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The Japandaman Female 2018 Cosplay Calendar

A few of you who frequent this site may also follow me on my various social media platforms and if you do then you’ll be aware that I’ve been posting pics of myself with cosplayers alluding to some secret squirrel business for the past few months. Well, the time has come to reveal what all of us have been working on and I give you *ahem* The Japandaman female Cosplay Calendar 2018!

Here’s just a sample of the awesome pics that you can expect in the calendar:

The calendar itself will have pre-orders open soon, keep watching this space for that announcement. And we also have a Patreon running where you can get the whole experience of what’s gone into the making of this cosplay calendar. There’s behind the scenes footage, interviews, exclusive digital prints and loads more. We have different tiers available so if you’d like to become Patron then we have there’s one for you.

All this is to help fund season two of our TV show It’s Japan, Man so we can keep bringing this cool content to you! Here’s the Patron link for you to check out: PATREON LINK

We sincerely hope that you like what you see, everyone involved has had an amazing time putting it together and it’s turned out to be an amazing experience with new friendships being made 🙂


Sorry for letting this segment lapse…it’s been two whole months since the last update and to launch this segment in 2017, I thought I’d feature a male cosplayer. It’s Melbourne based cosplayer, Dat-Baka Cosplay! With a whole range of cosplays in his arsenal, this is one cosplayer to check out and if you haven’t yet, you’ve seriously been missing out!!





Welcome to the first J-Vlog update in this Japan trip for 2016! In this first update, it kicks off with us waiting for our flight to Japan at Melbourne Airport, some in-flight footage, landing at Narita and then some walking around our neighbourhood of Asakusa in search of some food and sweets! This one was a rush job as we’re completely tired from the flight but we hope you enjoy. And if you like what you see, please subscribe to the Japandaman YouTube channel to stay up to date.

ACMI Presents Essential Anime Heroines

If you’re short on having something to do in the lead up to Christmas, then check out the Essential Anime Heroines movie festival which kicked off yesterday at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) in Federation Square in Melbourne.

There’s a great array of films up for selection with classic Ghibli fare My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, Arrietty, Princess Mononoke and other more contemporary titles like Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.


The festival runs through til December 23rd and films are available in both subbed and dubbed versions, just make sure to check the guide when making a booking. For more info, head on over the festival page on the ACMI site.

Bubble Pop Asian Pop Radio Interview

For those that don’t follow me on social media (shame on you), I’ve been involved with arranging a K-Pop event night called Bubble Pop which is going down on August 12th at Good Things Bar, 147 Commercial Rd, South Yarra. In order to help promote the event, myself, Neko and Silhouette were interviewed by Asian Pop Radio which aired recently.

In case you missed it, you can catch it below!

If you want to find out more, tickets are still on sale so come down and have a great time. We’re still making announcements about all the cool stuff that we’re going to be having there like alcoholic and non-alcoholic Bubble Cup drinks!

Bubble Pop Facebook page

Bubble Pop Launch Event page

Bubble Pop TICKETS!

Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival 2016

If you’re going to be in the Melbourne CBD this weekend, then swing past Federation Square on Sunday 28th of February for the annual Japanese Summer Festival. It’s always a fun day out with entertainment, special guests, food, drink and cosplay as far as the eye can see!! It runs from 12PM – 6PM and there are usually fantastic raffle prizes as well. If you want more info, then check out the official Facebook page.


Supanova Melbourne 2015 Video Highlights

The weekend that just passed saw the commencement of the convention season for 2015 with Supanova rolling into Melbourne. Melbourne is the first of many stops for the Supanova train. Always attracting many Supa Star guests, this year was no different. From Christopher Lloyd from Back to the Future, George Takei from Star Trek, Charisma Carpenter from Buffy and Angel, Jason David Frank from Power Rangers and loads more!


A convention of this calibre is always a great spot for cosplayers to converge and show off what they’ve been working on, sometimes up to months before the actual event. They come from all over Australia to meet up and arrange photoshoots and make new friends. Here’s a photo album from the IJM Facebook page.

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Japandaman was on site doing his duties for TV show It’s Japan, Man! along with co-host, the always kawaii Neko. This year IJM decided to put together a little cosplayer highlights video so even if you couldn’t make it, this video will give you an idea of the fun that went down.

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Hope you’ve had a look at the photo gallery above, now here’s the It’s Japan, Man! cosplay video highlight reel.

Episode 6 Of It’s Japan, Man! Goes Live

This update is REALLY late so apologies but we’ve been busy beavers working in the background on secret projects! But here is our labour love, episode 6 of the show that takes a look at the otaku lifestyle in Australia. The show that we call It’s Japan, Man!

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And also of particular note is that this episode marks the end of season 1 which has been an absolute joy to make and has taught us all a lot about what goes into making and producing your own show. We’re all taking a well earned break before we start season 2 which will be bigger and better so stay tuned for news on that. And a massive kawaii, otaku thank you to all our supporters for all your feedback, it’s been great to hear and read.

Reel Anime 2013 update

Reel Anime is a movie festival which takes place in Melbourne, Australia, also in New Zealand, used to show off some of the best up and coming movies that we may not normally see in mainstream release. Past films have included Evangelion 1.11 and 2.22 as well as Ghibli classic, 5 Centimeters Per Second.

This year seems to be no different with some massive titles coming to the land Down Under. First off, Madman Entertainment has confirmed that Ghost in the Shell: Arise will be showing as well the latest in the Evangelion franchise, Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.

For more info, check out the official Reel Anime site.

Japanese Festival 2013 – Melbourne, Box Hill

This past Sunday in Melbourne (May 19) saw the annual holding of the Japanese Festival in the suburb of Box Hill. It was a great day with a hint of chill in the air ensuring that the event had a great turn out. There was loads do and heaps of activities which allowed you to immerse yourself in the Japanese culture.

It was organised by the Japan Club of Victoria and held at the Box Hill Town Hall and the Box Hill TAFE with a temporary food court set up in an undercover car park. There was tons of yakisoba, okonomiyaki, yakitori and heaps more to fill your stomach with. Japandaman was in attendance but had no camera so luckily regular Japandaman photo contributor Matt was kind enough to let me use his pictures. Matt can be followed on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Thanks again, Matt!

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