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Culture Japan Convention Day 1

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Had an incredible time in Penang over the past few days. I was there to attend an event called Culture Japan Convention (CJC) 2013, jointly organized by Penang Global Tourism and Danny Choo’s Culture Japan on the 17th and 18th of August 2013 at Straits Quay Convention Centre in Penang, Malaysia.

It was such a great event where I have met with many cosplayers, illustrators, retailers, card gamers, and some guests from Japan. It was nice meeting you all! ^^;

and here is a collection of photos that I had taken in Penang:

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My AirAsia flight on the day before the convention, was able to snap a few of pictures before the airport authorities stopped me from doing so ^^;

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The weather was really fine that day.

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By the time I arrived in Penang, it was late evening and had to grab some quick McDonald meal before checking in to the hotel.

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There was a long queue for the taxi at the airport  =.=

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The Tune hotel that I was staying in for the past few days. There two main reasons why I chose this hotel to stay in:

(1) It’s cheap ^^;

(2) Within walking distant from this hotel, there are tons of good penang food that you can nom nom on. You can check out my food blogger friend Thanis Lim’s blog on where to look for yummy food near this hotel.

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Room was quite small but it was comfortable to stay in.

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Breakfast before heading over to CJC2013. Some din-sum with tea and a whole deep-fried fish placed on top of a plate noodles ^^

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Reached the venue of CJC2013 by noon. Love the sea view of the place.

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This was the mini stage located outside of the venue. I love those artworks by Shirahane Nao sensei.

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There are a few itasha (痛車) located outside of the venue as well, and here are some photo of them.

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Angel Beats itasha found.

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Stepping into venue and saw Danny Choo’s booth was located near the entrance. Here’s a 3D render of the hall map to give you a idea of how things are like (From Dannychoo.com)

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Some really nice posters featuring mascots of Mirai Millenium.

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And then Danny suddenly came along with his Mirai-chan doll for a few photo poses.

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Danny adjusting the hair of his lovely doll.

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Managed to have a photo and quick chat with Danny again. Over the past few years, I have exchanged name cards and talked to Danny at numerous ACG events. I love attending ACG events as it provides great opportunities for one to meet with like-minded folks, share your passions and get inspired.

Meeting up with people like Danny and other comrades have definitely inspired me to do a lot of things, which includes the creation of my website Desmondchieng.com and creation of my own mascot character Yuuna Tsukikawa. If not there would be no mascot character, no website and you would not be reading this post ^^;

I guess life is all about getting inspired by others at first, then  in the end you ended up inspiring other people. It’s a never-ending loop.

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Speaking of that, each comrade attending the event was given a comrade card attached to an bright orange-colored CJC lanyard.

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Then I putting in my name card. So whenever I try to meet and talk with new comrades, usually the first talking point is about my mascot character and this serves as a nice ice-breaker. I remembered when I gave somebody my card, other surrounding folks would see the kawaii Yuuna-chan namecard and would also want one too ^^;

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When talking to Danny-san, he noticed my name card as well and he says it’s cute too. Then I managed to get one of my name card signed by him. Thanks Danny.

By the way, the design of my name card is based on Danny Choo’s Mirai name card template, which in turn is based on NitroPlus‘s business card.

You can read Danny’s post on Name Cards and have a look at the NitroPlus name card design that inspired Danny to make his own Mirai Suenaga name card.

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Video of Mirai Suenaga MMD shown at Culture Japan Booth. Check out this hilarious Mirai MMD video uploaded by Danny Choo:


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Touch N Go cards on sale at Culture Japan booth. Touch N Go is a prepaid card that allows you to pay for Malaysian toll expressway and highway, parking services, public transport, some theme parks and at certain retail outlets.

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And there’s the ipad showing you the video of the Mirai Smart Doll, an Android-controlled interactive smart doll, which is still under-developement by danny’s team.

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All comrades are given some Uchiwa (hand fan) with Culture Japan’s Mascot character on it. Cute!

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There was a VERY long queue at Culture Japan booth. I think they sold out most of their merchandises in Day 1 ^^;

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There was this guy who were doing some wacky dancing moves where his movements would be picked up instantly by a Mirai MMD model through a XBox Kinect.

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These guys are from Tomodachi-Tshirt and they came all the way from Thailand! They got a nice selection of anime T-Shirt for sale at their booth. The website: http://tomodaci.exteen.com/

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And this is their mascot character Tomo-chan. Kawaii! ^0^/

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Comic fiesta booth at Culture Japan Convention

The Comic Fiesta booth – For those who never heard of Comic Fiesta, it’s Malaysia longest runnning Animation, Comic and Games (ACG) event. You can follow them on their Facebook page.

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Got myself a pair of tickets for Comic Fiesta ^^

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Little Akiba at Culture Japan Convention

This is the mascot character Akiko-chan for Little AkibaFor those who are wondering, yes she is drawn by PeaCh Artoworks, the same artist who drew my mascot character ^^;

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At the Little Akiba booth there were tons of people (I think they’re having some card fight tournaments there).

Card fight competition at the Little Akiba booth

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Someone dressed up as Gou Matsuoka from Free! anime series ^^

Someone is cosplaying as Gou Matsuoka from anime series Free! ^^

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Danny’s mascot character has recently collaborated with Kinokuniya, a Japanese bookstore which can be found throughout Malaysia & Singapore.

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Some japanese manga and magazines on sale at Kinokuniya booth. How many of you actually read the manga version of Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)? I have read a few chapters of it and I found the story to be quite interesting.

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Guest from Japan dressed up as a one-eyed samurai to sell his artwork.

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Looks like he’s about to cut down people with his katana there ^^;

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The Anime Festival Asia booth by Sozo Pte Ltd, organizer of one of the largest anime event in Asia.

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Recently they have also started an online entertainment show that features the latest pop culture trend in Japan called WOW Japan.

And you can check out their highlight video on Cosplayers attending CJC Day1:


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Folks setting up an area where they can showcase they beloved model kits, figures, dolls and nendoroids.

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Some talented artist at work to draw folks as anime/cartoon characters.

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Looks like someone has beheaded the Colossal Titan.

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The Good Smile Company booth sold out most of their stuffs on Day 1!

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More artworks sold by artists, here’s a Megurine Luka with a Gundam-like mecha?

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Folks grabbing their seats as it’s about time for Danny-san to introduce all the guests.

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Firstly, we have famous cosplayer Maridah who came all the way from the United States!

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While I am not familiar with the cosplay scene, I believe that she is famous for cosplaying as Saber Lily from the Fate Stay Night series.

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Next we have Angie who came all the way from…Penang ^^;

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It appears that she is cosplaying as Kanata Hoshigawa – One of the mascot character for Culture Japan.

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By the way, She’s also known as Ringo at Moe-Moe Kyun Maid Café, and you can find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Angie7099

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Next up we have Ikkyuu-sensei, an illustrator from Japan who has worked closely with Danny. He’s the person who did the chibi version of Culture Japan mascot characters. You’ll see his illustrations mostly on Danny’s Moekana and Moekanji cards.

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Danny and ikkyuu-san doing the Shingeki no Kyojin pose ^^

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This cutie is Shirahane Nao (also known as DMYO, pronounced as “D-Mio”), also an illustrator from Japan who did some kawaii illustrations for Danny too.

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Shy shy DMYO-sensei is cute ^_^

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Then we are also introduced to VividBlaze, the music group that does all the songs and soundtracks which are featured in Culture Japan Season 1 and Season 2.

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I personally love their music very much. Here’s the trailer of Mirai Millennium OP for Culture Japan featuring a song from VividBalze:

 

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Finally, we have Asakawa Yuu at CJC. Many of you will know her as the voice of Megurine Luka (Vocaloid), Rider (Fate/stay night), Motoko Aoyama (Love Hina) and many more.

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After introducing all the guests, it’s time for the Danny Choo panel, where Danny gives a presentation of what he and his team have done during the past years.

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One of the more important tasks that Danny has been doing all the time is character development of his mascot characters.

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Danny: “When you are finished with developing a character but still havent come up with the character’s name yet, you can name the image files according to the characrer’s appearance. In this case it would be white_hair_loli.jpg”

Everybody laughed when the slide came up ^^;  The mascot character was later revealed to be Chitose Shirasawa.

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Managed to spy on Danny’s father, Jimmy Choo during the presentation.

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Then it’s for Danny and Jimmy Choo to have a group photo with all the Culture Japan mascot cosplayers.

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Near the end of Day 1, there was a Shirahane Nao (DMYO) panel where she would show us how to draw a Mirai. But before that, Danny tried his hands on drawing a Mirai with Adobe Photoshop and this is the end result – he ended up creating another character which he named it Ichigo-chan ^^;

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Now this is what Shirahane Nao sensei came up with within a hour of drawing: from sketching to coloring and the final artwork. Mirai-chan so cute!

Finally, here are some photos of cosplayers that I took for Day 1:

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So someone is pitching Spiderman’s…wait, what!?! O_o

Just realized that it took me a total of 5 hours to sort out the photos and write this post up. Hope you guys enjoy these photos from Day 1, I will be posting up more photos for Culture Japan Con Day 2 soon! ^o^/

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