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03 June 2008 @ 09:26 pm
Japan Day recap  
It was hot, much hotter than I was expecting, but at least it wasn't raining.  We drove into the city (because hubbie refused to take the train in) and found a parking garage four blocks down and two blocks over from the entrance to the east meadow of Central Park.  The walk would have been a breeze had it not been uphill.  18 pound baby + 10 pound stroller + 8 pounds of stuff + uphill = deep hurting.  By the time we reached the first corner I was wheezing, my calf muscles were burning, and my husband was laughing at me and how out of shape I am.  That was until he took the next block.  When we got to the next corner he turns to me and says, "Ok, that was seriously no joke."   Yeah, no shit Sherlock. 

Once we got into the park we were immediately greeting by the huge crowd of people.  They estimated around 20,000 people in attendance.  There was a stage set up where they held all the performances.  We got there just as the Taiko drum demonstration were finishing and immediately got in line to sample some gyudon.  The lines were incredibly long, but thankfully moved fast.  There was no shade, so we were baking in the sun.  Afterwards we decided to just chill under some trees and watch the stage from afar.  The baby was getting too hot in the stroller and we didn't want to overheat him. 

We saw lots of cosplayers.  There was one guy dressed as Cloud Stryfe, complete with buster sword but he walked by too fast for me to get my camera out.  Its a bummer, it was a good costume and he was pretty hot.  Lots of Loli-goths and maids.  I did manage to snap off a few picks of a group of Bleach cosplayers.

Yeah, I know its blurry.  There was Urahara, Yourichi, Gin, Aizen, and Lisa.  Here's a better pic...sort of.

There were tents set up all around the meadow with different activities.  There was origami, go and shogi, kimono dress up, and calligraphy.  There was also a ultra realistic human robot that you could ask questions and it would answer.  Check her out.

Crazy right?  The only thing that looked fake was her mouth when she spoke.  There were also a few J-pop bands who preformed, Gaijin a Go-go and Happy Fun Smile- both of whom I've never heard of.  They were sufficiently bubble gummy as most J-pop is.  We had a fun day and are planning to do it again next year.  It just sucks that I'm so tired right now because I could have written a better review.  Eh...here is a link to someone who took a lot more and better pics of all the performances than I did http://flickr.com/search/?q=japan+day+central+park&d=taken-20080530-&ct=0  And no post is complete without a gratuitous picture of my kid.  ^__^

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Jukeboxjukebox_csi on June 4th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
Aweeee <3333 He's so sweet! That's my favorite pic of all the ones you posted about Japan day :D Sounds like it was such a blast, despite the heat!
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on June 4th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
We sure did.^^
Franfranwi on June 4th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
Wow, they really held it out in the open with nary a tree to hide under, huh? I love how cosplayers will show up at any Asian festival, even non-anime themed ones. Some of those stage shows looked pretty crazy. And wow - I can't believe that's a robot. WOW. (I really had to restrain myself from typing sexbot there, lol.) Glad you eventually found some shade and had a fun time! :)
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on June 4th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
Funny you mention sexbot. While we were observing the demonstration, my husband turns to me and says "I give it a year before the one you can have sex with comes out." Because you know the one thing the Japanese like better than building ultra-realistic robots is building ultra-realistic robots they can have sex with. lolz
amelia cavendish: _solivagant asami truthyami_tai on June 4th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
And no post is complete without a gratuitous picture of my kid

Awwwwwww! Looks like you had a good day out ^_^!
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on June 4th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
We surely did, despite the blazing sun and lack of shady spots.^^
rookafrk on June 5th, 2008 08:38 am (UTC)
so cuuuuuute ! I love how he has the perfect ":3" smile lol
Despite the heat it sounds like a great day !
And what would a Japan Day be without bubble gummy j-pop ?
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on June 6th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
Japan Day would be nothing without the J-pop and the cosplayers.^^