World Cosplay Summit 2016 – Part 12: Day 8 1st stage

World Cosplay Summit 2016 – Part 12: Day 8 1st stage

After going to the Aichi Arts Center we had some food and some nice chat with the other participants and changed slowly in our costumes.
We also checked our props and just waited until it was our turn.

I don’t really know what happened but for some teams it seemed to be very stressful and they where fighting a lot. So we tried to help them as much as possible with tape, sprays and everything we had, because we still had a lot of time.

I guess the biggest problem was that the staff wasn’t able to handle the props carefully. Some of them broke. We also got that problem at the 2nd stage.

But before going on stage, the staff told us that we have been nominated for the Brother award. We were really really happy, because that means we were one of the top 4 costumes!
They told us to go into a very small room, where the Brother staff checked our costumes (for about 1 minute). That means even if you are 4th place during the costume judging, if Brother likes you costume you still have a chance to get this award.

We were really surprised to be one of the top 4, because we saw the costumes of the other participants and knew that they where top notch.
With our props backstage
When it was our turn we moved our props from square to square (first to our number, than to the standby square and than directly to the stage and than on the stage) and set them up on stage.
Sadly the staff forgot our whole setting, so Chiko needed to correct it on stage. It took some time and was very difficult, because we needed to put them up while the stage was pitch black.
Sadly they also mixed up our files. We prepared an English skit for the 1rst stage, because we knew that most of the judges (the organizers of the A Block) are mostly English speaking people. I am not sure if you could see it, but Chiko needed to react immediately. I also was quite confused.
During the skit we made some mistakes during the umbrella dance and the sword fight. But it didn’t really matter, because we know we could give our best.

After our performance the host was asking us some questions and we went back to backstage.

After going to backstage we had about 3 interviews (I forgot to mention we already had 2-3 before backstage) and went back to our changing room until the walk through the stage begun.

Stage interview

During the WCS you always have at least one camera following you. They are also filming at the bus or when you are going (for example) to the Pokemon park. I got pretty much used to it directly after arriving at the airport, that they are filming you and asking you questions.

I had the feeling some teams felt very uncomfortable, because sometime they filmed you at the most stressful or embarrassing moments or wanted an interview.

Backstage interview

Even during changing or doing make up (of course they asked beforehand) they filmed us.

After that really long day finally the walk in and award ceremony begun.
We just walked through the stage, posed in the middle and walked away from the stage, lined up backstage and went to the stage again.

Stage walk

The staff forgot that during the practice barely anyone had their costume on.

Because the B Block was standing behind the A Block we needed to change (B block to the front, A Block to the back), they forgot that we didn’t had much place due to the costumes and also changing the places was difficult.
If you won an award, you step to the front (or fight you way through the first row) got the sponsor board, smiled and went back to your place.
The funniest thing was, that no one knew what the special prices mean (of course everyone knew the Brother and Nico Nico award).

When the Nico Nico award was announced I was freaking out again because I never expected to be one of the candidates for the Nico Nico award. I know that Germany never was good at skits. I was so happy!
When I saw that people really voted for us at the end vote I felt so happy! Thanks, really thanks for all your support!!!

Awards and Nico Nico

Chiko and I were so happy! For us this was everything we wanted. We knew we were top 4 of costume and top 2 at Nico Nico. At this point we knew whatever comes; we are satisfied with what we could reach. We knew we gave our best and the people liked our worked.

After getting all the awards they announced the top 16 teams for the finals at Sunday.
First of the A block and afterwards of the B block.
You were supposed to step into the front and waved and step back.
Afterwards the B block moved to the front and changed places with the A block.

Group picture

Sadly we weren’t chosen for the finals, but we didn’t care.

For us it was fulfilling enough to know, that the people liked our work.
But when we went backstage everyone was running around hectically.
We just went there and stood around with our organizers.
We also started packing our stuff until someone told us to gather at the stage.
The staff thanked us for the cooperation and told us the schedule for tomorrow, as well what the teams are supposed to do.

She explained that there will be the Osu parade, where the finalists don’t need to participate. And that they reserved tickets for the teams who have not been chosen for the 2nd stage.
She also told us, that everyone should come in Cosplay, because there would be a kind interview from Nico Nico (not sure if I understood it right…) and all the teams should go up on stage for a group picture.
After the briefing they told us that due to a counting mistake two teams haven’t been chosen to be at the 2nd stage, although they were supposed to be.

With Team Korea
Chiko and I were just thinking, OMG maybe we still have a chance??
And yes, due to a counting mistake Team Germany and team South Korea could move to the 2nd stage. I was so happy! I already planned my day and were looking forward to see all the performances and know I could also participate by my own.

You cannot imagine what a great honor it was and how happy we were!
They really asked us if it’s ok to include the two teams who have been chosen mistakenly.
Actually why did he asked? Of course it was! It would have felt really bad if they would kick out teams because of me…
Afterwards they started the appearance order lottery for the stage.
We were number 17th.

After changing, grabbing some food of the backstage buffet, we went back to the hotel and slept or tried to sleep. Because I was so nervous and excited that I barely could close my eyes.

World Cosplay Summit 2016 – Part 11: Day 8 Red Carpet

World Cosplay Summit 2016 – Part 11: Day 8 Red Carpet

As the days before we didn’t got any Schedules, so we needed to guess at which time we need to wake up in order to be in time for the red carpet. During the breakfast someone told us, that we needed to be ready at 11:30. So we had about 1 hour too much and were eating our breakfast slowly and played some Pokemon Go in our room.
During changing we already saw how they prepared the red carpet and got very excited.

After changing we met in the 2nd floor of the Hotel with all the other teams and participants.

Out costumes at the red carpet

Had a nice chat with everyone and lined up in our appearance order. Because some of the participants needed more time for changing, the first starting number of Block A only participated at the red carpet walk one time and not 2 times (actually no one told us there will be a second round, but we got the information when we needed to go out).
After getting a lot of ice spray, the next teams went down to the lobby, met their students, who were holding your countries sign and went out.

This year was the first year, that the red carpet had two ways. Normally it was only one way ad you waited at the carpark until you where supposed to go back for the second round.

This year you walk out of the hotel, to the end point and back again into the hotel.
Because no one told us that we were kind of confused, because we though we needed to pose into both directions

At the side of the red carpet
At the first way, you posed for the visitors of the World Cosplay Summit and at the way backed you were supposed to pose for the press people.

After getting, how the red carpet walk should be, we walked the first way down and posed after getting announced by the host.
Luckily we practiced posing, because you didn’t had the time to talk about it.

It was very good to know, which pose Chiko was using, because it was no time for checking her pose and getting in your own one.
Our student always told us where to pose and always counted down “1, 2, 3 go” in order to contain the flow of the parade.

At the end of the first way, the most important press people where waiting.
You needed to step on a small platform and posed for the press.
Went down and walked the way back.

Posing for the press

Afterwards you want back into the Hotel and waited downstairs for the next parade with the traditional Japanese dances. They had their own parade before our red carpet walk.

At the end of the first way we had a group picture with the Japanese dancers in front of the press people. It was a bit sad, that half of the A Block teams were missing.
And it was not easy to stand in the hot burning sun until everyone got his place and picture.
Some of the Cosplayers already fainted at Meiji Mura and Laguna, but this time it seemed to be much worser than the other events.

Group picture

After walking back the way to the hotel, we showered, grabbed our stuff and waited in the Lobby for our organizers.

We had a lot of time so we chatted a bit with visitors, participants and staff.

Having food
World Cosplay Summit 2016 – Part 9: Day 6 Free day

World Cosplay Summit 2016 – Part 9: Day 6 Free day

Because some teams went to Tokyo and some to the special monitoring sightseeing tour we could enjoy a free day.
Practicing in the park

In the morning we went to the park and practiced and went for lunch to the penguin café with our student and our organizers Mo and Laura.

Penguin Cafe

I will make an extra blog about this café because it was just an amazing experience (at least for me).

So ill will skip the review about it here (but it was great! I loved it!!!!!).

After some shopping at Mandarake and Animate we went with team France and some other organizers (also Patrick and iris) to the Aeon mall to get some more food and to go shopping.
We bought some discounted Yukatas and I got a big fat penguin!

In the evening we went to the Pokemon park with some Alumnis and friends.

It was amazing how many people went there just to play Pokemon.
We had a lot of fun and could catch some good Pokemon.
Japan is truly the heaven of Pokemon compared to Germany.
Every few meters is a Pokemon stop and rare Pokemon are popping out everywhere.
left: In Germany, Right: In Japan

After some dinner we went with Team Italy, Team Brazil and Portugal to Karaoke and had a loooot of fun.
I liked the all you can drink service. ^_-

After not getting any schedule for the next day we went to bed and had some rest.

World Cosplay Summit2016 – Part 8: Day 5 Courtesy visits

World Cosplay Summit2016 – Part 8: Day 5 Courtesy visits

For the first half of the day we have been split into 4 groups:

-> 10 teams who visited the Nagoya city hall and the Major and the Convention bureau.

-> 10 Teams who visited the Department of transportation and the Nagoya Castle.
-> 10 Teams who are doing their visit or monitor tour the next day. The countries who participated the first time at the World Cosplay Summit went to the ministry of foreign affairs in Tokyo and spent the whole day there. I heard they also had time for a short visit in Akihabara.
->The remaining few teams went to a special tour with the World Cosplay Summit and made sightseeing in other cities.

The groups have been set before departing to Nagoya. The wrong time schedule for the day was given to us directly after the Karaoke party the day before.
I am not sure when they noticed it was the wrong one.
But we got the right one luckily in time.

With our cute Finish twins in the Lobby *o*

In the bus

Already dressed up in our costumes we went to Lobby and waited for the other 8 teams. Finland already waited there. The other teams came 10 to 20 minutes too late, so we needed to rush to the city hall and the staff were searching for the others (they really panicked…).

When we arrived there we went out of the bus and have been greeted by the employers of the City hall who clapped and waved.
That was kind of interesting. We were told to go out to smile and to wav back.
After going to the 5th floor we were sitting in a kind of circle. Every country got a small table and a sign and two chairs.
The visit at the city hall.

We sat down and the Major, dressed up in an “Owari no Seraph” costume, made some jokes and hold some speeches.We also got some small presents.The teams were introduced one by one with their name, country and Cosplay.
When your country name has been called, you had to stand up to wave into one of hundreds cameras, smile and sit down again.You have to tell the World Cosplay Summit which costume you will wear at which event. You are not supposed to change your costume, because they announce your costume and character for each event you participate. They also give out lists for the press.

Standing up and waving

Japan changed their costume without notice and it caused trouble. Afterwards the staff was kind of upset, because it was a very embarrassing thing what happened in front of several cameras, journalists and of the Major. After some speeches, we made two group pictures.

Group picture with the Major

One in the 5th floor and one in the room were “Owari no Seraph” took place.After about 20-30 minutes we went back to the bus and waved again.Until we couldn’t see the employers of the city hall anymore.

At the Convention Bureau

Next destination was the Convention Bureau.
We went up there and sat in a small room together with the other teams.
The employers all dressed up in One Piece costumes and welcomed us warmly.
After about 15 minutes we went out to make some group pictures and got a handkerchief as a present.

Group picture

We drove back to the hotel and changed into normal cloths, because we were invited by the chain “Sagami” for lunch.
It was a traditional Japanese high class lunch with a lot of different dishes. It was really good and delicious! We could sit together with our both Indonesian sweeties and I got all the meat XD.

Food at Sagami with Team Indonesia

After getting just too much good food we went back into the bus, played Pokemon and arrived at Brother.
We went into a room with a big screen and watched the introduction video of Brother.
Afterwards we were free to explore the exhibitions. They had exhibitions of sewing machines, of the products they produced until now and also an experience room where you could try out the products of Brother.

Joysound system at Brother

Actually Brother makes the Joysound Karaoke system.
You can guess were we have been…
Patrick told us he couldn’t see us, but he heard us very very clearly. XD
After some Karaoke with the other teams we went back and had some free time.


The Omotenashi students prepared a a room where the representatives could try on Yukatas and experiences traditional Japanese tea.

With Team Canada

During the tea ceremony

Tea ceremony

We also got some tasty Takoyaki and it was a great experience.
Brothers also put some of their embroidery and scan/ cut machines there. We embroidered some of our T-Shirts and had a great time. 🙂

We also went shopping and explored Nagoya.
It was a nice day.

World Cosplay Summit 2016 – Part 7: Day 4 Meji Mura and Karaoke party

World Cosplay Summit 2016 – Part 7: Day 4 Meji Mura and Karaoke party

Meiji Mura
Meiji Mura was the second outdoor event we went to.
Meiji Mura is an outdoor museum, where a lot of famous building from the Japanese Meiji area can be explored. The special thing is, that they are build up in original size and you are even allowed to go in and explore more.
If you like architecture of have traditional Japanese costumes, it is a great location for a photo shooting.

Pictures at Meiji Mura

We didn’t have any changing rooms there so we changed into our costumes before going into the bus.

We knew that the trip will be about 1 hour, so we decided to go for comfortable costumes, of course with a fan!
When we arrived there we’ve been split into groups of 4-5 countries and went in small groups from the bus through the entrance to a small stage on after another.
It was a very hot and the sun was burning down. That’s why they tried to keep us in the air-conditioned bus as long as possible.
Actually no one told us, what will happen next and that we need to go up to a stage and answer questions. But I guessed that because this event has been hold last year in the same way.
When we arrived at the stage, we went up when they called our country and name and posed in the middle.

At the stage of Meiji Mura

Afterwards they asked us some random questions and made a group picture. After the group picture we had some free time to explore Meiji Mura by ourselves.

Our students were accompanying us and brought us to the famous Omu rice place to get lunch and aircon.
Picture we took
After lunch we strolled around, took some pictures and had some fun with the other teams. It was quite nice and really interesting. It is definitely a great location for photo shoots. They even had a really beautiful fake church.
I also liked the traditional candy store and bought ice cream and some penguin
The problem was that it started slowly to rain. Actually something I really appreciated, because it was hot and the rain cooled everything down.
Japanese people don’t like rain. Even after a small single drop they out their umbrella or look for a roof. In Germany rain is totally normal and if it rains even an umbrella won’t help you…
The meeting point for the group picture with all representatives where at the other side of the park. So we needed to walk a bi in order to get there. The problem was that the rain just got stronger and stronger and just after a while we looked like we were swimming.
We didn’t mind but started to panic, because we needed to wear these costumes for the courtesy visits the next day again.

Meeting point

When we arrived at the end meeting point, only half of the teams arrived and everyone was looking shocked when they saw us (we really looked like we just jumped into the pool…).

Most of the missing representatives there waiting somewhere inside or got stuck in other locations. Only the stupid Germans went there slowly in the middle of the heavy rain. The group picture was canceled and it took a while to collect all the missing representatives.
They brought us with small busses to the entrance and to the bus in order to change (or to get dry). Because afterwards we went to Joysound.
A Karaoke chain in Nagoya, which has several branches.

During the Karaokeparty with Team Phillipines

We had a small room (compared to the number of people) with a lot of food, drinks and a small stage where the people could sing.

I had a lot of fun with the people and really enjoyed singing with them.
Gift exchange with Team Russia and Kuwait
Next to the Karaoke party it was also gift exchanging time.
We brought gifts for all representatives, Alumnis, WCS staff and organizers.
But actually we couldn’t find everyone, because it was crowded, loud, dark, we didn’t new the faces (without cosplay) and had only about 1-2 hours to get dinner, exchange gifts, drink something and to have fun.
We were searching for the teams like crazy and tried to give them our presents. In exchange we also got a lot of nice presents, like self made cookies, tea, key chains etc. . Some of them are really really cute and I will treasure them! Thanks for these awesome and cute presents!
The gifts from all the other teams
Sadly we missed out Team Singapore…. We are sorry Team Singapore but we couldn’t find you guys… And because they were always in the other bus we just missed every chance to give the present to them ToT.
We knew it could be difficult to keep on track which teams already got presents, so we made a list, where we could check which teams we already gave presents or not.
After eating a lot, giving the people the presents and having fun we went back to the hotel. Dead and happy after an awesome day.

World Cosplay Summit 2016 – Part 5: Day 2 Omotenashi Day

World Cosplay Summit 2016 – Part 5: Day 2 Omotenashi Day

With Eriko chan and Yuuka chan our students.
As I mentioned in a prior post. Omotenashi is a student cooperation, consisting out of students, who supports the representatives during their stay in Nagoya in all matters.

Normally you get 1 Student per Team. Due to certain circumstances we got 2, Yuuka chan and Eriko chan.
We already told them before departing to Nagoya, what we would like to do.

Chiko really wanted to go to the Pokemon center and Onsen and I wanted to go to the Penguin cafe.

Before meeting her we practiced in the park and checked our championship stuff again.

Most of the teams went sightseeing at the Nagoya castle or shopping at some Otaku stores in Nagoya.

I guess all teams went to the Pokemon center.

At the Onsen
Onsen seemed to be like the most unusual request. In Nagoya is a very nice and big Onsen spa named “Canal Resort”. They have nice facilities and a really great outdoor area. It is actually the biggest and most famous Onsen resort in Nagoya.

Because we both love Onsen out student took us there and relaxed with us together in the really nice outdoor Onsen.

We also went to the Pokemon center and met Team South Korea.
Chiko only bought Raichus and I bought only Plinfas. <3
We have been at a Pokemon center several times before, so for us it was nothing new.

But when I went there the first time I was so overwhelmed, how many great Pokemon stuff they offer for a very reasonable price. It´s really the heaven of every Pokemon fan!

Making Okonomiyaki

In the evening we went to get some Okonomiyaki and met Team France, and the Alumnis from Denmark and Mexico.

Yuuka chan and Eriko chan also showed us how to make Okonomiyaki by ourselves. It was very interesting and a great experience.

Had fun at Nagoya