Japanese Costume Dress Up: What is Cosplay?


You might have heard or have seen cosplay before, but what is it? The term cosplay was invented back in 1984 with the combination of the words ‘costume’ and ‘play’. So, it is the performance art when an individual who is known as cosplayer wear costumes and accessories to represent a character. Nobuyuki Takahashi was the person who coined the term cosplay, and it has become popular since then.
Cosplayer of Naruto Uzumaki from Naruto 20150628cCosplay comes in many pictures from anime and cartoon characters to movie stars. Cosplayers wear the exact outfits and accessories like wigs and weapons to represent the character that they prefer. Many countries celebrate it, but mainly in Japan and Asian countries.

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But what are the benefits of doing and celebrating such event? Cosplay is the big opportunities for designers and people out there to express their talents and skills. Some cosplayers make their own outfits, accessories, and props which is great for them to do something they like. That also make cosplayers develop different skills as well while enjoying the fun and imagination in the event. You might ask what kind of skills. Those skills are crafting, sewing, innovating, makeup, and many more!

New York Comic Con 2016 - Marvel (30195686656)Another good thing about cosplay is that it is a joyful and open event that anyone can participate. Many cosplayers find that they can release their stress and depression when they are in the occasion. Because they are able to make know and make more new friends while being in the crowd that accept them for who they are. More than this, they can overcome their fear or nervousness, and become more active as well.

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So to sum this up, cosplay is not that bad at all. Now you know some important information about this incredible event, give it a try and let us know how you feel about it.

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