Article written by:
Aaron Matthew Holmes
With Sakura-Con finally over, I figured it’s time I get on to writing my article, granted, a bit late.
Sakura-Con was a lot more satisfying for me this year over last year. I was able to plan out my entire weekend accordingly for the Sakura-Con weekend!
My weekend consisted mostly of photoshoots of various anime. I was able to capture the entire Opening Ceremony (seen later on in the article) from beginning to end. I loved the opening ceremony, despite a few technical drawbacks that set things to be setback a bit. But it seemed the technical problems from that point weren’t the last to be seen or heard, or unheard in some cases.
Come Join Yakumei Part 2
I am a part of the cosplay group, Yakumei, and it was our first time attending Sakura-Con, we were even given the largest of panel rooms, 6C. While we had e-mails promising setup ahead of time, when we got there, it seemed the staff inside were completely unaware that our group even had a panel at 12:30pm.
We were able to finally get the panel up and running, but not until it was so late that we were forced to rush through the panel and get what events we had setup done. It felt like there was a bit of success and failure for our first Sakura-Con attending with the technical problems we had encountered.
Overall, we had a good turnout, we had fun, and sent some very lucky attendees away with some prizes, one valuing over 250$!
Technical drama spreading further…
While I can’t say for sure I know the full extent of any and/or all the technical issues, it seems they were persistent throughout the con. Most notably, the technical difficulties were obvious during the Opening Ceremonies and the Yakumei panel. It may have been a lacking of Sakura-Con staff, or even just unforeseen circumstances that caught staff off guard, but it didn’t seem to be enough to turn off con-goers. I, however, only attended the Opening Ceremony, Yakumei panel, and the Lolita Fashion show over the course of three days, so I didn’t experience any technical issues at any of the other panels.
Photos, Pictures, cosplayers and crossplayers!
This is where a majority of my time was spent. I booked up my entire weekend with photoshoots at every corner, most of them taking place outside on the 4th floor of the convention center. I had some amazing shoots with such groups as “Adventure time”, “Yu Yu Hakusho“, “Yu Hi Oh!”, “Prototype”, and even “Inuyasha“!
Lolita Fashion Show
Even more, I went to the Lolita Fashion Show at Sakura-Con this year and had an amazing opportunity to take pictures of all the Lolita models. The spotlight seemed a bit off center, so not a lot of the models had their whole body under the light, but some managed to pull it off and get under the light enough for some great pictures!
Generally speaking, I had a blast at Sakura-Con this year and can’t wait until next year! Sakura-Con is one of those conventions that once you get into it and enjoy it, you keep coming back year after year to have even more fun! Anyone who hasn’t attended Sakura-Con and is interested in going, should give Sakura-Con at least two tries. Why two, why not one? The first year seems almost overwhelming with no clue as to “what to do”, while the second year gives a much broader idea of what to do, where to go, and what will be enjoyable during the con.
Due to the fact that my gallery of pictures was MASSIVE from this year at Sakura-Con, I’d like to present the gallery in link format, all have been uploaded to Facebook.
Yu Yu Hakusho Photoshoot:
Alexa Marshall / Steampunk Alice: