Pictorials February, 6th 2011 by Nick

Evidence: Japan is on another Planet

Even though the majority of people in the western world will tell you to see Japan as just another one of those westernized countries,  the notion that Japan is anything like other western countries is about as far from the truth as saying Egypt in february is a wonderful holiday destination.

One of the most distinctive outings of Japanese youth culture is the phenomenon known as Cosplay, which basically involves dressing up as your favorite Manga or Anime character and hanging out with your dressed up friends. I guess this is just one of those things you just have to ‘get’, but hey, at least it makes for some pretty interesting photos.

In Japan, cosplayers can be found in a variety of locations, including just roaming the streets, though some areas are more common than others. It’s not uncommon to find many young adults engaging in cosplay in Tokyo’s Harajuku district, a popular teenage gathering place known for its street fashion, as defined by Japan’s young urban trendsetters and rebellious youth culture. Cosplayers can also be found in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, where there are large numbers of maid cafes and cosplay cafes, in which waitresses dress up as anime and game characters in order to please their primarily male customer base, comprised of anime and video game fans. Cosplay parties are often held at nightclubs and amusement parks, and video game shows often focus on cosplaying as well.

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