Thursday, October 8, 2015

My cosplay world~

Hello dear readers!

As some of you might know, I also used to cosplay. I say "used to" because I actually stopped. It's just expensive, I can't sew and I dislike my face because it doesn't match with many characters. But still I have a small collections of photos I can show you! All information about where I got it will be added! Have fun!



My first cosplay was Megurine Luka in her Magnet outfit (Vocaloid)


Unfortunately I don't have many good photos. This was taken at Connichi 2011. The dress was bought at Tally Weijl and I added the white parts myself... without a sewing machine... that was exhausting. :D The wig and the headphones were bought from eBay.
I wore my first cosplay at Connichi 2011 and later again at the book fair in Leipzig 2013.



Here's my second cosplay. It's Gackt's outfit from Episode.0. The photo was taken in February 2012.


The kimono was made by a local seamstress, because I can't sew. The shoes were bough in Chinatown, San Francisco. The wig was from ebay and so was the plastic sword (which came in a huge box btw... xD)
I liked this cosplay a lot, but I found out that my face didn't match Gackt's awesomeness. xD I don't have any better pictures of that cosplay. Sadly. 
I wore that one at DeDeCo 2012, book fair in Leipzig 2012 and Connichi 2012.



In June 2012 I tried a female Maya (LM.C) cosplay. It's not a "real" cosplay, but I wanted to add it since I dyed my hair pink after the LM.C concert in Muich in May 2012. :D I loved the color but my mom didn't like it.






I'm really proud of this cosplay. It's Gakupo from Vocaloid from the Synchronicity song. It's taken at a furniture store in February 2013.


The costume was sewn by my talented friend Katsuya. She made the Hakama, the coat and the jabot. Gakupo is my favorite Vocaloid and I loved this outfit ever since. So I was super happy to finally wear it tho it was uncomfortable since the coat was long enough to clean the ground when I didn't carry it, haha. :D
I wore my beloved Gakupo cosplay at DeDeCo 2013, book fair in Leipzig 2013 and Connichi 2013.



In April 2013 I got this cosplay. Yuu Kanda from D.Gray-man.


It's actually the most comfortable cosplay (along with Luka). Especially because I didn't need to smile when someone took a photo of me, haha. Really, I can't smile without looking like a lama that's about to die. Jokes aside, I ordered the uniform from cosplayfu.com and was quite happy with the quality. The only bad thing was that the sleeves were quite short. That's why I wore a black long blouse underneath it. 
I wore it at the book fair in Leipzig 2013 and Connichi 2013



My last cosplay was Armin Arlert from Shingeki no Kyojin. The photo was taken in March 2014 by my lovely friend Kumiko who also sewed the jacket for our whole cosplay group. They're made of fake leather. 


This cosplay was a mess. I really like the character and the series and I was happy to cosplay him, but.... I'm tiny and skinny, which means the belts didn't really fit. I always had to adjust the straps because they weren't in their right place anymore after walking a bit. I wore this cosplay at the book fair in Leipzig in 2014 as well as at Connichi 2014. 


Now we're already at the end of my cosplay timeline! I didn't include and closet cosplays of Gakupo, haha. :D They're boring. 
But I will wear a new cosplay next year! Which one? I won't tell you. You're gonna see it at DeDeCo in Dresden 2016! Be prepared!

Thanks for reading!
Yours,
Kanon ♥

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Buying from Yahoo Auctions Japan with Buyee

Hey everyone!

A while ago I purchased my first dress from Yahoo Auctions. As many of you know, it's not possible to buy from there when you're not living in Japan. I used the shopping service Buyee which is operated by Tenso to win the auction.

So, how does it work?

After opening an account you connect your paypal with your account, so buyee can get the money right after you won the bid. 
Afterwards it's pretty easy, so there's not a wall of text to explain how it works. 
You're looking for your item and you're bidding on it on your own in real time. You can also snipe bid an item, which means you decide on the highest price you want to pay for it and afterwards you just wait. If there's no one who wants to pay more, you'll win it... if someone else has more money than you, you will lose. It's a good way to bid if you're not able to be online at the time the auction ends.
But of course you can also sit in front of your computer and bid every time someone outbids you. That's what I did. :D At first I tried to get a Melty Chocolate set for about 130€, but within the last three seconds someone outbid me... :(

Then I decided to get the Powder Rose JSK in pink. No one else bid on it, so it was easy for me. :D 

Right after I won the auction, I automatically transferred the money to buyee. 

Afterwards I had to wait until the dress arrived at buyee's warehouse. It took almost a week to get there.

Then I could decide on a shipping method. I used the cheapest one, which was almost 20€. Before the check out I could decide what's written on the delivery note. Unfortunately I could only decide on "cloths" and not on a specific type of cloths which caused me trouble later.

After everything was done and the shipping was automatically payed again, I waited for the package. It didn't talk more than a week to get here.
But it ended up at my local customs office which is in the middle of no where. Literally! I had my dad to pick it up... 
But he had to go there twice, because my paypal receipt wasn't enough. Because there was written "cloths" on the delivery note, they needed a prove that I really ordered a dress. Because "cloths" could also mean "skirt" or "scarf"... So I had to print a screenshot of the auction to show them that I really ordered that dress and that I payed for the dress. After that I got my dress. On Monday after the con I wanted to wear it. Great! Not...

Here's the package I got:



The seller put the dress into a cute Hello Kitty bag! Aww~

And here's the dress:



 It was in great condition without any flaws and I can't wait to wear it!
I will show you worn pictures later! So please be patient!


Summery of my experience:

Communication: 
I didn't have any questions, but they also notified me when something about my order changed and they also replied to my email when I had problems with the customs office.  
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Shipping:
Normal shipping rates, fast shipping
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Packaging:
The items were safe in the package, but there was a problem with the customs declaration (the "cloths" issue)
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Condition of the item:
Everything was as expected and nothing got damaged
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Service Fee:
10% of the item's price or at least 500 Yen when the item is cheaper than 5000 Yen. Additionally there's a 200 Yen payment fee.
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Overall experience:
I would definitly shop with them again!
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I hope you liked my review! Hope to see you again!
Yours,
Kanon ♥