A global dress-up

Lifestyle | COSPLAY CULTURE Mar 9, 2008

A global dress-up

by Edan Corkill

"I get e-mails all the time from Brazil and the United States," said Tatsumi Inui, a staffer at Japan's largest kosupure ("cosplay" or "costume play") Web site, Cure. "The only problem is I don't speak English, so I use translation software, and I can get ...

Business booms as Japanese subculture soars

General | COSPLAY CULTURE Mar 9, 2008

Business booms as Japanese subculture soars

by Eriko Arita

The last two decades have seen kosupure ("cosplay," or "costume play") blossoming from being a local Japanese subculture to a thriving worldwide trend — and business. The annual market for costumes and related products is now estimated to be around ¥35 billion, says Hajime Kanda, ...

General | COSPLAY CULTURE Mar 9, 2008

All aboard for 'world of manga'

by Edan Corkill

With everyone pulling roller suitcases, it seemed appropriate that we were heading for the Harumi Passenger Terminal built on land reclaimed from Tokyo Bay in the city's central Chuo Ward. Still, no boat was capable of taking our 400-strong legion of teenage and twentysomething women ...