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New nationality and new identity

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 17, 2013, 5:07 PM
This past Wednesday, March 13th, I was summoned to the United States District Courthouse. I was not summoned for a trial or because I had done some crime. I was asked to attend my naturalization ceremony. At the event I was naturalized as an American citizen but I was also granted a legal name change. While it took a while to accept the fact, the reality it still kicking in and it will be a while before I am fully aware of the new me.

I will be attending Sakuracon in Seattle, Washington with a new name and while most people may not believe me that my name is different, I have the legal proof now.

With that said, thanks to everyone that supported me along the way.

Tony Okumura.

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Sakuracon

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 24, 2013, 6:19 PM
Well, what can I say, Sakuracon will be my first convention as an American citizen and the first convention where my legal name will be Mr. Okumura. My 49th convention also has a lot of plans where I plan on traveling with :iconnephrus: and spending a rather exciting weekend. This will also be the first time I get to travel and know that I will have friends in attendance. Last year when I went, I only ran into a few people, but this year it's expanded a bit more.

Looking forward to meeting my Vancouver-based friends :icontwinfools: and :iconvanderwolf: as well as my awesomely crazy gal friend :icondreamscometroo:. I also plan on running into :icontheelfinartist:, her brother :iconkingluke2222: as well as :iconroxafoxxd:.

That weekend will be amazing and I plan to enjoy every second of it!

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Ikkicon summary and 2013 convention lineup

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:20 AM
WELL, I managed to go to Ikkicon after all and not pay a dime to be there. Gotta love the connections and the fact that I am willing to help out the crew get their stuff going. The con itself was rather decent, not the greatest, but the friends there made it likable. I would name everyone and give shout outs, but to my time, I'd rather not. I did though, catch up a con bug that apparently, so did everyone else. We all managed to get sick with something and most of us are either sick or getting there.

I debuted Yukio Okumura and now it's time to put the costume to scrapping where I will rebuild it in time for my naturalization test. With that said, I am looking forward to pass the exam and eventually join the many people that call America home.

Now, with 2013 around, I will post my convention lineup. There will be changes in the roster and perhaps some may be added while others get removed, so we shall see what comes our way.

Here are the upcoming conventions I have in mind, mind you, the schedule may change suddenly.

48 - All-Con (Dallas, Texas)
49 - Sakura-Con (Seattle, Washington)
50 - Anime Central (Rosemont, Illinois)
51 - A-Kon (Dallas, Texas)
52 - Omnicon (McAllen, Texas)
53 - San Japan (San Antonio, Texas)
54 - Anime Fest (Dallas, Texas)
55 - Banzaikon (South Padre Island, Texas)
56 - Ikkicon (Austin, Texas)

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Ikkicon update

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 26, 2012, 8:07 PM
I did make it after all, AND I am volunteering the con. :D

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Ikkicon, 2012 ordeals, and 2013 goals

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 24, 2012, 7:58 AM
Well, with 2012 winding down to its end, it's been quite a fast trip. With that said, I shall begin with my journal entry.

First of all I will be at Ikkicon this upcoming weekend in Austin. This marks my second Ikkicon for the year and my 47th convention under my belt. I am getting closer to the big 50 and I want that one to be a BIG one. I will be looking forward to meet up with :iconmalindachan: and :iconex-shadow: again. I haven't seen those two great folks in quite a while a while and I am more than excited to have my run-in with them. I may hand them some bead sprites as a gift. I am also looking forward to seeing my friends :icontokyo-trends:, :iconvilhelminasvenson:, :iconmichimidnight:,:iconda-wakko:, :iconwhiteoblivion:  and a ton more that I am probably forgetting to mention. I plan to cosplay as Track Uniform Endou, debuting Yukio Okumura (without the guns), Briefers Rock and that's about it as I plan to go light this time around. Since I am bailing on Christmas, I plan to make it up for the holiday with Ikkicon, my friends and everything that I like.

2012 was a great year for me in a few senses. I was able to reunite with my family after many years of being away which was cool as I was able to see my sister :iconroze315: not once, but twice. I was also able to travel to Seattle, Washington for Sakura-Con, reunited with :iconnephrus: and met :iconroxafoxxd:, :icontheelfinartist:, her brother :iconkingluke2222:, and her family. This was my very first time in the Pacific Northwest and needless to say, I loved it. I was also able to travel to many other cons and meet up with many. During this year, I was able to attend three of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concerts in Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio. All three were very different and all three were well worth it. To commemorate the 25th anniversary to the franchise I got myself a Triforce Tattoo on my left arm.  This year was the year I became a Whovian and have not turned back since then. I've been pretty hyped about Doctor Who and can't wait for it's 50th anniversary. This year, in my real life, I also became eligible to file for United States Citizenship and now I am doing that along with a name change petition where I plan to become Tony Okumura from now on. This year I also made a comeback as convention staff in a department I actually enjoy working for and was also selected as a guest at my first convention outside of the United States.

For 2013, I've aligned a few things around. So far, I've been laying low in the cosplay scene as I am not being very active due to a weight loss routine that I've started and so far, It's been rather successful. I've lost about 20 pounds so far and I am still going on at it. I plan on releasing new costumes such as Kirito among others and hopefully for this upcoming year I can try my hands at many more conventions. I plan on 50 to be my big one and hope that I can see and meet many of you at whichever one that is.

With that said, all of you hope you've had a great run this 2012 and thanks for being connected to me here on DeviantArt and hope that next year brings many neat and cool events your way.

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Post con journal and upcoming convention

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 29, 2012, 5:27 PM
Well, this past weekend I attended/worked Banzaikon at South Padre Island, TX.

Needless to say, the event was a rather small one and  I was left in charge of the cosplay department. By being in charge of the cosplay department, I was able to learn a lot more from the convention perspective of it. I learned how to handle its registrations, the showcase, the hosting and the judging.

The cosplay contest went well and I was glad to have been part of it and help other cosplayers get a small boost of confidence into their cosplay careers.

Now, I am getting ready for Expo Okaerii in Mexico and even though it's a one day con, I am open to what the staff will have me do for them. I will also be there as Digital Strike selling my beadwork and hope that I can have some customers looking forward to my work.

Later in the year, I plan on attending Ikkicon in Austin, TX where I will hopefully run into a few friends. If you happen to be there, let's meet up and catch up :D

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Expo Okaerii

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 6, 2012, 2:58 PM
I've been confirmed as a cosplay guest at Expo Okaerii in Tamaulipas, Mexico. It's going to be my first non-American convention, I am looking forward to a new environment outside of what I am used to seeing in America and quite honestly it sounds rather exciting. I am also given an artist table, so I am very happy to have been given the honor to attend this convention.

Expo Okaerii is a small convention located in the city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas during the month of December and it's something that I never thought I'd go to. So with that said I am looking forward to meeting many new people there :D

Also, I've been ranked as Cosplay director for a locan anime convention, Banzaikon in South Padre Island, Texas. So I am also looking forward to that. I'm responsible for setting the cosplay contest/show, selecting the judges, hosting the event and judging the cosplayers.

Definitely have had a good dose of things come my way. Also, I will be at Ikkicon this December so hope to see some of you there.
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Cosplay Updates

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 14, 2012, 7:25 PM
It seems that I have been rather away from DA for a while, but that's thanks to school and recently due to being sick, but not to worry, I am still alive.


The update on this journal is called cosplay updates and it's to tell people that I will not be cosplaying for a while. Due to health reasons and other important matters I have to put this passion of mine aside for now but I will return with it.

Also, with bigger news, I am heading the cosplay department at a local anime convention which means I will be able to make it fair for everyone who is entering rather than focusing on a biased competition. I will not reveal the name of the con that I will be helping out for until further notice, but I am quite excited about that :D

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Welcome to the United States of America

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 13, 2012, 8:40 AM
Well, it's official now. I am a full permanent resident of the United States. Took a while to get there (25 years) but hey, I am finally enjoying some of the freedoms that many in this country get. I know that the United States has gone downhill in the past couple of years but at least it's better than living in Mexico where there is a huge drug war going on. These past 25 years have been an adventure while living as an illegal immigrant (which very few of you have known). I had to live in the shadows and away from society due to fear of being deported. Now, I have to not fear of that as I plan to live in peace and within all limits of the law. With that said, I can now get a job, continue college, and travel. This means that I will be working my way around to more conventions and more cosplay (if time permits).

Well, there is nothing much for me to say, but thanks for the support.

Taichi

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New Username and Post Hiatus updates

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 26, 2012, 1:54 PM
I am terribly sorry for the lack of activity here, I've been out and about not to mention, my subscription had expired in the worst time imaginable. A very special thanks to :iconnephrus: for the help.

I've managed to make it back to town in one piece and will return to San Antonio to pick up the vehicle that broke down last week. (I mentioned in my previous journal).

First things first. I've changed my username to digital-strike which now reflects the name that I now use in the market: Digital Strike Designs. I've been working on a few projects that I still have yet to get uploaded on here for your enjoyment. One is an Animaniacs image that I have been laying off in the backburner and the other is a cross over between Detective Conan and Doctor Who.

I've been keeping up with Doctor Who as of recently and school's been rather pleasant as of right now. The reason I have not been on DA was that I despise having the free account due to the lack of me being able to do anything, but now that the issue has been taken care of, expect to see me around more.

In the meantime, feel free to stick around until I get my newest works up.

Peace Out.
Taichi Okumura
Digital Strike Designs.

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Well, I will begin with the high(and low)light of the day. I arrived in San Antonio this past Thursday to attend the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert in Austin. Needless to say, I was very excited and was looking forward to a new set of adventures. Well the last part I did get correct. I got an adventure that I would never forget, but one that proved how much of a true fan I am of The Legend of Zelda.

I had stayed over at a friend's place since I no longer live in SA and when I got ready to take off the following day, everything I was looking forward to changed at the last minute. The car I was driving to the city decided to give out at the last minute and a new time test began on me. During this time I began to build an awful load of stress and anxiety but I knew I had to improvise my way around the problem. My other two companions were getting doubtful that we would even make it and one decided that we cancel attending. This is where my first phase of determination came in. I told my friend that we had not driven across the state for nothing and I was not willing to suddenly give up. I had a very short time slot to find a way to Austin and in time for the concert. Two friends and I entered a race against time to catch a ride and surely enough, we was successful.

The vehicle had broken down roughly around 1 p.m. and I had a 6 hour time gap in which I had to find a solution. When nothing seemed to work and people were not available to help, I ran to the final option possible, the Greyhound. We took off to the Greyhound station in downtown San Antonio and had asked for a set of departure times. The operator had told me that the next bus taking off to Austin was 7 and would arrive at 8:45 p.m.. After being rather disappointed, I asked if there was another one on hand and sure enough, fate smiled upon us when he had said that there were three remaining seats. I booked those seats and jumped on the bus last minute. The hour trip seemed to take rather long due to the slowness of the traffic jams and I began wondering if we'd even make it in time. During the route, I was texting friends there if there was anyone available that would offer us a ride. One of my friends, named David, had told me that another friend (known from the con sellers as Rik & Ric) was also there. I messaged him last minute and almost pleading if he'd help out. He agreed and things began to piece themselves together.

Once arriving in Austin, roughly an hour prior to te concert, we booked a cab where the driver was one of those fast and crazy drivers. That came as an advantage and it helped us get there within 30 minutes. I had gotten a text from a friend that seating had begun and that the concert hall was beginning to fill up. We darted out of the cab and headed to the concert hall where we had successfully beaten the odds and made it to our destination.

Once the concert began, I dived again into the magic of Hyrule which brought tears in my eyes again and definitely made the travel worthwhile. The first half of the concert differed from that of the premiere event in Dallas due to the addition of new movements and more musical pieces. While I noticed a few musical mistakes, I did not let that get in the way of me enjoying the musical selections. Eimear Noone was back as the conductor and this concert in particular had an emcee which was also the gentleman behind the whole concept of bringing Zelda to the musical stage. The had many fans of Zelda, young and old alike. Many of these fans were familiar faces while others were probably witnessing this event for their first time. Despite these differences, we were all gathered for our love to the video game franchise and there were no greater or lesser fans since we were all equal that night.

During intermission, I ran into a few friends that I had previously texted and hugged them all seeing that I was able to make it and just for the simple fact that I enjoy watching their company all the time. I had stopped worrying about the problem overall and let the magic of the event take me in. By doing this, I was able to enjoy the concert in its entirety.

After the intermission ended, we all went back inside and watched the rest of the show. The selections from Twilight Princess and Link to the Past were playing and the concert was indeed coming to its end. The show this time had three encores which one was a popular demand: Majora's Mask.

Overall, the experience was magical and the struggle was a real nightmare but in the end we prevailed in making it to the event.
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Sakura-Con Summary.

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 10, 2012, 8:32 PM
This past weekend I was able to attend my 41st Anime Convention: Sakura-Con in beautiful Seattle, Washington. I had never been to the West Coast or that high up North in general so this was definitely a new experience for me. I departed from San Antonio International Airport Thursday morning at around 5 a.m. to arrive at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport and make my last stop at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Once in Seattle I was greeted by :iconnephrus: where he picked me up and took me to get some food. Once we arrived at the venue, I unloaded my stuff and by the way, I was still in T-Shirt and shorts, so I was really cold when I got there. Once we got the room taken care of, I noticed a Tachimukai cosplayer from Inazuma Eleven roaming around the lobby. Unfortunately I was not in cosplay and with the weather being so cold, I was debating whether or not cosplay would be a good idea in the end. For the most part on Thursday I was able to tour most of downtown Seattle and get to know my surroundings. Pre-reg line was extremely short and there was no problem in obtaining my badge. Pretty much, I was completely looking forward to the new experience, new faces, new friends and much more. My main goal that weekend was to find :icontheelfinartist: and :iconroxafoxxd: since I have previously interacted with both here on DA.

The time change was also felt. Since my internal clock is so used to Central Standard Time Zone, switching to Pacific Time Zone would be a challenge for this Texan. Friday Morning arrived and I was able to change into Inazuma Japan's Endou cosplay. Seeing that it was cold, I was wearing a hoodie, but underneath, I was still wearing soccer shorts and socks. The weather was making me shake and I was freezing the entire time. Fortunately, we made it to the Old Seattle Marketplace by Pike Street where I was able to indulge in some Russian Breakfast and made a stop to the original Starbucks Coffee Shop. Once we had breakfast we headed back to the convention center where the fun began. Because this was my first time in Seattle, I was more interested in being a photographer rather than being a cosplayer. Friday was a fun day as I was able to take part in a photoshoot but also be able to photograph a lot of cosplayers. One neat thing I noticed about this convention was that the busy walkways were labeled as no-stop, no-pic zones. If anyone would stop or take pics, security would ask them to keep moving and quite frankly it was amazing since the traffic was intense and the "X" areas were vital to keep the flow moving. I was also pleased to run into :iconsake-bento:, :iconmaioceaneyes: and :iconwhiteoblivion: which are what I call my Texan Con Peeps since I usually run into them in my home state of Texas. Despite the weather, my first day was a huge blast.

Saturday, I was on my quest to look for my two new cosplay friends and I was not going to give up on the search. Seeing as I previously admired their work, meeting them in person would be a great thing to do. All day I roamed around the con and eventually ran into :icontheelfinartist: and immediately had to take a turn around on the escalator to meet with her. Rather than being creepy about meeting her, I kindly asked her if I could get her photograph.  Upon pulling out my camera, I introduced myself as :icondigital-strike:  and that is how she was able to recognize me. We had a nice chat, I complimented her work and then took a picture with her entire family. After that mesmerizing event, I proceeded on to look for :iconroxafoxxd:. I felt like I was having bad luck until I ran into a Tidus cosplayer. I took a picture of her and then moved on. It was not until my memory clicked in that I remembered it was her. I ran back and asked if it indeed was her and sure enough I was correct. Once I knew it was her, I proceeded to interact with and chat with her. She was very fun to be with and definitely was a pleasure to meet them.

After meeting them :iconnephrus: and I took some time to head to the Seattle Space Needle and see the main attractions of the city. It was a lot of fun to experience the coast and see things I never thought I would see in my lifetime.  After spending time away from convention grounds, we took a monorail back to the location where we decided to get stamped for the evening panels.

One thing I liked about Sakura-Con was the fact that those interested in going to adult panels were to go to a table and show their ID and in return, the staff would stamp the attendee's wrist. That saved time and manpower in the end as it can get hectic checking badges and IDs at the last minute. This was pretty useful since I got to see Todd Haberkorn's not so kid friendly adult panel. That was a lot of fun, but indeed the day was coming to a close.

On Sunday, I had no time to do anything as I had an early flight back to Texas. I went off to the Exhibitor Hall and said my goodbyes to :iconwhiteoblivion: and to :iconsake-bento:. It was indeed fun to see them again and took a train to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Once there, I said my goodbyes to :iconnephrus: and checked in with TSA. Once inside, I waited and boarded my flight back to Texas. Once in Texas, I changed planes in Houston where I was able to head to my final destination in San Antonio.

Also, I enjoyed giving my friend  :iconmaioceaneyes: a few Doctor Who gifts. It seems he loved them!

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Sakuracon!

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 4, 2012, 1:34 PM
This is my very first time going to Sakuracon in Seattle, Washington. It is also my very first time ever in the West Coast and my furthest North. I am excited to be there and meet new cosplayers and friends. I will be dressed as Mamoru Endou from Inazuma Eleven and I would have debuted Geek Boy but the wig never arrived on time.

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Return of Taichi Yagami cosplay costume.

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 20, 2012, 8:22 AM
Although I retired the costume in 2010 for excessive wear and tear, I figured that I would be able to do something this year and return him.  What prompted it? I guess it was his reappearance in Digimon Xros Wars that was the cause for me to do such a thing.

I will make a new costume, while recycling components of the old one. The original wig was destroyed and used for other things, thus I have a lot of work on my platter for this one. Don't expect the costume done until A-Kon 23 when I will return as it.

Thanks for the support until now :3
Peace out
Taichi Okumura.

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DA Hiatus, More cons and NEW COSPLAY :D

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 6, 2012, 12:40 PM
First of all, my deepest apologies for not being around recently, I blame the dirty twisted world of Facebook. Also with school being hectic and working these past couple of weeks, I had a lot on my hands. But here I am again! With my DA hiatus I managed to rack up a few thousand notifications and quite frankly, that's a lot to go through.

Now, for 2012, I have a few conventions planned out. This is my 6th year doing conventions and cosplaying. I've been able to cut down on conventions (2009 being my most active one) and now I am pretty much doing around 4-5 cons a year. My upcoming convention will be Sakuracon in Seattle, Washington. It will be my very first time out there in the Pacific Northwest so I will look forward to a completely new area and new people.

Now, the best part of the journal. I've been putting this off for some time, I am referring to Cosplay. I took a break due to lack of motivation, not enough characters to float my boat, and my overfilled schedule. I decided a few days ago to return to this hobby sure enough, I will spill the beans. I will cosplay as Briefers Rock (Geek Boy) from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt. The decision came after stumbling on a military green flight suit and it called to me. Therefore I am mostly spending effort on the PKE Meter backpack of his.

I will post pics of the work in progress later on :D

Thanks and Peace out.
T

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The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 12, 2012, 10:32 AM
First of all, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses may sound like the title to a potential video game, but unfortunately, it's not. This is though, the name of the concert tour made possible by Nintendo and a team of amazing people.

I was very fortunate to land a spot at the premiere concert of the tour and needless to say, I was not disappointed. I began by venturing out on an adventurous drive from Brownsville all the way up north to the other end of the State of Texas. During this trip we were involved in a car accident, ended up stopping in San Antonio for rest and drinks (lots and lots of drinks). The following morning after our hangover, we ventured off to Austin where I introduced my friends to a wonderful retro gaming store known as Game Over Videogames and where I had the misfortunate honor of introducing one of my friends to the Legend of Zelda's infamous CD-I games. Before hitting the glory of Zelda, I had to hit him with the heaviest of flawed games. After our little pit stop in Austin we settled off to our road trip where we arrived in Dallas roughly about 5:45 p.m. (CST) and we made it to the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Hall.

Being in this building alone was the start of my nostalgia trip. During my final year in high school, the Wind Ensemble had the magnificent privilege of performing here and we were amazed at the sight of this magnificent structure and the power it added to any performing ensemble. Once inside the Meyerson, I began to notice the Hylian banners as they were majestically displayed and showed the presence of Hyrule within the area. Seeing people in green tunics, playing ocarinas, Street Passing via the 3DS, filled the venue with joy of the land of Hyrule as music from the video games played in the background lobby. For me, I was no longer in Texas, but inside the magical world of Hyrule where I began to dive into the vast forests of the Lost Woods, ran across the grand deserts in Gerudo Valley, climbed up into Death Mountain, and relaxed in the peace and comfort of Kakariko Village. Once the gates to the Temple of Time (the doors to the concert hall) opened, we moved on to our seats and waited for the show to begin.

The orchestra began warming up as people began to fill the concert hall. Once conductor Eímear Noone came out to introduce the orchestra and announce the official kick off to the tour, the audience, young and old alike, went wild and sent out cheers and applauses to celebrate the occasion. The conductor had a very familiar face, as it turns out this was not the conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, but was the same famed conductor that also led the orchestra at the E3 concert and the official soundtrack/video recordings. The orchestra began playing the first piece as a large screen in the back also played video footage of all the Zelda video games which added a magnificent accompaniment. The piece ended with a high note and then Conductor Noone began introducing the program and let us know it was split into four movements.

The first movement involved the performance of Ocarina of Time, the 400+ measure piece led the audience from the beginnings of Hyrule as created by the Goddesses Din, Farore and Naryu. The piece ended with the fight versus Ganon and into the end of the game. This went on with Wind Waker which allowed us into intermission time.

During intermission, we all went to the lobby where people began stocking on merchandise and more trading of Miis occurred. The lobby was filled with joy and music from the games. To announce that the concert was about to resume, bells began to ring and lights began to dim in the same style of Majoras' Mask when the day was drawing to an end. That was our cue to head back to our seats and resume the show.

The concert led us back to Twilight Princess where the sounds brought us into more Hylian Magic. The fourth movement was a perfomance of true nostalgia: A Link to the Past. This was a great treat to the older Zelda fans and the cheers of the audience thundered across the concert hall. Once this piece was over, there was a standing ovation and onto the first encore. Conductor Noone came back to lead the orchestra and the audience into the deserts of Gerudo Valley. There was another encore performance after this which took us back to Link's Awakening and the sounds of the Ballad of the Windfish resonated throughout the building. Following this, there was the grand standing ovation, people were well enjoyed and I shed many tears of nostalgia as this indeed was one magical concert.

The overall event ended with a nice set of credits on the screen as well as the rest of the tour dates which includes another venue that I will make sure to add on my list. I was not disappointed, it was worth the car crash, the partying in San Antonio, the endless amount of driving, the pit stops on Interstate 35 and the 5 tanks of gasoline used to take us there. Overall this experience has been marked as the biggest highlight of my Zelda fandom and definitely one to stay in my memory for many many years.

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2012 Convention Lineup Shortened

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 9, 2012, 6:21 AM
With the dawn of a new year come a new set of cons, but it seems this year I am downing down to a rather small list. I've reached 40 conventions and I feel that it is time to start slowing down and live a normal life outside these events. I say this not because of personal choice but rather due to family pressure, that and with high gasoline prices, there is no way to travel to these events without a guarantee of being broke or in debt.

So with that said, here is my 2012 convention lineup and this list is subject to changes are some of these may be dropped throughout the year.

A-Kon 23 - Dallas, Texas
Omnicon - McAllen, Texas
San Japan Mach 5 - San Antonio, Texas
Banzaikon - South Padre Island, Texas

It seems that I have indeed watered down the list unlike my 2009 season that had 15 in one year.  Like stated, if I don't get to see you, there is always the wonder of the world wide web where I can keep in touch with you.

Peace Out
T.

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TUMBLR

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 18, 2011, 2:58 PM
I gave in to getting one so I am now on here. digital-striker.tumblr.com/ you follow add me by clicking on that link.

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LiveStream tomorrow!

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 14, 2011, 9:17 PM
7 p.m. Central Standard Time (Texas Time Zome)

I will be debuting on LiveStream tomorrow and I am quite excited to be present making a cosplay accessory tomorrow. I will not reveal what it is, but it will be premade tomorrow and during the broadcast I will be putting the work together. For this first live broadcast, the show will be filming me as I put the work together. Once I get Screenflow to coexist with with Livestream I will be doing other tutorials.

Also. I will be open to answer questions there. My livestream channel can be accessed this link www.livestream.com/digital_str… and I will be on 15 minutes earlier for sound and video check, so I will be doing some shout outs during that session.

I don't expect a large turnout, but those that do make it, thanks in advance :D

Peace out,
Taichi!

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LiveStream Channel + Youtube Tutorials!

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 9, 2011, 9:42 PM
Yes, I've decided to get off my butt and show you guys what I will be doing as far as my work goes. Whether it's a tutorial on my youtube channel www.youtube.com/user/RyoWolffe that's either me making a prop, or teaching some of you what I've learned at school, I will pretty much be doing them soon. Also I've opened up a LiveStream channel which to my surprise I am excited to do so I can engage in public interaction with you guys, my watchers.

About my Livestream showings:

I've decided that they will be freestyle showings. I will keep them consistent (Thursdays at 7 p.m. CST) and will begin my first episode in an more introductory mode. For this inaugural stream, I will take questions and answer them, so I highly encourage you to ask me anything (as long as it's nor pertaining to my personal life). I can and will answer everything from being a cosplayer, to what I am majoring in college. I can also take suggestions for ideas for future streams and even make some shoutouts to those watching, so please I encourage you to watch and enjoy the stream.

My livestream channel is: www.livestream.com/digital_str…

If you show up, feel free to send me your DA username and I will feature you there as well. Well, this has been it for today guys, I appreciate the support and the watches :D

-Love,
Taichi.

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