Toracon 2013 :)

Tora-Con was a two-day convention created by the RIT Anime Club to provide anime, manga and game related entertainment in Rochester. Everyone got a chance to cosplay characters from their favorite anime, manga or game. Cosplay is basically costume role playing. Some bought their outfits from ordering online and some actually handmade their outfits! For example, my little sister who happened to be visiting this weekend on her spring break, made her own outfit from her favorite manga. She handmade her costume and it took a month and half to complete! I have never been to a Tora-Con event in my life, so it was pretty awesome to see a lot of people dressed up.

On early Saturday morning it was pretty crazy. I had to wake up early to take my little sister to go to Clark Gym to purchase the badge that allowed her to enter the convention, and boy the line was real long. But the line went pretty quick and we only had to wait for 45 minutes, not so bad! While waiting, I noticed a lot of awesome outfits, especially the one that had a huge round head with many holes and red lights coming out of it. (picture shown below). Then I had to help her get dressed for the event and run to gym for Zumba class. Boy, I was so exhausted and I only had an hour to shower, change and eat before work at the Market in Global Village. At work, my co-workers and I saw so many cool cosplay outfits. After work, I picked up my little sister and we were resting for a bit before going out K-pop event at Lovin’ Cup where they provided a lot of Korean music and dance. It was really an enjoyable night!

My little sister took this picture. See how packed and popular Tora-con is!

My little sister made new friends.The top right photo is what I was talking about earlier!

And the great news is that my little sister actually won first place in the cosplay contest. I am so proud of her! If you’re crazy about anime, manga or game this is a great event that you should attend next year! 🙂

About Aileen

Name: Aileen (Ally) Wu

Major: Graphic Design

Hometown: Flushing, N.Y.

Why I chose RIT: RIT provides outstanding access services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and also has a great graphic design program that I wanted to pursue.

Clubs/Activities: Asian Deaf Club (collaborated events with Global Union, Asian Culture Society, Chinese Student Scholar Association, Deaf International Student Association and Pi Delta Psi), NTID Student Congress, and cashier/stocker at  The Market at RIT’s Global Village.

Hobbies/Interests: Designing/sketching, reading design inspiration blogs, hanging out with friends and working. Anything to keep me busy!

What I like best about RIT: I love the diversity here, and that I can interact with people from both the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and hearing worlds. I get the best of both worlds.

Favorite T.V. Shows: “Grimm,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Cold Case” and “CSI.”

Fun fact about me: I’m a 24-year cancer survivor!

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