Those who follow my Twitter/Google Plus saw that I attended the Dickens Fair this past weekend (thanks to my lovely and talented friend Felicia for telling me about it and getting my girlfriend and I comped tickets!)
What is the Dickens Fair, you ask? Apparently, it’s a Bay Area tradition dating to the 1970s where a group of performers, businesses, and cooks set up an imitation of the London which famous author Charles Dickens (1812-1870) wrote about and lived in.
And, like with Comicon, costumes and cosplaying are not only tolerated, but encouraged!
The entire experience was very fun. The shops were all period – selling period crafts and clothing and food. It was fun to just walk around and check out what people were dressed as, what they were doing, the accents they were assuming, and the various performances by singers/dancers. Feeling a little out of place, I decided to buy a hat to better blend in:
Another thing which turned out to be a fascinating experience was the antique book shop. While I didn’t buy anything, my girlfriend dug up a guide to the Japanese Empire written in 1914. At the time, the island of Taiwan was a part of the Japanese Empire so the book dedicates an entire chapter to describing it. While it was nice to hear good things about the island (about its beauty and nice climate), I was a little amused/shocked to hear the enormous amount of time the writer spent covering the “savage” aboriginal tribes and their practice of decapitation, and the extents to which the Japanese colonizers kept those practices at bay. Not really believing the writer, I turned to Wikipedia – and lo and behold, there apparently was widespread practice of headhunting amongst the aborigines!
That must explain why I’m so fierce and aggressive 🙂