We’ve been, bad, bad girls…
First of, we didn’t warn anyone about this event but trust us, just getting our gear ready cost us all the time we had ^^” So get ready, sit properly because it’s time for another wonderful, enthusiastic …
By now, you are asking yourselves: “What the heck is FIL?” and in the case you know what it is you are surely wondering “What the heck are illustrators doing there!?”. Ok let us answer both. FIL stands for Feira Internacional de Lisboa (loose translation: International Fair of Lisbon”. It’s a place where all sort of conventions go on, the most famous one being the tourism fair that happens once a year.
Gi: Going to work tralala…
Sara: … *mutter* we gotta be on time, we gotta be on time…
You know how these work. Lots of stands, hundreds of countries, all trying to do the same: convince you to go and visit and spend your money on them XD. Well, also it’s a nice way to learn about different cultures and watch numerous activities. So since last year, the Japanese Ambassador has been hiring us to participate in the activities at Japan’s stand (we’ve known from truthful sources that he likes anime *smirk*); representing one of the most outgrowing cultural aspect being exported to the west: anime and manga.
So here’s a peek of what we’ve been doing there! One of us colours a manga like illustration while the other offers drawings that can range from popular anime/manga characters (Gi: as long as we remember them… so sorry for not drawing Ichigo right today >_<), to actual recreations of people in manga style *sweatdrop* those are priceless, really and make us cry… (Sara: Please not a portrait…please! Ah dammit.)
We’ve been at FIL for the past two days, tomorrow Sunday will be our last for this year :D Above are the illustrations we made (one per day) with the one we’ll be colouring tomorrow in the middle! Also, we take turns. One day it’s the fox, the other day is the cat and back to the fox and so on and on…
Here’s some FIL randomness!!!
Gi: Silent Hill eat your heart out! (courtesy of Sara)
Sara: Must take more photos… *_*
Gi: Here’s Fil’s entrance! Looks so pretty in photo…
Sara: Back again! Did you missed us?
Gi: Waiting for Mr. Wakaeda to come pick us at the entrance of Pavillion 3… it’s freezing!!!
Sara: We gotta be on … We’re on time!
Oh, thank you Maria João for explaining this one. Apart from looking funny (sorry Brits, he does! XD Respect.), this gent carries that trolley to pick up informative pamphlets and such other paraphernalia he needs for his work. There’s really loads to pick up so that is the best way. Now, what’s not so great is 50 year old ladies imitating them with shopping bags on wheels and just wanting whatever they can nab at the stands… *both sweatdrop* we wonder if it’s the same in other countries.
Enough of our randomness? Ok, so let’s go back to Japanese affairs!
As our time was up, we were asked if we wanted to stay and watch the Taiko show that was going to start soon enough. Of course we did, and we managed to get the best seats in the house! Front row, right in the middle and… sitting down on the carpet XD! But oh, it was so worthy and we hope the pics will show you why! As the music started and the performers came in, we were close enough to feel their burning auras! We aren’t exaggerating. Really.
It was like a dream and this man right here ↑ was the best. Totally the best. There’s no way around it. We had hardly seen Taiko live and certainly not this close. It was enough to make our blood boil and we weren’t the only ones. Everybody was mesmerized and taken by the rhythm. Taiko has a very strong and primordial strength, much like a heartbeat. Soothing or thunderous. We were in a different world.
What’s more admirable about this group is that they all do this for a hobby, not for a living. You can’t make profit out of Taiko. They either study or work and practice as leisure.