April 1, 2016

Meet the Cosplay Contest Judges!

Please welcome our 2016 cosplay contest judges!

Pastel Colored Cosplay


Pastel has been cosplaying for over ten years now, and has won many awards for performance and craftsmanship. She has also been cosplaying at the festival since the first cosplay showcase in 2009, and is excited to have a chance to work behind the scenes as a contest judge this year!

In addition to her own endeavors, Pastel runs a local cosplay charity group known as Cosplay for a Cause. This group’s successful donation drives have led to thousands of much needed items being collected for a variety of worthy causes.

Find Pastel’s work at: https://www.facebook.com/pastelcoloredcosplay/

Learn more about Cosplay for a Cause: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1580119928919161/


Kiki Kabuki

Kiki has been creating costumes since 2010, participating in and judging masquerades ever since. As someone who adores the inspiration and creativity behind the craft, she is greatly looking forward to the opportunity and honor of meeting so many talented people in this year’s Nihon Matsuri cosplay contest!





Tia has been fascinated by dress-up since she was a four-year-old running around in a Wonder Woman cape and pretending to save the world, and seven years ago decided she could still do that as an adult, too. Since then she has won several awards for both craftsmanship and performance, and has worked with some amazing cosplayers to improve her craft even when not competing. She loves to experiment with new materials and methods and is always excited to hear about the creativity and innovation of other cosplayers. This is her first time judging, and she is thrilled to have the chance to show her appreciation for the hard work and skill of those entering.

She can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AproposOfNothingTia



“Unroyalty has been the driving force behind the Utah Nihon Matsuri cosplay showcase since its creation. She has been cosplaying for six years, and in that time has entered, run, and judged several contests. She has a great love of the creative process that goes into this type of costuming, and enjoys judging because of the opportunity it gives her to learn about other cosplayers’ ideas and techniques. She is amazed at the way the showcase has grown over the years, and is grateful that cosplay can be celebrated at the festival as a part of Japanese culture. She looks forward to seeing many new and seasoned cosplayers enter this year!”
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