Worldwide Cosplay Competition
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Posted 10/6/08 , edited 10/6/08
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"Cosplayers" from Around the World Flock to Japan


The cosplay parade. (Photo courtesy of Aichi Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd.)

Manga has become an international lingua franca, winning fans among young people in Europe, North America, and Asia. Many enthusiasts are not content just to read these Japanese comics, however, and also enjoy dressing up as their favorite characters. This is called cosplay, an abbreviated form of the English words costume and play. "Cosplayers" from around the world, each dressed in a unique costume, gathered in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, this summer to take part in the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) 2008.

Becoming a Manga Character
The WCS was first held in the fall of 2003 as part of a special TV event by the local Aichi Television Broadcasting Co. Since then, the numbers of participants and of the countries from which they hail have grown every year; the summit became widely known both in Japan and overseas when it was held as part of the Expo 2005 Aichi Japan. It has become a major event, attracting support not just from local businesses and the local government but also from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism; and the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry.
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Posted 10/6/08
in b4 ProudAsian. Oh wait he's banned.
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Posted 10/6/08
Cool, cosplayers
Posted 11/4/08
Cool. Cosplayers around the world at the place where cosplay originated. 8D
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Posted 11/4/08
That's crazy xD.
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Posted 11/4/08
I want to join
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Posted 11/4/08 , edited 11/4/08
If I had the money I would go to Japan next year and cosplay for that festival.............sadly it cost alot of money to fly to Japan >.<

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Posted 11/4/08
there's also fanime and aod events!
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