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#41
Quote from: Kertus on March 09, 2010, 08:42:51 PM
Sunday, April 25, 2010 ?

Is that the right day? Just checking cause you didn't say which day in your post

Thanks for pointing that out... I shouldn't type these things after working 14hrs...
#42
I know it's been a while since I've posted any event information here, but it's a new year and the festivals have begun...  If any of you still have energy left from SF-Sakura Matsuri, and you're in the neighborhood, San Jose Japantown will be holding it's 1st festival of the year.

Event: 33nd Annual Nikkei Matsuri
Place: Jackson St. @ 6th St., San Jose, CA.
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Date: Sunday, April 25th, 2010
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Activities:
1 to 3mile charity walk/run
arts & crafts
music and live entertainment
food
health fair
cultural displays

Gather... Have fun... Make new friends... Enjoy life.
For more info, please visit the official website:
http://www.nikkeimatsuri.org/

Cosplayers are very much welcome to attend.

*********************JUST ADDED*********************
For those of you making the extra effort to attend our festival in cosplay, there'll be a special prize raffle for you.  

Location: Nichi Bei Bussan - Store Front, Jackson St. @4th St.
Time: 2:30pm, April 25th, 2010.
Tickets: Available 10am - 2:25pm (Inside Nichi Bei Bussan).  One (1) ticket per individual, no purchase necessary.
Conditions: Must be in Costume*. All ages welcome to participate. Ticket holders have until 4:30pm, April 25th, 2010, to validate ticket and claim prize.

All forms* of Cosplay welcomed: Anime, Live-Action, Game, Maido-san, Period...etc.
*"Family-Friendly" Cosplay rules enforced during this event.
*****************************************************



*** NOTE: Street access into SJ Japantown will be limited in the morning because of the Nihonmachi Run/Walk event.  If you drive, remember that local street parking will be limited in the surrounding neighborhoods... Please consider using VTA/VTA Light Rail, car pooling or passenger drop-off options if attending.***



#43
Forum Games / Re: WISH CORRUPTER!!!!! 2.0
January 16, 2010, 08:50:35 AM
Granted... But The Doctor and his time/space traveling  callbox always arrive in time to ruin you plans.

I wish there was a worldwide anime appreciation day.
#44
Well, This thread got a little off track.  So, I should end this here...  I'll make a new post to address any activities that will occur at San Jose Nihonmachi. 

Again, Thanks to all who showed interest in reading this posting.
#45
Quote from: Lady_Hoshi on December 15, 2009, 09:25:41 PM
So how do I get more involved?

Easiest way is to contact the festival chair-person and ask about volunteer opportunities or a desire to conduct an event during a festival... I.e. Cos-Play Contest, karaoke show...etc.

Here are the festvals for SJ Nihonmachi:
http://www.nikkeimatsuri.org/     Next Date: Sun. April 25th, 2010
http://www.sjbetsuin.com/Obon/Homepage     Next Date: Sat. July 10th & Sun July 11th, 2010
http://www.spiritofjapantownfestival.com/contacts.htm     Next Date: TBA

Their response may be a bit slow, because they too are volunteers who have day jobs...  So, give them some time to respond.
#46
Quote from: Boba on December 14, 2009, 07:44:50 AM
O: Oooh I wish I could spare some paycheck, but I can't. But I'll look around my house for some naked choppy-haired Barbies or something. ~

If I planned a gathering, I'd only ask those participating to budget $5-10 towards a toy, but it wouldn't be mandatory... First Rule of Safety: Personal safety first before you assist others... I'm not asking others to do the same in using a half-month's pay... I can sacrifice a paycheck because I planned this months ago, as I always do...  Just be aware that we can all find ourselves in need at some point in our life.  Heck, I needed help selecting toys Saturday... ???... But again, my bad...
#47
Quote from: Stormfalcon on December 13, 2009, 10:39:19 AM
One thing you might want to consider is checking out sites like Cosplay.com and others.  There have been plenty of gatherings and organized events set up there, like the SF Japantown Christmas gathering on 12/12 (originally to be held at Golden Gate Park, but moved due to weather), the Christmas in the Park gathering on 12/5, the Fall gathering in Vasona Park on 10/17 (which I helped organize), the Summer gathering in Kelly Park on 8/15, and plenty of others.  You'd likely get a lot more interest and input.


StormFalcon,
Thanks for the info and I'll keep it under consideration.  Posting info for gatherings and contests seem simple, so we were looking for something a step higher entertainment wise... Things not seen or done at any other festivals... We need people to actively sit on the festival planning committees to coordinate Cos-Play events... These people are hard to find as are Cos-Players not limited to popular anime.  

Subject aside, any 'Period', 'Live-Action' or 'Original' Cos-Players' out there?
Quote from: mochisnack on December 13, 2009, 07:41:34 PM
I've been to Spirit of JapanTown for the last 2 years, but I disappointed to not see any cosplay events this year. Stage Zero did some fun interviews and games in 2008, so if there were more events in the festivals for cosplayers, the overall festival would be more enjoyable; not just for those dressed up, but the families~

I dance at Obon every year, but if there's cosplay events throughout the year, I'll make sure to come to San Jose more often!

Mochisnack,
Domo Arigato Gozaimasu, for attending our Matsuri and showing support for San Jose Nihonmachi...  I apologize for the inconsistancies in our festivals and hope to change this in future events.  

I know firsthand how Cos-Play can make a festival more enjoyable for families... During SJ Obon 2009, I was in Edo period Cosplay.  What was supposed to be 4-hours of Cos-play turned into 12-hours on Saturday and 8-hours on Sunday.  I was there unofficially at the festival. Locals and visitors kept complementing me on my attire. It's Cos-Play???  I met visitors from around the U.S. and the world... I entertained kids (With stories and games of Cho-Han Bakuchi), answered questions, guided tourist and had the most photos taken of me, ever.  The number one question asked was, "Will there be more costumed people?"  I replied, "I don't know... I was the only committed one."  This was the best use of Cos-Play I could ever have thought of... To use Cos-Play to help others.

I've contacted all of SJ Nihonmachi main Chair-persons during the last festival season... Nikkei Matsuri (Mr. Hayashi), SJ Obon (Mr. McClure) and SoJT (Mrs. Sakamoto)...  They all had a positive response regarding Cos-Play during their events... They just expressed a need for volunteers to coordinate the projects.

As a side note, only 'Period' Cos-Play would be considered acceptable during Bon dance festivities. NOT anime characters based in a 'Period' anime.
#48
Yes, it was VERY wet and windy yesterday... For those of you who made it out there for the Toy Drive... Domo Arigatou Gozaimasu!!!

This was my 23rd annual trek to say, "Thanks, I still have a job!"  I honor this by taking my entire last paycheck before the Toy Drive and raiding a Toys R Us.  All time best this year with almost 3 shopping carts filled to the top...  I could have used some help shopping, but MY BAD for not coordinating a get-together.... Hopefully next year I'll bo better.

Honor youself by being a better person... Honor your heritage by helping those less fortunate... Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and God Bless.
#49
Quote from: Lady_Hoshi on December 09, 2009, 07:44:07 PM
Quote from: Jidai Geki on December 05, 2009, 07:42:28 AM

Now a re-post of the ORIGNAL question:
What would Cos-Players be interested in seeing or doing at a Nihonmachi Matsuri (Japantown Festival)?



well, from past experiences of trying to organize cosplay events, I would always be told that cosplaying might not be respectful to the culture.  So maybe if a cosplay event or contest were on the page of the festival it would encourage more cosplayers.

Lady Hoshi-sama... Ohisashi buri desu ne!  ;D

I have seen this issue from both sides and here's the circluar problem...

Festival Point-of-View:

SJ Nihonmachi would like to host cosplay events at their festivals, BUT without a show of interest  in the matter, it will remain a thought.

Cos-Player Point-of-View:
Why should we attend if there are no events or contest, and people look at us like we are being disrespectful.

Currently:
Most of the individuals on the festival planning committees don't know how to appoach the Cos-Play issue and are willing to welcome volunteers to help them coordinate events.  I've been volunteering for 3 years now (Nikkei Matsuri, Obon and SoJT) and they appreciate the cos-play ideas I've given them to set our festivals apart from other Bay Area festivals.  Most of them would work if I had enough committed individuals. 

As for Cos-Play being culturally disrespectful to the Japanese...?
One has to remind those offended, mostly Westerners and the ill informed, that Cos-Play is a form of performance art that found its rise in a Japanese Sub-culture.  That it tests one's artistic ability to reproduce fashion/technical design from what is seen in Japanese (Or other cultures) media arts or history... But IT is Japanese.

#50
Quote from: Kertus on December 03, 2009, 08:27:47 AM
Heh I wouldn't say it was 'perfect'
It was a bit too sunny and hot out.  I expect you to do something about that next year.  :-\
The remark "Perfect" was a bit of sarcasm on my part because no one was responding to the feedback request... That aside...

Sorry, We can't control the Bay Area weather pattern...  I periodically monitor this thread and post information when available.  I noted that the weather forcast for that weekend was going to be on the warm side and that those attending should dress appropriately... I was wearing a period costume and wasn't hot at all.  Any recommendations you may have I be happy to forward to the event planners, else...

I will forward a request that more shaded areas be in place for festival attendees.

Now a re-post of the ORIGNAL question:
What would Cos-Players be interested in seeing or doing at a Nihonmachi Matsuri (Japantown Festival)?

#51
I guess the festival was "Perfect" since there are no further replies to this post. :P

San Jose Nihonmachi festivals would love to host Cos-Play events, but the lack of interest among Cos-Players, even the serious ones, confounds festival planners.  So, my question to all of you is...

What would Cos-Players be interested in seeing or doing at a Nihonmachi Matsuri (Japantown Festival)?
#52
Looking for a festive holiday place to meet up?
San Jose Christmas in the Park is now open and celebrating its 30th anniversary year.
Admission and warm cuddley feelings are free.

For those of you in a giving spirit... Christmas in the Park will be hosting a Toys-4-Tots collection drive on Saturday, December 12th, from 9:00am thru 7:00pm.  New, unwrapped toys are desired to help brighten the holidays for less fortunate children.

For more information goto: http://www.christmasinthepark.com/events/index.html

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from everyone here at San Jose Nihonmachi... Peace!
#53
To all,

  I apologize for this late update, My health has been going up and down, and I forgot my 13 character password to get into my account... Oops.

  I wanted to let you all know that the festival did exceptionally well this year and the preliminary totals show that we are in "The Black."   In the next couple of months, planning for next year's festival will begin.  There is always a need for volunteers so, if any of you would like to volunteer, the contact information link is below:

http://www.spiritofjapantownfestival.com/contacts.htm

lastly, to all of you that attended the festival, please feel free to post what you liked and didn't like about the festival... PROs and CONs... Items of interest...  I'm interested in knowing how your visit to San Jose Nihonmachi went.

Sincerely,
Jidai Geki


#54
Quote from: Atlus on September 29, 2009, 10:03:33 PM
Quote from: mochisnack on September 28, 2009, 07:36:17 PM
Besides the heat, it was a great turn-out! I think more people showed up this year~
Did anybody get pictures of Vocaloid cosplayers? I was Len Kagamine, and I had a Rin with me, pictures would be greatly appreciated :D




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Dang, awesome cosplay btw! I didn't know spirit of japantown had a big cosplay event :o

This year's Spirit of Japantown Festival had no official Cos-Play event, but to my apperciation, more Cos-Players showed up this year than last year.  If interest grows among Cos-Players to attend events in San Jose Japantown... Cos-Play activities could be incorporated into future festival plans. 

Again, I can never say thank you enough to those Cos-Players, Maids and Goth-Lollies that braved the heat to showoff their costuming skills.
#55
Quote from: Barnes on September 26, 2009, 10:53:20 PM
I had fun, but I have a headache now. Shout outs later.
Quote from: Tabbychan on September 27, 2009, 07:21:15 PM
This was so fun<3 I loved seeing all the cosplayers, and all the other events and booths! It was really quite hot though ^^; I was Orihime Inoue with the BRIGHT orange hairXD

I'm happy the two of you enjoyed the event and I hope many others were able to enjoy it too.  It's funny, in 2008 we had rain... In 2009 we had heat... Anyone want to guess what we might have in 2010?

I'm also glad I'm the only one here who came down with heat exhaustion... Long story, but it ends with you all saying... Baka!!!!!
#56
Quote from: Kazuko on September 27, 2009, 12:56:42 AM

Thank you so much for the envelope ; ; that was so nice of you. I didnt know what was inside till I opened it later.

Do itashimashite... ;D 
#57
Thanks to all of you that attended the festival today... ;D  Way more people than last year and with the heat.  I saw a lot more Cos-Players this year...  Anime, Maids, Gothic Lolitas and some traditional festival wear.  I hope more will choose to attend future festivals in San Jose Nihonmachi.

Hopefully see some you again for Nikkei Matsuri, Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mizuki-san, Kazuko-san, and Cherry Tea Girl... Please let me know if your envelope was empty... If it was please let me know so I can credit you... I apologize for any error in advance.
#58
Quote from: Lady_Hoshi on September 25, 2009, 11:23:59 PM
Me and Walter are coming.  and maybe Panda and Allan.  Can't wait to see you again!

Hoshi-sama,
   I've been up since 4am... Starting to load things up... I'll be looking out for you all... Sorry, we haven't gotten together much lately... Work has really picked up and I'm back to my regular 12hr/6day schedule.  If you don't see me in my usual spot, I'll either be at Nichi Bei Bussan or tending to Group Animemyu...
#59
Hey, If everyone dosen't settle down... I'll get >:(

My words may not have much weight here... They may even fall upon deaf ears, but here it goes...

I'm not familiar with K-on or any of the other anime mentioned prior... I really haven't viewed a complete series since '85...  BUT, I don't want a repeat of what happened at last year's festival...  A mother dragged her two young kids out a video room showing Soul Eater... and she was a bit pissed that no one was watching the entrance and allowed her kids to watch the show...  I overheard her complaint (Cos-Play has it's advantages) last year and I did't take this complaint very well because it reflects upon the whole Japantown community. I reminded Chairperson Kathy S. about this 3 months ago, and suggested improvements... I see little/nothing has been done.  Otaku God, is the one overseeing the Video rooms, so he sets the programming...  One questionable video selection will not end the world...  What titles he selects to show reflects his judgement... What is allowed to be shown reflects the Festival Committee's judgement... The rest remains to be seen.

The Spirit of Japantown Festival is supposed to be a family oriented, community sponsored event and should be planned and executed as such... I spend the better part of the day interacting with children, families and tourists... This is what I do for the festival... I challenge others to help do the same in finding ways to give back to the community...

Now, since I've been looking forward to this event since New Years...  I'm going to enjoy it as much as I can... Because, who knows, I can lose my life at any time... And it won't come back like in all your Anime.
#60
Quote from: RyuHayabusa on September 22, 2009, 11:34:20 PM
@Jidai: thanks for the info. If you want to meet up with us too, that would be cool ;3

Thanks for the invite, but an old guy like me might ruin the fun... I'm 4 decades old...;D  All of you go and have fun... That's what I want... I'm sure we will cross paths at the festival... If so, say hi... If you wave and I don't see you, It's because I'm not wearing my glasses... Just keep trying...::)

*** Special notes to those driving in
- Local parking will be scarce, if not non-existant, later in the day.  Public transportation is recommended, but if you should choose to drive in you might have to park a few blocks away and walk in.  I sometimes park near an elementary school on Mission St and 4th Street, and walk south on 4th St. two blocks to the westside of SJ japantown... I wish you luck!!!

- Be mindful of parking regulatory signs (i.e. 2-hour limit)... Parking Control will enforce parking limits on Saturdays.

- Following roads will be closed to through traffic from 7am-7pm:
 Jackson Street : Between 3rd St. --- 7th St.
 4th St., 5th St. and 6th St.: Between Taylor St. --- Empire St.