Heian Era Monk - Okama Hanafuda

Worn AtLondon MCM Expo May 2009




I decided to do somthing "Traditional"...

So here's something from a Hentai doujinshi >_>

/Is not a letch



And everything par the cloth and shoes has now gone forever... I left them at the expo! ( Tokyo Toys was selling my bow for £8 at one point XD )


Revived for the May 2010 London MCM expo. I'll have a LOT more props including; scrolls, prayer sticks, a metal water canister, and HOPEFULLY a dead duck!

Total spent for 2010:

£4 (Tatami straw fabric)
£3 (Red felt)
£3 (String for bow)



Forsooth! For he is stricken down by demons! Run in fear for he shall slay ye!


Adamoluna posted on 10 January, 2009 - 23:05
progress pictures! I know you has them! >83

ryaoki posted on 4 May, 2009 - 18:24
this is too damn cool

nanahara posted on 5 May, 2009 - 08:57
looking good man ^^

Lady-Aira posted on 5 May, 2009 - 12:35
looking awesome ^^

Adamoluna posted on 11 May, 2009 - 13:07
yay for home-made geta ^.^ pix plz!

nanahara posted on 12 May, 2009 - 23:25
yet agian, great progress

Odd-One-Out posted on 14 May, 2009 - 12:44
Of course your work impresses me, I can't even sew in a straight line unless I'm using a sewing machine!

RanmaSyaoran posted on 14 May, 2009 - 12:45
XD! Does that mean you'll teach me how to make armour for ORT? /Waves goodies to bribe you

RanmaSyaoran posted on 14 May, 2009 - 12:46
Thankyou for your comments everone! ^_^

Odd-One-Out posted on 14 May, 2009 - 12:52
ORT...? But I can give tips, yes.

Feather-to-Earth posted on 17 May, 2009 - 23:55
Wow its all looking so wicked >_< The hat looks like a total killer, it reminds me a little of one of the funnels on the Titanic...but in a good way ^_^

Freyarule posted on 25 May, 2009 - 15:09
Hey! I saw you at the expo ^^ It looked great on you!

Adamoluna posted on 25 May, 2009 - 19:42
holy wow, huge hat! O.O' It looks like you managed to tame your shirt, well done ^.^ It looks really good, but it looks like it could've been difficult to wear? The hat must've been a little unbalanced? :3

RanmaSyaoran posted on 25 May, 2009 - 19:51
Thankyou everyone! The hat was VERY simple to balance as it was tight enough not to move, but it was faaaaaaar too heavy... I left it at the expo XD

nanahara posted on 25 May, 2009 - 20:01
you did brilliantly with this ^^

Kaythenia posted on 25 May, 2009 - 20:58
Wahey! You survived! XD Awesome costume, you did a fantastic job!

TheInkOfDoom posted on 26 May, 2009 - 12:45
You looked amazing! 8D It was great meeting you!

Monkey posted on 3 June, 2009 - 13:37
Sorry for shoving hairpins in your head! ^^; This outfit looked amazing, I couldn't believe it when I saw it. It looked utterly fanastic. Whey for traditional garb! *cheers8

Sephirayne posted on 3 June, 2009 - 17:48
Awesome costume. I wished I had seen it in person.

Telly posted on 7 June, 2009 - 02:19
Yup, I defo remember you! :D

Ranma1-2 posted on 7 June, 2009 - 12:43
Aha THAT's who the arrows belong to.. I saw them in the cosplay changing room but I missed seeing you in the costume. Wow you really take some challenging costumes, and this turned out spot on! Well done. It was nice meeting you again at Expo. ^__^

seawaterwitch posted on 13 October, 2009 - 11:55
OMG!! Awesome ^^ You made the costume literally just look like the drawing ^^ Impressive ^__^b

phalor posted on 14 January, 2010 - 12:45
I remember seeing you! This was amazing (and how on Earth did you walk in that footwear? o__O)

Darkiekun posted on 26 January, 2010 - 21:48
I saw you! We saw you getting into the elevator at the hotel and we was like how can he fit in there with all that? XD Awesome! We loved it D:

Telly posted on 30 March, 2010 - 17:19
Next time I end up behind you in a crowd with those arrows in ma face I'm gonna poke ya! ;)

RanmaSyaoran posted on 30 March, 2010 - 23:29
DON'T! D: If I turn round too quick then all that weight in them will kill you D:

nanahara posted on 11 April, 2010 - 21:46
hell yeah XD

FlyingMammal posted on 11 April, 2010 - 21:59
liking the new progress

Berserk667 posted on 13 April, 2010 - 19:58
wow that bow is crazy big :p

RanmaSyaoran posted on 13 April, 2010 - 20:00
Haha, same size as the last one 8D

ElegantAura posted on 25 April, 2010 - 23:01
This costume was amazing to see last May, You did such a great job, i look forward to seeing it again ^_^

Toshi-chan posted on 29 April, 2010 - 03:16
This is really incredible! I love the quiver and the bow :)

Adamoluna posted on 1 May, 2010 - 23:58
looking positively epic with the upgrades! :3 I admire you for having the willpower and creativity to go back on old projects and perfect them when you weren't 100% satisfied first time around. ^^

Anime_Angel posted on 2 May, 2010 - 00:04
hmmm seems like you improved it a little^_^

FlyingMammal posted on 2 May, 2010 - 17:40
missed this before, so really looking forward to seeing it this time around. every upgrade you have made so far really does look great! I truely can not wait to see it in person!

Joshua posted on 14 May, 2010 - 00:23
Brill kit, is this from the manga about a Kitsune lover? Loved the Doujin, fab costume. I notice you are remaking it. Leeds Royal armouries has a load of info on Japanese archery if needed. Arrows are a lot easier if you have a fletching jig, but if money is an issue or the flights are too big for the jig, I used copydex as a contact adhesive to glue on the feathers. You can also get feathers with a "barred" pattern from craft shops, and archery suppliers.

Joshua posted on 14 May, 2010 - 00:37
Just after leaving the above comment, I check out my own bit and find a comment from you from a few days ago. I think we have similar thoughts on costuming, it's easier to do it real rather than image only. That said, I am trying papier mache for Theodens armour, I have real steel armour and it can be a real pain in the back, literaly. I am trying something lighter if I am to wear it all day at a con.

RanmaSyaoran posted on 20 May, 2010 - 23:50
Ah, nice to hear that Joshua, and yes it is from the Doujin about the Kitsune lover. I'm actually attempting to get a job within the Royal Armouries "back room" at the moment, I'd love to work around the Japanese section. The arrows on these are made from buckram which has been stabled on the back, I attempted to glue them but due to my shaky hands I didn't have a chance in getting them level! Other than that best of luck on the paper mache' armour and I'll keep an eye out for you at the expo!

Kobalos posted on 29 May, 2010 - 22:40
Yay!!!!!!! Saw you at expo today your were awesome :P

Anonymous posted on 30 May, 2010 - 21:58
I saw you at expo, i asked how you made your arrows! Thanks for explaining it.

street-angel posted on 1 June, 2010 - 22:28
Does the boat have the bell back yet? :p

RanmaSyaoran posted on 1 June, 2010 - 23:41
Yes xD

Fishyfins posted on 2 June, 2010 - 00:16
i said it at expo, and ill say it again now. this looked incredible!

Captain_Marvelous posted on 2 June, 2010 - 00:50
You were like my fave at expo! XD

nanahara posted on 2 June, 2010 - 11:27
as awsome as ever ^^

RanmaSyaoran posted on 5 June, 2010 - 21:45
I made national television in this! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment_and_arts/10243810.stm - 11:18

electricdino posted on 6 June, 2010 - 00:00
This costume was amazing. I have no idea how you managed to stay in it all day!! Did you take any of the tall bits back with you? *can't remember* Getting those over to Custom House on the trains was entertaining... XD XD

Valentine_x posted on 8 June, 2010 - 22:39
Amazing 8D My friends were debating whether you were using real longbow arrows or not o__O And you got on Tv. Well done (y)

RanmaSyaoran posted on 8 June, 2010 - 23:16
Hahaha! Thankyou~! I made the arrows myself, but they are much longer than longbow arrows. When I make this outfit for it's 3rd and final outing I shall use real feather flights and improve on the cloth :D

- posted on 5 September, 2010 - 18:11
Wow this looks really amazing. You've done a fantastic job on this, very accurate : O

Rain posted on 10 May, 2011 - 00:17
Amazing cosplay!! *_*

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Progress Journal

New Props (Posted 20th May 2010)

Yet another antique to carry around with me!

This is a VERY thick brass bell that has a loud ring to it that resonates for quite a while so it'll be easy to hear in the excel.

It's also going on the front of my boat afterwards! :D

New Stuff (Posted 19th May 2010)

I've now made two bags to hang from my waist.

I've gone along the lines of thinking; "If this is a travelling monk, wouldn't his items be worn and tatty?".

So, one bag is crudely stitched together and rough. The other is held together with dried grass!

I also have a large opium pipe (unused xD) and a nice scroll (which is Chinese so I will hide the text).

Bugger :// (Posted 10th May 2010)

Some water fell on the arrows (condensation from the windows) so I have to do them again =_=

Thankfully it was only two of them.

Sleeves Finished. (Posted 2nd May 2010)

Blimey, these too ages!

I've changed (from the old design);

The sleeves are now sewn to the under kimono to keep them in place (instead of Velcro), the grey kimono cloth has been added, I've used some elastic to hold the sleeves upright when I wear them, and the interfacing is now slightly longer.

Sleeves and Under Kimono - 2 (Posted 29th April 2010)

Plenty of wondaweb going into attaching these >_>;

(That stuff is expensive!)

The Descent Into Madness (Posted 29th April 2010)

After re-re-re-re-re-reading the doujinshi, I noticed that the character becomes progressively unhinged as the story progresses. I've chosen to reflect that in was as thus;
Rags and tatters used to carry his wears and Unsymmetrical / unfinished / rough stitches on the sleeves (as in a repair a tear).

Sleeves and Under kimono (Posted 29th April 2010)

Are NEARLY finished 8D

Offerings bowl (Posted 25th April 2010)


It must be my lucky day! I've just been given a small wicker bowl that'll be perfect for an offerings bowl. I just need a small amount of yen in spare change to glue to the bottom of it!

Bugger :/ (Posted 11th April 2010)

Just broke my bow. I will now take £10 out of my birthday money to buy some more wood / string ://///////


Felt pens :/ (Posted 9th April 2010)

Drawing on feathers has to be one of the most BORING LABORIOUS TASKS IN THE WHOLE OF HUMAN HISTORY!

Pens :///// (Posted 6th April 2010)

Still can't find them :/


Scroll (Posted 30th March 2010)

I found two small curtain poles in a skip at the boatyard, so I can now make the scroll he has, I'll just pop down to my old job and have a nice picture of the heroine printed on some canvas 8D

(Also, I am not spending ANY money on this cosplay, it is made completely from leftover scraps and bits that I can find / get from people)

Pens :/ (Posted 29th March 2010)

The pens I used for the artwork on the flights seem to have disappeared :/

I don't have enough money to buy any more so I'm going to rip the boat apart to find them.

New hat 8D (Posted 26th March 2010)

I now have a new hat, it also has a chinstrap just in case it's windy when I go outside (it hides inside the hat if not needed).

I've also changed the shape of it so that it doesn't come down to my eyebrows like the previous one, it's also MUCH lighter and has a fabric with a natural pattern. (It's also not completely smooth like the last one, it now looks rustic and handmade like an original cloth hat)

17 Arrows... Red! (Posted 26th March 2010)

I've glued some felt onto the arrows to give them that red band at the top, just below the flight.

It looks good from the front but crap from behind :/

17 Arrows... Fletched! (Posted 24th March 2010)

Took quite a while, made of buckram and stuck on with hot glue (I couldn't stick them on in two separate pieces / cut the wood as it looked unclean from the front)

They now need to be painted / illustrated.

Tatami! (Posted 22nd March 2010)

I've now made a straw mat that looks like a Tatami (traditional Japanese floor MAT) so I can stand on it a pose! ( Hopefully people will throw money at me 8D )

I AM REVIVED! (Posted 21st March 2010)

I'm re-making this for the London 2010 May Expo (Sunday).

I'll have the full 17 arrows (like the illustration) and a lot more props to hang from the belt (water canister, prayer stick, etc)

HUZZAH~! (Posted 14th May 2009)



I've managed to get the arrows to sit correctly, through looping a cloth belt inbetween them and the quivver and then securing it to my back~!

It quickly detatches in the event of an emergancy (on-coming crowd XD) and it's very comfortable!


IRON DAG NABBIT, IRON!!! (Posted 12th May 2009)

THE CREASES WON'T IRON OUT! >_________________________<;;;

Home Made Geta! (Posted 11th May 2009)

I WAS going to buy some geta, but they were very expensive ¬_¬

So... I went and hunted around the boatyard, FOUND some wood and made them! :D

They were completely free and RECYCLED! (As we know how bloody important that is ¬_¬)

80% Done (Posted 5th May 2009)

Argh, this stuff is a bugger to iron =_=

/Personally doesn't like it now as he thinks it looks untidy ¬_¬

Bow and Arrow Combo! (Posted 5th May 2009)

17 arrows = Too many XD

It turned out that with the 17 arrows that I had planned to use, wouldn't actually fit on the quivver... >>;

So! I'm now using 10 XD

The quivver was very easy to do, a few holes were cut in it and I then thread some string through them to keep the arrows in shape. It's turned out a LOT bigger than I thought it would, maybe too big for the expo O_0

Torso Front (Posted 28th April 2009)

Notice the torso front... It has an opening which is tied back...

I DID have this shape, but now I'm cheating XD;;;

I went down to a dry cleaners to borrow a trouser press, I've put in a REALLY defined pleat, to give the effect of it being folded over. I founnd a button that looked like a knot, and just added a trouser hook to hold it in place!

It looks a bit off, but with the little time I have left... It'll do! XD

GIGANTIC SLEEVES! (Are quite small ¬_¬) (Posted 28th April 2009)

Due to the little mis-hap... I havn't got much fabric left, so the size of the sleeves isn't as big as they were before -_-

The hard bit of making them stand up is over and completed! I'm VERY happy with what I did to keep them like that! ^^

It's made by ironing in extremely stiff double sided interfacing, the sleeves are then attached to my undersleevs via velcro. Thus giving the view of them being "unsupported".

^_^ It's getting better, slowly... XD

The Hat! (Posted 28th April 2009)


I thought this would be hard! But... IT TOOK 10 MINUTES! XD

It's made from; Wire mesh, string, double sided tape & pleather.

I basically folded the mesh around my head to make the shape, tied it together, covered it in abolut 25 meters of double sided tape and then stuck on the pleather! It's glued together at the back to keep it taught.

I'm very happy with it! Only drawback though... IT'S HEAVY! And with it being 3 foot tall it sways about a bit!

I'm going to have fun walking with it XD;;;

Urgle... (Posted 28th April 2009)

I've started again... And I'm having to cut corners left, right and center... ;_;

I face the problem of not having enough time to line the fabric, etc... So in other words... It looks crap ¬_¬

Ah, this might not be my best cosplay, and I've got so much more to do... I do hope that I don't disappoint anyone who was looking forward to seeing it! >_<;;;

Woe is me ;_; (Posted 14th April 2009)


Oh no...

No, no, no, no!

I was sewing... On the treadle... And the fabric was pulled into the flywheel for the foot pedal... IT'S RIPPED... EVERYTHING!


/Starts again...

The Quivver! (Posted 3rd March 2009)

Is a £2 corner shelf from B&amp;Q!

I&#039;m going to make a cloth pocket for it to sit in and then glue the arrows to the shelf!


(But I HATE the arrows... They are IMPOSSIBLE to fletch neatly! &gt;_&lt; )

Huh? How Do Those Sleeves Hang Like That?!? (Posted 3rd March 2009)

Take a gander at the sleeves... The seem to "hang upwards" with an air gap in between them and the "undersleeves"... >>;

I'm planing of fusing it... Alot... And then using bottles upon bottles of starch to keep them like that...

My main worry is... Will it stay like that whilst I travel to the expo? Methinks not... Oh joy =____________________________________=

Hello, I'd Like This Roll Of Fabric Please *Grins* (Posted 3rd March 2009)

O_o... - Was the responce of the teller at the end of the counter... When I bought the ENTIRE roll of 12 meters of white fabric... For only £22.49!

Yes... I WILL need that much! (I have to double line EVERYTHING, so there are 4 meters of fabric just in the sleeves O_O!)

The fabric I belive it curtain lining... It's VERY soft and smooth... And once ironed it won't crease when I move... PERFECT!

Now... To sewing! (With a semi-broken treddle... It's running TWICE AS SLOW AS BEFORE!)

Poofy Trousers! (Posted 27th February 2009)

Notice the trousers... o_o

I'm pondering on making HUGE baggy trousers and then filling them with bean bag fillings! I just don't hope they burst at the expo >>;

I DO love the idea that when I walk they;ll go "shush shsu shus" (like walking in the snow...) They would probably generate static electricity too! So I'll be shocking all the free huggers I see! :D

Cosplaying a H Character? (Posted 27th February 2009)

Hmm... I THOUGHT this would be simple!


This is so hard it's unbelivable!

Because everything is on show, you can't use anything to hide the seams... Or cheat. So this cosplay has to be made "real clothes" style... Urk >>;

I'm happy with the bow. Very happy XD It's HUGE too and it works!

/Is under orders not to fire arrows at the expo >>;

Oh yes, the arrows... Well, they are about 3 feet long and the fletching is "fun" to do... (Damn glue won't stick without melting the feathers or leaving a giant smudge ><) I've also got to figure out how to get the arrows to sit like that in a cloth quivver... Any ideas?

I'll be putting in as much work as I can ASAP to try and get everything neat and tidy XD