Archive for September, 2016

The best parts of September

September 29th, 2016

September has been a hectic month for me! Things are starting to calm down now, which I’m glad for. We’re close to filling the open developer positions at work, so I won’t have to review resumes or interview people as much soon. Doing that on top of my normal work was really time consuming. Outside of work, I’m mostly finished editing and posting photos from recent photoshoots and events. To sum up the month, I thought I’d go over my favorite parts of it!

1. I met Tiff in person! If you’ve been in the blogging community for a while, you might know her from Tiff’s Bloggy. We became blog friends years ago, and this was our first time meeting in person :D She was working in the dealer’s room at San Japan (an Anime convention), and I was doing photoshoots, so we were only able to talk for a bit. I loved that we got to meet though!

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2. I also met other cosplayers and friends at San Japan! I had dinner with a friend who moved to San Antonio recently (where the con was at), and I ran into several cosplayers I’ve worked with before. The photoshoots went really well too! I already posted some photos on my Facebook page, but here are a few of my favorites from each shoot.

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Japan 2016, part 4: Tanabata Festival

September 20th, 2016

The Tanabata Festival is celebrated throughout Japan, but depending on the region, the date may differ due to different calendars (Gregorian or Lunar). The largest one takes place in Sendai in August, which we were able to go to!

The story behind the festival is actually inspired by a Chinese one. A princess, Orihime, worked hard to weave beautiful clothes by the heavenly river (the Milky Way) but was sad that she couldn’t fall in love. Seeing this, her father introduced her to Hikoboshi, a cow herder from the other side of the river. They fell in love instantly and both stopped doing their jobs. This angered Orihime’s father, and he forbade them from being together, separating them with the Milky Way. Orihime pleaded with him, so he allowed them to meet once a year on the 7th day of the 7th month. That day is the Tanabata Festival!

In Sendai, the festival runs from August 6-8, with fireworks on August 5th. That night, we headed to Nishi Park to check out the festivities and fireworks.

The park was so packed! It was filled with rows and rows of food stands, and many people were also picking out spots to watch fireworks from. Police had closed off streets nearby, so people could watch from there too.

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Japan 2016, part 3: Zao Fox Village

September 12th, 2016

Like I had written in part 2, this was my second time visiting Tokyo, but my first time visiting Sendai! I wanted to explore a new part of Japan and chose the Tohoku region in the north with Sendai as the base city to do things from.

We didn’t do much on August 4th. We basically hung around Tokyo, took a 1.5 hour Shinkansen (bullet train) to Sendai, and then relaxed in Sendai. Before leaving Tokyo, we had lunch at Kiji, an okonomiyaki place I found as a recommend (Bib Gourmand) in the Michelin Guide. Okonomiyaki is a savory Japanese pancake, and we ordered a beef tendon one, a pork kimchi one, and an omelette with yaki soba (fried noodles) inside. The beef tendon was the best okonomiyaki I’ve had so far!

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