It’s NIMI- Nippon Meets Italy. The perky, the quirky, the witty, the strange, the weird, the alien, bogaloids, abnormalities- they’re all here. December 16, the first day, and it was just the beginning, the first taste of the kawaii culture, or should I say the coolest thing the Orient can really offer.
It’s a different world inside the Fortezza da Basso. I mean, we’re not just talking about
, Japan and the
Emperor. It’s like a whole different planet concealed within the walls of the
Fortezza. Mt. Fuji
It was my day off and I wanted to go out- something that I rarely do since I sold my soul to this multinational fast-food monster. As usual, I invited all those humanoid bogaloids which I loosely call “friends”.
It was the first day that the festival was opening to the public. We we’re all set to meet at the Fortezza at Madaling usapan naman. Maraming gusto sumama.
I had to go earlier kasi sasamahan ko pa yung isa kong kaibigan papunta sa Fortezza.
Later on, fate started to play dirty tricks. And this time she was really mean, damn she was so mean! Umulan! As in, it was the cold pungent winter winds and rain. Public transportation employees went on strike NATION-
WIDE. And the roads
were all choked with traffic jam.
Of I kinds of expected the usual excuses for not coming. Besides, I was sure they’re not interested at all to come to a festival ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE’S NO FREE ENTRANCE. May entrance fee mga neneng at mga totoy.
But I think for somebody who loves Japanese graphic novels, cosplay, quirky and weird Japanese stuff, and samurais, € 6,00 is not a big deal.
Luckily my loyal escort (we're not sexually related) came to see me and a junior member of the gang was there too. Yep, no strike, no traffic, not even a storm can stop us!
We were actually late. Nagsimula na pala ang program kaninang .
We missed a lot of the program especially press conference of Aoki Misako. Whoever the girl is, she must be something big to those who are part of this kawaii Japanese sub-culture.
Anyway, we saw a lot of interesting stuff and we went shopping. What else we were supposed to do? Mag-cosplay?
|This is Ms. Junior Member a.k.a. Piglet posing in front of the promo cars of the festival|
|The other promo cars|
|Mr. Loyal Escort scrutinizing the items at a stand|
|music albums and soundtracks of famous animes|
|I can't believe I forgot to buy one of those mugs!|
|For Naruto fans|
|For manga-lovers, you can buy lots of graphic novels here and get great deals and low prices|
|Ralph the Moogle this is for you|
|So this is Christmas, and let's give swords as gifts to people...|
|I wanted to buy this for my sister. She can be a real gaysha... i mean... geisha.|
|I love these lunch boxes! Can somebody please buy me one?|
|and more lunch boxes and mugs! Oo, mahilig talaga ako kumain...|
|Piglet got her cute cap! Para hindi malamigan ang utak! wehehehe....|
|I have no idea who's that robot...|