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.

JASGP Goes to Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ!

On Tuesday of last week, fellow staff member Erin and I visited Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ (located at 19th & Callowhill) for a chat with the general manager, Karen Tancrede. We wanted to get a sense of what the Gyu-Kaku experience is all about. Our visit started with an enthusiastic "Irasshaimase!" which was a nice throwback to the time that Erin and I both spent in Japan. The decor is also appropriately Japanese, with a modern flair mixed with traditional woodworking patterns. We were seated at a table and began perusing the menu while we waited.

Abe Makes Historic Visit to US

Earlier this month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Washington for a conference with President Barack Obama. Abe made history by being the first Japanese Prime Minister to address a session of the Joint Houses of Congress. Abe also met with Obama to discuss a number of international topics, ranging from strengthening historically strong ties, to the updated defense treaty between the two nations, to the hotly contested issues surrounding the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.

Phila-Nipponica: An Historic Guide to Philadelphia & Japan

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin has Japanese descendants? What about that the only Quaker school in Japan was founded by Philadelphia's long-standing Quaker community? Or how about that the tiny locomotive that kicked off Japan's legendary railway developments was built here in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia has always been central in American history. As one of the oldest cities in the nation, you can't throw a stone without hitting a spot where something important happened. Blue signs mark historic businesses and residences across Center City, showing a who's who of Founding Fathers among the city's preeminent early population. You may also be surprised to know that Philadelphia also has a long history with Japan and the Japanese people.

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