Cosplay is the big Anime convention in Tokyo.
Cosplay, short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea from a work of fiction, in this case Japanese Anime.
I would not be able to live in Japan and not attend one of these cosplay events. When I arrived at the venue I had to stand in line to get into the main exhibition hall. This hall was filled with exhibitions of all the different Anime characters and even of the Anime Porn you can find. I never knew Anime porn existed so was quite shocked and then intrigued by it.
This just reaffirmed my notion that the Japanese are Anime crazy!!
Currently in Japan, cosplayers are more commonly called kosupure more often used to describe layers (i.e. hair, clothes, etc.). Those who photograph “players” are called “cameko”, short for “Camera Kozō” or “Camera Boy”. So for one day I was a “Camera Boy” walking around trying to get pictures of people dressed up as their favourite characters. I was only allowed to take photographs within a designated area removed from the exhibit hall. Most of the people participating in the cosplay were quite willing to stand for photos.
It looked like loads of fun dressing up as your “hero” and spending the day with other Anime characters. They made me want to be a part of this and also be dressed up in a crazy outfit!