The event was set to be held in Spring 2023
Osaka in 2019 (Photo: Daryl Harding)
In a stark reminder that we are still in the biggest pandemic of a generation, Osaka’s largest cosplay event Nihonbashi Street Festa, which attracts more than 250,000 people to the cities otaku core, has announced that it has postponed its plans for a Spring 2023 event due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Nihonbashi Street Festa Operating Committee wrote in a post on the event’s website that they “had been investigating various possibilities on how to resume the event in a full-scale capacity, but due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, we have decided not to hold the event at this time, as we believe that the safety and security of visitors and local residents cannot be ensured.”
The Operating Committee will be discussing with local residents and government officials when it would be the best time to resume the event.
Nihonbashi Street Festa was an annual event held in March every year prior to 2020 at Denden Town, the Osaka equivalent to Tokyo’s Akihabara. At the height of the event, it attracted over 250,000 people, filling out the main street of the area with cosplayers and more anime-related fun. Its 2020 event was canceled due to the start of the pandemic and hasn’t been held since.
Daryl Harding is a Senior Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.