You’ll definitely see a few Lolitas at this year’s “J-Fest,” but it won’t be easy to snag those round-trip tickets to Japan; cosplay judges Cosmic Empress, Hushy Plushy and KARA are enforcing all the rules: Stunts must be performed in slow motion (at 3/4 speed), costumes can’t be off-the-rack, and nothing R- or X-rated is allowed. “Everything in the contest has to be handmade,” says Justin Cooper, president of the Japan-America Society of Houston. “These costumes are the most elaborate you’ve ever seen.”
There are awards for youth, performance, group, craftsmanship and best in show for the outfits based on characters from video games, anime, manga, television, movies and books. From taiko to dance, martial arts to Japanese street fashion, there’s something for every Japanophile at this year’s Japan Festival of Houston, now in its 23rd year. The event brings together food vendors, authentic Japanese music, and dozens of shows and entertainment, including Chii Sakurabi (a J-Pop singer), Miyuki Matsunaga (a Japanese dancer) and the requisite kids’ corner.
It’s hard to leave home sometimes—trust us, we know. But Heights at Park Row in Houston, Texas it is important to not only stay active in your community, but to also express curiosity about new subjects. This event is the perfect chance to spread your roots and learn new things.
Saturday, April 16, 2016—11:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
6001 Fannin Street
Houston, Texas 77030