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 robots, ...

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.

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 nearly ...

'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 shooting ...