Sunday May 23, 2010 the release party for “Cosplay
in America” was held at
Royal T in Culver City, CA. This would be my third time
going to a Royal T event and I was pretty happy to go back and enjoy
good company and even better tea. Since “Cosplay in America” featured
many cosplayers in their signature cosplays, the cosplays that seem
to represent a cosplayer and that are most closely associated with that
person. Thus, I felt that I should wear one of my signature cosplays.
At several events I have been called “Giovanni” or “that guy who cosplays
Giovanni” so I chose Giovanni from Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen
as it seemed to be my signature cosplay.
There was some minor traffic on the way to Culver City from Orange County,
but nothing I have not come to expect from the SoCal freeways. Upon
my arrival I ran into Terrance (CoBroRa)
Without planning we both showed up as Pokemon villains which
worked out well because we spent a good chunk of the event hanging out
The main party was in the gallery of the café featuring Tune
in Tokyo. The music ranged from j-pop and anime favorites
to sillier songs like the theme to Teen Titans. As I had heard about
this event at the SoCal
Spring Gathering and the only announcement seemed to be
on Facebook. I did not expect a large group to show up. I arrived at
12:30PM and there were several cosplayers already at the café.
By 2:00PM I was surrounded by many familiar faces and I found myself
running around trying to get everyone on film.
The party music led to a big cosplay dance party. It began with only
a few cosplayers dancing the Hare Hare Yukai, but eventually a big group
gathered to do some Para Para and Carmelldansen.
Nearly everyone picked up a copy of “Cosplay
in America”, it was running at $40 and features some of
the most beautiful cosplay pictures I have ever seen. It is an amazing
coffee table book that best shows off the true art of the cosplay hobby.
Ejen Chuang, the author, and several cosplayers gladly signed the books.
Ejen Chuang was mingling with everyone and posed for many pictures with
those who picked up a copy of his book.
at a book release party I cannot escape dollfies at a Royal T event.
After a bit of mingling I stopped by the boutique to see what was new.
I was hoping that I could find packets of the tea blends, but sadly
I did not see any. I really do hope that Royal T starts selling some
of their blends, I would pick up as much as I could carry to bring it
home to Orange County.
I was at the café section I had to grab myself a nice cup of
tea. I wanted to get a seat and be served by the lovely Royal T maids,
but I did not want to be seated alone, as people might think I am a
weirdo who has a thing for maids. I found that the best place for getting
tea when you are going solo is the bar, which had great service. I decided
to go with golden oolong tea on ice due to the suggestion of the barista.
It was very refreshing and I must say that I love the tea at Royal T.
I highly recommend the jasmine rose tea and the milk tea as the Royal
T blends are excellent.
Although I had fun with everyone I sadly did not get to say goodbye.
I was called out and I had to leave abruptly which was a bit of a surprise
to me. I am sorry for not saying “bye-bye”, but as I am likely to see
everyone at Fanime I hope that no feelings were hurt. It was great to
see everyone and meeting some new friends at the party. This was a very
fun experience and I always love going to the little tea house in Culver
City. I hope to come back soon to enjoy more of my favorite teas.
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