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

tanabata matsuri torino

tanabata matsuri torino

tanabata matsuri torino

tanabata matsuri torino

tanabata matsuri torino

tanabata matsuri torino

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