- Fashion Week Berlin (Berlin)
- Japanfestival Berlin (Berlin)
- DoKoMi (Düsseldorf)
- Main Matsuri (Frankfurt)
- World Cosplay Summit (Judge; Nagoya (Japan)
- Anime Messe Berlin (Berlin)
- Anime Festival Feiburg (Freiburg)
- Connichi (Kassel)
- YuniCon (Wien, Austria)
- JapanExpo (Alumni; Paris (France))
- Art to Play (Finalist; Nantes (France))
- JenaCon (Jena)
- Mahou No Yoru (Schwerte)
The Ryokan we booked is called Yoyokaku.
Also the Onsen was amazing and we enjoyed the small pottery exhibition with some tea and coffee.
The breakfast in the dining hall was very tasty and the staff member took really really good care of us. She even took her time for some small talk (in Japanese, they tried but weren´t that fluent in English).
They also helped us with sightseeing spots and gave us some advices. It was great to stroll around in Yukata at the bridge and castle.
If you can spare the money and want to enjoy yourself (and drown in “Yuri On Ice” feels) I can really recommend this Ryokan.
We really enjoyed ourselves!
Pictures by Meermiau or Shiroku
Yuri by Shiroku/ Yurio by Chiko-chan
Type: Ryokan (traditional guest house)
Price range: 11.880 yen ~ 43.200 yen per room and night (might include breakfast/ dinner)
Adress: 2 Chome-4-40 Higashikaratsu, Karatsu, Saga Prefecture 847-0017, Japan
The Anime “Yuri On Ice” became popular all over the world. With the rising popularity, also Karatsu became more and more popular among foreign tourist.
Many of you might know, that Cosplaying in public is not well received in Japan. As a foreigner you might get the “baka gaijin” (stupid foreigner) bonus, but in general if you appear in Cosplay at an event they might refuse to let you enter until you put off your costume.
Karatsu is different. With the “Saga on Ice” campaign they encourage Cosplayers to take pictures in the real life spots of “Hasetsu” and to explore this city while cosplaying.
The residents were very friendly, supportive and obviously used to “Yuri On Ice” cosplayers.
We decided to go by Airplane to Fukuoka, because this is how Yuri Katsuki arrived in Japan in the first episode.
We were too tired so we didn´t took any pictures.
We took the Kuukou Line to Karatsu, like Yuri did. The Kuukou line connects the Airport directly with Karatsu. It takes you about an hour to reach Yuri´s home.
When you are lucky you will be able to ride the new type of train, which also Yuri took.
Karatsu Station is the spot were Yuri got fetched up by his family.
When we arrived, we also looked up the tourist information, were you could get free English “Yuri On Ice” sightseeing maps.
We also found tons of merchandise.
At the North exit of Karatsu you can also find the infamouse octopus statue, where Yurio took a Selfie.
Sadly the original is not an octopus but an lion.
Koyomachi (shopping district):
Of course we also visited the shopping district Koyomachi.
We also found next to merchandise and the tiger shirt, which Yurio discovered during his visit. The shop owner gave us a “Yuri On Ice” fan and flyers. She was super friendly and told us to take more pictures. XD
Tsubomi Snack Bar:
Tsubomi Snack Bar, is the bar where Victor was looking for Yuri and where he met Minako.
It was closed during daytime, so we didn´t went inside.
The Castle is obviously one of the main spots to visit.
Also one of Yuris jogging course: The bridge.
With an wonderful view to the ocean and the castle.
Especially during the night, the castle looked so beautiful.
Sadly we didn´t had time to visit the hot spring.
We visited Makkachin´s vet and saw a lot of cute cats and dogs. Their window was full of “Yuri On Ice” merchandise and Makkachin´s.
During the Anime the ice rink showed some advertisement for an Udon store in “Hasetsu”.
Apparently this Udon store really exists and had a small collaboration with the Anime.
Fukouka (Yatai Stores):
After our stay in Karatsu we moved to Fukuoka and spent there a few days.
The ending of “Yuri On Ice” showed some famous spots of Fukuoka, like the Yatai stores or this unique tower.
We really really loved this place. If you are a huge fan of “Yuri On Ice” I would really recommend to visit this town at least once in your life. The people are really welcoming and helpful and you can also meet a lot of fans there. Doing this photoshooting was one of my dreams and it was way better than expected.
We also could took some pictures in the Ryokan which provides the Yukata´s of the collaboration edition (I will write a blog about it later).
You could say it was one of my highlights during this travel!
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to write me a message ^_-
Pictures by Meermiau or Shiroku
Yurio by Chiko Chan
Yuri by Shiroku
Map of the “Yuri On Ice” sightseeing spots in Karatsu
After the success of my first photobook “Anniversary collection – Best of 10 years” I decided to produce my new photobook “Fate/ Grand Collection”.
This book features 10 different female characters (servants) from the Type/Moon series “Fate” (mainly Fate/Grand Order) on 36 full color pages.
The Photobook will be available (latest) at the 1rst February.
But you can preorder your example now >>> Here <<<
The preordered photobooks will be shipped as soon as I get them from the printing company.
The first 25 preorders will get a Free magnetbutton of my Saber Nero Cosplay.
(This merchandise is limited to 25 pieces and not available for sale).
Thanks to the photographers who made this photobook possible:
• Infinitedreams Photography (incl. edit) https://facebook.com/infinitedreams.de/
• aeroflydesign https://www.facebook.com/aeroflydesign/
• Happy Berry Photography (incl. edit)
• Vien Nguyen
~Photobook produced, designed and pictures edited by Shiroku
Thanks for your support. 🙂