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Karuta Links

Inspired by Chihayafuru, I have compiled some links on Hakunin Isshu Karuta.

What Is It? How Do You Play?

First, Wikipedia’s page on Competitive Karuta:

Another introduction here:

Competitive Karuta Boom Inspired by Manga

Here’s a page on how to play:

Page from Chihayafuru Wiki:

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ConnectiCon 2011 Cosplay Pics

ConnectCon is over for this year. Not too much to say about it this year, except there seemed to be more people than ever! Last year I saw a 10th and an 11th Doctor, but this year, Doctors were all over the place! And TARDISes and Daleks! And Doctor Who panels! A sudden explosion of interest in Doctor Who. Also, there were fireworks. As for webcomics, I got signed books of Beartato and Cyanide & Happiness. So jump on ahead to see my pics. There’s a lot of them this year! To see my descriptions, hover over each image. What’s your fav/most hated pic? Continue reading ‘ConnectiCon 2011 Cosplay Pics’

Saturday at NYAF 2009


Now I’ll write about my day at NYAF!!! People will think this is really lame, but I didn’t even get there until 4pm. I slept fairly late, which was good, because I needed my energy. On the way, I stopped to take some pictures and got a picture of a lighthouse in Bridgeport, CT I’ve wanted to get for a while. I also stopped at Asahiya and Kinokuniya, the former for probably the last time as it’ll be closing in October. Finally at the festival, I wandered the dealers (or should I say exhibitors) area, which was packed with people, making it difficult to see everything quickly. I bought three things: a K-On CD, a Clannad art book (not enough dangos in it though), and this new Otaku Encyclopedia book (maybe I should do an Anime Blogger Encyclopedia?). Next I went to the panel room where Hinano and JP were going to do their panel on Korean MMOs. Pretty much it was just hanging around before the panel started and I had a chance to see Omo, Moy, wah, AnimeMiz and Star Creator. We were also in the room at the very start of the blogger roundtable, but left for Yakiniku West (and some good sake xD ) before the panel really started. I saw that Hinano’s fav Scott was part of the roundtable (lol) and I saw sdshamshel was on it as well. So its a minimal report from me (read those other bloggers to find out what actually happened at the festival in terms of guests and so on). But I did manage to get some cosplay pics, so please enjoy them! Continue reading ‘Saturday at NYAF 2009’

ConnectiCon 2009 Cospaly

LOL, it was over capacity!!!

I went to ConnectiCon on Saturday and took some cosplay pics. Not too much to say about the con (maybe I’m getting too jaded?). The convention was noticeably bigger this year, spilling over from the convention center to some rooms in the hotel next door as well. So below I have LOTS of pics and a few comments!

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Sakura Matsuri in Brooklyn: I saw Cherry Blossoms, I saw Art, I saw… Narutards?!? OMG!!!

Yesterday (Edit: Actually Saturday!), I went to the Sakura Matsuri at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. It was chilly, but I was happy the rain held off. I got there fairly early (at least, before Hinano and JP arrived), so I had the chance to explore the area. I saw the stuff they were selling, including the sushi pillows, and walked around the big tent where the music was going to be played. I saw groups of Narutards as well. Continue reading ‘Sakura Matsuri in Brooklyn: I saw Cherry Blossoms, I saw Art, I saw… Narutards?!? OMG!!!’

Inside a Japanese Junior High: A Singing Contest and Cute Schoolgirl Antics

Many foreigners may wonder what it’s really like in Japanese schools. Well, I have a friend “Greguto,” who’s been an AET (Assistant English Teacher) in Japan for a while now, working both in elementary and middle schools. The following is from one of his emails (used with permission, of course, and with the names censored or changed to protect the innocent, lol). The first part is about a singing contest at a Junior High, but those of you who are most interested in the schoolgirl part, just skip to the last two paragraphs (they come after the other image below — I thought of using another pic I saw at Alafista, but Greguto might not have appreciated that!) I should also point out that all opinions expressed below are Greguto’s and are not necessarily endorsed by DS or Daijoubu!

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