Dear fellow Otaku,
It has come to my attention that Nishikaze, meaning "west wind," is once again upon us. Yes, Lethbridge's very own anime and Japanese culture con is happening on Saturday, June 28 at the University of Lethbridge.
Expect nosebleeds this time, because there will be a maid café! Not to mention a cosplay competition…I'm betting on Kill la Kill and Attack on Titan.
Now that Word on the Street and Arts Days are finally over, here comes some real culture.
The Consulate General of Japan in Calgary and the Japan Foundation present the 2013 JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL in Lethbridge, featuring 2 contemporary Japanese films at the Movie Mill on October 19th. Both shows are in Japanese with English subtitles and are free to attend, though seating is limited.
For full details, check out the Nishikaze website.
I've met quite a few people whose first impressions of Lethbridge were from Lethbian Love. Some even because good friends. If you're moving to Lethbridge, a student coming to college or university, or just a tourist passing through, chances are you want to soak up as much information about the city and surrounding areas as possible. That's kind of what my blog is here for, so you don't have to watch decrepit tourist videos (however informative).
Here's a short video about our city that shows off the landscape and activities around here. I even caught a glimpse of Shaela Miller, one of our city's musicians, playing at The Word on the Street festival from 2011. Must have been hard to find more recent footage. But I kid, I kid.
Nishikaze, Lethbridge's anime convention, is back for 2013 after a brief hiatus. Coming June 15:
Nishikaze is an annual convention held in Lethbridge, Alberta at the University of Lethbridge. Nishikaze is striving to become the premiere anime and Japanese pop culture in event in southwestern Alberta, bringing together anime fans to celebrate the best in Japanese culture and entertainment.
The word nishikaze means "west wind" and either refers to how much it blows here or our chinooks. The event brings together fans of Japanese animation, comics, videogames, artists, exhibitors and (most importantly) cosplayers. For those otaku into the latter (who isn't?), here's their promo video:
If you know who there is cosplaying as "Alexander the Great," props to you!
From March 21-23, The Galt Museum & Archives is holding "Nerd Fest," featuring all sorts of comic book, gaming, trivia, space geekery…and even socialization (with possible dancing/touching)!
Nerd Fest kicks off with the history of comic books, followed by a 2-day workshop with leading comic book artist Scott McCloud, a pop culture movie trivia night, and an all night games tourney. Also on the calendar during the Festival are a talk by Canada's first female austronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar, and a Superheroes Dinner!
If I hadn't given up my super powers to save the Earth and live among mortals, I would consider the dinner & dance…however that might trigger me. The games night sounds awesome, as I've been meaning to learn to play Dungeons & Dragons for, like, forever.
Whipping Up a Win
There were only two gold medals awarded at the 2012 World Culinary Olympics. One of those medals went to Culinary Team Alberta, the youngest team our province has ever sent to the event. Local Chefs Doug Overes and Tyler Ivey are members of that gold medal-team.
Bonus: The photo work was done by my buddy Glenn at PureMojo Studios. He even shot me once upon a time, before I lost my fingers trying to cook.
One of my favourite grocery stores in the city is the family-owned Asian Supermarket. Patricia sent a shot-out on Twitter about a unique community-oriented idea they came up with: Food Story!
What would it be like, if all the little goodies, that we create in our lovely kitchen, could be shared with others? What if the scrumptuous homemade pralines, marmelade, cupcakes, or spicemix were to be remarkably decoratively packed for a trip, a few kilometers away, so that it would create happiness for someone?!
Our thoughts: It would be amazing!
And by paying it forward, by sharing with others, we, at the Asian Supermarket World Foods and Imports, want to create and foster this happiness: The idea to share and to connect us!
Their first theme is "Chocolate Happiness," beginning in the new year. Registration for participants is open until December 16th. Check out their blog for full details!
Back in the golden age of radio, I was interviewed by CBC Radio One's David Gray on "The Homestretch," to finally settle who or what a "Lethbian" is. They've since taken down the post, but being crafty I saved a MP3 of the interview!