"Hajimemashite, Donna Pedaci, nice to meet someone else that's local that wants to do Japanese Steampunk! I'm new here as well, (should probably log on more often (>_<)' ) and I'm also very interested in it. If I…"
"iIwish I could have gone, but I didn't get to the Art museum until nearly 1pm and I had no way of calling, so Sakuma-san and I decided to go home. Hopefully we will be able to make it to the next event. What's coming up next?"
"I too will be there, albeit somewhat late as my Japanese Meetup group will be letting out exactly at noon. (>_<)' I too will be there, but this time I will have Sakuma-san, my Asian Ball-Jointed Doll with me."
"I basically hung out near Artists' Alley and the Dealer's room, but I did catch some of the wrestling match. I thought it was pretty funny! I missed the Yaoi panel I wanted to go to though, couldn't stay as late as I wanted…"
I will be attending Shinboku-con tomorrow, but Ryuichi will be cosplaying as Leon Kennedy from the Resident Evil games instead of Steampunk, since I managed to put together a cosplay outfit for him at the last…"
I'm new to actually becoming steampunk, but I've loved the ideas behind it for years! I'm normally Otaku [a manga/anime fan], but ever since I saw Steamboy in the theater when it first came here to America, I've wanted to actually try to get in touch with my steampunk-ness.
Since Ohayocon, the anime con I volunteer at is going to have a steampunk theme in 2011, I figured that now's the best time to do it and let out my "steamy side!" ^_^
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Sometimes you can find great stuff at thrift stores, though they vary widely- some will just have boring stuff.
Sprockets and Lockets is also a good place to check. Her prices are very low, and you will know the size and condition of what you're buying. She is also on SPE and is an anime fan.
I get the impression that western dress was becoming more common in the Meiji period, so you could start out with that and add Japanese touches as you go along. If you don't look particularly Japanese, you could also be one of the O-yatoi gaikokujin that "went native" after your contract expired.