Cosplay in Japan


By Tokyofashion

Cosplay (コスプレ, kosupure) is a contraction (or portmanteau) of the English words “costume” and “play.” It is, more specifically, a subculture that focuses on dressing as characters from anime, manga, video games, television shows, fantasy films, pop music bands, and sometimes pop culture icons from other countries (Wikipedia NP). Cosplayers gather in Harajuku, Akihabara, and Anime Conventions around the world to see others’ costumes. It is said that cosplay became popular in the late eighties. Cosplay’s subculture have made in Harajuku a special community for the many teens that travel there on weekends or afternoons once they are done with school or work. It is important to note that this community primarily gathers on weekends.

Cosplay is certainly a construction, and it has several fundamental properties, as well as nuanced components, that make it whole. Each cosplayer makes a conscious choice of what to express by picking a character and “look” to cosplay.
Many of the youth cosplay community can often be seen shopping, hanging out, and at conventions with other cosplayers who are also acting “in character.” Examples of being “in character” by cosplay enthusiasts are similar to actors on a stage. Their actions could include making trademark facial expressions, or memorizing lines to say and reciting them out to people who pass by or interact with them. The idea is to take on the personality of the portrayed character, and attempt to emulate that persona as much as possible.


By Tokyofashion

Cosplayers often come together to attend conventions, concerts, and public gatherings devoted specifically to cosplay. Every year there are cosplay conventions in Japan, and anime, video game, and sci-fi conventions also support those from the cosplay community. The world’s largest and most famous comic convention, Comiket (also known as Comic Market), is still held in the Odaiba Area of Tokyo, Japan bi-annually. Dojinshi, or fan-produced manga, that cannot be found anywhere else in the world are sold here.

By Tokyofashion

Cosplayers from around the world often spend months or even years making costumes to wear to this convention. Layers Paradise, held in Odaiba each year is arguably the biggest cosplay event of the year at this time in Japan. Cosplay parties held at amusement parks, nightclubs, and cafes now draw followers to new parts of Tokyo (specifically Akihabara, which has generated a huge tourist industry as people flock to see cosplay and the community surround it in Tokyo) and greater Japan to interact with the ever-growing group. Karaoke is also a popular activity to engage in cosplay!

In spite of that, cosplayers who can’t making their costumes can buy them.
Here find some link for websites who display costumes for selling :



If you want to join a cosplay’s convention, you have to follow rules on costumes and items :

– Costumes do not have see-trough material over the private body parts.

– Metallic weapons and firearms are illegal and therefore are not permitted during conventions.




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2 thoughts on “Cosplay in Japan

  1. Hi, good day! I am from Philippines and I made a research about cosplay and I used some information from this page. My concern now is I need the author of this article for citation/reference but cant find it on this site.. Can you help me provide my needed info please. Your response will be very appreciated. Thank you..

  2. HI,i’m someone who like all about Japan..i mean culture,music,anime,etc. I’m from Indonesia at Bali island. I want to know,did any group or organization,links for shared anything about Japan at my country? Thank’s for attention

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