Sunday, December 16, 2012


Just arrived coming back from Japan Festival as known as J-fest :) That was looked like very long time since the last time I went to event like that. Looking back at my Senior High School's time, come to J-fest with my friends was really fun. Since most of my girl friends are don't really like an event like that, so I usually coming with my boy friends. We met there, and watched the event together. Sometimes walked around to admire the Cosplayer, buy some foods and shared it, then the rest time was just used to enjoy the show. Unfortunately, today was different. There's no more friends that accompanied me going there again, I was alone,haha. Sounds sad, but yeah, that is life right? There's someone that come and gone :)

During the event, I still really enjoy the part when the cosplayer trying to show their performance. My interest to see them is still same since I was in Senior High School. They are still looked admirable even actually sometimes I don't really understand what character that they are using at that time, but that was still fun for me to see them :) Because of that, tonight, I want to post something about Cosplay :)

Cosplay (コスプレ-kosupure) which short for "Costume Play" is a type of art performance whereas the participants are wearing costumes and accessories to represent a specific character which is coming from manga, anime, video games, or films. Those who participated in cosplay is called as Cosplayer. Cosplay costumes vary greatly and
can range from simple outfits to highly detailed suits. Cosplay is generally considered from Halloween and Mardi Gras costume which wear as the intention to accurately replicate a specific character, rather than to reflect the culture and symbolism of a holiday event. When in costume, cosplayer will often seek to adopt the affect, manner, and body language of the characters. 

Most cosplayer create their own outfits, referencing images of the characters in the process. In the creation of outfits, much time is given to detailand quality, thus the skill of a cosplayer may be measured by how difficult the details of the outfit is and how well they have been replicated. Because of paint, fiberglass, fashion design, and woodworking and other such of materials in the effort to render the look and texture of a costume accurately. Almost all cosplayer wear wigs in conjunction with their outfit in order to further improve the resemblance of the character. 

Maybe, there's question in your head, why the cosplayer willing to spend their time and money just to joint in such event? There are some purposes which may generally become the basic purpose of the cosplayer, such as:
  1. To express adoration for a character or in feeling similar to a character in personality, seeking to become a character. This type of cosplayer may be associated with being a fan and often labelled as otaku. Other characteristics may be an enthusiastics manner and less attention to detail and quality. Such cosplayers are also most likely to adopt the character's personality and known to criticise other cosplayers for not having full of knowledge of their character.
  2. To enjoy the attention of that cosplaying a certain character brings. Within the cultures of anime and manga specifically, as well as science fiction and fantasy, there is certain level of notoriety that is attached to cosplayers. Such cosplayers are usually characterised by attention to deyail in their garments and their choice of popular characters. They also noted by participation in cosplay competitions.
  3. To enjoy the creative process and the sense of personal achievement upon completion. Such people are more likely to greater budget dedicated to the project, more complicated and better quality outfits with access to more materials. They are also more likely to engage with professional photographers and cosplay photographers to take high quality images of the cosplayer in their garment posing as the character.
Cosplayer in Japan used to refer themselve as reiya (レイヤー) pronounced "layer". Currently in Japan, cosplayer are more commonly called kosupure (コスプレ) pronounced "ko-su-pray", as "reiya" is more often used to describe layers (i.e hair, clothes, etc.). Those who photograph players are called cameko, it's short for "Camera Kozo" or "Camera Boy".

So then, what's your opinion about those cosplayers? Then below I put the pictures of all cosplayer. All credit is for Google

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