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Cosplayers to Watch: Chamomile (Photos and Interview)

Raised in Yokosuka, Chamomile is a multicultural cosplayer with Japanese and Filipino-American heritage. Her range of activities stretches very wide across the gamut of cosplay, encompassing everything from cosplay modeling, event modeling, modeling for color contact lenses, performing on stage and creating photo books. She's also active as a cosplay makeup artist.

Chamomile is very keen on making international connections, and she hopes she can serve as a bridge between countries through her various talents and activities. You can call her Chamomile or Chami!

Interview

  • grape Japan (gJ): Since when have you been cosplaying?
  • Chamomile: I started cosplaying four years ago.
  • gJ: Why do you cosplay?
  • Chamomile: I love anime, manga and games. From the earliest I can remember, I was playing games with my little brother. I got hooked on TV anime and began drawing fan art of my favorite characters. As a result, I began to feel like I wanted to cosplay those characters too, and that’s how I got started.

With permission from © Chamomile / @chamomi017

With permission from © Chamomile / @chamomi017

  • gJ: Do you have a particularly memorable cosplay experience?
  • Chamomile: I’ve been riding bicycles since I was in elementary school, so I’ve cosplayed Yowamushi Pedal at cosplay events as far away as Germany and within Japan at events from Tohoku to Kansai and everywhere in between. That’s why Yowamushi Pedal is particularly memorable for me. I could also mention my Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure cosplays for which I designed my own outfits in great detail, as well as the Yokosuka Subculture Festival. I cosplayed Taigei from Kantai Collection at their inaugural festival and Shigure at their second one. I was featured in the train ads for the festival as well as in all kinds of media, so that’s also a very memorable experience for me.

With permission from © Chamomile / @chamomi017

With permission from © Chamomile / @chamomi017

With permission from © Chamomile / @chamomi017

  • gJ: Do you make your own cosplay outfits?
  • Chamomile: Yes, I do make my own outfits. It’s hard for me to find costumes that fit me, so I usually make my own or adjust existing ones.
  • gJ: Do all the characters you cosplay have something in common? If so, what is it?
  • Chamomile: What all my cosplays have in common is that I love the work or the character. Since I cosplay a character because I get hooked on the work through watching the anime or playing the game, all my cosplays are characters I love. As a result, I enjoy every character I cosplay.
  • gJ: Is there anything you particularly pay attention to when you cosplay?
  • Chamomile: To express a character’s personality when I cosplay them, I pay particular attention to the makeup, costume, wig and posing which will enable me to convey that character’s atmosphere. Since I only cosplay characters which I like, I try to express the aspects of the character which I am most attracted to. I also try to imagine how the character would look when he or she is transposed from two dimensions to our three-dimensional world.

With permission from © Chamomile / @chamomi017

With permission from © Chamomile / @chamomi017

  • gJ: Have you participated in events outside of Japan?
  • Chamomile: I participated in DoKomi and Japan Day in Germany, ACGHK in Hong Kong, the Manga Expo in Taiwan and various fan meetups in other countries.
  • gJ: Do you have any non-Japanese fans? If so, how do you interact with them?
  • Chamomile: Yes, I have fans from other countries. I have a Twitter account, but I mostly interact with non-Japanese people through Instagram and Facebook.

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  • gJ: Please tell us if you have any cosplay events you recommend in Japan.
  • Chamomile: The most famous one I can recommend is Comic Market. There are other places in Japan which have regular events but there are also all kinds of cosplay-friendly events organized to revitalize local towns and rural areas. Such events not only allow you to experience the good things those areas have to offer, but you’ll also be able to meet cosplayers playing characters you may like, so it’s fun!
  • gJ: What do you think is your most attractive feature?
  • Chamomile: I hope you’ll come and meet me and find out for yourself.

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  • gJ: Do you have any hobbies aside from cosplaying?
  • Chamomile: I like biking, road biking, going to concerts, singing, studying English and fashion.
  • gJ: What are your favorite foods?
  • Chamomile: Mangos, steak, sushi and protein drinks.

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  • gJ: What is your favorite animal and why?
  • Chamomile: Yes, I like penguins because they’re cute.
  • gJ: Finally, would you like to say anything to grape Japan readers?
  • Chamomile: Thank you for reading this article. I attend all kinds of events, so I’d be really happy if you came to see me. My schedule is always listed on my Twitter account, my blog or my Instagram account, so please check it out! I’ll continue to do my best from now on, so please root for me! I’m looking forward to meeting you!

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