Matsuri – Japanese Summer Festival 2016

During the summer when most people are not working during evenings and weekends, that’s when I start work. Whether freelance or for the company I work for, I work when people are available. So when I get a chance to catch a summer event or have time to hang out with friends, I appreciate the time off.

Here’s what I saw at Mississauga’s first Matsuri – Japanese Summer Festival:

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Nagata Shachu Taiko Drumming
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Mayor Bonnie Crombie Addresses the crowd during 35th Sister City Anniversary Ceremony between Mississauga and Kariya
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Breaking the Mirror Ceremony
Sake Wine Cask Breaking Ceremony
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Shishimai – Traditional Japanese Lion Dance

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Fuu-Wa Japanese Group Singers
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J-pop: Niji no Conquistador
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Mississauga Kendo Club
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The Toronto Kimono Club
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STORYTiME Contemporary Street Dance Performers
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TBC Buyo Group
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Kimono Fun Club & Others
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Excite My Senses – Or At Least My Creativity

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend Fan Expo. It is the first time for me, even though I’ve been told to check it out before. I, in fact, was sent on a mission by my cousin in Florida to get some autographs and photos for him. He is a Walking Dead fan. From watching the news in the past, I half know what to expect – cosplayers, Storm Troopers and lineups. This event along with Comic Con is very popular.

Lucky for me, I opted to go on a Friday with an advance ticket in hand. Though many people had taken the day off just like me, it’s not as crowded compared to the weekend. I get in with ease and start my mission to get what my cousin asked of me. I quickly find the autograph area and line up. It takes less than an hour to see Steven Yeun. He’s fairly nice and easy to talk to. For some of the other actors, lottery numbers are handed out and then signs are posted for when you can line up.

While waiting, it’s nice to hear stories and experiences from other people. I hear that Norman Reedus is super nice and likes to take time with each fan. He’ll talk with them and autograph more than one item for them as well as allow them to take photographs (if his handler would let him). I was not given the opportunity this time. He apparently also donates proceeds to charity.

I did manage to catch a glimpse of Hulk Hogan as he passed directly behind me for his autograph session as I was taking a peak at my camera. I was totally unprepared and by then when I wanted to photograph him, there was a crowd gathered around him and I had to line up for my next photo op.

Between the autograph sessions and Photo Ops, I manage to photograph some of the cosplayers.

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And of course, what would it be without my favourite – Star Wars!!! Yoda and space vehicles are made of Lego.

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And finally, treats that cater to the fan in all of us – Cakes Cove (http://www.cakescove.com). Treats in the shape of your favourite characters.

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While I did blog earlier about Celebrity Obsession (https://greceln.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/celebrity-obsessed/) and the cost of fame, I can’t help but think how fun it was to be at Fan Expo. The creativity and the effort put into the creation of these costumes worn by fans and their show of appreciation for those who bring too life all the characters they represent.

During the lineups for Photo Op sessions, celebrities such as Laurie Holden, Carrie Fisher, and Stan Lee got a rousing cheer from everyone when they passed by. Upon leaving, I felt a mix of titillation and numbness. While I feel people should focus on their own life and successes, numbers don’t lie and stats on my Flickr account are through the roof with the number of views in the thousands for this event alone. At the end of the day, I have to acknowledge that it was fun being there seeing all the famous people and cosplayers. Next time, I would like to catch some of my favourite Jays players. Paul Molitor and Tony Fernandez was at this year’s event. I hope Shawn Green can make it next time.

For more photos on this event, check out http://www.flickr.com/photos/greceln_ifoxygn/sets/72157635248729250/.