Photo by Fernando Brischetto of Photographes Sans Frontieres
Costumes made by each cosplayer:
Hyoga - Susan (ycysusan)
Shun - Yuks General
Seiya - Junkers Cosplay Inc.
Shiryu - Okageo Cosplay and Photography
Ikki - Lionel Lum
Saori - Yaya Han
Not pictured is our beautiful Shaina, cosplayed byLadyLemonCosplay!
I’m happy to announce a brand new video series produced by and starring yours truly! First episode is now live with new episodes incoming starting this Thursday!
Marvel Method: Cosplay - Episode #1
Quick little mini project I whipped up the other day.
I wanted to create an ad that would showcase Fiora in the League of Legends universe. Where she would boast her swordsmanship skills for all of Valoran to see.
Photo Credit: LJinto
Character: Nightraven Fiora - League of Legends
Aaand we are LIVE!
My 2015 Limited Edition Calendar is officially available!
- this is my 3rd calendar, self-produced, coming directly from me to you
- a collection of some of the best images created as collaborations between Yaya and skilled photographers
- all costumes hand made by Yaya, with shout-out & credit given to any collaborations
- printed on high quality paper (thicker than last year even!), 11x24 size fully opened
- Exclusive photos featured in the calendar, not available as prints elsewhere. 10 out of 12 of the photos were special photoshoots just for this calendar.
- Monthly anecdotes from Yaya
- FREE Bonus Print of Heartseeker Ashe - 8x12 size for the first 300 online orders
- FREE shipping within the USA, flat rate worldwide shipping
- Calendar and print will be signed and personalized upon request by Yaya!
-estimated shipping date for Pre-orders is End of July!
I’m super proud of this one! A huge THANK YOU also to Benni of Kamui Cosplay for designing the layout for this year’s calendar.
Announcing the availability of my new 2015 Limited Edition Calendar! http://yayahan.bigcartel.com Free Bonus Print of Heartseeker Ashe with the first 300 orders! Free US shipping! Of course autographed. I’m so excited and relieved this this done, lol! Really hope you guys will like this edition! It’s my 3rd calendar!!
I’m still recovering from Anime Expo! It was the busiest weekend of 2014 so far for me, and that’s saying a lot!
I have a lot of photos to share, so have a collage for now! I’m posting all the photos to my Instagram @yayahan.
I said it before and will say it again - the fact that the majority of folks waiting in line to see me at cons are fellow cosplayers (and geeks who want to get into cosplay) means the entire world to me. I appreciate it every single day, and count my blessings over and over again. There is no greater honor to me than to meet you guys. No award, invite, paid gig, whatever, means more to me than meeting other cosplayers, and knowing that YOU believe in me, YOU trust me, YOU accept me.
I could have the shittiest day ever, but looking at photos of us together and remembering our encounters makes me feel infinitely better, and reinforced my determination to keep cosplaying, keep crafting, keep dreaming. Slander, rumors, lies, trolls…. All of that fades away when I think of you.
You are my strength and my compass in life.
I apologize sincerely for those moments at cons when I was not entirely “there” when we met. I try to be prepared for each day of a con - I don’t party, don’t drink, often I will even forgo meeting some of my best friends for hanging out because I know I have to be up early the next day, and need all of my energy for meeting you guys at my booth. Latest example was missing The Labyrinth Ball even though I brought my Peacock costume just for it and made plans for weeks with friends. I didn’t go so I would have energy to be at my booth on the last day of AX.
I’m kinda known as the always tired party pooper amongst my friends group, but thankfully they understand that being “on” at cons takes a lot of out me and they forgive me time and time again. I go to 30 conventions each year, that’s more than half of all the weekends in one year. In the last few years, my days at cons have become so busy that I do not have time to even eat, or have a pee break. I literally stand at my booth for about 8 hours each day to meet people, while a ton of my friends help me out as well. We had at some hours 9 people working my booth at AX, to minimize wait times for photos and help customers.
So please forgive me, if there was a moment when we met and I was out of it. I might have been feeling faint from not eating or just exhausted. I’m only human, I can’t promise that I will be 100% energetic 100% of the time. I try, really hard, I do.
Also, if there was a time when you came to see me and I did not make the first step talk to you, it probably was because I didn’t know you came to talk to me, and thought you were just browsing for cosplay accessories. I do not presume myself to be a celebrity, and do not expect every person who looks at me to be there to have a conversation with me. I think there is the misconception that I think I’m a Big Deal, when in truth I came from the most humble poor insecure beginnings and still fight social anxiety sometimes. I will often wait for someone to talk to me first, because I get stared at a lot and not all of them are friendly, and I don’t want to strike up a conversation with a person who doesn’t like me. And that’s as honest as I can be!!
In terms of someone feelings brushed off by me - I can’t apologize enough. I have met celebrities in the past that brushed me off or rolled their eyes when I asked for a photo, to the point where I don’t look to meet them anymore. But I know that a celebrity brushing me off probably only means that they were tired and had to take thousands of photos that day already, and just wanted a moment of privacy. I specifically don’t even chat up celebrities anymore, because I don’t want to disturb their privacy, because I know how exhausting it can be to be “on” for several days in a row at an event.
I’m lucky because I only really get recognized at cons, and I can still go buy groceries and eat at a restaurant undisturbed. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be recognized every moment of every day. Seriously, friends - value your privacy. Cherish it!
So as long as this novel became, unintentionally - I wrote it in a post-con exhausted haze without any filters or my guard up. So this is as raw as you’ll see me for a bit, and I’m sorry in advance if some of you are disappointed in me. There is always someone disappointed that I’m human and have flaws, lol.
But the most important thing to remember for me and hopefully for you is that I love you guys, and appreciate you taking the time to see me. You are the ones who are making the decision to spend your time with me. I’m the lucky one.
"Save me, Seiya!"
Saori Kido - the ultimate damsel in distress…. I’m so ready to get my Pegasus Fantasy on!!! Saint Seiya is the first anime AND manga I ever watched/read, and it contributed greatly to my lifelong otaku-nesssss! Finally I get to cosplay with a whole group!!!! Aaaaaah!!!!!