Category : Culture

The Culture of Comedy in Responding to Trump Must Come to an End

When Donald Trump announced his decision to run for president, we all laughed at him. There were even news stories saying that he had paid actors to watch him as he announces his decision to run for president.

During his announcement, he accused Mexicans of being rapists, drug addicts and illegal immigrants to the United States. It should have spelled the end of Trump, but he continued soaring higher. As his campaign progressed, he kept throwing insulting words against Muslims, immigrants, LGBT community, disabled people, soldiers, women and many others.

Perhaps, the only groups of people whom he has not insulted are old, white male- his strong fan base. Despite his strong showing in the polls, no one took him seriously. They thought Americans won’t consider choosing Trump over experienced Republicans running against him during the primaries. He was still at the center of jokes in TV shows and even in regular discussions.

As he inched closer to the Republican nomination, he was still not taken seriously. His gaffes were made fun of. Considering that he is thin-skinned, it was easy to bait him by just insulting him.

After winning the nomination, no one thought he would win the general election. He has pulled the country way too far from the normal decent discussion, without the effort to pivot towards the middle. He continued disparaging people who have insulted him, and even more relentless in bashing his opponent.

Then, came November 9- Election Day. To everyone’s surprise, he won the presidency and crossed the 270-electoral college mark.

He is funny no more

After his election, no one thought he would make good of his crazy campaign promises. Trump proved everyone wrong. He has rescinded several regulations under Obama. He has ordered a raid in Yemen. He has also placed out of the mainstream nominees to his cabinet. He also made good of his promise to ban Muslims from entering the country (although it was halted). He removed regulations protecting the environment. He keeps depicting the media as the opposition for exposing him.

In short, we have come to a point where Trump is no longer funny. He has done too much to still be considered just a funny man. He is the most powerful person in the world. At this point, it is not enough to just make fun of him. He is making true all his campaign promises. He is more dangerous now than ever. It is time to just keep resisting. Let’s take him seriously and help in efforts to prevent him from doing further damage to the United States and the rest of the world.

Yes, we need a break every now and then and find things that can make us laugh amid a Trump presidency. However, when it comes to his policies, they should not be made fun of anymore.

You can support other comedians who can tackle a wide variety of issues outside Trump if you want a good laugh. Buy Daniel Tosh 2017 tickets if you want a different brand of comedy.


My Love for Japanese Culture

cultureBeing a married woman with kids, I usually spend a whole lot of my time taking care of the children as well as making sure that my husband is well loved. However, during my “me” time, I constantly spend it indulging on one of my favorite pastimes, reading and learning about the Japanese culture.

These days, almost everything that comes from Japan captures the attention and even the hearts of many. From the super high tech gadgets that allows us to play the latest action packed video games to the super cool anime books and shows, a lot of people (including myself) have been hooked on the Japanese culture fever.

Aside from the Japanese’s love for high technology and anime, what I love about the Japanese culture is their politeness and friendliness towards people. Not that I think the people where I live are not friendly. It is just that their level of politeness has a certain air of nobility and utter respect to it. People these days have become a bit jaded and tend not to respect each other much as well as keep to themselves. In Japan, people bow to show their respect for one another. This act is something that I truly admire with the Japanese people. They have progressed, technologically speaking, and yet they still adhere to their traditions.

Another thing that I absolutely love about the Japanese is their love for food and music. In Japan, everywhere you turn to there is a food stall or some sort of high tech looking vending machine which offers from regular sodas to unusual looking sweet snacks. In the field of music on the other hand, the Japanese are rich with musical gifts with their performing artists coming from different genres. They are open to all types of music even that of American country singers known as Florida Georgia. Japanese people living in America surprisingly have access to Florida Georgia Line Concert 2015. The culture of watching these show has rubbed off to most Japanese everywhere in the world. You might be surprised to know but Japanese stagecraft has strong influence on the concert set up of Florida Georgia. The use of lighting effects in concert venues is one of the influences of Japan’s music front to American way of life.

Using Low-Cost Cosplay Materials: Is This a Good Move?

There is no doubt about the popularity of cosplay. This is a hobby in which anime fanatics follow certain characters by dressing up exactly like them. They also put on lots of makeup so that they can imitate the character from head to toe. The results are usually very amazing. Some people exceed expectations. They tend to look much better than the actual character. However, not so many people know that having cosplay as a hobby can be very expensive. This is why a lot of people are encouraged to stop doing it. Worse, a lot of materials used for creating the costume are wasted once the show is over

The birth of low cost cosplay

The price of the materials used in cosplay paved the way for low-cost cosplay. The results are still very fantastic provided that the cosplayer makes use of creative stunts to look exactly like the character. Sadly, for many others, they end up with a major fail. Instead of looking amazing, they become funny. Instead of being appreciated, they end up being mocked. For those whose goal is to be laughed at and be an interesting funny character, it is just fine. For serious cosplayers, this could mean the end of the road for them.

The environmental effects of low cost cosplay

Though the results are not really that fantastic, low cost cosplay is seen as a positive move by many environmentalists. By then, fewer materials are used for the play. Low cost cosplay also encourages recycling of certain materials. The approach is also usually minimalistic. Therefore, those who are involved in this hobby become more responsible in their actions. Some cosplay events also involve certain awareness campaigns. Most of the times, they talk about environmental preservation. Thus, it becomes a good avenue to teach positive values to the children.

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Katy Perry – Live in Concert!

Katy_PerryKaty Perry surged onto the American music scene in 2008 with the release of the hit single, “I Kissed a Girl” and immediately followed by her second hit album “One of the Boys”.

Watching Katy Perry live will make you experience how she exceedingly relates to her audience through her brand of music. In 2006, Katy Perry almost gave up on her dream of making it big in Hollywood. After two hit albums, she practically owns all of Hollywood. Katy Perry is a pop singer known for flaunting her feminine side with super long eyelashes, burning cherry lips, playful, revealing an outrageous outfits. Her path to fame, though, has been as bumpy as it could get.

At the September 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Katy Perry did the closing number singing “Roar” in a spectacular performance under the Brooklyn Bridge. In November 2013, she opened the American Music Awards of 2013 singing “Unconditionally,” in a Geisha-inspired number which was criticized as being racist.

Although her first album, “Katy Hudson” was within the gospel genre, Katy Perry’s music often contains elements of rock, pop, disco, electronic and dance.

Katy Perry has received eleven Grammy Award nominations.  She is the only recording artist to remain in the top 10 of the Hot 100 for 69 consecutive weeks. She has so far sold 8 million singles and 11 million albums worldwide. She also holds the record for having five of her single, reaching the 5-time platinum mark in the United States.

Every Katy Perry live performance is something to look forward to because you can never expect what she can be up to. Fans also look forward to the costumes she will wear. Katy Perry often starts a live concert with the stage all dark with only the lone sound of a drum hinting the arrival of a great concert artist. Katy’s signature move and her sideboob comes to light and the explosion begins.

Katy Perry is not only adored for her music, but also for her “assets”, reason why she is often referred to as a sex symbol. Her boobs have been getting as much worldwide attention as her music (

World of Cosplay: Best Cosplay Costumes that will Surely Standout

kuchiki_rukia_and_kurosaki_ichigo_cosplay___bleach_by_sailormappy-d5s47hoWhile there are people who think that cosplay is one excellent way of expressing one’s self, for others, it is a crazy and odd idea. Cosplay has its fair share of fans and detractors. Nevertheless, even though other people ridicule cosplay, more and more are encouraged to engage in this activity

For the benefit of those who don’t understand the world of cosplay, cosplay is the shortened version of “Costume Play.” It is considered as a form of performance art whereby the participants wear or use costumes, as well as the necessary accessories, to signify a certain character or idea. Among the favorite sources of ideas of cosplayers are anime, manga, video games, comic books, as well as films.

Primarily, cosplay is rampant among Asian countries, particularly in Japan. However, because of its popularity, there are also Western people who are hooked with cosplay. As a matter of fact, there are even competitions for cosplayers, like the prestigious World Cosplay Summit. Other well-known cosplay events are Anime Expo, Anime North, New York Comic Con, and San Diego Comic Con.

Those who are yearning to become excellent cosplayers should check out the best characters that are listed below. Whether they’ll attend a convention or join a competition, there’s no doubt that the characters below can grab the attention of both judges and fellow cosplayers.

1. Joker in Batman: The Dark Knight

Thanks to the late Heath Ledger, the character of Joker in Batman The Dark Knight has become more popular. The fact that Mr. Ledger played the character so well inspired a lot of cosplayers to try it as well. However, only few can pull off this character. To play this character with conviction, excellent make up and acting skills are required. Use this character and gain so much attention.

2. Bayonetta

This character features a playful personality. With amazing clothing and portrayed emotion, female cosplayers can surely pull this character off.

3. Iron Man

Many people think that it’s difficult to recreate the Iron Man suit, especially if it is for a cosplay, since it is very detailed. However, if Masterle247 was able to do it, then there’s no doubt that other cosplayers can do it as well.

4. The Rocket Team from Pokemon

All cosplayers know Pokemon. As a matter of fact, this Japanese-inspired cartoon is among the favorite sources of ideas of cosplayers. Mimicking the Team Rocket from this hit Japanese cartoon show is perfect for beginner cosplayers.

5. V for Vendetta

Some people think that mimicking the famous V for Vendetta character is as simple as wearing a mask. What they don’t realize is that the mask needs to look exactly as the one that is in the movie. Also, the character must also be accompanied with the right suit, accessories, and with conviction. Therefore, those cosplayers who want to portray this character should study the movie carefully.

6. Mystique- X Men First Class

Many X Men enthusiast would certainly agree that the character of Mystique is absolutely astonishing and very feminine. Using this character in a cosplay convention is definitely a great idea. It can surely make head turners, since it boasts luscious curves and very strong personality.

People have different views about the world of cosplay. Whether cosplay is used as a form of hobby or escape goat, the fact remains that its artistry is undeniably impeccable.

The Dos and Don’ts in Cosplay

1. Aspiring cosplayers should portray characters that they enjoy or relate to.

2. Aside from studying the costume, it is also important for cosplayers to study their preferred character’s mannerisms. They have to pay attention to the way the character portrays himself.

3. Cosplayers must also make 3 striking poses. They should create poses that can truly express and uplift the character.

4. When creating costumes, beginner cosplayers should at least have a reference image of all the desired costume’s angles. In case they can’t find images of some of the angles, then they should utilize their good judgment of how the other angles should look like. Cosplayers can add other designs in their costume. However, they have to make sure that the costume will look close with their preferred character’s costume.

5. Accepting criticisms is one great way of improving the costume and the makeup. Cosplayers should always have a room for improvement. As a matter of fact, even those who have been cosplaying for several years are open for criticisms.

6. Don’t treat cosplay as a means of source of income. Cosplay is known as a fun and interesting hobby. Therefore, even though they join cosplay competitions, cosplayers don’t forget to have fun.

7. It’s a no-no in cosplay to treat other cosplayers with not too appealing costumes inferiorly. Take note; cosplayers are equal.

8. This tip also has something to do with the “Cosplay Principle: Equal”. Cosplayers should not think that they’re the best in cosplaying their preferred character. In short, they should not feel superior to the other cosplayers. There are a lot of cosplayers that portray the same character.

These are just portions of the long list of cosplaying tips. These may look simple but they’re indeed good Cosplay principles.

Basically, Cosplay is a valise of the words costume and play. This term was coined by the famous Nobuyuki Takahashi from Studio Hard- a Japanese studio, while he was in the World Science Fiction Convention or the famous Worldcon in Los Angeles, California in 1983. Takahashi was so astonished by the hall, as well as with the costumed fans. Soon, he reported about what he discovered in a variety of Japanese magazines about science fiction. And there goes the birth of Cosplay…

More and more people are entering the world of Cosplay, particularly those who are fascinated with manga, animated shows, films and comic books. Just like in other aspects, beginner cosplayers certainly need myriad of advices to ensure their success in the world of Cosplay and to ensure that they’ll pull off every character that they’ll mimic.

Getting to Know Anime

In the past two decades, the world outside of Japan has slowly become acquainted with anime, a new art form in the field of animation. Most dictionaries will define anime as a Japanese style of animation characterized by rich graphics, richly textured characters and complex themes. Getting to know anime is like being introduced to a new world where perspective, themes, and characters.

A Different Twist to Animation

Several characteristics distinguish anime design from other types of animation. The most noticeable among these characteristics is the way in most stories, eyes are exaggerated so that they are the most dominant feature of the person being portrayed. Some say that this is partly because one of the prime creators of anime, Osamu Tezuka, was highly influenced by Betty Boop and similar characters who had extremely large eyes. It is through these exaggerated eyes that the characters in anime express every conceivable emotion.

Anime characters are often depicted with unique and lively hair, and it is not uncommon for the hair to enhance the over-all action of the characters. Hairs are tousled, or standing on end, or drenched in sweat to emphasize emotions and to create strong visual impact.

A Community of Anime Fans

Anime has become a fascinating art form for many, and there is now a strong community of anime fans in many places outside of Japan. In the1990s there was an anime boom during which gave rise to anime clubs, anime conventions, and contests. There are all sorts of anime art pieces, and all the other things that fans come up with.

A Peek into Anime Productions

A brief at look at some popular anime productions will show how anime plots flow.

  • Watamote. This anime revolves around Tomoko, a person who suffers from social anxiety. As this young girl struggles to relate to her high school peers, she fumbles instead and often finds herself more isolated than ever. The show is packaged as a comedy, and yet what it actually does is show very clearly how much of a torture it is for a young girl to be unable to fit into society.
  • From the New World. The setting for the anime is a post-apocalyptic world where people have psychic powers and face dilemmas with haunting moral implications. The story is centered on five children who discover how their world became what it was.
  • Full Metal Alchemist. This is about an alchemist who, to avoid losing his brother, attached his brother’s spirit onto an armor. The alchemist and his brother then go on a journey to find the Philosopher’s Stone – the object that will strengthen the alchemists’ powers and help solve the world’s problems.
  • Gintama. This anime revolves around the life of a samurai trying to survive in a world where his enemies are not ordinary bandits but aliens and monsters. The hero, Gintoki Sakata, goes through countless adventures as a freelancer, and he suffers through various trials and a lot of humiliation in a world that no longer has samurai.

The world of anime is truly mesmerizing, and it utilizes animation to deal with themes not usually discussed in most animated productions. Anime provides an intriguing angle to what used to be simple cartoons, and as a result there are people now who now regard anime as something similar to soap operas.

Japanese Fashion Trends for 2014

Japan’s capital city Tokyo is one of the world’s fashion capitals. When it comes to fashion, it has a following all on its own. Although international trends also affect the city’s fashion industry, they also have a unique take on their local fashion that transcends all over the globe.

When people from other parts of the globe come across a photo of some kind of Japanese fashion, they are in awe. Yes, there are Japanese fashion trends that are really in a whole new level like the infamous Harajuku fashion. However, what a lot of people do not know is that there are different kinds of Japanese fashion and in 2014 the styles keep on getting better and more interesting.

Harajuku Fashion

This is probably the most famous Japanese fashion trend that non-Japanese people know of. When it comes to Harajuku fashion, everything is colourful, fun and loud. The key items to achieving the Harajuku Kawaii are the following:

  • Big Colourful Ribbons – Place this on your hair and exude cuteness overload.
  • Chunky Colourful Necklaces – Notice that everything is colourful, stack accessories on.
  • Prints – Go for fun prints that can show girly or cute styles.
  • Stuffed Toys – There are guys and gals who wear stuffed toys as necklaces.
  • Platform Shoes – The Harajuku look will not be complete without the thick platform shoes.

Cat Fashion

This is a popular choice for teens and young women in Japan. To top it off, Japanese love cats because they are independent and just cute. There are women who love cat apparel and shoes while others take it to a whole new level by using cats as inspiration for their hair and makeup. Here are some items to achieve the look:

  • Cat Shoes – This usually has a print or cat face on the tip of the shoes.
  • Cat Socks – If you have plain shoes, go for cute socks with cat fur print or cat faces instead.
  • Cat Headbands with Ears – This is called the Alice headband, the headbands are snugly and have cat ears.
  • Skirts – Fun skirts that are usually solid in color with cat faces on them are a fun way to join the cat fashion craze.
  • Cat Accessories – If you find it too much to sport the cat fashion on clothes or shoes, try wearing cat accessories instead. A fun necklace or charm bracelet can help keep you in trend.

Hat Fashion

This is a popular trend in Japan that has emerged in recent years. The wide brimmed hat became a hot commodity and is usually called the actress hat. When worn the hat looks elegant and casual. At first, the hat trend was something only seen on vacation in beaches or somewhere really sunny. However, when famous personalities started wearing them in the city the boom began. Here are some hats that are looking promising this year:

  • Fedora Hat – Perfect for a casual ensemble the fedora hat in a felt texture are selling like pancakes.
  • Bowler Hat – Exuding a trendy London-ish vibe, the bowler hat aims to finish off your simple outfits.
  • Wide-Brimmed Hat – As mentioned above, this is not only for resorts anymore. The easy-breezy outfits can now stand out with this add on.

Check out some of these trends in Japanese fashion this year and see what you would like to try.