Cosplay (コスプレ, kosupure) is
the Japanese word for dressing up like a Japanese character. Cosplay is
popular in places like Tokyo's
The word Cosplay from the joining of two English words "costume" and "play".
Typically Japanese will dress as their favourite character from manga, anime,
J Rock or pop band or movie.
Cosplay involves dressing in very elaborate costumes, normally made by
themselves, with other people who like to do the same thing. While the
cosplay is normally done for themselves, it has become a public spectacle in
and Den Den Town (Osaka), where interested members of
public, mainly western tourist, come to take pictures. At times there can be
more photographers than there are cosplayers.
Since 1998, Tokyo's
Akihabara district has contained a large number of cosplay caf�s,
catering to devoted anime and cosplay fans. The waitresses at such caf�s
dress as game or anime characters; maid costumes are particularly popular.
There is a large range of Maid Cafes.
Cosplay Photographs - Cosplay Pictures
We have many more
cosplay pictures in Japan Picture Gallery.