Sexual harassment at Comic-Con in the spotlight

Jul 28, 2014

Sexual harassment at Comic-Con in the spotlight

Amid the costumes and fantasy of this weekend’s Comic-Con convention, a group of young women drew widespread attention to a very real issue — allegations of sexual harassment at the annual comic book convention. Geeks for CONsent, founded by three women from Philadelphia, gathered ...

'Cosplay' craze a boon for business

Jul 16, 2014

'Cosplay' craze a boon for business

by Asako Takaguchi

The popularity of Japanese anime around the world has triggered the growth of a variety of businesses targeting those who like to dress up as a favorite character from a manga or anime, known as “cosplay,” as in “costume play.” These range from video ...

Town woos 'cosplayers' for tourism

May 15, 2014

Town woos 'cosplayers' for tourism

Officials in Minamiechizen, Fukui Prefecture, are accepting applications from “cosplay” aficionados for the town’s third annual dress-up photo shoot. The one-day event, to be held this year on June 8 at the town’s “seiyokan,” or Western-style house, is intended to boost tourism. The house, ...

Pro-wrestling builds character

Jan 16, 2014

Pro-wrestling builds character

by Hanna Lange

Have you ever wondered how it would look if a panda or maybe a swan pro-wrestled a clown or a GI soldier? Well, here’s an opportunity for you to find out. Hanayashiki Pro-wrestling is one of those events that even if you aren’t interested ...

Ichinomiya uses manga to promote textile brand

| Jun 29, 2013

Ichinomiya uses manga to promote textile brand

A project to create costumes from the popular manga series “Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne” is under way in the textile hub of Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, which recently came up with the “Costume Town” concept to promote itself. The Ichinomiya Chamber of Commerce and Industry has ...

'Cosplay' summit's characters given life

| Jun 1, 2013

'Cosplay' summit's characters given life

The first group of official characters to represent this year’s World Cosplay Summit was recently revealed. Every year, people from all over the world don costumes worn by their favorite “anime” or TV game characters while attending the event in Nagoya. Last year, the ...