Tag - cosplay



Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Oct 24, 2021
Masks, monsters and munchies: Get your spook on this Halloween
Halloween is an annual excuse for people of any age to dress up, decorate and eat way too many treats. Here's how everyone can enjoy this frightfully fun holiday in 2021.
Japan Times
Jun 24, 2021
Hikari makes soft-power moves with anime and Vocaloid covers
In 2021, the performer launched Singing Cosplayer Hikari, a multiplatform project anchored by her YouTube channel, to harness the booming popularity of anime and Japanese music.
Japan Times
Jan 31, 2021
Japan to clarify copyright rules for cosplay
While wearing a costume of a character does not infringe copyright in itself, a violation could occur if an individual is paid to do so, such as to make an appearance at an event.
Japan Times
Nov 1, 2020
Photo essay: This is Halloween ... in Tokyo 2020
Despite officials' pleas to stay home, crowds of revelers — with and without masks — converge for a costume street party in Shibuya.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Jul 21, 2019
Untapping the power that lies between fashion and costume
"Fashion and costume can offer freedom, protection, power. Sometimes they can even change the world."
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jul 6, 2019
Cosplay conquers the world
The art of dressing up as characters from anime, manga, video games or TV shows has evolved into a global phenomenon.
Japan Times
Mar 3, 2019
In pictures: The rain, the pain and the fun of Tokyo Marathon 2019
Low temperatures and persistent rain put a slight damper on the celebratory aspect of the 13th Tokyo Marathon but at least it didn't harm the runners' overall performances. The winner — Ethiopia’s Birhanu Legese — clocked the event's second-best time ever, and a record number of runners — 38,000 — participated.
Japan Times
Feb 3, 2019
From cosplay fan to idol, Yuriko Tiger's journey has been a colorful one
It was 1964 when 19-year-old ye-ye singer Sylvie Vartan captured the hearts of Japanese cinemagoers in the French film "Cherchez l'idole," released here as "Aidoru o Sagase" and in English as "The Chase." Her track from that film, "La plus belle pour aller danser," was a hit here, selling more than a million copies.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / Defining the Heisei Era
Nov 24, 2018
Defining the Heisei Era: Examining the rise of otaku culture
With the number of children shrinking, popular entertainment naturally began targeting the otaku population that didn't hesitate to open their wallets for material many considered juvenile.
Japan Times
Oct 29, 2018
Halloween revelers overturn small truck near famed Shibuya 'scramble crossing' in Tokyo
Separately, five people were arrested for alleged groping or similar offenses over the weekend, police said.
Japan Times
Oct 28, 2018
Halloween in Tokyo's Shibuya: Where did all the wicked wackiness get started?
Japan's rowdy, cosplay-themed Halloween celebrations have become famous around the world, with young people congregating in city hot spots and theme parks where they snap selfies in outrageous outfits and ghoulish get-ups.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2018
Japan's cosplay culture proving a hit in typically conservative India
Cosplay culture is gaining popularity in conservative India, where the Japanese hobby has drawn comparisons with a Hindu festival tradition.
Japan Times
Dec 1, 2016
Tokyo Comic Con calls on Hollywood's big guns for star power
As we sit down for an interview, Tokyo Comic Convention Committee Chairman Mitsuaki Munegumi casually points to a glass case in the center of the room.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Nov 4, 2016
Tokyo's first Russian-style maid cafe
Twelve men sit in silence at a new cafe in Tokyo's Shinjuku district as three women dressed in Russian attire start serving a sour-looking plate of borscht.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital
Sep 15, 2016
From the latest titles to VR and cosplay, the Tokyo Game Show has been in Japan's corner for 20 years
Twenty years ago, two new video game trade shows launched in Tokyo with the hopes of capturing the attention — and yen — of gamers in Japan. The first Tokyo Game Show (TGS) took place from Aug. 22 to 24, 1996, and was followed that November by E3 Tokyo, a Japanese offshoot of the U.S.-based Electronic Entertainment Expo. The first E3 Tokyo was also the last.
Japan Times
Jun 22, 2016
Superhero Ultraman thwarted by JR Meguro Station staff
Superhero Ultraman was spotted around JR Meguro Station in Tokyo last week and again on Tuesday.
Japan Times
May 15, 2016
Hyogo craftsman's replica weapons tap cosplayer boom
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."
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
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.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Oct 21, 2015
Join the zombie horde for Halloween this year
Last Halloween I showed up at a nightclub in Shibuya wearing a pair of fangs and a sexy dress and expected to get the costume discount. The doorman laughed in my face.
Japan Times
May 16, 2015
Anime oasis of the Midwest flourishes
The 18th annual Anime Central (ACen), North America’s third largest anime convention, is underway this weekend in Rosemont, near Chicago. Last year's event drew a record 29,000 unique attendees, tallying 81,000 in total over its three full days. Organizers expect to breach those figures again in 2015.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on