|A familiar face cosplaying as Haruhi Suzumiya|
When determining what day to go, it was pretty much a toss-up between Saturday and Sunday. I originally planned to go to another event on Saturday, but plans fell apart and I ended up going to an Indian casino with family members. I left early on Sunday and it did take some time because of the horrendous traffic on Interstate 5. As I arrived we ate in Curry House and I picked up the latest volumes of Fujimura-kun Mates and Hayate the Combat Butler from Kinokuniya. As I walked to the main event area, one of my friends actually arrived at the same time. It was pretty crazy since I thought Kat would arrive before I did (for those of you who don’t know, I had 3 cosplay photo shoots during Anime Expo with her). It is our little in joke that I have become her official photographer for Anime Conventions. While we do joke about it, there is a little layer of truth there since she loves my photographic style and I am a big fan of her work in the cosplay community.
|Can't get enough Madoka|
|Olympic Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu,|
(The one in the Purple Kimono).
|Japanese Akita, so adorable|
After the Akita club walked by, there was a 30 minute lull in the parade. After some silence one of the hosts mentioned that there was a little problem with rowdy horses on First Street and it delayed the parade. The first group arrived, and it was a group of traditional Japanese dancers from the Bando Mitsuhiro Kai. In the following float were the Japanese princesses from other cities, looking very beautiful. The parade was a great experience, and I will definitely try to make it next year. I went to Nisei Week last year, but I did not attend the parade.
Nisei Week was a great experience; it was a mixture of the old and new. It was a celebration of the Japanese-Americans living in the USA. Seeing all the cosplayers there was awesome since it was many of the same faces from Anime Expo. It almost felt like being at a small anime convention. There was lots of great food and performances. The parade was a great experience that showcased the rich culture of Japanese living in America. As one of the oldest running events, it shows that you can mix the old and the new and that they can be together in perfect harmony.