Hyogo craftsman's replica weapons tap cosplayer boom

National May 15, 2016

Hyogo craftsman's replica weapons tap cosplayer boom

by Takuto Kaneko

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

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.

Anime oasis of the Midwest flourishes

Culture | CULTURE SMASH May 16, 2015

Anime oasis of the Midwest flourishes

by Roland Kelts

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 ...

AnimeJapan 2015 sees the big picture

Culture | CULTURE SMASH Mar 27, 2015

AnimeJapan 2015 sees the big picture

by Roland Kelts

For most in Japan, April marks the start of the new working year. But for the anime and manga industries, it all begins in March. Last weekend, the second annual AnimeJapan trade fair overtook Tokyo Big Sight, with more than 120,000 total attendees (a spike ...

Halloween in Japan 2014

National 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

Lifestyle Aug 22, 2014

Comiket grows stronger each year

by Ben Brady

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, ...