Saturday saw Dunman High School’s Yutaka Japanese Cultural Club hosting it’s second Japanese Arts Fiesta (JAF), and both Crimson and Elk (our new pack mule) were there to case out the joint.
We arrived after lunch (no thanks to the morning squall), and the event was already in full swing, with booths set up to showcase Japanese culture, artwork, and a handful of vendor stores dealing in anime merchandise, toys and accessories.
We caught up with some of our cosplay friends en route to the Maid/Butler Cafe as well as the Haunted House, before heading to the indie stage (a la auditorium) for a peek and the main stage for the band performances and cosplay competition.
The competition, which kicked off at 2.45 pm, saw some 15 contestants on stage, striking poses and strutting to impress the judges. The competition was definitely JAF’s biggest draw, and our pack mule managed to get some snaps up close:
Motochika plundered the special prize, but it was Berserker who came out tops, walking home with the grand prize of $100 in cold, hard cash.
Our crew had to call it after the competition, but not before sneaking in a quick Q&A with the winner (look out for our interview with him in our next Spotlight On column) and one last sweep of the event.
JAF wasn’t fancy or anything, and the student organizers were novices, but it wasn’t half-bad. It was an event with heart, and despite the technical glitches, hiccups and delays and shortfalls, our team had fun.
Singapore sure needs more fan-driven pop-culture activities, and school-based initiatives like this one are always a great start. We wish the organizers the best, and hope there’ll be a bigger, better JAF next year. XD
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