I'm feeling a little nostalgic and homesick for my old friends now, after reading my friend Arika's latest post on her Mega Geeks Inc blog. Before I came to Japan, my life revolved around school and making costumes. Arika is a fellow cosplayer- we have traveled together, been on stage together, and costumed together. If you're not a cosplayer, it might be hard to grasp that kind of bond. Let me put it this way:
Making a costume for a competition can be a huge project. It takes months of time, lots of money, and leads to many sleepless nights. Then there's Con Week, the week before the convention when all the unfinished projects have to get finished, when the unorganized cosplayer finds herself hunched over a hot glue gun, adding those last painstaking details at 4 AM the night before the con. Needless to say, this experience doesn't bring out the best in anyone's personality; Con Week can be a time of stress, mental breakdowns and frustration. Then there's the travel, the con, the competition itself- the disappointment of losing or the joy of coming in Best in Show.