Sunday, April 29, 2012

Profile


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ANNOUNCEMENT:

Mimiru Riley will be appearing at Cosplacon 2014 in Jefferson City, MO! For more information about Cosplacon, please visit their site by clicking the banner! 


Mimiru Riley will also be appearing at Anime Iowa 2014 in Coralville, Iowa! For more information about Anime Iowa, please visit their site by clicking the banner!



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"Cosplay...what exactly defines it? It is but a part of life that borders on the line of fact and fiction, reality and fantasy, and uses a great strength called 'imagination'. Cosplay is what a person makes it, and not something easily taken away from those who love it. A living piece of art."
~Mimiru

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I am a performer, a Japan-enthusiast, a cosplayer, seamstress, gamer and bookworm! My passion for cosplaying developed when I was twelve after discovering the hobby at my first convention. Since I was walking, I had always loved improv and acting, and one day I would like to pursue that even further in my life. Costume play allows me to explore the realm of acting, and I love having the chance to explore different persona and characters that are far outside my comfort zone. I think that having these challenges ahead of me is a great thing! I have always had a passion for the stage, and I am thankful for everything that has led me this far!

Most of my events somehow involve acting and performing, and I love to entertain an audience and somehow involve them! I try to make sure that all of my events are interactive, hands-on, educational, or involve a lot of exploring! My number one goal is to not only have fun in character, but also to please the audience!

Since I was seven, 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.

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. 


Nihon Buyou, Bon Odori and Kimono Kitsuke


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).




Other Hobbies and Experience With:

*Kitsuke
*Asian Ball Jointed Doll modifications
*ParaPara/Tech Para/TraPara
*Photoshop
 *Martial Arts (Tae Kwon Do, Naginata, Kendo)
*Event Organizing
*Traveling
*Working
*Writing
*Makeup
*Hair/Wig Dressing



Associated Groups:

*Silver Aura of Dawn Cosplay (SADC)
*Hyruleans of St. Louis
*St. Louis Bon Odori Group
*Cosplayer Nation
*St. Louis Kimono-san
*St. Louis Cosplay Coalition



Websites:


Contact:

mimiru_cosplay@ymail.com