Cosplay in Mexico.

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Interview with Mina and Jaky (Team Yorozuya Senpai), representatives of Mexico at the World Cosplay Summit 2014.

 

Nowadays, Cosplay is a cultural phenomenon that has expanded globally. The biggest proof of this is the World Cosplay Summit, an international contest in which 22 teams representing countries from all around the world participate to see who is the best cosplayer. This year, Mina and Jaky had the honor of representing Mexico, and won the Audience Award (Nico Nico Douga Award). We contacted them to have a short interview about how they first got in to cosplay, the Mexican scene, and what it meant to them to be able to represent their country at the WCS, and their image of Japan after fulfilling their dream to visit the country.

 

BMJ: When did you start doing cosplay?

 

TYS: Four years ago, we entered into the Cosplay world.

 

BMJ: How did you first approach the Cosplay world?

 

TYS: Well, to tell you the truth, we never

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Lolita Culture in Mexico

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Interview with Gloria Capetillo, Lolita artist and illustrator living in Japan.

 

Harajuku is an area of Tokyo known for being the center of fashion for young people, a place where the subcultures of this enormous city live together. After walking just two steps down Takeshita Dori, you can immediately notice that this is more than just a commercial district, this is an area where Japanese youths come to express their individuality. In a society where being part of the community is very important, thanks to the subcultures such as Lolita, Goths, and even Punks, Harajuku has become the place where young people try to express themselves as individuals, making a stand to show who they are, without any restrictions. Without a doubt, this is a place that every person visiting Japan has to see at least once.

 

Across in front of this street, behind the famous Murasaki Sports store, you can find a small alley that will take you to the Design Festa Gallery, a space design

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I LOVE KARAOKE

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¡Hola a todos! Antes que nada me gustaría felicitar a BMJ por su curiosa e interesante web y agradecer este premio que ha sido toda una sorpresa.

 

Me llamo Llarina y soy de España. Mi pasión por el Karaoke empezó cuando era muy pequeña. Me encantaba cantar las canciones de películas como Pocahontas, La Sirenita, Anastasia, y La princesa Cisne. Cuando cumplí 6 años descubrí lo que era el ánime con mi serie favorita: Sailor Moon. Me gustó tanto que cuando me regalaron mi primer PC, busqué nuevas series y cómics, y entonces descubrí Fushigi Yuugi, Chobits, Ayashi no Ceres, y varios doramas. Con 12 años me familiaricé con algunos cantantes asiáticos como Ayumi Hamasaki, Utada Hikaru y Bi-Rain, al igual que lo los términos J-pop, y K-pop.

 

Siempre me han gustado los idiomas, especialmente el inglés, el francés y el japonés, y me encanta hacer doblajes de series y películas cuando puedo. Hace poco empecé a apuntarme a concursos de Karaoke organiz

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Oedo Onsen

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Oedo Onsen anime and manga related shops and restaurants are a not something typical that you’d find in Japan, especially on a trip to its capital city, Tokyo. But what about an anime themed Onsen? Tokyo’s largest and most famous hot spring gives you not only the opportunity to experience a relaxing bath in a traditional Japanese setting, but also the chance to play games, buy merchandise and themed food based on your favorite anime series.

 

Onsen have a long tradition in Japan and are usually found in the countryside where they use naturally hot water from geothermally heated springs, often volcanoes, and therefore are differentiated from Sentô, indoor public bath houses, that use heated tab water. Onsen water is said to have healing powers deriving from the minerals that are present in it and is also very relaxing for your muscles, which is why many visitors to Japan, trying Onsen for the first time, really enjoy the experience.

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