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bgulizia
09-12-2008, 04:06 AM
はじめまして.よろしく お願いします ^^

I'm an american living in japan, looking for cosplay events. I know there has GOT to be more than what's listed here. Also, how do the locals treat americans at these events?

Generally everone I've met in Japan has been super nice and my feeble attempts at the language are usually met with very nice compliments (even though I feel I'm very much the beginner).

I've been working hard to learn the language and can even type some Japanese thanks to IME.

いつもう すみません

Michi
09-12-2008, 08:34 AM
I'm an american living in japan, looking for cosplay events. I know there has GOT to be more than what's listed here.

There are a lot of cosplay events, but a lot of them are very small and personal. It's not like American cons. The biggest events are things like Comiket and Tokyo Game Show (happening very soon). The others are just small things, usually based around doujinshi, that take place in little halls or rooms. You'd have to look locally there. Where in Japan are you?

Also, how do the locals treat americans at these events?

I can't vouch for the smaller events, but I cosplayed at Tokyo Game Show last year and had a great time. I ran into some girls cosplaying from the same series as me and they were super excited to take photos together. It helps to know the language, but sometimes just having a similar hobby/interest is enough to bring people together.

my feeble attempts at the language are usually met with very nice compliments (even though I feel I'm very much the beginner).

You'll get that just about forever! Even just the shortest phrases will be returned with gasps of "Oh! Your Japanese is so good!" ...It'll get old. ;)

bgulizia
09-12-2008, 09:36 AM
Is there a lot of cosplaying at the tokyo game shows?

-bg

Michi
09-12-2008, 09:58 AM
Tokyo Game Show is just one event, and yes. There was a lot of cosplaying there. It's all confined to one area though, as it is with most cons in Japan. While TGS let cosplayers roam, you were only allowed to take photos of them in the specified cosplay area. Some other events won't let you wear your costume outside of that area either.

mixaka
09-14-2008, 10:50 PM
For those in the Tokyo area, there are usually several smaller events happening every day of the year. Finding the events can be tough though and many of them are theme events, like *insert name of show here* characters only, or JUMP only, etc. You can find magazines and fliers listing these events at cosplay related stores. Its pretty much imperative that you know how to read Japanese if you want to be able to find these events.

There is also the JCF which hosts several cosplay events every month, usually at local amusement parks. These tend to be larger gatherings. I've been to 2 of their events and have enjoyed myself at both. They have a website and a newsletter you can get emailed to you listing the events for the upcoming month. It's all in Japanese, but if you run it through an online translator, you can usually figure out what's going on.

I've never had any problems while cosplaying in Japan. Most of the people I run across seemed amused to find a foreigner cosplaying and a few might even want to try speaking in English with you as well. Just be sure to follow any rules that a gathering has and you're all set. I also have more fun when I go with a friend rather than going alone. It feels a bit awkward going alone as everyone else always seems to come with a group. And it can be difficult meeting people if you have limited Japanese speaking ability.

Etsu
11-30-2008, 06:52 AM
You'll get that just about forever! Even just the shortest phrases will be returned with gasps of "Oh! Your Japanese is so good!" ...It'll get old. ;)
Ah yes, the good ol' "日本語が上手ですね". :)

You should see if you're anywhere near the locations listed here: http://www.cosday.jp/sche.htm.
I was excited to find out that there are events in Sendai every month or two. I'm thinking of dragging my fellow foreigners to one of them for a little cultural lesson. :D

elisiss
12-15-2008, 09:32 AM
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SsLordMagus
01-17-2009, 03:27 PM
Ah yes, the good ol' "日本語が上手ですね". :)

You should see if you're anywhere near the locations listed here: http://www.cosday.jp/sche.htm.
I was excited to find out that there are events in Sendai every month or two. I'm thinking of dragging my fellow foreigners to one of them for a little cultural lesson. :D


Cool a list, i wonder if there is some close from Osaka, Probably ill check. :)

Etsu
01-27-2009, 10:39 PM
Here's an even bigger list: http://www.yatara-metara.co.jp/cosplay/index_eventinfo.html

Osaka is a big city so there will probably be a lot of events.

tama_chan
02-07-2009, 05:21 AM
is there any thing on april?

Brandontosso
07-30-2009, 09:08 AM
i have a problem then lol as i dont speak japanese and im alone, anyone going to a cosplay at the end of november? hehe i never been to one and decided that i wanna go as Cloud from FF7