Long story short: It was fun~!!!
Apparently this event was held for the first time this year, and I'm still not quite sure if it's supposed to be an anime con or a general Japanese culture festival. I thought it was more of the latter, but at the event itself, some of the hosts called it an anime con... ^^;; It was different from all the other cons though, it had a lot more Japanese food and general kawaii stuff, and performances related to both modern and traditional culture.
The location was the Westergasfabriek, an old factory building in the middle of a big park in Amsterdam. The building didn't really seem suited for this kind of event though. It was also really hot and stuffy inside, They only seemed to have one or two doors open, and there wasn't any ventilation or air conditioning. There was only one room, so all the different events going on at the same time meant a lot of noise, and the accoustics of the building were especially terrible. For example, Taiko drums + big hollow building = a terrible idea, my ears still hurt ^^;; The music was also set way too loud, it didn't do a lot of justice to the awesome musical artists that they'd invited. It was fun how they played anime BGM and theme songs at a low volume in between performances though, that really helped set the atmosphere!
It was also really tiny! The building was big, but there was a lot of open space, and only a few stalls. On the other hand, it was really easy to meet up with people, because if you just looked around, you could see pretty much everyone in the building. The atmosphere was really like a first-time con. XD Overall I thought that 18 euros was a bit pricey for the whole thing, but I guess it's because this location in the middle of Amsterdam must be expensive to hire, and they even had some Japanese guests! (I guess they had to pay for their travel expenses?)
We REALLY had the right outfits for this kind of event! Because it was advertised as a general Japanese culture event, there was more of a general audience, people who normally wouldn't go to anime conventions, like Japanese people who live near Amsterdam and families with kids and such. Those kind of people probably came to see some "Japanese culture", and apparently if you walk around in a yukata, that really lived up to their expectations. We got photographed by random people way more times than at an average anime con. =O We even got 'scouted' by someone from some fashion website
, they wanted to do an article on Japanese fashion for the Aniway magazine, so they did a whole photoshoot with us. We got some great photos together out of that, I can't wait to see them! (And we'll be in the magazine! I don't subscribe anymore, but I'll need to find that one issue once it comes out!)
Because it was so hot we were walking around with a fan pretty much the whole time, and lots of people commented how that was a great idea and they wanted one too. So we ended up fanning a lot of random people, like the sellers behind some stands while we were talking with them. They were really thankful for that... X'D
As for other cosplayers, there wasn't a whole lot... ^^; Of course there were some more people in yukata and kimono, one pretty good Magi group, a Ranma 1/2 duo and a few more good individual cosplayers, but otherwise it was mostly people who just wore a wig but no costume, or only a costume but no wig, or just an anime-related shirt, that kind of half-assed stuff. ^^;( Some pictures~Collapse )