I rarely do portraits so I have relatively few photos and can combine them into one post. This blog post is a compilation is from various Sakura Matsuri (spring cherry blossom) festivals and other Japanese cosplay conventions. The ones I went to are held pretty frequently in the tri-state area. Some of the events that go on are Sakura Matsuri in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, AnimeNext in the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, Otakon, the biggest one in the East coast I have not been to yet, in Baltimore, the New York Comic Con (combined recently for both American cartoons and Japanese ones), of which tickets get sold out months in advance. Again, because Japanese culture has taken over America by storm, similar to how K-Pop has, these events can be found all over the country, even in the most conservative locations host these events. For those who do not know what cosplay is, it is usually related to Anime (Japanese cartoons) conventions in which people dress up as their favorite characters. These hobbies obtain spend a lot of time and/or money to look as close as possible to the fictional characters. Usually, these conventions put on a fashion show showcasing the costumes en-masse. I am sure everyone knows at least one person who was dragged into this hobby, similar to how certain games can keep people addicted to them for long lengths of time. I, however, enjoy photographing these people and costumes, not particularly dressing up in itself. I prefer non-portrait photography as the opportunities come more spontaneously and frequently. For portraits, I have to find willing models, usually friends or randoms at events, at specific appointment times with more opportunities of liability. Luckily, I have a few friends who enjoy cosplaying enough to let me photograph them.