I arrived in DC on Thursday with no issue although they bumped my initial and connecting flight an hour later. Thursday was easy going. I stitched down eight beads to finish my Beryl costume then went on to help Calamity with her projects while watching Rambo II and III.
I had a late start to Friday since my first shoot started at two, so I got dressed in Beryl at around noon. I learned the importance of planning how to put on a costume with some many layers. It went something like this: Corset on - corset off - hoopskirt, tulle, slip, skirt on - then corset on and finally put on wig and accessories. Thanks to Kudrel for lacing me up twice.
I started off the day by shooting with Anna Fischer, followed by Jason Chau. I then went to meet up with my No Flutter Sailor Moon group and everyone looked gorgeous. I’m so happy we had such a good turnout. We had scouts from all over Canada and the costumes were all well-coordinated. After we did some group shoots we went to go see the artist that designed the costumes. No Flutter was excited to see the costumes and even gave me support for my original design to match the group. It was very flattering because I tried my best to match the style. I’ll get more into that when I post my construction breakdown for the costume.
Here's a few shot of our group. First photo is by Martin Wong and all others are from Octography
After freeing ourselves from our costumes, some of us went to dinner at a nearby seafood place and stuffed our faces. The rest of the night was spent hanging out with friends and finally getting my badge. On that note: WHAT THE HELL WAS GOING ON WITH THAT LINE-UP? It really defeats the purpose of pre-registering if it ends up such a hassle. There was a 2,3,4,5, even 6hr long wait to get badges on Thursday and Friday. I waited till 11 pm Friday and waited 5 minutes.
On day two I sported my Aion Bard and shot with Anna Fischer, Jason Chau, and Eurobeat Kasumi before meeting up with my Aion group. We had some difficulties getting the whole group together and some people couldn’t finish their costumes in time but I’m glad we were able to meet-up. We took a few group photos outside (It was quick because it was cold) before calling it a day.
Katsucon is great event for catching up with friend from all over Canada and the US. I spent the night hopping from room to room catching up with friends.
Side note - Unintentional workout: My harp is top heavy because of the huge gem and since the shape is awkward my wrist has been sore for 2 days.
I was sport casual/short skirt Beryl because I didn’t want to maneuver crowds again. Thanks to Calamity for lending me her panniers for some extra poof for when I shot with EleventhPhotograph. Soon afterwards I got to meet Matt from Rescue the Princess to shoot some video. He came all the way from Japan because he loves Katsu that much!
Afterwards I was model assistance and location scouting duty while Calamity shot with Lexa One photography. I can’t wait to see the results. I’m sure it will be magical.
Calamity and I did the rounds on the gazebo level saying our goodbyes before we got changed and grabbed some food before heading to the airport.
My mini gallery for this year. I took very few photos since I had a prop on all three days.
I would like to say the flight home went smoothly but dear god, it was a mess. Air Canada really messed up my boarding process and I am currently trying to get things sorted. On top of that we were stuck on the tarmac for 40min after our 1hr flight. I can’t complain too much about waiting since some friends were delayed for hours only to wait on the tarmac for 2hr for a 1hr flight.
Overall: I love Katsucon and I will be returning next year. I just hope the weather is nicer next time since running across the street in costume from my hotel was miserable.
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