surprisingly, someone in my town (turin, italy) organized a tanabata matsuri the past weekend.
the idea was good: a japanese style summer festival inside a park of a european city.
unfortunately the festival looked nothing like a japanese matsuri. the event was organized by italians and pretty much no japanese was involved. there weren’t even japanese people around. i’ve only seen a couple of them.
the whole purpose of the event was to promote the activities of the martial art association that organized the matsuri.
i went there to shoot some photos, but there was really nothing to shoot aside from the cosplayers participating in the cosplay contest.
as for the cosplayers, aside from few good/serious cosplayers, there was the usual bunch of idiots with disney, marvel and american tv series/movies costumes. i usually avoid to shoot these people unless the girl is really interesting/cute (i’m a male after all)
the full set is on flickr