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I have several names given to me by others, Mimiru in the cosplay scene and Aislinn Riley which I use for any of the things I write. I began sewing and cosplaying in 2004, finding the hobby amazing since I it allows a person to use all creative outlets they/we can get their/our hands on. Makeup, design, sewing, hair/wig styling, and putting together scripts as one prepares to act. All if it becomes an amazing feeling.
Since I was seven years old, I knew that I somehow wanted to end up doing something with my life that involved Japanese culture. I grew up off-and-on on a Cherokee Reservation, and my first language was Cherokee. When I was seven, I had my first encounter with Japanese music, believing that the angel (the vocalist) was going to take my mom to the afterlife since she was in the hospital. But, since then, I was captivated by Japanese language and music, and as I aged, Japanese culture became my "closest-to-home" interest and passion. There are many similarities between my raised Cherokee heritage and the traditional values of Japanese roots. This is why I began my journey to Japan.
I studied abroad in Japan from September 9, 2011-June 2012, and prior to that I did research with the ASIANetwork on the March 11, 2011 Disasters in Japan from May 2011-June 2011. The research project took place from May 2011-June 2011 with Webster University. I am currently working on a Bachelor's in Anthropology with a Japanese Language and Culture focus.
After finishing my degree, I intend to travel back to Japan permanently to teach English as a Second Language.
When I return to Japan, I will be conducting the second part of my interviews with Japanese cosplayers for my book-in-progress, "Cosplay: Into the World Beyond". This book is currently in the process of being written, and my current task is to conduct interviews with cosplayers outside of Japan as I finish the writing. The book will feature interviews with cosplayers, voice actors and will also have tutorials and guidelines that will help any cosplay veteran or a cosplay newbie. It is an incredibly exciting, and rather large, project, and it has me giddy with glee that I am working on it.
For a time, I did various forms of street fashion, from lolita (gothic), Visual Kei, and then to gyaru (banba, manba, b-gyaru and grew out of them into oneegyaru), although I eventually came to my own conclusions about what I felt was most comfortable. Now, I enjoy sharing experiences and how-to's when it comes to these fashions, for those who are interested themselves.
Cosplay: Into the World Beyond: A work-in-progress that will feature interveiws of cosplayers from around the globe, including interviews with cosplayers inside Japan. This book is to include tutorials for sewing, makeup, techniques for cosplaying, tips on how to begin, and more. For this one, I am currently collecting interviews with cosplayers, voice actors, con-goers and conventions.
Other: Currently, I am working sidelong with a professor here in Japan to publish short stories in two University Textbooks for a University in Aichi Prefecture. Due to contract reasons, I am unable to disclose any more information at this time.
*Yamamoto Anise (Pirate) 2011
*Ciel Phantomhive (cute kitty Ciel) 2011
*Ciel Phantomhive (own original crystal artwork) 2011
*Ciel Phantomhive (Hamlet) 2010
*Cain Hargreaves 2010*Moogle Yuna 2010
*Kuran Kaname (Winter) 2009-2010
*Kuran Kaname (Knight Class uniform) 2009-2012
*Aerith Gainsboro (FFVIIAC) 2009
*Uchiha Sasuke 2004
*Uzumaki Naruto (Shippuden) 2005-2009
*Nate Rivers (trial) 2008
*Nevermore: The High King (Beltaine) 2013 [original based on Celtic Mythology]
*Seipher Servaine 2012 [original non-backstory]
*Kiriko 2012 [original non-backstory]
*Nevermore (Winter Court Dagda) 2011 [original based on Celtic Mythology]
*Nevermore (Summer Court Dagda) 2011 [original based on Celtic Mythology]
*Lena Whittely (Star-Crossed-Lover) 2010-2011 [original based on Victorian period Romeo/Juliet]
I have been studying Nihon Buyou for a little over six years now. I first picked up Japanese dance through my sensei, who I met through connections with my grandmother.
Nihon Buyou is a traditional and classical Japanese style dance that is intended for stage use. Some popular examples of Nihon Buyou origins are "nohgaku" and "kabuki buyou". There are many styles that vary from school to school. I am from the Tohzan Ryu school, learning the Tozan Ryu style. For one year I studied Taiken style in Ikeda, Osaka.
During my schooling of Nihon Buyou, I have been taught Bon Odori, festive dancing, and required to learn kimono kitsuke (wearing kimono).
*Asian Ball Jointed Doll modifications
*Hyruleans of St. Louis
*St. Louis Bon Odori Group
*St. Louis Kimono-san
*St. Louis Cosplay Coalition