San Japan

August 17th, 2012

So… I didn’t go to the hot air balloon meet-up that I mentioned in my previous entry. I was way too tired after San Japan, my legs especially. The next day, they were really sore! I underestimated how much stress taking photos can be on the body. All of the squatting, climbing up on stuff, and weird positions I put myself in just to get a photo. I think I did too many photoshoots in a row without giving myself much of a break.

But, it was a lot of fun, and I’m happy with the photos I got :) I drove to San Antonio in the morning and met up with Ongaku and her sister shortly after. They were the first photoshoot I did!

I don’t meet many online friends in person, so it’s cool that I’ve been able to meet up with her a couple times now :) After that, I walked around and asked other cosplayers if they wanted to do a photoshoot. Here is a preview from each one:


Legend of Zelda – Kio

Last Airbender – Christa M and Airie

Dynasty Warriors – Musashi-X

Legend of Korra – Amburr Bryte

Elsword – Eva Cosplay

Higurashi – Rachel

(I’ll have more photos up on my flickr and deviantart later on.)

Lastly, we have a guest at our house! We’re pet-sitting again; this time it’s my friend’s cat, Mr. Peanut.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, he might look familiar since we’ve watched over him before. He’s a super sweet cat, but sometimes gets himself in trouble. For example, he’s jumped into our turtle aquarium before. No turtles were harmed, but we did walk out of our bedroom to find a soaking wet cat sitting on our couch, trying to pretend like nothing happened. Yeah, nice try Peanut. Anyway, my friend made him a Facebook page if you like seeing cute pics of cats!

21 Responses to “San Japan”

  • Holly says:

    Hehe thank you. I am so excited about starting university but really nervous too.

    Wow, the pictures you have taken are amazing. The outfits the cosplayers are wearing are so good. :D

    Aww your friend’s cat is really cute. I was sitting by my back door the other night and a really adorable cat came up to me and tried to get into my house. Poor thing must have thought he lived with us. This has happened more than once with cats that live around by me.

  • Ongaku says:

    I love the way the pictures are turning out. It was great getting to meet up with you again. I hope it can happen many more times in the future! xD

  • Kristi says:

    Oh goodness, those photos are so awesome!! I would so LOVE to go to something like that! Did you dress up at all or just take photos? :)

    • Cat says:

      Thanks! I usually cosplay to Anime cons, but this time, I just took photos. It’s easier to move around without a costume on :)

  • nyuu says:

    Mr. Peanut!!! He looks so cute :) hehe

    Amazing photos yet again! I’d be sore too if I had to take that many photos! And you were also carrying all your equipments! I’m surprise you continue the next day lol I would just stay in bed :P

  • Mija says:

    You took amazing pics!!! Everyone did such amazing costumes!! I really wish I got into cosplaying more but I never had the time or money for it XD

    AND wow mr. peanut is really adorable in that grumpy old man way :D I like him!

  • Nugget says:

    Whoa, the cosplay costumes are AMAZING. The Zelda one looks perfect.

    Mr. Peanut looks so grumpy and adorable. :)

  • Chansoriya says:

    Sweetness for the eyes! You did fantastic with your photo shoots! You’ve an eye for great cosplayers. I only hope next time I got to Anime Boston I’d have a camera and some skills to get results similar to this.

    Aha mr. Peanut is all too adorable and as soon as I saw his nose I thought, what a fitting name.

    Get better from the sores! Maybe you already have by now. :D
    Have a wonderful week Cat

  • Kenji says:

    Great photos!! The cosplay costumes look awesome..!!!! :)

  • Kenji says:

    sorry, I didn’t get to finish my comment..

    That is great that you’ve been able to catch up with her a couple of times. I love being able to meet up with online friends.. I feel that they share a big part of my life that others dont get, so it’s great to be able to feel like they are part of my life off the computer!

    Hope you had a good time :)

  • Liza says:

    What kind of cat is he? I can never seem to remember that breed. D: Blah.

    I used to live in San Antonio. xD The cosplay thing looks really fun and cool and cute… The angles and overall quality of the pictures are great!

  • Liv says:

    Those are top-notch costumes. What is that Zelda’s Hylian ear??? It looks real! The photos are really beautiful too. You seem like a professional photogapher! I fail at photographing people. It’s so tiring because you have to tell them how to pose and they still can’t do it, or maybe I’m just shooting the wrong people.

    I’ve never met any of my online friends. I don’t think many people live near me. It’s kind of odd, because usually there are lots of people online from big places such as LA, Sydney.

    I’ve never seen a cat that looks like that. WOW. It looks like a cartoon cat!

  • WYONA says:

    Cool! was San Japan a cosplay event there in the US? The costumes are full of effort and details. I do love your shots Cat :) They are clear and I love the bokeh effect.
    Oh! Mr. Peanut is sooooo adorable. Hahaha! He looks like a stuff toy, so cute!

  • Jenny says:

    Wow, your photos turned out great, and those costumes look legit! My favorite is the Zelda one, like Liv said, the ears do look real!

    Mr. Peanut is so cute! Haha, I can imagine him sitting there trying to play innocent – my cats do that all the time, lol

  • tiff says:

    Whoa whoa whoa…is Mr. Peanut a Scottish-Fold breed? Holy cow. Either way, I’m following him on Facebook. What an adorable and yet troublesome cat :P

    You have wonderful cosplay pictures! I really think if someone isn’t becoming tired from taking photos, then they’re doing it wrong. Taking photos takes as much effort as posing in them.

    • Cat says:

      Peanut is an Exotic Shorthair :) I think it’s like a short haired version of a Persian.

      And thank you! Yeah, taking photos really does take a lot of effort sometimes XD;;

  • Sandra says:

    I admire how cosplayers can really copy a certain character from head to toe! I know it takes a lot of time, imagination, effort, and money just so you can pull off a character. I’m totally digging the pictures! Awesome costumes! :D

  • Jessica says:

    I definitely agree with everyone else in that I am in total awe over the fact that cosplayers are able to copy a certain character in such detail. I am obsessing over a costume and it is not even for cosplay. :P Peanut is absolutely adorable. :)

  • alex says:

    wow! taking photos at a convention does sound really tiring, but your photos look great! omgahhh Avatar cosplayers!!!! the Legend of Zelda one is really pretty too!

    THAT CAT LOOKS SO WEIRD. BUT IN A CUTE WAY! HAHahaha for a cat, his face is flat and his nose is shoved upwards! i never seen one like that before. and what a cute name~ hehe mr. peanut :3

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