Hyogo craftsman's replica weapons tap cosplayer boom

May 15, 2016

Hyogo craftsman's replica weapons tap cosplayer boom

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A craftsman’s plastic processing business in western Japan has finally begun to take off as the exquisite toy weapons he produces become popular with the legion of costume-wearing manga fans known as “cosplayers.” Takumi Orii, an enthusiast of the “Gundam” animation series about giant ...

This is Halloween, Japan-style

Oct 26, 2015

This is Halloween, Japan-style

Stumped for a costume idea this year? This selection of outfits from pre-Halloween parades on Sunday, curated from social media and Japan Times's staff, might give you a few ideas for the big event this weekend.

What's beneath all that latex, fabric and plastic?

Dec 6, 2014

What's beneath all that latex, fabric and plastic?

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In 1910, a man named Otto James was arrested for parading down a busy street in Tacoma, Washington, wearing fancy dress. The charge of “public masquerading” — so quaint to modern ears — was itself nothing new, but the choice of costume was notable: ...

Halloween in Japan 2014

Oct 31, 2014

Halloween in Japan 2014

Halloween in Japan is a relatively new holiday, especially when it comes to adults. Real trick or treating for kids will probably never catch on, but the act of dressing up — be it cute or creepy — has caught on in a big ...

Comiket grows stronger each year

Aug 22, 2014

Comiket grows stronger each year

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Held twice a year and famous among otaku (fanboys and fangirls) the world over, Comiket, short for Comic Market, held its 86th event Aug. 15-17 at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba. With more than 550,000 people reportedly attending the event over the three days, ...

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

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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

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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 ...