World travelers Jürgen and Mike of For 91 Days recently visited an amazing temple in Setagaya, Tokyo. The Gōtoku-ji temple contains an awesome shrine dedicated to the Maneki-neko, or “Beckoning Cat”, a symbol of good luck and one of Japan’s most iconic images.
Setagaya is the setting of one of the Maneki-neko’s origin stories: It was there long ago that a wealthy feudal lord took shelter during a storm under a tree near Gōtoku-ji temple. “The lord saw the temple priest’s cat beckoning to him and followed; a moment later the tree was struck by lightning. The wealthy man became friends with the poor priest and the temple became prosperous. When the cat died, supposedly the first maneki-neko was made in his honor.”
"Worshipers at the Gotoku-ji often bring a Maneki Neko statue to leave for good luck. The result is a little surreal, with hundreds of cats sitting along a set of shelves outside a shrine. Except in size, they’re are all identical, exactly the same model with the same paw raised and the same beatific expression on their face.
The cat shrine is just one tiny section of the expansive Gotoku-ji temple, which, thanks to its location on the outskirts of the city, is usually very quiet.”
As you can see from these photos, there really are countless ceramic Maneki-neko figurines all over the place. To get an even better sense of just how densely populate the shrine is, check out Jürgen and Mike’s brief video panning across the grounds. There are also many more photos to be seen over at Tokyo For 91 Days.
First place in Hall cosplay competition @ Desucon 2014, Lahti, Finland
ahhhh, I wish I had been there to see this ;3;
Anonymous asked rynisyou:Get well soon! Do you have progress shots of mononoke: bakeneko piece?Thanks anon ;_; It’s getting better… slowly
I have a print of this framed up on my wall o//
it’s so lovely *-*
ahhhh, this is one of my favourite parts from the first story arc :3
it’s a bit of a mess, but I guess I like it that way? ahaha
calling it done, but might clean somethings up late if I have the time.
"There are Mononoke here that are bound to this inn. Children, babies’ cries, and birth water? This is a Zashiki Warashi."
↳ Episode 1 - Zashiki Warashi
Handpainted watercolour cards for sale! See my dA for details~!
I forgot to bring a camera AND my phone charger with me to Ohayocon so I will have to post good photos of my cosplay later. This one was taken by Momo Kurumi. Thanks a ton girl!
Anywhoo, I thought I would do a rundown of things I learned from this costume and maybe save some people a bit of pain. XD
- Always buy more fabric than you think you need. If you have extra, you will find a use for it.
-Shop for fabric everywhere. Walmart may occasionally surprise you and it is way cheaper than JoAnn.
-Spray paint does not work on fabric. Spray fabric paint barely works on fabric. Mostly they both just stain fabric.
-Stencils are AMAZING for adding texture to otherwise boring fabric.
-Acrylic paint works almost exactly the same as fabric paint. It just comes in more colors and can be a LOT cheaper.
-Sharp fabric scissors are your best friends.
-Exacto knives are your second best friends.
-Glue guns are your third best friends.
-Buy the mold-making compound for resin casting. It is expensive. It is worth it. Because flour and salt dough and resin do not get along. They just make bubbles in the resin.
-DO RESEARCH. If your cosplay is even vaguely based on historical costume, collect photos and tutorials about that costume. This is the internet. They are out there. Find photos of similar costumes. Find photos of other cosplayers. Save everything.
-DRAW YOUR COSPLAY. It doesn’t have to be beautiful. You don’t even have to draw the character. Just draw the costume. It forces you to account for every detail, and there ARE details you have missed.
-A precise cosplay is a good cosplay. This means that the seams are straight and finished, raw edges are hemmed, garments are lined, props are fully painted, extra glue is cut away, garments are pressed, etc. This is not to be confused with accurate, which is not always possible. Jessica Rabbit anyone? (Yaya Han is an exception.)
-Wigs do not ship from China with standard shipping within two weeks. Ever.
-Shop for materials everywhere. You are just as likely to find something useful at Hobby Lobby as at Goodwill or a vintage shop.
-Make the costume fit your body type. A well-fitting costume that is not entirely accurate will look better than a completely accurate costume that fits poorly.
-American pattern designers do not know shit about Asian clothing. They do, however, make a good jumping off point. Again, this is where research comes in handy.
-SHOP FOR SALES.
-Geta are surprisingly easy to walk in.
-There is a tutorial for it somewhere on the internet. I could not find a pattern for tabi in any of the conventional Japanese costume and cosplay places on the internet and didn’t want to buy one because I’m incredibly cheap. I finally found one on a western cosplay forum from a guy who used it for his Robin costume. Go figure.
-Unless you have a mother who has been sewing for thirty years (like I do) and can teach you all the best tricks for sewing an incredibly gloriously complex costume (like she did), start small and work your way up. You first costume will not be perfect. There are still things I wish I had done differently or want to change on this one.
-Fabric bandages do not stay on. Ever.
Lining garments takes time. It also makes them look professional, beautiful, and badass. It’s worth it.
-Wonder Under iron on bonding medium is AWESOME.
-Learn something about your character. You don’t have to read every issue, watch every episode, or play every game. Just reading a character wiki may give to you insight into choices you may want to make in your costume construction and will help immensely for photoshoots.
-Enjoy what you are working on. This costume was a lot of work but I loved every single second of it. It’s also a lot of work to wear but because I love it so much, I will definitely take every opportunity to wear it.
Wow, that’s a lot. This is kind of a quick and dirty list but if you want me to go into further detail about any part of it, just send me a message and I will try to help out. Rock on dudes!