After a whole week of parades, performances and TV appearances, what the cosplayers really needed was a holiday – and TV Aichi kindly provided, taking us all on a surprise ‘special tour’ to end the trip. We headed off on the coach once more and first stop was – an aquarium! We were all very excited, especially since last year’s destination was apparently the infamous Senbei rice cracker factory, hehe.
I would have loved to take lots of photos but stupidly I left my camera charger at the hotel so the only photo I got before the battery died was of these white crane storks at the entrance.
But still – real storks! Inside Laura got to feed some cute little penguins and we all enjoyed feeding the giant turtles, who seemed to love racing across the tank to catch the food. There were lots of seals, even a huge one which was over 6ft tall!
After a couple of hours we headed off to our final destination – a super posh ryokan by the sea. A ryokan is a type of traditional Japanese hotel and this one had it’s own private hot spring. The hotel provided us with yukata (cotton kimonos) and we all went for a dip in the private bath, before heading to the dining room for a 10-course banquet!
We had a chance to try lots of different kinds of local seafood and there was even a karaoke machine! We ending the evening with fireworks outside and retired to our futons (but not before taking one last group photo of course).
The next morning we hung out with the USA team at the hotel pool (yes, there was a pool as well) before driving back to central Nagoya so we could go our separate ways. Although we had our ups and downs, WCS 2012 was a good experience and everyone was sad to leave the new friends they had made. I miss everyone already but hopefully we’ll have a chance to meet again in the not too far future.