Gensômaden Saiyuki – Ghetto Ikkou

Costumes entirely of found objects and trash, just for fun.

Koshi Yasuhiro is an actor and a noted military advisor for action films in Japan and the U.S. He also has a wonderful sense of humor and was highly amused by our “gomi no cosplay” (“garbage cosplay”), as we explained it, and wanted a photo with us and our cute Jeep.

Note the Naruto headbands in the photograph with Koshi — a reference to our “Fullmetal, Panicked!” skit of the night before.

The “Costumes”

Genjyo Sanzo — This costume contains the only stitching done for this group in the black detached sleeves. Unfortunately, measuring them wasn’t a priority, and we used cheap lining fabric rather than any kind of stretchy material, so they are appropriately lumpy and misshapen. The black shirt came from Laura’s closet, and the monk’s robe is actually a 1950s negligée with the lacy bits safety-pinned out of sight. The sash was made by tearing strips from more leftover fabric, knotting them together to make it long enough. Sanzo’s threatening bulging veins were created with makeup, as was his chakra.

We used Sanzo’s “casual look” with the robes down — because it was easier, of course.

Son Goku — his red and black frontispiece was made with leftover fabric scraps held together with fusible interfacing — no sewing! The yellow and white cape was left from an early experiment for another costume. The claws on the shoulders came from a stuffed dog toy. The nyoi-bo, Goku’s famous extending staff, was the Count’s staff borrowed from the Gankutsuou costume.

The golden coronet was made for a previous Saiyuki cosplay, but it still counts as ghetto, as it was made of leftover gold lamé glued around a cut wheat bran box.

Cho Hakkai — the Chinese outfit was made of long underwear and a silk shirt from Alena’s closet, a pair of khakis, and a tablecloth tied for the sash. The Jeep was once an Easter basket, purchased on clearance. Hakkai’s signature monocle was recreated with eyeliner, drawn directly on Alena’s face.

Laura’s husband Jon generously agreed to play Hakuryuu (the white dragon who shapeshifts into a green Jeep) by wearing a white shirt with a dragon figure and standing behind Hakkai’s shoulder for pictures.

Sha Gojyo — the jacket version is a borrowed leather jacket over a white T-shirt. The vest version was made of a denim jacket from Goodwill, cut appropriately. The red hair is a wig purchased originally for another costume and then sacrificed for this one. The cigarette is rolled notepaper.

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