  At first, we visited Tokyo Anime Center.

It was boring (- _-;)

As soon as my daughter found the Animate shop, she rushed into it.  My son and I had to wait for a long time before she came out ! (>_<)

During that time, we went for a walk around there.   A flea market was being held.  Many anime-related goods were displayed.

What a curious sight!  Rickshaws were running around the areas.

Anime characters were printed on the back of the rickshaws.

The huge anime billboards (@_@)

The colorful cars in a line.

To be concluded.

“Animate” and “Itasha” in Tokyo

Tokyo Trip Report , part 1

The memorial service for my husband’s mother was finished.   I can finally enjoy the  trip!   My family refrained from traveling for 49 days!   On the way home,  my children and I  spent several days in Tokyo while my husband stayed in Nagano for a few more days.   The first place we headed for was “Ikebukuro” in Tokyo.   I hear that Ikebukuro is the Mecca of female anime fans.   For your information,  the Mecca of male anime fans is Akihabara.   Many anime shops line the place called “Otome Road.”   Otome means maiden.   Out of these shops, the most iconic place is  Animate’s main shop.  Animate  is the largest retailer of products related to anime, games, and manga in Japan.

*Note* Animate moved to another place in Nov. 2012.

My daughter didn’t come out of the shop for more than an hour.    She bought some stationery printed with her favorite anime characters.

There was a Toyota showroom next to Animate.  Luckily,  several Itashas were displayed temporarily.   An “Itasha”  is a car painted colorfully with anime characters.   The displayed cars were covered with Vocaloid characters that my daughter loves, such as Hatsune Miku.   What do you think of these cars?   I think they are cool, but I don’t want to own one.    They stand out too much.   I’ve seen Itashas running on a public road twice.

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TOYOTA86        Several men were taking pictures with enthusiasm.   This car must be hot!

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We left Ikebukuro and headed for the next place which is very famous.    Take a guess!

To be continued.

I Changed My Blog Theme

I may get bored easily.   I felt like changing something.     The themes WordPress has are not enough.     There might be more if I were able to customize.   I finally found this lovebirds.   How do you like it?   As a profile photo, I decided to use Japanese face mark.   Previous photo,  Kumamon is enough famous already.   He doesn’t need my help to enhance his visibility.  lol  I’d like to spread Japanese face mark from now.   Color is yellow.  Japanese is belong to the yellow race.  However our skin is not yellow like this!

Gintama Lovers

My daughter loves ‘manga’ and ‘vocaloid’.

She has been listening to the song ‘Koino ABO’  these days.
Since this song has a kind of old tune, it sticks to my ear.
Japanese group ‘News’ seems to have been singing the original song around 2009.
Then  Gintama lovers created this filksong.
Although they aren’t professional singers,  the group has enthusiastic fans.

Please listen!