Our resident writer Amichan has compiled her top five
highlights of Minamicon 14! Enjoy!
At the end of the day what makes a con work is the people,
everyone who I had chance to talk to were friendly and were happy to
talk to me. A big thankyou should be given to the Committee
and Gophers who kept the convention running smoothly and mostly to
time all weekend. You guys particularly made me feel welcome
on the Sunday evening with your offers of plum wine and unusual t
I have met Akemi before both at Amecon
and Alcon, this year at
Minamicon she really pushed
the boat out by hosting a number of events including Calligraphy,
Japanese language, Japanese Culture and Tea Ceremony lessons.
I attended most of these events and all of them were deeply
fascinating. The main thing that makes Akemi so wonderful is
that she is passionate about her culture and you can talk to her
about pretty much anything related to Japanese culture.
An example of this was the Kimono that she wore during the
weekend which was passed down
the generations from her
grandma to herself.
The masquerade at Minami was the most enjoyable one I have
watched in a while. Why you ask? When I first saw that
it was 2 hours long I wondered what on earth was going to fill that
time as even if every cosplayer joined in it would simply not take
that amount of time. I then started imagining strange and
wacky ideas such as the committee ambushing poor unsuspecting hotel
visitors and changing them into the most skimpiest costumes
imaginable. This, no matter how funny the case would of been,
was not what happened. The masquerade was instead broken up
with comedy performances (for example the excellent Squeenix Eye for
the the Straight Guy) and with excellent AMV's. At the end of
the event the awards names were made up by the judges and then
This was amazingly good event to open up on the Friday as you
often played random and crazy games such as Haruhi
Twister and Sgt Frog Piņata
with people that you did not know. Hence you were able to get
to know new people pretty quickly into the weekend.
Unfortunately, my short skirt stopped me from playing Twister...
In my recent visit to Japan I went to 3 maid / cosplay cafes.
Safe to say nearly two months after I returned to the UK this cafe
helped me to fulfil a craving for a short period of time!