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  • Who are cosplayers and where do they come from?

    Subcultures can meet a lot of strange reactions from bystanders who are not familiar with them. Truth be told, when you see a group of people participating in some activity that just doesn't make sense at first glance, it is only natural to get confused. On the other hand, people tend to judge things too quickly, and you need to put things into perspective before you can actually form a conclusion about a particular cultural phenomenon. Sure, outwardly, it may seem silly and redundant but once you get to know the people and the story behind it, you might start to change your mind!
    While the culture of dressing up in costumes has been around for centuries, the cosplay culture (yes, it is a culture) is a more recent phenomenon. This is why cosplaying can come off as a bit strange to people not familiar with it and may put them in a situation where they ask questions like: “What is the point of the whole thing?”. Well, let’s clear this mystery up, shall we?

    History
    While cosplaying, as social activity, has been popularized in recent years, it really isn't something that is actually new. Actually, the term cosplaying is a portmanteau that was created all the way back in 1984 by Nobuyuki Takahashi of Studio Hard, and this is actually a term of Japanese origin. This is only natural since it is mostly connected to anime culture, and the Japanese really have a fanatical fan base for the manga and anime.
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  • Magic of Halloween and Costumes

    According to the legends, Halloween is the day, or to be more precise the night, when the borders which separate our world from the world of the dead disappears and spirits are free to roam the earth. Of course, legends, rituals and the whole system of belief tends to change, and it is very often incorporated into a different system of belief, thus it is hard to trace the true meaning and true origin of certain festivities or customs. Although, in the academic circles, it is believed that Halloween tradition emerged from Celtic Harvest festivals, but as mentioned before, its pagan origin is really hard to trace, and just firmly claiming the historical facts may only cause dispute and arguments. Origin story aside, Halloween is one of the holidays that simply everybody is looking forward to, and with a good reason. This is why every 31st of October is such a big deal.
    The customs during the holidays
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  • How to choose your carrier for domestic shipping

    With online shopping getting more involved in our daily lives, you may find yourself shipping more frequently than before, for returning items, for sold unused items or if you are a professional online seller, for your daily sales. After getting your package ready to ship, the next question upfront is which courier to use. Should you choose the post office, UPS, Fedex or else? As a professional online seller (you are welcome to visit our website at http://www.joyfay.com), we have the experience of dealing with all major couriers and would like to share our experience. Simply put, the choice depends on what you are shipping and of course, how soon you want your package to be there. The following contents assume you are doing domestic shipping. International shipping can get complicated and it is always better to use USPS for personal items. If you need the package to be delivered as fast as possible, Fedex or UPS have overnight service that usually arrives in the morning of next day. USPS also has 1-day service but you need to verify on their website (using the ship a package and then calculate price function) to make sure it is actually the next day. There are situations (less than 10%) in which it is 2 days rather than 1 day but it is still called 1-day service. Keep in mind that Fedex and UPS are much more expensive than USPS for this overnight service. If you are not in a hurry to have the package delivered, then you have several choices depending on the situations. Let us divide your package into the following 4 category. Continue reading

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