Tuesday, July 4, 2017

PENANG ANIME MATSURI 2017

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I just got back from Penang Anime Matsuri 2017 !!!!
This is my 3rd year being a part of the guest cosplayer line up ~ thank you so much for your continuous support that I'm able to travel here and meet you all ! I'm having a lot of feels for this event because I had an amazzzinnngggg time . Let me tell you why !


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Instead of taking my flight , I had a road trip instead . The reason being 1. I have my Saber Sword , 2. I have my big Tohru Tail , and 3. I brought my PS4 !! ( I'll tell you why later in this blog post hahahahahahahah ) . 

Usually for events , I'll not bring cosplays with too many props or big parts of costume due to luggage limit. It'll be difficult dealing with oversize luggage and overweight in the airport. Penang is only 4 hours ++ drive from Kuala Lumpur ( where I stay ) so why not ? 


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For Penang Anime Matsuri 2017 , I made a new costume : Saber Lily from Fate Grand Order ! I like this costume design a lot ~ I bought the fabric months ago with Saber Lily in mind but my initial plan was Saber Nero. Unfortunately the lace I ordered got lost in mail and my Saber Nero Sword broke during shipping ! I'll still work on Nero for next event though !

To be honest I'm a little insecure with this costume because it's a ponytail wig which means no hair to cover my shoulders and my arms are flabby lol. On the event day I woke up at 6.30 am to do some arm workout , hopefully I won't look too bad. * fingers crossed *

I haven't been working out at all in June , with all the birthday celebrations and all . JULY IS THE MONTH I SHALL BE REBORN. 


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My only schedule for Day 1 is Photo-taking at Canon Booth !
I'm loving the Canon Booth for this year because the photos turn out really nice for everyone ! The lighting is so good , I'm a Happy Saber Lily ! Thank you all who came to have pictures with me ~ I hope that you'll love the photos as much as I do !


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Cosplay Singles Showdown !
Miss Mercy here won the 3rd place this year !
I'm so happy for her because I see her every year and her cosplays have improved lots this year. Her Mercy is gorgeous !

Congratulations Yukiko !


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Day 2 as Tohru from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid.

Pros of this costume is that I love it lots because of the fabric and laces and the con is I look super big in it HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Like a huge draaaagooooooon !!

This is one of the rare anime that makes me want to cosplay every character !


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My Day 2 Schedule is packed because I have a Cosplay Workshop , a Stage Appearance and two Autograph Sessions . Love being busy , I get to go out more often and meet more people !!!

( actually I love taking selfies with people a lot hahahahahaha )


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My cosplay merchandises sold out during the event !
All the cosplays featured in the merchandise are made by me , so I'm really happy that you guys like it and support my work. Thank you all for your loving support and patience in queuing for both my photo and autograph session. Lots of you come from KL , Johor , Melaka , Sarawak , Singapore and of course all the lovely Penang people ! Thank you so much for making time to meet me !


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TA-DA !!

My Cosplay Workshop for this year is Playing Games with The Audience !!!!!!!!!
I prepared some gifts for those who plays with me on stage . I only prepared 4 gifts though , didn't expect that I'll be rekt so fast till I have to play 7 games noooooooo !!!


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This is why I brought my PS4 all the way from KL.
I wanted to play Tekken 7 with the audience instead of my regular workshops. I think that it's more enjoyable this way and I loveeeeee playing games despite being so bad in it ! Out of 7 games , I only won 3 because I'm lucky. All the players are so good , much better than me.

I don't mind losing because I had so much fun !!!
I was screaming and probably my facial expressions is like a troll but gosh , THIS IS MY BEST PENANG ANIME MATSURI EVER.

To those who played with me , I hope that you had fun ok ?!


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Of course behind every happy cosplay guest is a great assistant !
Kosmo here is my assistant again for this year ~ who takes good care of me !

He is the only helper in history that is taller than me by the way .


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To my boys who are always so supportive of me. 
It was fun hanging out with you all after event. They are all from different cities , but they can be good friends and gather during events , helping each other and having fun. * give you 10 thumbs up *

Btw , this ARANG CAFE is so good. It's always packed with people and the menu are sold out sometimes. I still didn't get to eat the croissant that I wanted to eat lol. Maybe next trip !!


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This concludes my Penang Anime Matsuri Trip !

I'm one haaaaapppppy girl.
Thank you Penang !!!!

Love,
YingTze



Monday, April 17, 2017

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Since my last blog post , I've been to two more events overseas and back.
That was really tiring for me because it's two events back to back and I'm only home for a few days in between. Of course my beloved cat , BabyG is acting cold towards me because she haven't seen me for awhile. It's really hard winning her heart back again !

I took two weeks of break on cosplay and costume making , focusing on finishing my new photobook , " TamamoCat Only PhotoBook ." It's been awhile since I produced a new book because it's hard to squeeze in time for photo shoot with my hectic schedule. Thank God for my photographer , he is quite flexible with his time. For that I'm really grateful.

There are lots of other projects that I would like to work on and heaps of costumes waiting for a proper photo shoot. My next project would probably be a school girl cosplay. I love this anime very much , hopefully I'm able to work on a photobook for it soon. It will be so much fun ! I'm looking forward to it !

For now , I'm really addicted to a game called " Persona 5 ". I'm 24 hours into the game and it's nowhere near to completion. It's just so good that I kept playing it and time passed by so quickly that I go , " ehhhhh ? It's 2 am already ?! "  

Honestly , my time management is so bad nowadays. I'm thinking how can I balance between cosplay , costume making and playing games ? It's so difficult. I'm making plans for Persona 5 cosplay as I play the game. It would be nice if I'm able to have a full team for this. Like people who are really into this game. Most probably it would be tough because I'm too tall and I want to be the girl character hahahaha !

Anyways , I'm going for a holiday till this Sunday. I haven't been traveling for leisure for awhile ( it's always for work ) so I'm looking forward towards my relaxation week. 

Have a nice day everyone.
I've missed talking to you all like this !!

With Love,
YingTze



Friday, March 10, 2017

KURATE GAKUEN COSPLAY GATHERING IN SINGAPORE !

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( HELLO IT'S ME DOING SUPER TOURISTY THINGS IN SINGAPORE )

* coughs *

I made a goal this year that I would blog at least once a week . To pen down my thoughts when it's still fresh in my mind. I do lots of things all year long and my memories isn't good to remember it all , so I guess this is a good way to keep track of my happy memories !

This year would be my 5th year since I was blessed with the chance to travel around the world as a cosplay guest. To be honest , when I started cosplaying , I would have never imagined that I could be doing it this long , and constantly be given opportunities to do something that I love so much. I have many stories to tell but I guess it's not time to do that yet.

I was in Singapore last weekend for Kurate Gakuen's Event , a Cosplay Gathering in SCAPE . I had an extra free day so I went around Orchard Road to shop for cosmetic products and search for my beloved Mos Burger.

During my stay in Singapore I had 4 meals of Mos Burger and about 2-3 cups of GongCha with Pearls. People ask me why do I like Mos Burger so much ? It's because Malaysia don't have it hahahahahahahaha !

I'm a simple girl. I like my rice burgers and milk tea , that's all.


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With my little free time , I went to shop around Orchard Road. 
Usually I won't spend any money in Singapore because the exchange rate for the currency is kinda sad. However , this time I made an exception !

The Etude House in Singapore has a good vibe to it and somehow the pretty interior design and product packaging makes you want to buy everything. I think girls are often attracted to pretty packaging. I got myself a eyeshadow base , a concealer for dark circles /laughter lines and the magical highlighter powder !

As a cosplayer , I am always looking for new make up products and trying out stuff that would make my cosplay make up better. Some products works and some doesn't but oh well ~ it is part of learning . ( lesson to my crying wallet lol )


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On Saturday Night , I had a photoshoot with the Kurate Gakuen Team from Japan !
The location is one of Singapore's Famous Landmark : The Gardens by The Bay. It's my first time having a photo shoot here. I was feeling kinda shy because there were many tourists . Though I've been cosplaying for a long time ,  I still feel shy whenever I'm having a shoot outdoors. 

I'm extremely shy when people look at me hahahaha !
People was like , " Are you sure ? How can you be a cosplayer if you are shy ?! )
This is something I can never explain !




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With DD Tenka !
From the first time we met few years back till now , she never aged a day !
I wonder what's her secret ? She cosplays beautiful female characters and handsome male characters ! I'm a little jealous !


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With Kuro-san from Kurate Gakuen Team !
He is my photographer for the night and it's really nice meeting him again. He is a great photographer but as usual , I'm still shy when I'm working with someone that I just met. It will take maybe 5-6 photo session together before I feel really comfortable hahahaha !

This time we took photos in the Flower Dome.
It's my first time here , now they are having Sakura Trees inside because it's Spring Season.
It's not fully bloomed yet but still really beautiful.


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Nozomi's Sweet Devil.
I think I'm doing a little better this time.
Not as nervous , I want to be better so Kuro-san can have nicer photos !


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Team Kurate Gakuen !
It's an interesting experience taking photos in a place filled with tourists. Somehow it trains me to pretend that there's nobody around. hahahahahahahaha ! 
I'll be like , " Relax and pose nobody is here !! Only me and my photographer ! "


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On event day , I debuted my new ALO Asuna cosplay !
I made this earlier that week and the wings in one hour before my flight.
It's been awhile since my last Asuna cosplay . Previously people keep telling me that I'm more of a Leafa than Asuna , that I should just cosplay Leafa instead.

Things like this , sometimes I do take it to heart. I want to make better cosplays , cosplays that are believable. But as I grow older , I realized that you should always cosplay anything that you like. After all cosplay is much more fun if you are happy and passionate about it. Do something that you have 100 % passion in and give it your all !


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This is a small event but small events like these have its own charm.
I feel closer to the people that came to see and support me. I get to talk more to them and I get to take photos with everyone without much time limit. 

Though it's just a one day event , many people came and I'm really surprised.
I had a talk about my Kurate Gakuen Trip and I'm glad to be able to share about my experiences , interacting with all the people who came for this event.


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I get to reunite with the other Kurate Gakuen Ambassadors !
Nana Pink and Hitonari from Japan plus Maoru , Niri and Kiyo from Singapore !
Everyone is so cute and on point . They inspire me to want to have better cosplays !


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With my bae , DDTenka.
His Yurio is so cute !!!


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My Favorite Ship , Kiyo as Shimakaze !
( SHE IS SO SEXY I'M HOLDING MY NOSEBLEED IN ?! )



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It was raining quite heavily that weekend so we couldn't go far for another photo session.
So we took some photos outside the event area. It's a nice place , with lots of greens as background. I love greens by the way . ( in my photos XD )


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I love this photo by Kuro-san.
Can't wait to make more ALO Asuna costumes ! 


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This is also my first Cosplay Event of 2017. 
I'm glad to kick off this year with such a wonderful event. 
If you guys are reading this , thank you so much for attending this event and I'm so grateful to see each and everyone of you ! Thanks for making my day !


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Thank you for all the lovely gifts and letters as well.
This is my energy source to do my best this year !!!!!
( your handwritten letters and your messages I will keep it close to my heart )


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My event schedules will be more hectic starting from March.
To all the places that I'll be visiting next , I'm looking forward to see you all ok ?!


With Love,
YingTze

Thursday, March 2, 2017

6 DAY BLACKMORES COLLAGEN CHALLENGE REVIEW

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As I grow older , I want to age gracefully ... hoping that I still look good regardless of age. Is it just me that time passed by really fast this year ? With a blink of an eye , it's already March ! In three months time , I will be one year older.

To be honest , I'm really scared of looking unattractive. I mean it's only natural for a girl to feel so right ? ( I'm not the only vain person here right ????! ) That's why I try my best to work out whenever I have time , eat cleaner / healthier meals and drink more water. Of course , I'm still tempted by all the desserts and pizza !!!

As a Costume Artist , I couldn't stick to sleeping early or resting more because my working hours are super odd. I put on make up quite often for photo shoot / video shoot. I travel overseas a lot and the flights hours made me really tired sometimes.



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So I took this photo during my trip in Fukuoka , Japan.
This is taken using my new camera and even with portrait mode , you can see that my skin is kinda rough , my laughter lines are very obvious and I look really tired.

I was kinda shocked to be honest . 
Do I really look like this now ? Ah , so sad. 
With photos , if I look tired I could just put extra filters on it and it's passable but I want to look good in real life too. That's what I thought !

So when I got back to KL , a friend recommended that I should try taking some supplements or try drinking collagen ! It is said that cabin crews who had to work long hours drinks collagen as well to look better. 

I'm not big on supplements because I'm a lazy person. The thoughts of waking up and having to eat all sorts of pills scares me .But oh well , there is no harm in trying right ? So I went to the nearest pharmacy and got myself a box of collagen !



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There are various brands but I picked Blackmores .
( because that's the only brand name I recognized , they make a lot of health supplements ! ) 

According to the packaging , the benefits of drinking collagen includes skin firming , reducing fine lines and pores , skin brightening , and more . Basically it means that it's good for your skin . If you are vain , then you should try it lol .

I got the Blacksmore 10 000 MG High Strength Collagen , it has 12 bottles per box . As instructed , I drink one bottle per day for six consecutive days and then one bottle every two days for maintenance. 


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Here's my Day 3 and Day 6 Collagen Progress Photo. 
I didn't manage to take the Day 0 photo because I wasn't expecting to share about this since I'm not sure whether it works or not. When I showed this to my Princess Hermes , she was like : " God ask you to stop putting make up and just bare face is enough ! "

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
But that wouldn't work because my job requires me to be in thick make up !
I mean cosplay and make up go hand in hand right . (plus all the late night crafting / sewing that I couldn't avoid. )

I uploaded this picture on my Instagram / Twitter and some commented the change in skintone. Honestly , I can't comment if I become fairer because I'm already quite fair to begin with. However you can clearly see that my skin became more radiant right ?

Before the Collagen Challenge I think that I look like a tired housewife that has done to much housework and patiently wait for her husband to return home lol.  The collagen definitely made my skin texture better , reduced my laughter lines and I don't look that tired anymore.


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Of course this collagen isn't a magic potion.
Upon returning from Fukuoka , besides drinking collagen : I resumed going to gym about 4 times a week , I still sleep late about 1am but I wake up 7am every morning. Diet wise nothing much changed ,I just avoid eating after 8pm.

I think drinking collagen made me feel better about myself. Usually I look pale , especially my lips ! After drinking collagen daily ,my cheeks are much rosier . Generally , I just feel more confident going out without make up now.

This is written based on my own observation , so I'm not sure if it will work the same for other people. My bro who tried collagen before told me that it doesn't work for her. I guess it's really up to each individual. I don't think that collagen will magically make someone younger , some effort is still needed . After all ,supplements are just to aid you right ?


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I think it's good to drink this when you have an important event upcoming. Like a wedding or something and you want to look better. ( in a short time ) It would be difficult to maintain having this though because it's a little pricey to me.

I shall continue for a month and I'll update again soon.
Hope that this review helps !

With Love,
YingTze


Saturday, February 25, 2017

KURATE GAKUEN | A SCHOOL COSPLAY STUDIO IN JAPAN

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( Kurate Gakuen Amnassadors with Kurate's Mayor , Mr Shinji Tokushima )


Greetings from the Moe Ambassadors of Kurate Gakuen in Fukuoka , Japan !
I'm lucky enough to be chosen as one of the ambassadors to represent Malaysia and given a chance to visit and experience Kurate Gakuen , alongside with Punipun and Matchamei from Indonesia plus Niri , Maoru and Kiyo from Singapore . We had the pleasure to meet Japanese Cosplayers , NanaPink and WTR as well !

Cosplay is really wonderful isn't it ? It brings people from different country together ~ we all have something in common which is our passion for this hobby. I'm really thankful for this opportunity, being able to travel to new places , meet new people and making more friends ! 

Now allow me to introduce you to the World Of Kurate Gakuen !


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Kurate Gakuen in located in Kurate Town , approximately 60 KM northeast of Fukuoka City. 
It takes one hour of car ride from Fukuoka Airport to Kurate Gakuen. There are buses to Kurate City from the airport as well so it's pretty easy to get here.


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A little history about Kurate Gakuen , it used to be Kurate Minami Junior High School but it has closed down since 2015. Since then , Kurate Gakuen filled and transformed the vacant building into an Event Venue , Photo Shooting Studio ,Incubation Facility and Information Hub for Anime Culture. 


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A map of Kurate Gakuen.
As you can see , Kurate Gakuen is unique because cosplayers can take pictures anywhere they want in the school. The spacious environment and location makes Kurate Gakuen one of a kind.

As a cosplayer , I'm always looking for new locations for my cosplay photo shoot. I believe that with a nice location , I would be able to bring out the feel of my character better. It's a dream come true for me being able to have a photo session in a real Japanese School where everything is so authentic .

I definitely will be back here again sometime in Spring. Kurate Gakuen is surrounded by 60 ++ Sakura Trees , it would be such a beautiful scene. I want to make a school cosplay photobook here !


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For all the cosplayer's convenience ,there is a huge Make Up / Changing Room. There are lots of table , chairs and mirrors hereso it can accomodate a lot of people.The room is really spacious and they have special room for you to store your luggage and bags as well.


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One thing that I like about Kurate Gakuen is that it's blessed with abundance of sunlight. I enjoy natural lighting when putting on make up so I like this room very much. ( it has nice lighting for selfies as well hahahhahahaha )

Let's go for a tour around Kurate Gakuen !!


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Welcome to Kurate Gakuen , where all your School Dreams come true !
Does this scene look familiar ? A school building with a large clock outside.


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Classroom where all the magic happens !


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The last seat of the classroom , usually where the
main hero / heroine of the manga / anime sits.


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Hallway where you stalk your senpai.


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Taking a break outside the classroom , thinking if senpai thinks about you as well.
Then you slowly let out a sigh.
" WHY DOESN'T SENPAI NOTICE ME ~ "


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Science Lab.
This is usually where the main characters screws up their scientific experiments
and they happen to have a good friend that's smarter than them.


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Music Room.
Here's where you hear beautiful melodies playing , drawing you closer to the room.
That's when you see the senpai of your dreams sitting there ,
playing the Grand Piano.


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Or maybe a Super Cool Senpai and his friends practicing for their
upcoming Band Performance !


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With brand new Tatami freshly laid , this part of Kurate Gakuen is transformed into a Japanese-Style Studio.


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As HinaMatsuri ( Doll's Day or also known as Girl's Day ) is approaching , 
Kurate Gakuen prepared decorations for this festival as well.


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All the Moe Ambassadors of Kurate Gakuen had the opportunity to wear Japanese Yukata ! I choose this Yukata myself , thinking that it matches my Emilia wig. 
Loving the yukata pattern ~ it's really pretty ! 


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Manga Room.
It has an impressive collection of manga here !
Wish that I could read Japanese though !


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The Nurse's Office .
Where the main character usually gets injured , and then senpai princess carries you here.


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The Rooftop.
A secret meeting with senpai?
Or you can be eating here with your classmates during lunch break.


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The Gymnasium.
Where all the Sports Anime comes to mind.
You can Slamdunk , Kuroko No Basket or Haikyuu here !!??


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One of my favorite spot !
The Swimming Pool !
This totally reminds me of Free !
( secretly watches senpai swimming ahhhhhhhhh )


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Here's where senpai is mesmerized at the sight of you flicking your hair and drinks water from the tap. 
Works all the time.
Tip 101 : How to bait your Senpai.

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If you need Photography Advices , don't worry because Kurate Gakuen has staff and photographers that are able to provide some assistance if you need some help.


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Part of the hallway near the office displays amazing photographs of cosplay by the photographers in Kurate Gakuen ! The photos are beautiful and I just can't stop looking at them !


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Here's a sample photo of my Utaha cosplay taken by Japanese Photographer , Mr Kuro !


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I'm usually very shy and awkward working with a photographer that I just met but Mr Kuro here is really kind and patient with me. I wished that I'm in better shape though ~ ( and maybe not so shy ) 
then I can be a better model for him !  * l a u g h s *


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During weekends , Kurate Gakuen has a mini store that sells the most delicious freshly made bread and pudding ever ! It gets sold out fast , so make sure that you grab everything that you like before it's gone !


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I have a confession to make.
I ate like 5 different types of bread here.
( and only one pudding ! )


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A Special Rice Cracker that's only available in Kurate Gakuen !
This Rice Cracker is made with Kurate Town's Special Sauce. 
I'm a big fan of rice crackers so I finished the whole box in a day...
( which explains why I go to gym everyday now lol )



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Overall , I think that Kurate Gakuen should be in every Cosplayer's Must-Go-To Destination ! This school is a dream come true for many people, especially when you can relive your school days right here.

I was feeling kinda nostalgic being here , thinking about my school days ~ except I don't have any handsome or cool senpai to fangirl over because I'm from a " All Girls School . "
* l a u g h s *  My school doesn't have a gymnasium or pool either. Can you imagine my excitement as I stepped into Kurate Gakuen ? 

As I mentioned earlier , I would love to come back here during Spring.
Shooting under sakura trees , that would one of my #cosplaygoals !


With Love ,

YingTze



KURATE Gakuen Website : http://kurategakuen.com/
Address : 鞍手町大字新北993-1
Kotake-machi Kurate-gun, Fukuoka, Japan

Phone Number : +81 949-28-7890