Gofering Otakon 2015

​Otakon was just last weekend, and already I can feel the con-withdrawal setting in! This year, I was a gofer for Otakon.  For those unfamiliar with the term, we’re simply volunteers:  we "go-fer this, and go-fer that".  It was my second year gofering – I liked it so much that I went back for another year!  For those who are curious about gofering, here’s my personal experience from this past Otakon.

Job Posting: JASGP Executive Director

The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and seeking a full-time Executive Director to oversee the long-term and day-to-day operations of the organization. The office is located in Center City Philadelphia with a staff of one full-time and two part-time employees.

The JASGP’s programs include the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, Trans-Pacific Partnership Series, Annual Meeting, Language Classes, as well as various networking events.

Ways to Go to Japan Part 1 - Teaching English

Since I became interested in Japanese culture in middle school I knew that I wanted to go to Japan one day. I just didn't know how since I knew my family wouldn't be able to go there on vacation. Now as an overzealous college student I've often looked for ways to go abroad during my time off and after college.  These opportunities can be found all over the internet but rarely can the information be found all in one place.

Beginner Cosplay Tips

There’s a lot of people getting into cosplay now, which is a great thing, more people should get involved in cosplay. It’s a fun hobby that allows people to express their creative sides as well as their love for a particular character. I thought of a few tips that might be helpful for anyone that might be first getting into making their own cosplays. All of these tips were things that I learned as I first started cosplaying, or things I learned along the way. Hopefully these tips can help anyone who wants to learn about making their own cosplays!

Q&A with John Jiao Photography

With convention season in full force and after reading some of Ashley’s great cosplayer spotlight blog posts, I thought it would be cool to talk to a cosplay photographer!  To hear about what it’s like on the other side of the camera lens, I chatted with John Jiao, a photographer who frequents many of the conventions on the East Coast.  Picture credits: Cyberhead Designs.

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