Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Delta Anime Expo (DAX)

A new convention is in the works for the summer of 2011! The Delta Anime Expo (DAX) is projected to be in May or June of 2011 in Memphis, TN. I am on the planning committee for the convention, and I also have been given the honor of being the director of the Japanese culture track. I am so excited about this opportunity! For the culture track, I plan on making sure we have panels and demonstrations covering traditional and modern dance, music, martial arts, fashion, and more. Hopefully, we'll have most of our ideas approved and bring you the best convention Memphis has ever seen!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Upcoming Conventions

The following are possible conventions that we will be at in Fall 2010. This list will be updated as needed.

X No
? Maybe

? Nashville Anime Day, Nashville, TN - August 14, 2010
? Dragon*Con, Atlanta, GA - September 3-6, 2010
? Anime Weekend Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, September 17-19, 2010
? Geek Media Expo (GMX), Nashville, TN, October 22-24, 2010

If you have any suggestions for other conventions for us to attend, please tell us its name, when, and where. Thanks! ^_^

MTAC "Refugee Camp" T-shirts available!

Because of all the extensive flooding that trapped many MTAC attendees for a few extra days, we have made MTAC "Refugee Camp" t-shirts! They are $19.99 and available NOW by clicking here.

MTAC Kimono Panel Powerpoint and other Resources

I have gotten the powerpoint from the Kimono 101 panel uploaded. To view it, click here, and it should begin to download automatically. Also, the handouts from the panel are available for download below along with other resources:

Kimono Types handout
Kimono Formality Chart handout
Parts of a Kimono

Thank you to everyone who attended! I hope to improve upon this panel and add new things to future panels!


Monday, May 3, 2010


For those of you who attended my kimono panel at MTAC, I will be posting the powerpoint shortly! =D

I also will be working on guides for making kitsuke materials (because there's so many, and they're so expensive!!) and making tsumami kanzashi, the traditional fabric flowers worn in the hair. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at jbgaston@memphis.edu. You are welcome to connect with me on Facebook as well. Please, if you have any recommendations for guides that I could make, TELL ME! I would be happy to consider it. =)

Thank you all for coming out, and I hope you all survived the Nashville Monsoon of 2010 intact!

And because I am so excited about it, I had to post a few pictures of my new kimono that I got at the convention! It's a black tsukesage with purple and white bangasa. ^_^