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HIROSHIMA

Get dolled up in Hiroshima

by Wade Bunnell

Staff Writer

In an attempt to “popularize” their city, the Hiroshima Cosquerade Committee will be celebrating Japan’s cosplay (dressing up like manga and anime characters) culture by throwing their third convention.

For those wanting to partake in more modern cultural Japanese events, or those who simply want to take pictures of some of their favorite characters as portrayed by experienced cosplayers, then this event could be perfect.

Cosquerade will be held at the Naka Incineration Plant, a state-of-the-art facility designed by well-known architect Yoshio Taniguchi. The venue’s unique ambiance — think the futuristic “Resident Evil” compound but without all the zombies — promises to make for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities with fellow cosplayers. Settings are important to Cosquerade, the next convention will be held at the Former Bank of Japan’s Hiroshima branch in October.

The organizers of Cosquerade are hoping visitors will want to join in the fun and dress up, so those without costumes will be able to rent them in most sizes at the venue. In keeping with Hiroshima’s international spirit, English- and Chinese- speaking staff will be at the event to answer any questions.

Cosquerade is taking place at the Naka Incineration Plant in Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, on July 17. The event runs from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. Admission is free, but those who would like to use a dressing room must pay ¥500. If an adult is accompanied by a child younger than 10 years old, dressing room charges will be waved. For more information, visit www.cosquerade.com.