Thursday, October 29, 2009

Giant Panda breeding centre Chengdu

The Giant Panda breeding centre is located outside of Chengdu city.
You can take a bus from the citys bus station ,it only takes about 40-45 mins to get there.
Is a very big place full of green trees and bamboos. You can even spend some time there just relaxing for a tea and sightseeing.
The day I was visited the place was extremely hot and the Panda were inside under a cooler atmosphere,only the red panda was outside because has no problem with the summer weather.

Of course if you want to hold a panda bear for 10 mins to bring you luck you can.
You have to pay about 100 euros!!!

Red Panda relaxing under a tree

Tickets and map of the area

more info:

All photos by Krizd (2008). All images have been resized.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pinky Doodle Poodle

I have in my hands the new mini album from Pinky Doodle Poodle.
Yes I am happy. Their music is a mix of rock,alternative and punk.
Ohhh don't forget they are from Japan!!

More info about them and how to order their album check the following sites.

Their songs are in japanese but the booklet has also english translation.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

7 years It Record Shop

7 years It Record Shop
special event

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Renma Dojo Kendo Iaido

My friends from Renma dojo have now a new website
check for more info at:
and their blog

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dj Sophie hits back!!!

Dj Sophie hits back with two (2) new house mix sets.

You can download them here:
House music!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Leshan Mt. Buddha part2

When you walk the area you are on the top of the buddha head.

The sculpture of this buddha is 71 meters high. You can walk down the stairs but you have to walk back up and is not very easy.
Read some infos while waiting in the cue.

View from the mountain

Another good view

Looking up!

I have to climp up now and its 40C. Ouf!!!

All photos by Krizd (2008). All images have been resized.

Leshan Mt. Buddha part1

Leshan Great Buddha is a worth visit while your staying at Sichuan.
You can take a bus from the central bus station in Chengdu to the mountain Leshan.
From there must take another small bus to take a ride of about 45 mins up to the mountain,passing through some interesting views and couple villages.
I suggest to wake up early you can to this trip in a day and then back to Chengdu.

Ancient buddha near the entrance area made of stone in a cave.

All photos by Krizd (2008). All images have been resized.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Arrival at Chengdu Sichuan

Pack your bags and get ready for Chengdu.

Chengdu airport

On the bus from the airport to the city

Booked a ticket online with the help of a friend of course because of the language (i am not an expert yet in chinese!!) the flight was from the Wuxi airport to Chengdu about 2 hours flight.
Taking this bus from the airport to the city,I was the only foreigner at this time.
Seats were full again of course and they gave me the seat next to the driver.
I enjoyed it. A city map was given to every chinese.

Chengdu (Chinese: ; pinyin: Chéngdū; Wade-Giles: Ch'eng-tu), located in southwest People's Republic of China, is the capital of Sichuan province. Chengdu is also one of the most important economic centers, transportation and communication hubs in Southwestern China. According to the 2007 Public Appraisal for Best Chinese Cities for Investment, Chengdu was chosen as one of the top ten cities to invest in out of a total of 280 urban centers in China.
info from wikipedia:
Some useful sites to check on the net (Recomended you should get one issue when you get there, is it free and you can find it in bars ,cafes and other spots in the city centre. I got mine from the Hemp bar)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Cosplay & Maid Café @ fnac – The Mall Athens

After months of discussion, organizing and hard work, we are pleased to present possibly the biggest event of our community to date, being also our first big venture to the wider public: a 3-day Cosplay Café at the fnac’s forum, situated within The Mall Athens (access from Nerantziotissa Station)!

This project first took shape around the end of July 2009, when members from some of the teams, currently active in the particular scene, met in order to discuss the possibility of an event above and beyond the level of J-parties. The product of those meetings was team Umi & Sora Events, which co-organizes this event together with Akai Panda.

The Cosplay Café will take place over three days, from the 22nd to the 24th of October 2009 and its schedule is as follows:

Thursday 22-10-2009 18:00 – 21:00 Cosplay Café

Friday 23-10-2009 18:00 – 21:00 Μaid Café

Saturday 24-10-2009 10:00 – 18:00 Cosplay Café
Saturday 24-10-2009 18:00 – 21:00 Anime Movie Screening

At the Cosplay Café visitors will be served free (non-alcoholic) drinks by their favorite manga and anime characters (and on the second day by our team of Maids and Butlers), while anime clips accompanied by modern Japanese music will be playing for the whole duration. Furthermore, visitors will have the opportunity to be photographed with the cosplayers.

Although all this may seem familiar to the fans of modern Japanese culture, certainly not all visitors are expected to have come in contact with this particular scene, therefore we will be providing expletive material and the organizers and cosplayers will be available to give answers and explanations. For those in the know, we have to point out that this, however, is not a cosplay party in the usual sense.

You are all most welcome and eagerly expected,

Umi & Sora Events / Akai Panda

(Camus, Kyoshiro, Marilou, Megi, Memole, Misa Yoshiko, Namida, Nerethil, Raziel, Speedgrapher, Velvet Vortex)

This event is sponsored by fnac.

P.S. This is the official press release from the organizers and so is signed by the whole team.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Japan & Anime Party 10/10, Athens!

Sakura Syndrome is going to Athens for their 5th Season's Opening Party!

In collaboration with CLJ Records, we are proud to present you our first, official Double Release Party! In order to celebrate their brand new signings, Sakura Syndrome and CLJ are giving YOU the opportunity to enjoy a super exclusive Release Party dedicated to the popular Visual Kei bands, SCREW and -OZ- !

The Release Party will feature exclusive audio and video material of SCREW and -OZ-, as well as live clips and loads more!

In the light of the recent passing of Jasmine You, we will also hold a mini-tribute to Versailles.

Guest DJ set by Krizd!

And of course:

- Secret Band Presentation! Which band will we recommend you this time? Find out after the contest results!
- All your favourite songs and videos
- All the fresh, new releases
- Cosplay Contest!
- Free giveaways
- Surprises!

When: Saturday, the 10th of October
Where: DaSein Arts and Spirits [Solomou 12, Plateia Eksarheion]
Time: 21:00
Entrance: FREE

All this and much more only at Japan&Anime Party x CLJ Records Double Release Party!