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


Little Tokyo Adventures III [2016]

31 January 2017

Happy new year! Granted, January’s pretty much over, but the Lunar New Year began a few days ago so I’m well within the range. 😉

Even though these pictures were ready before the break, I’ve been too busy and lazy (mostly lazy) to put them up. Anyway, here’s a quick trip we made out to Little Tokyo back in August!

The fried rice and ramen at Orochon Ramen are always good!

HoneyMee had just at the Japanese Village Plaza so we went to check it out. It’s Kosher and organic!

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 08 05 Fri: Little Tokyo Adventures III


Little Tokyo Adventures II [2016]

30 August 2016

I can’t believe that for all the times I’ve gone to Korean barbecue at Manna in Little Tokyo, I haven’t posted about it before!

Before the meat is done, there’s the buffet bar where you can fill up on other things like fried rice and gyoza!

I was actually trying to get a picture of the US Bank building lit in purple in honor of Prince, but nature somehow managed a better tribute.

Fairytale Boutique‘s old space got taken over by Anime Jungle. This is their fourth store!

Also, I went to Teishokuya of Tokyo (better known as T.O.T) for the first time. I ordered the grilled chicken, which arrived with some unexpected sides! Did not expect this to be American-style, lol.

Be sure to try these spots the next time you’re in Little Tokyo!

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2016 04 23 Sat/05 14 Sat: Little Tokyo Adventures II


Looking for Miku Premiere at Ninja-Con LA [2016]!

24 May 2016

No post this week as we’re prepping for the convention/world premiere (for reals) of Looking for Miku!

We’ll be screening the award-nominated anime fan film and holding a Q&A with the filmmakers at Ninja-Con (admission to Ninja-Con is required to attend). RSVP on Facebook, and hope to see you there!


Christmastime in Little Tokyo [2015]

17 May 2016

The last trip out to Little Tokyo in 2015 included stops at a couple of old favorites: Orochon Ramen and The Pie Hole!

I know I talk about The Pie Hole a lot, but I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned Orochon Ramen. It was one of the first ramen places I ever went to in Little Tokyo and it’s still one of my favorites.

Of course, we did quite a bit of window shopping as well, since that’s what we also do!

You can tell it’s Christmastime!

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! 😀

2015 12 12 Sat: Christmastime in Little Tokyo


Little Tokyo Labor Day 2015

08 March 2016

Instead of going to PMX for Day 3, my friends and I decided to just go to Little Tokyo for noms instead. My friends wanted to go to Mr. Ramen for a change, and since I’d never eaten there before, I agreed!

Mr. Ramen is a pretty cool place, featuring artwork by its customers on the walls.

In fact, you can contribute your own art to the walls of Mr. Ramen!

Not sure if that’s fan art or actual art from one of the Kill la Kill team, but it was awesome!

I tried their gyoza (trying gyoza at Japanese restaurants is becoming a habit for me, much like trying Philly Cheesesteaks at American restaurants, lol).

I also tried their fried chicken ramen. While the chicken wasn’t actually fried, it was quite tasty!

Afterwards, we made our way to The Pie Hole, where I tried the lemon meringue for the first time.

With so many new things to try, it just goes to show that you can find adventures even in your favorite places!

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2015 09 07 Mon: Little Tokyo Labor Day 2015


Ninja-Con 2015: Photoshoots

27 October 2015

As usual, there were some great cosplays at Ninja-Con this year but since I was running around trying to cover as much of the con as possible I didn’t get to photograph very many of them. I even wound up missing most of the cosplay contest (though I was able to catch the judging portion)! D:

Luckily, I managed to steal some shots of my good friend Aoi Mizuno in my first shoot since my shoot with GNB Cosplay at PMX 2014.

Hadn’t shot in a while and Aoi was trying to, uh, encourage me. ^^;

Celeste Orchid (as Mulan) was the emcee for the cosplay contest.

Before the awarding of prizes, the judges (Cas Anvar, Yuks General, Angie Rikku Cosplay, and Garp Stavo Sauce) each said a few words as Ninja-Con Founder and CEO Danny Gonzales and cosplay contest emcee Celeste Orchid looked on. See the winners in the full album on Facebook (link below)!

Here’s Bomb Shell Cosplay as Katsuragi Misato from Evangelion.

Ariel and (Hipster?) Eric!

There are so many super sentai series that I have no idea where he’s from, but he was pretty awesome!

My friends and I were heading to dinner after the con ended and ran into these great Naruto cosplayers!

Hopefully I’ll be able to get more of the awesome cosplayers next year, especially since the Garden makes such a great backdrop!

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! 😀

2015 06 06 Sat: Ninja-Con 2015: Photoshoots

Full Coverage of Ninja-Con 2015:

Ninja-Con 2015: Overview & Panels
Ninja-Con 2015: Opening Ceremonies & SouLandscape
Ninja-Con 2015: BURAI -Standing All Alone-
Ninja-Con 2015: Lolita Dark
Ninja-Con 2015: Photoshoots


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