Finally, we’re getting to the bigger conventions now. TsunaCon is considered to be the part of the Dutch Big Three anime conventions, but there’s something interesting about the Big Three. While this is the shortest convention during only one day from 11:00 to 23:00, it is also considered the most popular of all three, which is quite surprising. You’d expect AnimeCon or AbunaiCon to be at least more successful since they last over the weekends. However, AnimeCon has lately been labelled as quite the elitist convention with high prices and unneeded high culture, so to say. On the opposite, AbunaiCon has been switching locations here and there, and now it’s in a position where people kind of get lost in the venue. I personally prefer AbunaiCon since it’s close and I can volunteer for the weekend, but let’s talk about TsunaCon right now.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Or at least, those are the words uttered on the day I went to this convention in Rotterdam, fittingly called We Love Japan. I actually should speak of an event rather than a convention, since this time the location is even smaller than the previously mentioned church in Arnhem. I’m not sure how to call this place, it seems more like the plaza of an international youth hostel. In any case, I decided to go here since I bought a ticket at the aforementioned convention for again, 5 euros. I think we’re on to something here with cheap and small business. However, is it really something enjoyable? I’m afraid this is going to be a short post.
This week, there are three posts awaiting to be published. And all of them are anime conventions too! The first one we’re going to take a look at is GamepitCon 2015. This event was held on the 3rd of January, hosted by none other than Gamepit. From what I’ve heard, it’s the first edition, and it comes with something Japan can’t pull of that easily; it’s an anime convention held inside a church! It does come with its drawbacks though… Because it’s a church. Read more to see why.
Good afternoon or whatever time it is over there! This weekend, Daylight Saving Time has finally passed so it’s getting even more annoying to keep in contact with my friends in the Netherlands. When I go to sleep, they start being more active on Skype, and the opposite happens when I wake up. Regarding the weather, It still feels like summer on this side though… Or maybe not, it feels more like the Dutch spring weather: the sun is shining, the breeze is a bit chilly, and the mosquitoes are still bothering me every day. And the typhoons? None of them got even close to Kumamoto so don’t worry about that. Enough talking about the weather, let’s get into the contents for this week!
I’m terribly sorry for delaying this weeks post by so many days; studying added up with all the events I attend causes me to be extremely exhausted by the end of the day usually, and I prioritize doing my homework over my blog… I guess it’s a good think while I’m here in Japan, but it might be a bit of a let-downer for the viewers. I’ve noticed my statistics peaking at 100+ views every time I write my weekly post so I don’t want to disappoint this audience. Thanks for the patience to keep on reading this blog. As predicted, the amount of information I have to share is decreasing now that I’m getting used to life in Kumamoto, but it’s not as if I’m going to leave you with empty hands!