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Guest Announcement : Hibikiya

Nishikaze is pleased to announce another guest for 2017!

HIBIKIYA is a dynamic,high energy group known for their unique choreography and exciting music. Currently supported by the Southern Alberta Taiko Society, HIBIKIYA has the cultural approval of The Japanese Consulate – General of Japan in Calgary for their dedication to the active promotion and education of Taiko, the traditional Art of Japanese drumming. HIBIKIYA is also fortunate to have the support of The Lethbridge Twinning Society.
HIBIKIYA has been entertaining audiences with authentic Japanese Taiko for many years. Music Director, Bryan Pereverseff, was instrumental in bringing the art of Taiko to Southern Alberta in 2002, through his relationship with 2 Japanese Taiko groups in Japan. Besides performing at many events and festivals, HIBIKIYA also offers workshops and instruction to the public.

HIBIKIYA will be performing at our Friday night matsuri!

Check out HIBIKIYA Facebook page!

Guest Announcement : Azuma

Nishikaze is pleased to announce the first guest for 2017!

A cosplayer since 2014 and a lover of Japanese language and culture since they were young, in this short time, Azuma has built a reputation of crossplaying and making fine props. They have won various awards from local communities at Otafest and Animethon; including Craftsmanship Prop-Maker, Mr./Miss Otafest, Crossplay Pageant, and Fashion Show awards.

Azuma also believes in giving back to their community by volunteering as staff in their local convention, judging cosplay contests, and providing informative panels to help other community members with their craft. You can also find them promoting their #humancosplayers project and modeling to promote cosplay and lolita fashion at various off-convention events.

Please support their work by visiting their Facebook and Instagram pages
FB: Azuma雷
IG: @azuma.cosplay

Photos by Kei Cheung Photography

Autographs are included with the purchase of a 8″ x 10″ print for $10

Guest – Missy Cosplay

IMGP4140Nishikaze is in 110 days and we’d like to announce our first ever cosplay guest – Missy!

A cosplayer since 2009 and artist since she can remember, Missy has always been a passionately geeky, creative individual. Her fine arts and illustration education help guide her work in illustration, crafting, and of course costuming. As an artist she is always learning new tricks and techniques, and Missy is a firm believer that cosplay is for anyone, anywhere, at any skill level! When she’s not crafting or attending conventions across North America, you can find her posting about art, cosplay, and pop culture on her social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under her username, “artistmissy”.

Photography by Andrew Gossen