Kouraku and Canine & Feline Charity Art Show [2016]

14 March 2017

Went to Kouraku for dinner then wound up checking out Q Pop‘s Canine & Feline Charity Art Show, where 10% of the proceeds went to benefit North Central Animal Shelter.

Tonkatsu (breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet) is one of my favorite Japanese dishes.

Here’s a look at some of the puppies and kitties your purchases helped.

Didn’t realize that “purrmaids” (cat mermaids) were a thing.

The colors are different, but the blockiness of this unicorn cat reminds me of Unikitty from The Lego Movie!

This Mazinger is pretty impressive even when you don’t consider the fact that a large amount of it is cardboard.

Heroes reference?

Animals driving vehicles — they’re just like us!

You can buy prints from Dreamworks background painter Ji Soo Kim along with the second Cosplay in America book.

There’s always something new to check out in Little Tokyo!

See the full album on my Fan Page on Facebook and be sure to Like The Vault on Facebook, where I’m finally caught up through 2010! 😀

2016 09 10 Sat: Kouraku and Canine & Feline Charity Art Show


In the Name of the Moon [Apr 2014]

22 April 2014

Happened to be in Little Tokyo for a friend’s party at the beginning of the month when Q Pop opened their Magical Girl Heroines: Sailor Moon and sailor senshi art show. Remembering the last time I attended a show opening there (for Star Trek), I knew there wasn’t much hope of my getting inside so I only stopped by for a quick peek.

No food truck, but there was ice cream!

Huge line of folks and it was almost closing time; I’m sure there were many disappointed Sailor Scouts. :<

This is the closest I got to being inside, lol.

There were a few cosplayers in attendance, but I had to run off so I didn’t get to take any pictures of them. :/

The next couple of weeks brought more Moon-related madness. Heard that Jupiter would be hanging out with the Moon so went and took a peek!

There was also the Blood Moon total lunar eclipse. I believe that’s Saturn nearby, not that you can really tell from the shake. :p

I haven’t really done any astrophotography (unless you count that one time at Disneyland, lol) and I don’t have a tripod, but it’s one more thing to add to the list of things to learn! No extra photos in the album on my Facebook Page, but feel free to give it a visit and tag folks you may know!

2014 04 05 Sat/04 06 Sun/04 14 Mon: In the Name of the Moon


FFX/X-2 HD Remaster official gallery exhibit [Mar 2014]

08 April 2014

I’ve never played any of the Final Fantasy franchise and really only know about it due to the photoshoot I did with Enix Remix at Anime LA a while back. But since the “FINAL FANTASYÂź X/X-2 HD Remaster official gallery exhibit at Gallery Nucleus” event was local and some friends were going I decided to check it out.

Over 1500 people RSVPed that they were attending and having been to Gallery Nucleus once before, I knew that it was going to be a bit chaotic due to the venue’s size so I chose to show up for the last hour or so of the opening event. I managed to catch glimpses of Art Director Yusuke Naora during his Live Art Demonstration (the end result of which was auctioned off for charity) as well as the final raffle.

Here you could vote for your favorite moments from FFX-2.

Lots of art from Final Fantasy X as well as X-2.

Even though I don’t know these characters, the art is gorgeous!

Some Play Arts action figures were on display.

Blitzball foosball table in the background.

I didn’t take too many photos since I was catching up with a friend during most of it, but it was an interesting experience, and I hope that more Japanese producers will consider holding such events to exhibit some of the lovely art that goes into making some of our favorite franchises! A few more photos in the album on my Facebook Page!

2014 03 15 Sat: FINAL FANTASYÂź X/X-2 HD Remaster official gallery exhibit at Gallery Nucleus


Tune in Tokyo 5th & YSTK Release Party [Feb 2014]

11 March 2014

While I’ve gotten to hang out with my friends from Tune in Tokyo elsewhere, I haven’t been able to attend their events since HEMISPHERE back in October.

With their event, Tune in Tokyo Presents 5th Anniversary Art Show & “YSTK” ‘Zine and CD Release Party, on the first of February, they celebrated two milestones! One was their fifth anniversary, so their art show featured works from the past five years of Tune in Tokyo promos.

The art show included some photos from my photoshoot with Apocalipstick! ♄ Agit curator and artist zero actually bought one of my photos — now I’m a real artist! 😀

The other milestone was the release of YSTKzine, a new project from the Ultranimbus artist collective celebrating “the music and image of legendary Japanese artist and producer Yasutaka Nakata (Perfume, Capsule, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, et al)”!

Lots of friends attended, including Lolita Dark‘s and Tokyo StatusRayko!

My friend, actress and model Kari Lane, also attended!

There was live music from Meishi Smile and Virt, as well.

Not only is Paprika Mari a talented performer and musician, she’s also an artist!

There was a J-Pop/K-Pop cosplay contest and my friends from Cosplay Chicas won! 😀

Another shot of Kari and her lovely outfit!

DJ Greg caught me snapping.

So good to see many of my friends that night!

Here are the people who made the event possible! So happy I could be a part of it, and congrats to my friends on reaching this milestone. Here’s to many more years of J-pop and K-pop in Los Angeles!

As always, more in the album on my Facebook Page!

2014 02 01 Sat: Tune in Tokyo 5th & YSTK Release Party


Anime Explode!! (Let’s fighting art!) [Jul 2013]

10 December 2013

Post Seven of The Twelve Posts of Christmas! Less than a week after Tokyo Status‘ final event in Long Beach, many of the same friends re-congregated in Koreatown’s Agit Gallery for my friend zero’s art show, which featured awesome works of anime-inspired art from pencilers, painters, photographers (including yours truly xD ), cosplayers, musicians, and more!

The man of the hour, event organizer and artist zero!

My friend Paprika Mari and Tokari Maid‘s Kiki perform Hatsune Miku‘s “Clover Club”. See the performance on my YouTube Channel!

Mari did the art and fired these mugs herself, then handed them out! :O

There was also a cosplay contest! The emcee was none other than Ninja-Con founder and CEO D-boy, and one of the judges was Midnight Shinigami‘s Mynx Midnight.

The first contestant was my friend bunnycharms!

Haha, an inventive take on a Hadouken!

Not sure if he was cosplaying Eren; there are so many characters in Attack on Titan! You can see this guy rock out during Midnight Shinigami’s performance of Attack on Titan‘s OP “Guren no Yumiya” in the video on my YouTube Channel!

Midnight Shinigami does a sound check before their performance. Link to their entire 50-minute set on my YouTube Channel!

Special guest Rayko of Lolita Dark joined in on Midnight Shinigami’s rendition of “HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD and Gone”!

Any of these look familiar? xD; You’ll need to check out the Facebook album to see my third piece in the show!

I… hope that’s not a Battle of the Planets spoiler?

Event organizer zero with the purchaser (left) of his Evangelion painting (on wall directly behind) and Agit Gallery’s owner, Harry (sitting)!

So awesome to be immersed in such talent and so humbled to be invited to participate. Remember to check out the videos on my YouTube Channel and see many more photos on my Facebook Page!

2013 07 26 Fri: Anime Explode!! (Let’s fighting art!)


BEAM ME UP : Star Trek Art Show [Feb 2013]

19 March 2013

While a lot of people caught con plague at Anime LA, I just wound up with a case of the flu that prevented me from enjoying a few events such as the Riverside Lunar Festival. :< However, by Valentine's Day in mid-February I was well enough to venture back out again!

Of course, I celebrated by heading out to Little Tokyo to meet up with some friends! I’m not sure if the sign in this store in Weller Court has always been here, but I just thought it was funny. XD

We headed over to Ebisu to grab some noms and we took over the “boat” table in the middle of the restaurant! The table has many interesting touches, such as this lantern made of ropes. I love the colors!

I was with The OtaKing, who usually makes little avatars of friends who can’t join us for whatever reason. Here, our friend joins the OtaKing’s Nendoroid and another friend’s flask, both of which match well with the boat theme!

Dinner! I’m pretty boring, so it’s usually either ramen or katsu for me, lol. There was a lot of food, and I didn’t even finish it all!

After dinner, we hoofed it over to a local art gallery/shop called Q Pop. It was the opening night of their BEAM ME UP: STAR TREK ART SHOW. As you may recall, I’m a huge Star Trek fan!

They had a grilled cheese truck, videos playing on large screens, and many of the artists in attendance, but it was so incredibly packed that we didn’t get to go inside. :/

But it’s okay, I got to meet RenĂ© Auberjonois! I’m not sure if he was a guest or just happened to be in the area, since he had been at The Grand Slam Show (Creation Entertainment’s Star Trek convention) earlier in the day. When I told him I was a huge The Little Mermaid fan, he sang me the first lines of “Les Poissons”! ^_____^

It was great to get out of the house again and hang out with my friends! Looking forward to the next adventure!

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2013 02 16 Sat: BEAM ME UP : Star Trek Art Show


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