Known as the “Land of the Rising Sun” Japan is an extremely colorful country and a beautiful place to visit. When you think of Japan things that pop up in your mind are ancient temples, Fast Bullet Trains, females wearing kimono Right? You are absolutely right Japan, has it all. But if you love alternative lifestyle and experiencing progressive cultural life, watch out for cosplay while exploring Japan’s big cities. It’s a lifestyle based on nothing but pure fantasy.
Cosplay is a short form for Costume Play, where people don costumes of their favorite comic character or superhero. Some buy costumes of their favorite anime character some even make up their own costume. Either way most are hand crafted, much time is given to detailing of the costumes and the look that people want to don. Cosplayers even wear wigs to further perk up their resemblance to the character they are portraying, especially for anime and manga characters. In order to look closer to the character they are playing most Cosplayers also engage in body modifications like contact lenses, temporary tattoos, body painting, hair coloring and many other modifications that can make them look closer to their character.
Many people who Cosplay can be found in conventions such as Animazment, Comiket, Otakan, and many others. Many conventions have costume contest and Cosplay chess. Cosplaying is generally done for three purposes first to express admiration for the character; second category is of people who enjoy the attention they get during Cosplaying and third group is of people who enjoy the creative course of Cosplaying. Cosplaying is also done for social service in some parts of Japan, the natives collect the amount they get from Cosplaying and donate it to organizations like Red Cross.
The Harajuku District in Tokyo has a street called Takeshite Dori and known for its designer shops and fashion nowhere found in this world. There are boutiques that specialize in Cosplay accessories such as wigs, incase if you too want to dress up like your favorite character. The world’s largest and most famous comic convention, Comiket which is a short form to Comic Market, is held in the Odaiba Area of Tokyo, Japan bi-annually.