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 Lutricia Bock - Love In Venice; Satoko Miyahara - Musetta’s Waltz; Yuna Shiraiwa - Night Waltz/Send In The Clowns; Evgenia Medvedeva - River Flows In you;
Amy Lin - Skyliner Elizabeth Tursynbaeva - Princess Mononoke; Dabin Choi - Doctor Zhivago; Yuna Aoki - Meditation

Yuna Gunner’s Ponytail Thing!

I’m finally doing a new tutorial! It’s only been like, I don’t know, a year? But new year, new cosgoals! I almost gave up this hobby last year just because I was broke and directionless and lost in the heinous void that was 2016, but the abstract concept of a new year beginning somehow resonated value with me and here we are.

Here’s how to make Yuna Gunner from Final Fantasy’s super long ponytail from scrap material, and how to make it pose-able, using about $10 worth of material. 

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Imagining Kimahri being partly responsible for raising bitty Yuna is suddenly very important to me. You just know she went through a phase where she wanted to be just like Kimahri. Talking like Kimahri, pinning a length of rope to her butt like a tail, following him around everwhere.

I don’t think there’s any official art of Yuna as a child, but I tried to design her something Yevon-y to wear.

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“In dark times, she must be [happy]. She must shine bright.”

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Costume Info
Fabrics: jersey knit, twill, bridal satin, stretch suiting
Materials: wood beads, embroidery floss, craft foam, wooden dowels, ribbon, pony beads, fabric paint
Wig: Ayanomisatoru (greatarchy09 on eBay)
Boots: eBay
Staff: craft foam, foamboard, wood, spraypaint
Contacts: Vassen Sandy blue and green from PinkyParadise

Everything except the boots and wig are handmade, and I’m especially proud of the obi because it is over 70 hours of hand embroidery.

Makeup transformation

Photo by LP

Fantasy On Ice in Kobe 2015- the first 3 ice shows of my life

My very first ice shows, first time seeing Yuzu with my own eyes, watching him skate in front of me, hearing his voice for real….  how does one put all those overwhelming feelings into words?  I have no words that would do justice to the experience.  But I want to record it all down… so I will try.  

(Note: It is very long.  The keywords are in bold so you can skip if you don’t want to read too much details.)  

Saturday 4th July 1pm show: 10.45am, I met dear friend Asuka at Shinmin Hiroba station and it was a very short walk to World Hall.  There was already a long line for FaOI goods!   Sales started at 11am and the line moved quickly.  (That is one thing I love about Japan.  Most things are well-organised and orderly.)  Soon we got our pamphlets and T-shirts, but the towel was sold out.   

12 noon, the doors opened to let us in.  We found our seats, 11th row and near the centre of one of the long sides.  It was good!  Near enough to see everything very well.  I was so excited my heart was going to burst! 

Now a trip to the toilet before the show starts.  There were lines for toilets but it wasn’t so bad.  Asuka pointed out to me that they had made most of the male toilets into female toilets for this event!  Haha!  That’s clever!  I think I only saw one guy there at the show.  

1pm, the show started.  

Opening. It was dark with some special lighting.  Sarah Alainn came out and started singing a slow and beautiful song that, with the lights, made the whole place seem magical.  The supporting cast skated out first to dance and then the main skaters came out singly or in pairs.  All these skaters that I have seen and read about on my laptop screen for the past one year, they are now skating right in front of me!  Yuzu was last to come out, after Plushenko.  He was in a white shirt.  OMG, I am really seeing Yuzu for real!!!!  He made a beautiful jump (triple axel, I heard later.  I was too excited to notice!)  Then he joined the group and danced with lots of energy and joy.  You can tell he loves dancing and was really enjoying himself.  It was awesome!  Then they all went back in through the two doorways on each side next to the stage.  Yuzu was last to go in and he turned around and bowed to the audience just before he went in.  (I think he was the only one who did that.)  Wow….. his famous good manners were evident so quickly!

For the opening, besides Yuzu, I liked Johnny’s one best.  He hydrobladed while waving happily to the audience.  It was so cute!   (For the finale, I also liked Johnny’s best.  He did it as a pair;  the other skater threw him and he did a graceful jump, like a lady.  Heehee.)

Individual performances.  I enjoyed every one of them.  Especially the Japanese ladies, Nobunari Oda, Johnny Weir and Plushenko.   I will list the performances in order of appearance and say something about them. 

(Note: I don’t know much about figure skating.  I just love music and dancing and Yuzu.  And sorry I can’t remember some names and some music/songs.)

Yuna Aoki - beautiful costume, music and performance.  Very graceful and just lovely to watch. 

Tomas Verner - quite handsome.  And funny too.  When he finished his performance and walked back towards the stage, the next performer was there on the ice in her starting pose, like a mannequin.  He did some push-ups on the ice to try to “attract” her, haha!   She didn’t move at all.  Then he moved her arms to make her “hug” him.  Then he gave up and went off.   Haha…. cute.       

Lady skater with hoops - amazing and entertaining.

Johnny Weir - BEAUTIFUL.  So beautiful and charismatic.  Now I know why Yuzu looks up to him and loves his skating so much.  

Ice repair + Chopin - It was supposed to be the next performance.  Pianist Fukuma-san introduced himself on the lighted stage while the rink was dark and Akko-chan skated around to warm up a bit.   She noticed something on the ice and skated to the rink side and talked to the staff.  When Fukuma-san finished his self-introduction, someone went on stage and spoke to him.  Then there was an announcement that the ice needs to be repaired and there will be a short break in the show.  Men came in carrying little buckets of stuff and tools and started to work on the ice.  Fukuma-san and Akko-chan waited a while and then went backstage.  

There were two spots on the ice that they worked on.  We waited and waited and waited.  Are the holes that big???  Asuka and I were getting worried.  Everyone was getting restless.  Then Fukuma-san came on stage and said he would play something for us while we waited.  He said it’s Chopin Ballade no.1 which was used by Yuzu last season.  WOW!!!  What a great guy he is!  We all clapped loudly.  He started playing and it was beautiful.  Some parts were different from the version that Yuzu used and it was so interesting to hear his version.  Immediately, the wait was no longer tedious.  Soon the repair work was done and Fukuma-san finished his piece and the show could continue. Hurray!  (super thankful to Fukuma-san because this led to the collaboration in the 3rd show.)

Akiko Suzuki (with pianist Kotaro Fukuma) - VERY BEAUTIFUL

Brian Joubert - enjoyable

Nobunari Oda - SUPERB.  I always saw Nobu as a joker because of what he does off-ice but when I watched him skate live, I kept thinking, かっこいい!! (handsome+cool) “Kakkoii~ !  He is so kakkoii !!”   His 1st performance was a serious one.  His skating and expression was superb and he landed all his jumps so lightly and so beautifully.  Now I know why they gave him that T-shirt that said a cat’s feet landing on ice.  It was very evident in his skating today.  I was so impressed.  But the joker in him couldn’t be hidden.  Even though it was a serious piece, he gave a funny smile at one part towards the end and everyone burst out laughing!    

Miki Ando (with pianist Kotaro Fukuma) - BEAUTIFUL AND ELEGANT

Javier Fernandez - very cute and fun

Philippe Candeloro - entertaining

Stephane Lambiel - very nice to watch, especially his spins, long and beautiful spins.

YUZU!!!!! - When he came out onto the dark rink, I could recognise his silhouette right away.  SEIMEI!!!  While the announcer was saying his name and some details, he skated around the dark rink to warm up and he did a jump with his hands extended out, like a helicopter. (He did this for all 3 shows.)  Then he went to the middle of the rink and took up his starting pose.  It’s the same starting pose as what we’ve seen, 2 fingers below the lips.  The music started as the lights came on.  He was facing me and seeing his serious face, my heart almost stopped.  The music was awesome and he was one with the music.  His SEIMEI was so powerful, I felt like my soul was being sucked up by his aura.  He was truly breathtaking.  His costume is even more beautiful than onscreen; it’s very white and it sparkles all over.  Yuzu Seimei really dazzled!   In the 3rd show, where I sat much nearer the rink, his face was half-turned up as he hydro-bladed and he happened to face me.  His expression was so fierce and so manly!   Omg…… (I don’t think I’ll ever get my soul back….)      

Ice dance pair - nice but I wanted to just close my eyes and relive SEIMEI in my mind all over again.  But I felt it was too rude to these 2 skaters so I didn’t do that.    

Plushenko (with violinist playing in the middle of the rink) - He is truly a legend and a great showman.  In all 3 shows, both his performances, he landed all his jumps beautifully and with so much confidence.  And he was so charismatic. RESPECT.

Intermission (I heard toilet lines were bad here.  I went before the show started, so I didn’t need to go at all until after the show.)  The little zambonis came out to smoothen the ice while some guys walked around the rink carrying big red signs that say NO PHOTO NOR VIDEO TAKING.

Shoma - nice.  Like a little green elf. 

Akiko - VERY BEAUTIFUL AGAIN.  I love Akko-chan.

Nobu - no announcement.  He just came into the rink with a black cloak and holding something which later lighted up to be a red light sabre.  The music was a medley and it began with Darth Vader’s breathing sound and Star Wars music.  It was a funny, light-hearted performance and Nobu was GREAT!  His skating and all his jumps were SUPERB.  I really loved watching him!   Even his ending bows to the audience were funny!  After each bow, he pretended to be pushing some force towards us and he did that for all 4 sides of the rink.   Haha!

Tomas Verner (with Sarah Alainn) - very nice.

Johnny (with Sarah Alainn) - ‘You Raise Me Up’. This was SO BEAUTIFUL.  She played the violin at the beginning and then she sang the first verse and then Johnny skated out.  She played and sang beautifully and Johnny was simply divine.  His limbs and his body seemed to be made for producing graceful and beautiful fluid movements on the ice.  It was mesmerising.    

Jeff Buttle - ‘Uptown Funk’;  it was fun!  And during the 3rd show, Yuzu stood at one side of the stage and danced to the song!  It was so cute!  It was very dark and I thought that silhouette and the movements really looked like him. So I watched.  Later a fan on FB confirmed it cos she was watching with binoculars!  She said he was doing all the same dance movements as Jeff!  haha!

Ice dance pair - nice

Javi - He was a matador, and the performance was funny and very enjoyable.  Javi is really cute and lovable!

Miki Ando (with soprano Tomotaka Okamoto) - ‘Amazing Grace’;  Miki’s skating is very beautiful and elegant.  I loved watching her.  

Brian Joubert (with Sarah and Okamoto in a duet) - ‘Time To Say Goodbye’;  Very nice.

Acrobatic skating pair - skated and did acrobatics with long white sashes hung from the ceiling.  It was AWESOME.

Lambiel (with Okamoto) - very nice.  

Plushenko - Another great performance.  Same feeling as 1st one above.  I feel so lucky to have watched a skating legend.

YUZU!!!! - Requiem;  it was so intense and emotional that my heart broke.  I felt his anguish and pain and tears came to my eyes.  Yuzu is really so expressive, I was totally drawn in by his whole being.  About his costume, I thought it was beautiful.  You don’t see all the minute details you see in the pictures.  Once he started skating, the costume was just a whirl of sparkly mint green and the colour was clean, gentle and easy on the eye.  Beautiful for a requiem, I felt.  

Finale - With Okamoto singing, all the skaters came out and Yuzu came out last, in that black shirt with some sparkles.  Yuzu did some spins in the middle while the rest skated in 2 concentric circles around him.   Then they all formed a line, joined hands and ran to each side of the rink to bow to the audience.  Then the quad battle.  Yuzu went back in and came out with a towel to dry himself, and he also had a bottle of water.  I cannot remember who did what but Yuzu landed the quad loop and he was so happy!   Then they all skated around the rink and waved to the audience.  And it was time to go.  All the skaters went towards the stage to exit the rink but Yuzu suddenly skated towards the opposite end.  He went near the people manning the sound system and spoke to them.  I was wondering, what is he doing??  Oh he was asking for a mic!  They gave him a mic and he went to the centre of the rink and greeted the audience and started to apologise for the ice problem earlier on.  I was so thrilled to hear his voice!!!  He sounds exactly the same as what I’ve been hearing through my earphones!  I was so happy I wanted to scream.  I think all of us were very grateful for the ice problem after that!  He basically said sorry there was a disruption but there was nothing he could do about that, and that everyone has worked very hard and thanked us for the support.  I love his voice!  What a great way to end the show.  I was so overwhelmed I had tears in my eyes and really wanted to cry.  

But there was no time to cry!  It was almost 4.30!  The next show starts at 6pm and the doors open again at 5!   We quickly went back to the hotel to take a toilet break and have some food.  (Everywhere was crowded.  I am so glad I stayed at Portopia Hotel near the rink so we could rest and eat in my room and we had already bought food in advance, anticipating the crowds.)


2ND SHOW, 4th July 6pm - I sat really far away but it was nice to watch it from a different angle.  The show was the same as the 1st show except:

During intermission, Brian and Tomas came out in 2 little zambonis and while the machines smoothened out the ice, they shot a few presents at the audience. ^^

The quad battle. Yuzu tried the quad loop 4 or 5 times and kept falling.  Each time after he fell, he made that sheepish shrug of his shoulders with that cute embarrassed smile, put his hands together to say sorry and looked so apologetic.  He was really cute to watch!   I kinda didn’t mind him failing on the 4loop so many times!   And it’s true, he unbuttoned the top button of his black shirt before the jumps and buttoned it back before going to skate in a circle.  He must have felt it was a bit too restrictive for his big jumps. ^^

Somewhere in the middle of the quad battle, they gathered for a group photo. (pic credit: Fantasy On Ice Facebook page)

At the end, all the skaters were going in towards the doorways at the 2 sides of the stage.  Yuzu was the last to leave the rink.  He stood next to the stage, cupped his hands to his mouth and shouted “arigatougozaimasu” to the audience.  The he shouted some more words and one staff handed him a mic.  (So thankful to that staff!)   This was what he said (translated by Sophie Moroi on FB)

Yuzuru’s speech:
“Thank you SO MUCH!
I am sorry that I used the opportunity to practice my quad loop jumps at the end (laughter).
Were you able to enjoy our show? [big applause from the audience].  
We the skaters often receive comments from you audience that you were moved by our performance.  In fact, we the skaters are often moved by you the audience.  It’s a bit difficult to feel so in competitions, though. So, thank you for your tireless support.

I am sorry my speech is always long (laughter), but may I add one thing?
I felt extremely honoured to be able to perform “Requiem of Heaven and Earth: 3.11” here in Kobe; as you know, the place that managed to achieve rebirth.  The other day when I visited Fukushima, the reconstruction was obviously in its half-way through, and the local population were using the term “rebuilding” or “rebirth”, rather than “reconstruction.”  In fact, not only the Tohoku region but also Ibaraki and Chiba were affected by the disasters.  I would like to ask for your continuous support to such areas, too.

Oh, well, I don’t know how to end my speech (laughter)… This was not the last show, but there may be some people among the audience who go home today, while some others may join the show tomorrow again.  Whatever the case, it’s only this time that every one of us assembles here and makes the show together.  So, I cherish every single day, minute and second.  It would be great if you could also cherish this moment.
In the end, I am the luckiest, I feel.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!”

For the last “thank you so much”, he put down his mic and just shouted it as loudly as he could.  I was sitting right at the other end of the rink at the very last row on top.  AND I COULD HEAR HIM.  With no mic, just his raw voice shouting “arigatougozaimashita”.   Using his own strength to thank all of us, his sincerity touched me so much.

It was such a moving speech.   Another great end to the 2nd show!  I was in 7th heaven and on cloud 9.  I couldn’t sleep that whole night.  Too happy.  I think I finally slept for an hour, 6am to 7am.  Had to wake up at 7 because I had to meet Asuka at 8.45am at Mikage station to visit Yuzuruha Shrine before the 1pm show.  (Yuzuruha Jinja will be another post. ^^)

3RD SHOW, Sunday 5th July, 1pm - Before the show, I remembered to drop in my fan letter for Yuzu in the big box outside. There was one box for every skater.

I had the best seat of the 3 shows!  So happy!
Show was the same except for:

Intermission - Javi and Philippe came out in the little zambonis to shoot the presents.   Javi danced in the zamboni on the way back in.  Very cute!

Quad battle, Yuna went first and then Shoma, Oda, Javi.  I saw Yuzu unbuttoning the top button of his shirt and so I was expecting him to be next. Instead he took the mic and said he would not do the quad battle today. Everyone went “Ehhhhh??????” and we thought “Oh no!  He’s not doing it today???”  Then Yuzu said, “I will do a collaboration as I did not do one.”   The pianist Fukuma-san started to get ready at the piano.   OMG!!!!  I realised he was going to perform Chopin with Fukuma-san playing for him!!!  I was ecstatic!!!

Chopin- He did the 2nd half of his Chopin program and I was so amazed watching it live. He was SO FAST!!!  His movements were beautiful and quick as lightning!   It ended with the usual Ballade ending pose and he clenched both fists in the air.  WOW!!!!!! Everyone erupted in wild cheers and applause. (We were already on our feet as we were standing from finale time.)   Yuzu was just unbelievable.  I was so overwhelmed that I had to scream to let it all out.  My screams were not out of place amidst other fans’ screams and cheers. (thank goodness!)

Then Yuzu gave a short speech to thank everyone. (pic credit Miki Ando’s instagram)  This pic looks like he’s having his own concert!  How I wish! ^^ 

Two more things I need to mention:

Before the quad battle, when the skaters were going around the rink waving, Yuzu stopped at the stage and gestured for the audience to clap for the 4 artists standing there (the 2 singers, the pianist and the violinist). He knew that all of us were looking only at the skaters and clapping for the skaters. He didn’t want the artists to be left out of our appreciation.  He stood in front of the stage at one side clapping for the artists for some time while the rest skated around. Then he joined back in the skating. Then at the end, he went up to the stage to clap for them again, bringing Nobu along with him. His heart is so full of love and consideration for everyone.   (And after each of his own performance, when he bowed to the audience, he bowed so low that I thought his fringe was going to touch the ice!  He showed so much appreciation to us, the audience too.)

My seat was 7th row from the rink and it was near enough to see all the expressions clearly.  Yuzu was directly in front of me (7 rows away) during the finale bow near the rink side and his happy, beautiful, bright smiling face is pure joy to see and will be etched in my memory forever. 


After the last show, all the T-shirts were sold out.  I am so happy to have one as a memento.

All 3 shows were spectacular, all the performances were so enjoyable.  But Yuzu was the one who made each show really, really special and a bit different from each other.  I feel so incredibly lucky to have watched all 3 of them.  Yuzu is really the best of the best, in both skating and character, and I am so proud to be his fan.

“My will is strong!”

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Someone said this looked like the Mi’hen Highroad, and I’m super happy because my goal is to have photos that look like I am in the game, haha. I’ve been compiling a list of all the FFX locations and their photos so I can scout photoshoots areas during the long winter here, and take photos in the summer! <3

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anonymous asked:

First of all, I think you ladies are wonderful. Your blog is an amazing source of inspiration, and your costumes are incredible. I have recently become interested in cosplay and, as a complete noob with no experience in sewing / prop-making, I'm having trouble finding a character design that I both really like and feel able to tackle... Did this ever happen to you when you were starting out? Should I settle for something a bit easier or stick to a design that really motivates me? HALP PLS :/

 Thank you very much for your kind words, annnnd we’re always happy to help! :) Incoming long chatter, as typical from Jenn.

Storytime: when we started in cosplay, there were almost no resources available to new cosplayers. I think most of us were lucky if we had a parent who sewed or a home ec. class at their high school. Information was hard-won and difficult to come by then. Forget finding tutorials; Katie Bair did a few for wigs, there was one for fiberglassing insulation foam (oh my god who does this even more?!) and there were a few random ones cobbled together from non-cosplay sewing sites. It was impossible. Lots of people treated what skills they had as “trade secrets”; I remember calling out a Tenten (Naruto) cosplayer for being rude to people who asked her how to do things and getting totally reamed bc she “worked hard to learn how to do it and wasn’t going to tell people for free” – yikes!

Back then, even finding reference pictures could be an unholy pain in the rear. On top of that, costume designs tended to be a lot simpler, virtue of weaker graphics, lower-budget animation, etc. I think there was a hell of a lot less pressure to be accurate/quality/whatever because a) odds are you weren’t working from great reference anyway and b) odds are everyone was in the same boat as you skill-wise.

While I’m sure there are still people that do this, back then people would openly talk about hot-gluing or stapling the seams of their costumes instead of sewing because it was “faster.” The best Songstress Yuna costume of the time (oh god) had the ruffles on the front of her costume done by squishing the fabric into ruffle shapes with hot glue, and it looked amazing by our standards!! That’s how low the bar was. Back then, having no experience was par for the course, so people took on costumes far out of their league because not many people cared about technique, accuracy, skill, etc. I mean, if you met people who could, it was SUPER impressive, but for the most part it was just about silly fun.

So quite frankly, a lot of the costumes I took on as a newcomer were costumes that were far out of my league at the time, and they look terrible by today’s standards, but challenging myself at least provided me with the impetus to learn really fast. I don’t know how it would be today – I don’t feel I take risks like I did back then as it is! And that’s also because my view on cosplay has changed: I don’t really do it for “fun” anymore, to be honest, I do it because I enjoy the process of making costumes, challenging myself to create things to a certain level, and so on. Back then, I could take on a costume ludicrously above my skill level because I cared more about being the character than how good it looked in the end, but now I find myself turning down complicated characters I truly love just because I enjoy cosplay a LOT more when I feel satisfied with my work. Working on projects I am super passionate about is important to me, but they also have to both challenge me and remain within the realm of possible to work.  

Honestly, I think I had a lot more fun when I didn’t care so much about quality… but I think I care more about a rewarding experience than having fun now, and that’s what I’ve been getting lately.

In some ways, I feel the fun vs. reward aspect of cosplay is what has led to the extreme boom of pre-made wholesale-variety costumes… now you can cosplay with minimal work and thus cut out the stress of skill levels and quality and experience because you’re guaranteed a baseline level of quality for virtually no effort. It also means that in a time where cosplay is more competitive than ever, those deciding to start from the bottom with no skills making their own things have a dilemma that cosplayers with my seniority never really had to worry about. There’s a whole class of cosplayers who have skipped the awkward baby years of awkward hot-glued costumes and jumped right into “decent” level with store-bought costumes, leaving your home-made stuff pretty exposed to critique that people don’t often bother with for store-bought costumes.

So you know what? I think it takes a lot of moxie to be a beginner cosplayer these days, making everything yourself, and I admire those people a lot. I think the culture is a little toxic these days, and being a beginner in that is a world of pressure. But you guys have a million more resources than we did when we started, since a lot of my “generation” of cosplayers have laid down a culture of writing tutorials, posting how-tos, collecting reference, etc. Because of that, I think you guys will improve and learn at a much faster rate than we did! But I hope you guys don’t miss out on having “fun” in cosplay, either; I don’t want the pressure to have quality costumes to weigh on new cosplayers and discourage them.

And realistically, you’re not going to be in this hobby forever. You should do whatever motivates you no matter what your skill level is. You’ll have to accept that your work is likely going to look very, very different in self-reflection ten years down the line, but who cares? Skills take decades to fully develop, and if you refuse to do something you love just because you have some high expectations of doing the project “justice”, odds are deciding to wait until you’re skilled enough just ends up meaning “never doing it.”

If for some reason you’re like “yeah, but I’m a perfectionist and I absolutely need to have this perfect NOW otherwise it’s not good enough” then I’m sorry to say, you’re already fucked in the short and long runs. You’re only going to burn out if you resign yourself to things you don’t care or you fixate on quality so much that nothing you do care about ever satisfies you. This is the burden of every art form out there. Every artist I’ve ever known is dissatisfied with their past work. Be proud of what you accomplish in the moment and then keep going!!

You gotta have fun with it. You really do. Don’t take your work too seriously, keep your aspirations high and just do whatever is fun to you. You can decide how much you care about quality later, and if quality motivates you, well, you’ll find a way to accomplish what you want. Due diligence with research and time and practice makes anything “easy!”

I wish you many insanely fun years of costume-making!

- Jenn