Japanese Anime Festival “Kumafes” Cosplay

Kumafes Final Report

Finally, this is the last post of the series.   It took longer than I expected to finish the reports.  The final report is about cosplay.   Many cosplayers gathered in Kumamoto Castle.    Cosplayers dressed up in the costumes of their favorite anime heroes and heroines.   I could take only this photo on a street because I couldn’t get in to the event area.  What did he intend to cosplay as?

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I found another cosplayer’s photo on Yue’s photozou.   This is cool.   The background is the stonewall of the castle.   There are more photos on Cosplay at Kumafes

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This is just a aside note.   A conspicuous car was running in front of me yesterday.  The car is owned by the locally famous confectionery company.  Is it Itasha too?

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I would like to say thank you for reading my blog this year.    May your holidays be filled with peace and joy and happiness.  Happy New Year! ヽ(^o^)丿

Japanese Anime Festival “Kumafes” Japanese Dance

Kumafes Report, Part 4

After Hatune Miku, Masahito Hishiki did Japanese dance to the tune of an anime theme song.   It brought me a fresh sense combined a Japanese traditional culture and the latest one.    I hope he will inspire the  Japanese traditional dance field.  His dance may have a positive impact on young people who aren’t interested in Japanese dances.     I think his dance would have been better if he had sharper movements.    I couldn’t help comparing with my mother’s dance, who is learning a  Japanese dance for decades.   I hope he will be a help to preserve Japanese culture.   I hear he is also an actor.  I look forward to his activities in the future.

This is the theme song of anime “Gunslinger Girl” sung by Kokia.  It has a beautiful sound with sadness.   Masahito Hishiki chose  good music.  Did you dance on the last post?  Then, sing a song this time!

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!

I unexpectedly met Kumamon again!

When I walked around downtown, there was a crowd of people.

Oh,Kumamon!   He was handing out flower seeds on the flower-planting campaign.  People were taking pictures of him.   He was able to speak through an interpreter who wore a yellow jacket. .  His reaction was comical.  Hearing music from nowhere, he began to dance.   His quick movements made people laugh.  I was impressed by his talent.

His name is Korou-kun.  He is the mascot of Kikuchi city.  He is unknown to people yet.

His name is Higomaru, the face of Kumamoto-city.   Poor Higomaru.  People in Kumamoto know him, but nobody was around him.  Only a little boy was staring at him.

Kumamon is the hottest mascot in Kumamoto.  He has the title of sales manager of Kumamoto prefecture.  He is a really good worker.   He produces a great economic effect.  The prefectural governor and many prefectural government’s employees created Kumamon with strategy and they continue to support him.  Kumamon has his blog and even twitter account.  That’s the reason he is very popular, I think.