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The J and Halloween in Paris

Posted in Otaku no Tabi with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2011 by speedxgrapher

Hello again readers, whoever you may be, for I no longer have the faintest idea on that account. It’s been a dog’s age (August 4th in fact) since I last wrote anything in this blog but I am glad to see that my past endeavors still draw some readership. It is a special and unforeseen occasion that I have something to put on here, after so many months.

Recently, my father decided to take the whole family on a 5-day trip to Paris which, besides everything else (entailing a LOT of walking), meant I would be able to visit Rue Dante, Paris’s main geek artery. During one of my forays there, I stumbled upon a group of French cosplayers, who decided to celebrate Toussaints (All Hallows’ Eve or Halloween, although in France it’s a week-long holiday) by dressing up as DC characters from the BATMAN menagerie and visiting comic shops up and down this very special street – “Album”, “Pulp’s”, “Little Tokyo” and a number of other shops were happy to receive them. Evident;y, I could not stand idly and not photograph them.

On another note, while tracking down the itinerary I had written for my two heroines in Paris, over the course of “Culture Pop” (included in the detective story collection DANGER ENTRANCE, sadly only available in Greek), I stumbled upon a Manga CafĂ© on Rue des Carmes, the owner of which kindly let me take some photos as well. It’s not much: seven photos in all, but two for two in the space of such a small stay is pretty indicative of wonders waiting around every corner.

That is all for now. There’s some more stuff from France I want to show you, but I’ll take care of that ina couple of days.

Cheers,

Speedgrapher

Oni Market #17: Past Perfect

Posted in Oni Market, Otaku no Tabi with tags , , , , on June 27, 2009 by speedxgrapher

Since I do not have time to make new posts, I thought that there is something (left unfinished, mind you) I had posted in Easy Subjugation, a little over a year ago, which might be of interest. Furthermore, I think I am of a mind to resume the telling of this particular tale, as soon as I have finished my current day-job project. Hava a care though – in the short span of that year, my relation with some of the people mentioned in these posts has changed, to varied degrees. That however, does not make the things I write any less true, only not so valid anymore, concerning certain instances and people. Well, it’s no use flapping my mouth over it – if you know what I mean, you will get the idea. If you don’t, it doesn’t really matter anyway.

So then:

Item#1: Higashi ni Sugoi no Ryokou Monogatari – Day 0 & 1 – Part 1

Item #2: Higashi ni Sugoi no Ryokou Monogatari – Day 1 – Part 2

I must stress that those were really good times, on a number of levels and then, one (rather big and surreal) disaster seemed to beget one after another, but people cope: I think it’s what humanity does best.

Happy reading,

Speedgrapher

P.S. In case you were wondering, that’s when Kyoshiro and I first met.

Live From Japan: Kyoshiro’s Sojourn – Part 1

Posted in Otaku no Tabi with tags , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2008 by speedxgrapher

This just in (always wanted to say that): as some of you may know, our dear Kyoshiro has packed her bags and gone to Japan as of the 16th of Ocotber. Kindly enough and during a hasty break of going all over Shinagawa, Kamakura, Shibuya and Akihabara (doing, well, she-knows-what), she has sent me some photos from the sights, to post on the blog.

As I understand, this will be only the beginning and she will endeavor to send me more when she can. For now, feast your eyes on these!

View of Shinagawa Station and Prince Hotel, from across the road (that's where we stayed when the original group went to Japan!).

View of Shinagawa Station and Prince Hotel, from across the road (that was where we stayed with the original group, when we went in Japan, back in March!).

Bicycles lined up in Shinagawa, under a bridge (I cannot be sure but , from where she took this picture, there should be an underground - literally - restaurant nearby).

Bicycles lined up in Shinagawa, under a bridge (I cannot be sure but , from where she took this picture, there should be an underground - literally - restaurant nearby).

Now, Kyoshiro wrote me that this one and the next three are from Kamakura...

Now, Kyoshiro wrote me that this one and the next three are from Kamakura...

...and I can only assume they are from Hasedara Temple in Kamakura, given the dress-up and...

...and I can only assume they are from Hasedara Temple in Kamakura, given the dress-up and...

...the amazing bamboo forest, with the temple lamps of course!

...the amazing bamboo forest, with the temple lamps of course!

"Flying Daggers" anyone? So beautiful...

"Flying Daggers" anyone? So beautiful...

Oooooh....! Japanese Crepes! Agreed, the French were ingenious in creating them but in Japan? A whole different experience, trust me. That one of the most beautiful women I saw in Japan was making crepes, is totally irrelevant!

Oooooh....! Japanese crepes! Agreed, the French were ingenious in creating them but in Japan? A whole different experience, trust me. That one of the most beautiful women I saw in Japan was making crepes, is totally irrelevant!

One of the central streets of Shibuya, complete with a video-wall, a loli and a Doner-Kebap shop!

One of the central streets of Shibuya, complete with a video-wall, a loli and a Doner-Kebap shop!

Akihabara, Electric Town and Otaku Mecca! Here we are!

Right, as if you didn't expect this! Akihabara: Electric Town and Otaku Mecca. Here we are!

a view of Akihabara right after you exit Akihabara Station.

The Gates of Heaven: a view of Akihabara right after you exit Akihabara Station.

this young lady here, given that her poster reads "Popopure, Animation Studio and Maid Cafe", It's safe to assume that she acts as living advertisment for that particular place.

Ah, the scent of Japan: this young lady here, given that her poster reads "Popopure Animation Studio & Maid Cafe", is safe to assume that she works as living advertisement for the place. By the way, "Aso Big City" is a huge figures and plastic model sets shop in Akiba.

The new Mandarake... *tears roll down eyes* Eight floors of all things Otaku, be it figures, manga, anime, hentai, you name it. If Solomo were an Otaku, this is what he had built.

The new "Mandarake"... *tears roll down eyes* Eight floors of all things Otaku, be it figures, manga, anime, hentai, you name it. If Solomon were an Otaku, this is what he would have built.

Schoolkids in central Akihabara. Ain't they cute? No idiotic comments please.

Schoolkids in central Akihabara. Ain't they cute? No idiotic comments please.

OK, now THIS I recognize. No, not the admittedly cute decoreur girl but the area, because this is where we got lost last time, trying to find the shop you see in the back, "Animate".

OK, now THIS I recognize. No, not the admittedly cute decoreur girl but the area, because this is where we got lost last time, trying to find the shop you see in the back, "Animate".

The latest in circulation. 'Nuff said!

The latest in circulation. 'Nuff said!

That is all so far. Thanks a million Kyoshiro, for taking the time to send them! More as we get it directly (I hope).

Cheers

Speedgrapher

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