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Legato/Machan
01-27-2008, 01:14 AM
Hi guys!

I`ve been looking for a cosplay store here in Japan to buy some magazines about cosplay and some omiyage for my friends in Brazil. Does anyone knows where can I find one?

I`m living at Miyoshi-cho, close to Toyota-shi (about 40 minutes from Nagoya if I take the train).

Alsoi, in the end of my arubaito (a period of 3 months that nikkeys, usually college students, spends working in factories around Japan to earn some money) I`ll take the road and head to Tokyo for a 4 days of backpacking. So if you have the adress of any cosplay store, please, tell me. Also if you know somewhere good to visit in Tokyo, tell me, I want to make my last week in Japan the best trip in my life! ^^

Michi
01-27-2008, 02:01 AM
You don't need to go to a special shop for a cosplay magazine. I saw the cosplay magazine CosMode regularly at normal bookstores. :)

Only stores with cosplay goods I know of are in Tokyo or Osaka, though, which are both quite a ways from Nagoya.

mixaka
01-28-2008, 10:25 AM
Tokyo and Osaka will be your best bet. The only cosplay related store I know of in Nagoya is Maple. More of a wig shop than anything else, but from the store pics, it looks like they have a few other cosplay related goods.

http://www.maple-wig.com/shop/nagoya.html

Tsumanne
05-30-2008, 06:16 PM
Cospa has a store in Nagoya. Cospatio Nagoya.

Nagoya station WEST bld. ,1-12-1 Noritake Nakamura-ku Nagoya-shi Aichi

Telephone: 0524-52-6676

www.cospa.com

They are open from 12:00~20:00

Mikamikaroku
06-02-2008, 11:40 PM
i think there a lot of shop in akihabara, or akiba. there not just sell gunpla, or toys, they sell lot of things 4 cosplay. ^^

andraia
09-20-2008, 09:02 PM
i live in the hanshin area (kobe-osaka) and was wondering where cosplayers can get their supplies/materials/sewing machine around this area. A lot of the replies point to stores in the tokyo area T3T
i found a small fabric alley @ the sannomiya station in kobe and a few art supplies stores (super-pricey though) here and there. My main concern right now, is where to get a sewing machine, fabric, thread and wigs. props would come afterwards

Michi
09-20-2008, 09:24 PM
I dunno about fabric, but you're close to the Cyperous shop in Osaka which has amazing wigs: http://cyperous.com/shop.html

Fenix_tamer1
01-03-2010, 09:27 PM
Try looking in Osu! They have heaps of anime stores with different cosplay and cosplay accessories! I was there the other day and bought a wig for my Riku cosplay XD And contact lenses O_O

Password92
03-08-2011, 03:16 PM
I had a friend who spend a year in Japan teaching English. Cosplay wasn't hugely his thing, but he indulged me by taking a lot of pictures and buying me a few things. Tokyo has the most amazing stores for that sort of thing. It would definitely be worth your time to hunt around when you're backpacking.

KoriStarfire
05-15-2011, 07:47 AM
So I just got to Japan a little over a month ago and I am here to teach English, but I'm really getting the itch to make costumes (it can't be helped, I see everyone at home getting ready for Anime Central and it makes me homesick.) However, I live in Kurashiki. The closest city to me is Okayama. So can anyone help me find a sewing machine and a fabric store in this area? The closest place that I've found a sewing supplies store is in Kobe, which would cost me like 6,000 yen just to get there. It doesn't need to be a cosplay specific store. Just a sewing supplies store. I'd be happy to just make clothes for myself. I just need to MAKE STUFF. lol

Thanks for any help you can give! :)

kiratsukai
05-15-2011, 08:11 AM
So I just got to Japan a little over a month ago and I am here to teach English, but I'm really getting the itch to make costumes (it can't be helped, I see everyone at home getting ready for Anime Central and it makes me homesick.) However, I live in Kurashiki. The closest city to me is Okayama. So can anyone help me find a sewing machine and a fabric store in this area? The closest place that I've found a sewing supplies store is in Kobe, which would cost me like 6,000 yen just to get there. It doesn't need to be a cosplay specific store. Just a sewing supplies store. I'd be happy to just make clothes for myself. I just need to MAKE STUFF. lol

Thanks for any help you can give! :)

Okayama is a major city, you should be able to basic fabrics, sewing machines and craft materials there. I think the DREAM chain is in Okayama too. If not, Takamatsu is an hour's train ride away (under 1,500 yen) on the Marine Liner and has a Dream fabric/craft store in the shotengai, Youme Town and at least 3 large box stores that can be reached on bike. I think Takamatsu is also your nearest ACOS ~ prichara wigs, props, Animate costume brand prepackaged costumes, gloves, ties, belts, wig care items, etc.

Kobe is about 4 hours away by semi-express/cheap train. There is HUGE craft tower there along with an ACOS satellite (in their Animate) and a very small section for cosplay in Mandarake and Lashinbang . Osaka is a 30 minute hop from Kobe and has plenty of pre-owned costume and wig shops including the Bodyline main store in Shinsaibashi and a huge Mandarake Tower with lots of used costumes and wigs in Amemura.

KoriStarfire
05-15-2011, 08:08 PM
Thanks for your information! If you don't mind answer more questions, I don't know what any of the chains are in Japan. What is the DREAM chain? is it a craft and sewing store? do they have a website? (or a map? lol Okayama is big and wandering around for forever to find a craft store is... impossible for me since I can't read. OTL) Maybe I'll plan to go to Kobe and Osaka when I get my next paycheck!

kiratsukai
05-16-2011, 05:32 AM
Dream's website (http://www.dream-ono.co.jp/)

Their Okayama Honten (http://www.dream-ono.co.jp/shop/list/okayama.html)

KoriStarfire
05-20-2011, 09:48 AM
Have I told you how much I love you right now? Thank you soooo much for your help! :3

Tenshi0080
06-20-2011, 01:33 AM
i could use some help too and i live in yokosuka, but i can't read if anybody could be of some help i would appreciate it.....

kiratsukai
06-20-2011, 03:27 AM
Tenshi ~ you need to travel to the nearest large city to find cosplay-specific businesses ~ for you -- Tokyo. You're only an hour and a half by local trains from Akihabara.

Or you can always learn to do a bank transfer and open yourself to the wealth of shops on the internet. As a man, you'll find that cosplay shops have very little for you in the way of costumes, shoes, or wigs unless you pay a significant amount to have them special ordered (and usually imported from China) in male-sizes. The Japanese cosplay community is overwhelmingly female.

Tenshi0080
06-21-2011, 01:13 AM
:sulk: Why does that not surprise me, and i have been to Akihabara like four times now and there really aren't any cosplay shops there, and the ones that are there are mainly for women.... so i guess it to Tokyo(Edo) i go.....

kiratsukai
06-21-2011, 01:53 AM
:sulk: Why does that not surprise me, and i have been to Akihabara like four times now and there really aren't any cosplay shops there, and the ones that are there are mainly for women.... so i guess it to Tokyo(Edo) i go.....

Akihabara is already in Tokyo... but if you want to travel further in, Ikebukuro, Shibuya and Nakano all have more shops (though most are "more of the same").
There are quite a few shops in all of those neighborhoods that sell cosplay items though not all are obvious to people who stick to the main streets and first-floor storefronts.
Bad news, though. All cosplay shops cater to women. The cosplay community in Japan is overwhelmingly female. The men who participate make their own costumes or comission/special-order them online.

KoriStarfire
06-21-2011, 12:25 PM
Update! I found both the Dream in Okayama and the one is Sasaoki (which I can get to by bicycle.) Thank you so much again for your help! I can't wait to sew up a storm!

kiratsukai
06-21-2011, 06:03 PM
Update! I found both the Dream in Okayama and the one is Sasaoki (which I can get to by bicycle.) Thank you so much again for your help! I can't wait to sew up a storm!

You're most welcome.

And since you're just across the bridge from Takamatsu, you should totally come and try some of our photo events. Everyone's been bitten by the "internationalization" bug, but I'm on my way out. They'd be thrilled to see you.