Last weekend saw us at the J-con Anime and Manga convention at the assembly rooms in Derby. This was our first time at a 'Japanese', rather than 'craft' orientated event and we weren't really sure what we would make of it. It was quite an experience. Not being die hard anime or manga fans a lot of the strangely dressed characters were lost on us. There were one or two that we recognised from Death Note though. And there was the odd Pokemon walking around. Below are some famous, and some lesser known, anime characters. If you've ever seen Death Note, you'll find this photo hilarious. If you haven't, you won't.
There were one or two more mainstream characters - the one below being 'No-face' from 'Spirited Away'.
And we're not 100% sure who the next guy is but we're pretty sure that it's someone from Final Fantasy.
And I told you Pokemon was lurking somewhere.
All in all it was a really good day and our initial concerns that 'these might not be the sort of people of wear delicate butterfly jewellery' proved unfounded. It was also a chance to meet several talented artists working under the 'Japan' theme and one worth noting is a talented new anime portrait artist and graphic designer, Mair Perkins (visit her site here) and we were pleased to see our new larger lotus flower brooches prove popular. We'll definitely be there next year.
Thank you for reading, we'll write again soon!