The Mystery of The Other “s”

The Mystery of The Other “s”

In German, beside the common ‘s’ we have a letter ß called Scharfes ‘s’ (sharp ‘s’). Sometimes it is also somewhat old-fashionedly referred to as Eszett, literally ‘s-z’. Why would anyone need more than one “s”? – you might ask and you’ll find to your surprise that...

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72 and Not a Bit Rusty

72 and Not a Bit Rusty

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row] When I got tickets last year for Paul McCartney’s OUT THERE tour the concert was cancelled. Paul got a virus. Fast forward one year and Paul is coming to Tokyo again. This time round I didn't care how much the tickets would cost, I just got...

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Podkost Reloaded – It’s Back. Again. Th…

Podkost Reloaded – It’s Back. Again. Th…

For all you Japanophile Germanophiles out there (yeah, it's actually a thing), my German podcast "Kilians Podkost" has been revived after a hiatus of 3 years. This year looks like it's going to be the year when I was picking up old habits… So if you understand German...

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New Site: Drummer, Interrupted

New Site: Drummer, Interrupted

I just restarted playing the drums after an 18 year hiatus, for now I have only uploaded two videos of me casually playing along some tunes, but I will be uploading short drum lesson videos over the next days and weeks. So for everyone who is interested in playing the...

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Calligraphic “Kakizome”

Calligraphic “Kakizome”

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row] It's a bit of a wrongly chosen term, actually. "Kakizome"  (書き初め) refers to the first calligraphy that you write in the new year, a tradition still upheld by many Japanese, so in my case I’d probably need to call it "Kakiosame" (書き納め) – kind...

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Joining the Sith – Finale

Joining the Sith – Finale

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row] This just a quick post to show you the final product. I totally forgot to post this, since I have been posting pictures over Google+ and Facebook at the time… Here's the complete costume that even got me two 1st prizes at costume parties. It...

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Joining the Sith – Mask

Joining the Sith – Mask

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row] The mask is what took the most time to prepare. I started off with a simple carton template, that I based on a photo of another cosplayer’s mask. Then I started laminating newspaper stripes as paper maché. The resin treatment was the...

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Joining the Sith – Armour & Mask

Joining the Sith – Armour & Mask

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row] This is all made from some kind of foam (some of it EVA, but I think not all) – don't ask me about the material, I just went into Tokyû Hands, a DYI shop in Tokyo and bought what seemed appropriate. The Mask This is mostly a “standard” Sith...

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Joining the Sith – The Garb

Joining the Sith – The Garb

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row] I've been busy working on my costume as well. It's a mix of bits I had lying around and other parts I made from scratch for this opportunity. Honestly, for the whole costume I had made no real plan whatsoever. I just made it up as I went...

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Joining the Sith – Lightsaber 2

Joining the Sith – Lightsaber 2

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row] The blade for the light saber was quite a challenge. In Japan it's not like in the US where there are several stores specialised in selling parts for custom made lightsabers, there's simply nothing here – well, to be honest if you go to...

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