Learn How to Take Better Cosplay Photos with Cosgenic Lesson

24.March.2018 | FASHION

Nikon Imaging Japan are creating lessons in Japanese for cosplayers on how to take photogenic photos. The website posted Lesson 12 on March 20, 2018 which gives tips on how to become better at taking better cosplay pictures by yourself.

Cosgenic Lesson

Cosgenic shows how to sync your photos perfectly with the character and world of the series they are from. Lesson 12 details how to take photos of yourself, something which shouldn’t be forgotten when enjoying cosplay. From snapping pictures at events to outdoors and even in your own home, the lesson unveils top quality techniques with a single-lens reflex camera so that even someone on their own can make their pictures look high quality

 

Learn the tricks of the trade and take even better photos of your cosplay by yourself!

 

 

■Information

“Cosgenic Lesson” Official Website:http://www.nikon-image.com/sp/cosgenic/

 

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    ◼︎Information

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    *Variety stock may differ in certain regions.
    *Taken from Michelin Guide Tokyo 2012~2019 /©MICHELIN 19-001

     

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    ◼︎Information

    Running: January 9, 2019 – February 3, 2019

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    Daimaru Tokyo

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    ◼︎Information

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    InterContinental Yokohama Grand

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    ◼︎Information

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    ©Takumi Ota.jpg

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    Comment by Yasuyuki Tanabe (Country Manager, Airbnb Japan) 
    Experiences at Airbnb are a platform offering a chance for guests around the world to experience local charms and the passion of individuals. Hosts in Japan are able to provide true local experiences through Experiences which give a glimpse into Japan’s rich culture and attraction. By expanding the service, I hope to also promote to the world the hidden charms of regions outside the famous tourist spots.”

     

    Comment by Kengo Kuma
    Airbnb’s platform offers various experiences related to architecture that enable people to see architectural structures, from worldwide famous structures to locally unique ones. As part of that I have curated some local experiences offered by hosts who are rooted in their local region. As well as that, there are many structures I have created in Yusuhara in Kochi Prefecture, also known as the town atop the clouds, which I am extremely happy are now a newly introduced available experience on Airbnb. Travel is a treasure house of inspiration. I hope that by using Airbnb, lots of new inspiration will be born from exchanging and promoting to the people of the world Japanese culture and people’s individuality. Japan also has a lot of assets it can boast to the world. Anyone in Japan can become an Airbnb Experiences host, so I hope lots of people use this opportunity to challenge themselves.”

     

    ■Infotmation
    Airbnb (English): https://airbnb.com
    Airbnb (Japanese): https://www.airbnb.jp/
    Kengo Kuma’s architectural structures in Yusuhara:  https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/309981
    *Company names, products and services listed in this press release are registered trademarks of their respective companies.
    * Airbnb, エアビーアンドビー, and logos are registered trademarks of Airbnb Inc.
  • 5 Must-Wear Yukata for Japanese Summer 2018

    28.July.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES

    Yukata are a traditional type of Japanese clothing originally used before and after entering a steam bath. Today, they are used as summer dress when going to events such as summer festivals and firework festivals.

     

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    Sailor Moon Yukata

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    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88541

     

    ■Information

    Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon Yukata

    Released: April 2018

    Available Stores: Premium Bandai, department stores, kimono stores and online stores in Japan

     

    Price:

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    ・Yukata – ¥38,000 (+Tax) – 7 Designs

    ・Obi – ¥15,000 (+Tax) – 4 Designs

    ・Folding Fan – ¥3,800 (+Tax) – 6 Designs

    ©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP・Toei Animation

     

     

    Yukata Fukubukuro

    Kyoto based traditional Japanese clothing brand KIMONOMACHI are selling yukata fukubukuro, or ‘lucky bags.’ There are several lucky bags to choose from, including one containing a single yukata, a 2-set which includes a yukata and obi, and 4, 5 and 6-sets which include that plus accessories. Part of the reason for the popularity of these bags is that you can pick from four sizes: Small (S), Free, (F), Tall (TL), and 2L. Choose from a variety of kawaii infused yukata!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/108656

     

    ■Information

    Website: https://www.kimonomachi.co.jp/

     

     

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    ■Information

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    ■Information

    Tokyo 2020 Official Online Shop: https://tokyo2020shop.jp/

     

     

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    ■Information

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    Did you like this list? There’s a lot of variation when it comes to yukata, so be sure to pick the right one for yourself this summer in Japan.

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