T -1 Japanizam 2014

I promised the other day to write more about Japanizam and it’s program, but last two days my internet connection was almost nonexistent to wonky (my cell phone calls it that way) at best.

Well, Japanizam starts tomorrow!!!

And my preparations are in full speed. So I don’t have too much time for writing. Lett me show you just a bit of mess and my “little helper”  🙂

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“No, this is mine and I won’t let you have it.”


We where putting tags on neko necklaces. Kage was more than little interested in them.

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It is more than clear that my “topic” for this year Japanizam’s Artist Alley is neko ^_^


In the end there is only one thing more to say, I’ll do my best to write you my impressions from day to day. So be sure to drop by and see the atmosphere at this year Japanizam.

See you all tomorrow 😉

Tick tock the clock is ticking T-4

It is finally time for me to stop being so lazy and update my blog.  Reason? By definition I shouldn’t have any special reason but around this time of year there is one, BIG one.

Ti’s only 4 days left until beginning of Japanizam in organization of NGO Sakurabana, and as you all know I participate every year in Artist alley part.

Now I have to be honest, I wasn’t all that lazy, preparations for  Artist Alley takes time, lots of it. And this year I had focus on special treat (pictures below will tell all)

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And yes he is my little helper, my inspiration and he is a reason why my neko necklaces and nekomimi hairbands are not suitable for people allergic to cats :(.

Since my focus was on crocheting I didn’t do much of a tatting lately, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t have any of tatted lace on display.  In fact , I plan to give huge discount on all tatted items since I plan to make space for new collections.

So, this year all tatted items will be on 50 – 70% discount!

(I have to emphasize that most of these are not my designs and when I found time to post them on my FB Page  in description you’ll be able to see  names of a designers with proper credits)

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Well, that’s it, for today. Tomorrow I’ll tell you more about plans for this years Japanizam program, and maybe some of creative mess (mostly just mess – LOL )   that is my working environment.

See ya all in FOUR DAYS!!!

Japanizam 2013 – Day 4 – Grand Finale!!!

Today  was the last day of Japanizam 😥

And today was the biggest crowd of all 4 days and THE BEST day of all!!!

Today was COSPLAY day!!! I didn’t participate in cosplay competition or had cosplay costume for that matter but…I did wear my yukata ^_^



Yukata I’m wearing was made by Mina Petrović – Mistiqarts  ❤

And I know that you are anxious to hear about today but let me first keep my promise  and present to you rest of the participants in Artist Alley.

Mila do Tokija


Dunja Dimić



Shiz Art



Lana Ristić


Kaleidoskop Ceca



Vilena Viscaria corsets



Branko Vitas



And manny others




As well as our gifted kids that made cute portraits of visitors 🙂

My promise is fulfilled now and I can write about todays events.

In noon doors was open and people start coming….

First event that caused euphoria was Performers Show where dancers and singers had their time under the spotlight.I did managed to sneak and see some performances.  But I did filmed performance of Chiemi Fukumori

And performance of Ultimate Dance by Borivoje Naumovski -which was truly fantastic unfortunately stage set was in shadow so on my video you can see only shadows … the video I’m gonna link to you is just a bit better but when I get good video later on I promise that I will post it 😉

During this events corridors where empty but in the time between two events… well it looked like this

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People in cosplay costume where all around, and I must say this – competitors were seen in their costumes on stage for the first time so…next pictures are visitors in cosplay costumes ^^

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In 17 pm corridors of Youth Center truly resembled  to some ghost town, that was appointed time for most expected event of the day – COSPLAY DEFILE and competition.

Defile was divided into two parts. First part was for the juniors they did compete but they did not participate in the selection for participation in this year EuroCosplay in London – which was first prise for the competitors over 18 years .

These pictures are from juniors part and I have to say it was really hard to catch a good picture – they all were very active

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While our organisers dressed in their costumes introduced second part of competition I managed to snap few photos of public, and we had cosplayed and

international public indeed ^_^

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Then started second part in which first prize winner is going to represent Serbia on EuroCosplay in London.

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Not only public vas international, these two girls came from Croatia to compete, Sakurabana starting from this year is regional representative for EuroCosplay.


My battery died so I missed some competitors but not before I managed to snap a photo of lady whose costume won first prize – Ljubica Dolasevc



Awards were given to winners by Japanese ambassador Masafumi Kuroki



After that I managed to “hunt down” and photograph ladies from Sakurabana organisation in their costumes Jelenu dressed as Sister from WH40K



and Isidora as Griffit from Berserk anime/manga, well to be honest I didn’t miss the opportunity to take picture of her with second prise winner performing as  Guts from same anime/manga (one of my favorites) ^_^

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Whit that only Jpop/Jrock party left…but I was to tired to wait it. With sorrow I left still crowded Youth Center.




Japanizam 2013 – Day 3

Day 3 is over.

There were some fantastic lectures and shows today and I managed to catch a glimpse at the end of AMV 8. AMV  is Sakurabana’s tradition for years now, people take scenes from different anime, combine them to correspond to the background music that has to be local (from Serbia).

So here is a short video link just to show the mood and how many people visited AMV8 : http://s969.photobucket.com/user/Kvarta126/media/PICT0023_zpse78bcd79.mp4.html

From workshops I have to mention MUGEN – Creative Manga workshop that was held by Sakurabana’s manga – sensei Mina Petrović and Vladimir Prodanović, both of them are teachers of manga style comic book drawing in Sakurabana. Unfortunately all my pictures are blurry so pictures will follow after (when I get them from somebody else – gomennasai!! ^^’ )

The highlight of the day where two competitions: Tekken Tournament for girls “Girl Power: Women’s Iron Fist Tournament” – the winner of Tekken tournament will represent our country in Bucharest and Competition in card games like Yu-Gi-Ohh etc…


Artist Alley was crowded today, it is a weekend day so many people from other city’s  came today.



And other countries ^-^



Since tomorrow is grand finale of convention – most wanted and expected cosplay competition today where final tryout day for competitors. Many of them were strolling around in their costumes to the enjoyment of the visitors.



And I just had to take picture with our dear Hatsune Miku (Vocaloid)



With this I wish you all good night, tomorrow is a big day for me as well. I won’t compete but I will be in my costume so some preparations have to be made tonight…some sleep would be welcome to 😉

See you on day 4 :*


Japanizam 2013 – Day 2

It’s 3:36 AM so I’m gonna be as short as possible…if it’s possibile 🙂

Today was even more people than yesterday and I have to say each day is better and better. Day was filled with events that I had to miss so I can’t write about them, but I can Give you a small bits of fantastic positive atmosphere in wich we have pleasure to enjoy…at least in hallways.



These picture are taken from gallery where Artist Alley is settled.

Somewhere around 7 pm  our guests had a chance to take pictures with  band 101A – Japanese underground scene band.



In 11 pm 101A held a concert for Japanizam 2013 visitors.

Before concert was anime projection of Wolf Children on which I did planned to go, but I missed it…in front of the Dom Omladine (Youth Center) where we are, where a festival of brea- dance performers. So instead of watching anime I was sitting on war summer night and watching the dancers.



And chatting with our volunteers. These kids (plas don’t be mad at me for calling them kids) are silent force and huge help to us on Artist Alley and to all visitors. And I have to say THEY ARE GREAT!!! THEY ARE FANTASTIC!!!

Happy, cheerful but above all  helpful.


But…let me talk some more about concert which was truly FANTASTIC!!! SUGOI!!!!

101A is popular on Japanese underground scene. Their music is mixture of different sounds vibrant, strong and passionate.

Concert was held in JAZZ Club hall in Youth Center.

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And, as you can see we have some Japanese visitors as well ^_^

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Euphoria was on it’s peak when bend showed up on the stage



I’m not sure how many people knew the words but music is universal language and we had fantastic time



Well maybe public didn’t knew the words of some songs but 101A did learned some Serbian words. They also like one EX YU popular rock band SMAK, so they performed one of their maby most popular (or at least known in the world) song called “Daire” (Tambourine)

Link to uploaded video is here so you can see and feel at least bit of energy and euphoria that we expirienced: http://s969.photobucket.com/user/Kvarta126/media/PICT0059_zpsa5d47e76.mp4.html

(I apologize for bad sound I was too close to speakers )



And while we were lose  our voices and jumping with all our might organizators of Japanizam where listening to the concert sitting in front of the hall – this is one of them 😉


Band had one bis before concert was done. In the end they received Japanizam plaquet.


My loot for today is one 101A music CD signed (after purchasing)  by band members and sore throat from singing and cheering.

Well now it’s 4:38 am and I wish you all goodnight.

See you tomorrow (or today) on day 3!

japanizam 2013 – Day 1

As I promised…

Day 1 is  over and it was GREAT!!!

First day was visited by many, and today is working day so I can only imagine how  much people will come on weekend days.

I spent most of my time on Artist Alley behind my selling place.



My friend Ines is helping me and I have to say to her “Thank you for your help”!!! Today I was a bit shaky whole morning and she was right beside me to help me put things to display and to look for my table when I went to one workshop I really wanted to see.


Beside us other artists where there… So mine firs “neighbours” are

Natalija with her magnificent drawings


And Tanja with her polymer clay goodies


Some “old” friends

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Gunpla Serbia


Motor T-shirts


Efect contact lenses


After hours


Nakit Jedne Balerine


BETA – Goth Jewelry





And Kokoro


From Kokoro’s stand I have some “loot”  – cookbook and The Book about the Tea ^-^

Well there were lot more artist…but I’ll present them tomorrow.

Today I managed to participate in Butoh dance workshop held by Chiemi Fukumori – and I’m still under ecstatic, vibrating impression that I was feeling on the end of the workshop.

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There are no words to describe how great where those 2h and how pleasant was Chiemi Fukumori as person. This is one experience that I’ll cherish for a long long time <3.

And…even if cosplay if officially on the day 4 that didn’t stop mine dear friend to show up in her costume today ^-^


With this picture I say “good night” to you all.


T -1 Japanizam 2013 – TOMORROW!!!

Evening before the big day. 

Japanizam 2013 starts tomorrow!!!

After all running in circles, panicky preparations and last minute tatting I’m finally peaceful. Everything is packed and ready to be displayed.

I had to make some decisions, so I decided to put some some older peaces to a huge discount. Reason? Simply, I need space for new ones. So here are some old things that will be on that discount:

(only the white and black is left)

And, of course, a ton of new necklaces, chokers, bracelets and earrings all tatted. I will not post their pictures now … they are suprise! 😉

Well, one thing is not so much surprise as something that is available ONLY on JAPANIZAM’s Artist Alley – my NEKO NECKLACES! This year I have 17 of them and some are already reserved… ^_^

This year tho I gave myself a mission  – every evening, when I return from Japanizam I will write a blog entry to summarise   my impressions.

So, be alert and read about it.

I just can’t wait for tomorrow!!!

I’m so excited!