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haruna
02-28-2006, 03:49 PM
I'd been toying with the idea of creating a guide to Cosplaying in Japan for all the gaijin who are currently living there and frequenting this forum.
Eleryth kindly scanned the latest Comic Market rule book for me and I've photoshopped and translated the manga.
Links here:
http://img49.imageshack.us/img49/9282/comiketbookmanga17ua.jpg
http://img117.imageshack.us/img117/7030/comiketbookmanga24cl.jpg
http://img108.imageshack.us/img108/576/comiketbookmanga35do.jpg
http://img131.imageshack.us/img131/6627/comiketbookmanga42pa.jpg

Summary of Comiket's cosplay rules in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean:
http://www.comiket.co.jp/info-a/TAFO/C69TAFO/

I'd also like to add sections on how to find an event near you, what to expect, what can you do, etc.

Feel free to discuss.

siril
04-12-2006, 02:30 PM
Hmm some different rules I noticed:

- Always change into costume @ changing room; NEVER go outside of the con w/ costume.
- some events, you must register for cosplay
- cosplay photoshoot is @ designated area for most major events
- some events, you must register your camera

Michi
04-12-2006, 05:39 PM
Oh wow, this is great. ^^ Thank you, haruna. I'm probably not going to be able to attend any events til maybe Winter Comiket '07, but this is still very helpful. ^_^v

nightko
04-12-2006, 06:17 PM
I also noticed there are many events in which 男性の女装禁止。
(No Crossplay for guys)

haruna
04-13-2006, 02:44 AM
Oh wow...I had going through all of the text in the Comic Market rule book on the backburner for some time.

Eleryth was kind enough to scan Comiket9's rule book for me but I haven't finished since I thought no one was interested.

I did not see the No-Men-In-Women's-Costumes rule in Comic Market 69's rule book. I know a lot of smaller events tend to be stricter in strange ways like that(some just forbid cosplay outright.)
Back in 01 when I went to Comiket, I met a few very kind male crossplayers. One of them was a staff member, so at that time, Comiket definitely didn't have that rule!

My guess is that the rule was created to keep guys from going into the women's changing room.

Kazenokibou
04-13-2006, 04:21 PM
I don't think Comiket has no-guys-crossplay rule. I believe nightko was just saying that some events do, not Comiket in particular.

I've seen staff crosspaly too. They had shinigami costume last time, but the year before, they had maid costumes and guy staffs were wearing those too.

nightko
04-14-2006, 01:28 AM
:) Staff in maid costumes, definitely is eye catching.

Yes, I was referring to those other events.
Also, I saw some events have stated that soldiers uniform that really exist/use nowadays are forbidden.

emeraude
04-14-2006, 08:34 AM
hey, im now in japan and im coing back to mexico in 2 months y would like to go to a cosplay event again... so that i can wear my merle's costume again..... does someone know about an event at the beggining of june???

haruna
04-14-2006, 09:39 PM
hey, im now in japan and im coing back to mexico in 2 months y would like to go to a cosplay event again... so that i can wear my merle's costume again..... does someone know about an event at the beggining of june???

See what the sites in this thread have to say:
http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=74616

emeraude
04-15-2006, 07:49 AM
thank you, i was looking there but i just can see this weekend events i can't see june events u.u...

Squall_009
04-18-2006, 05:49 PM
WOW I thought the conventions here were strict. I just am afraid to go (if I had the money) to a Japan convention because I dont speak Japanese and cannot read the language(though I am learning).

Kazenokibou
04-28-2006, 12:51 AM
Adding on to nightko, I'm pretty sure that at comiket your not allowed to wear police uniforms, and army uniforms that are put in use now. If it's older, I think it was allowed...

emeraude: I found a "all Genre Cosplay event" on 6/11/06 at Tokyo Joypolis (I kinda figured you live in Tokyo). Their site is here: http://www.cosplayheaven.net/ if your interested.
Joy polis is in Odaiba, near were Comiket is held, and this seems to be "theme park" cosplay event. It's 2500 yen to buy a ticket to get in, and to enjoy all atraction.

Squall_009: I'm also the type that's kinda afraid to go to Japanese cons, but if you have any troubles with Japanese, if I'm here (sometimes I don't check here often, but if I indeed check it) I'm glad to help with some translations. :)

Neko-Ryu_Lander
04-28-2006, 06:39 PM
No Crossplay? guess that leaves me out....no serously is that a rule? cause girls do it all the time in the photos i have seen.

haruna
04-29-2006, 04:37 PM
No Crossplay? guess that leaves me out....no serously is that a rule? cause girls do it all the time in the photos i have seen.

The rule is banning males from wearing female costumes.

Inglaterra
05-06-2006, 10:58 PM
Hi everybody!
Does anybody know if a cosplayer can be ok in a cosplay convention just speaking english? (I have a very poor japanese, but I would like to visit a con in Japan soon).

emeraude
05-07-2006, 09:35 AM
hello everyone, yesterday i went to tft hall in tokyo (odaiba) to the cosmode event and there were 2 or 3 gaijin ! i would like to know if they were some one from this forum jaja i went with my merle's costume.......

INGLATERRA; Hola yo estoy viviendo en japon y yo voy a los eventos de cosplay aqui, lo que te puedo decir es que si no entiendes japones si es algo dificil al momento de preguntar por donde te cambias o cuando te dan instrucciones..... y las personas que trabajan en los eventos no saben hablar ingles :s asi que creo que si es algo dificil!

Inglaterra
05-10-2006, 07:25 PM
Ups! Bueno, entonces tendré que quemarme las pestañas un rato O_oU, te agradezco el dato, Emeraude :)

Sparks Padfoot
06-03-2006, 05:02 AM
I think that all this is a good idea. I would like to be a part of it. I have good japanese but bad kanji, i think that this would be useful....more info plz.

mrskalal
07-09-2006, 08:43 AM
I don't speak much Japanese at all either, but I've never let that stop me. Maybe I'll force one of my Japanese friends to come with me. Haha. This sounds like fun and I'm definitely going to mark it on my calendar.

Also, does anyone know anything about Tokyo Game Show? My husband says there's some cosplay there and he's a gamer and wants to go for the games.

zotaro515
07-09-2006, 10:11 AM
I don't think Comiket has no-guys-crossplay rule. I believe nightko was just saying that some events do, not Comiket in particular.

There isn't a rule about crossplaying for comiket.
I've seen a lot of guys as maids or in sailor outfits there!

For anybody who's thinking of going, I think Comiket is a crowded but gaijin-friendly event compared to the other cosplay events.
You don't really have to be able to speak Japanese, but it's nice if you know basic stuff like how to ask for directions etc.

As for other cosplay events to go, there usually is an event going on
every sunday in Tokyo. Some are all-nighters where you dance the night away in your costume :)

haruna
07-10-2006, 02:12 AM
AX has passed so I'm not so crazily busy so I'm going to start doing some more on my preliminary comiket-based guide.

To the JP folks here: what would be the top 10 cosplay events in Japan? If that's a difficult/semi-irrelevant question, then what are other types of events people cosplay at?
comiket/other doujin selling events/dances/specific series events/etc?

Thanks!

-Naraku-
07-20-2006, 01:46 PM
sorry, where I can register me per internet for the comiket? Can it be possible?

Eleryth
07-20-2006, 10:06 PM
Naraku, you don't have to register for Comiket. You just show up the day of and go in. It costs 600yen to enter the cosplay changing area, otherwise it's all free.

-Naraku-
07-21-2006, 12:39 PM
only 600 Yen? cool thanks! ^^ I know that its fro free without the cosplay zone, but I don't know how much it cost. thanks! ^^

Lisandra
09-09-2006, 07:52 AM
Hello!
I`m going to Tokyo this november.
Can you tell me if there will be some events?

haruna
09-17-2006, 04:53 PM
Yay Cosmode issue #12!
There's a Cosplay Event Guide in there that lists popular event locations + stores in the vicinity, some popular sites to hit up and so forth.

nadesico81
07-17-2007, 02:18 PM
Im going to Winter Comiket in December and I am going cosplay.In fact I just bought the plane ticket today. I am looking forward to seeing some of the perfection of Japanese cosplay. I have lived in Japan for a while on the island of Okinawa. However there was hardly any cosplaying done there.

Fo-
08-06-2007, 09:57 PM
2zotaro515

As for other cosplay events to go, there usually is an event going on
every sunday in Tokyo. Some are all-nighters where you dance the night away in your costume

Wow! I 'd love to go to such event!!!

tenjouusagi
08-11-2007, 05:13 AM
Im going to Winter Comiket in December and I am going cosplay.In fact I just bought the plane ticket today. I am looking forward to seeing some of the perfection of Japanese cosplay. I have lived in Japan for a while on the island of Okinawa. However there was hardly any cosplaying done there.

REALLY?! I live in Okinawa now. Is there anything at all to look forward to here, or should I just hold out until next year for Winter Comiket? We're trying to go back to VA for Nekocon in Nov, so if we can do that we won't have the money for Winter Comiket this year. =3

nadesico81
08-12-2007, 12:48 AM
REALLY?! I live in Okinawa now. Is there anything at all to look forward to here, or should I just hold out until next year for Winter Comiket? We're trying to go back to VA for Nekocon in Nov, so if we can do that we won't have the money for Winter Comiket this year. =3

Are you stationed there for the Military? If so are you Air Force or USMC? Honestly the plane ticket to Tokyo and the Hotel would be cheaper then buying airline tickets to go back to the states.

As for Okinawa there is not a whole heck of alot there when it comes to Anime and Cosplay. Most of the decent anime stuff is bought at flea markets and small comic shops. There is only one or two good comic/Anime shops on the island.

Hokutochan
09-02-2007, 09:59 PM
As for other cosplay events to go, there usually is an event going on
every sunday in Tokyo. Some are all-nighters where you dance the night away in your costume :)
Ooh please tell us where! I'm currently all alone in Tokyo and I want to go cosplay with other like minded individuals! All I have around me are old people [Nerima] and fashion snobs [Shijuku].

Any events any manga loving anime watching fan should know about in September?

Karisu-sama
03-18-2008, 04:18 AM
I have cosplayed in Japan (Worldcon), and had nothing but pleasant times with my fellow Japanese cosplayers, and made new Japanese friends. Other American friends of mine have had similar experiences at Comiket.

Validar
07-25-2008, 08:18 PM
I believe that Proud Asian Guy is talking on a more local level. I have yet to deal with it myself, but i have heard stories of small secluded incidents.
On a happier note, I am very happy to find more people here in Japan! I personally have just recently picked up interest in cosplay, but have been a fan of not only anime, but Japan as a whole for as long as I can remember... I guess my Japanese grandmother helped a bit with that huh? XD

-Edo-
08-20-2008, 03:04 AM
Cosmode has a very extensive listing of cosplay events throughout the country:

http://www.cosmode.net/pc/event/

Run it through a web page translator:

http://babelfish.yahoo.com/

You can get the general idea of where and when the event is taking place but allow some liberties with the English translation of the events (consider "trust in grommet south Osaka" one of those very loose translations!)

Gunso
08-30-2008, 08:22 AM
I made my first attempt to brave the crowd in the cosplay area of Comiket this year, since on day 3 I had plenty of time while one of my friends picked up his millions of porn doujinshi. I'd say it looks like any other event in the West, only with the more strict rules about props. Saw plenty of men crossplaying, too. Even a huge gaggle of guys dressed as Touhou charas. So, my friend and I are going to return in winter crossplayed as Rozen Maidens.

Even with my earlier statement of the high turnover rate of shows getting old, there were still plenty of Sailor Moon cosplayers there at Comiket 74. I think if you happen to be going to Comic Market and are a mature adult, feel free to cosplay, just don't expect it to be a hyper fun lose-your-mind-go-crazy party like american conventions tend to be. It's a very relaxed time.

If you don't know japanese, just look around, your fellow gaijin stand out well enough.. ask them for directions. :)

Gunso
09-07-2008, 03:53 PM
I scanned the cosplay rules from the Comiket 74 catalog, since the post that started the thread was from a couple years ago. Maybe someone will translate this for us. *puppy-dog eyes* I have about a kindergarten level reading comprehension, so I am missing the important stuff. (I can read Yotsuba&! because of the furigana for every kanji, but far from reading a japanese newspaper)

If nothing else, this should help those that can read japanese to see what differences there are to the rules from past CMs.

PapaWolfie
06-27-2010, 01:33 PM
Thank you so much! This forum is very helpful! ^^

Toshiro-sama
07-24-2010, 05:41 AM
hey somebody can help me??
well i wanna go to the comiket with my date masamune cosplay but im not shure that i can get in with my katanas (that are made of wood)
If you know something please tell me
Thanks

Gasei
09-12-2010, 02:33 PM
hey somebody can help me??
well i wanna go to the comiket with my date masamune cosplay but im not shure that i can get in with my katanas (that are made of wood)
If you know something please tell me
Thanks

  I regret I have not noticed your post earlier. The Comiket is over now. ・_;

I will post this reply in case some other people come across this thread without finding
Comiket thread.

I have not seen the picture of your costume and I cannot tell for sure.

All I can say for sure is that as far as it is not a live metal nor longer than 30 cm and meets all the safety codes, it should be ok.
There are a lot of safety codes not only for your props, but also for other parts of costumes and even for general attendee, so I recommend you to make sure you understand the official catalog. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misleading false info in the internet, and you have to check the official announcement by your own.

http://www.comiket.co.jp/info-a/TAFO/C78TAFO/C78eng.html

annablle
11-24-2010, 10:01 AM
表示对英语`曰语`韩语无能= =

Nekomatamaru
11-30-2010, 07:08 AM
annablle, 學一種新語言永遠不嫌晚 加油

Tenshi0080
01-10-2011, 09:48 PM
hey is there anyone that can help me, i will be moving to nippon in june, and i wanted to know what there is to do on the cosplay scene around the yokosuka area, and if anything how far away that is from tokyo or any of the other high cosplay areas.....

Nekomatamaru
01-11-2011, 01:50 PM
hey is there anyone that can help me, i will be moving to nippon in june, and i wanted to know what there is to do on the cosplay scene around the yokosuka area, and if anything how far away that is from tokyo or any of the other high cosplay areas.....

It is nice to hear that we will have new member in our community.

There are many people who might be helpful for you. Once you check other <Japan> forums, you will find some active foreigner cosplayers. Some of them have long experience in Japan and will be able to share their ideas.

I will recommend you to read some threads in <Japan> forum first. I would say once you understand Comiket rules, you will have good idea about Japanese cosplay scene. All you need to do else is to learn some local rules and some ticket system for some other events.


Yokosuka locates in convenient area to go to Tokyo. You can go to Tokyo in 70 min without changing trains, and to Yokohama in 40 min.
There are many cosplay events in Yokohama too.
Also, I know many cosplayers here will go to Summer Comiket (in August), and they might be happy to help you in starting your cosplay career in Japan.

I am happy to help you, but I am not good at English.


Good luck !

TheVampireNeko
05-08-2011, 02:33 AM
So, I have a question about the amount of skin allowed to be shown on a costume at a Japanese event. How much is okay? How much skin is too much skin? The rules seem very murky, especially since I'm translating with my poor Japanese skills.

Specifically I want to know if bikini tops are okay. I didn't get to wear my Mina Majikina costume last year due to some things that happened, and want to try to wear it to an event this year.

kiratsukai
05-08-2011, 03:25 AM
So, I have a question about the amount of skin allowed to be shown on a costume at a Japanese event. How much is okay? How much skin is too much skin? The rules seem very murky, especially since I'm translating with my poor Japanese skills.

Specifically I want to know if bikini tops are okay. I didn't get to wear my Mina Majikina costume last year due to some things that happened, and want to try to wear it to an event this year.

It depends on the event. Recently, quite a few are "requiring" bodystockings to be worn under "revealing" costumes. But "revealing" generally isn't clearly defined. Bikinis, bellybuttons and cleavage seem to fly... at least on hot girls.

TheVampireNeko
05-09-2011, 06:13 AM
That's reassuring. At least I won't be the only one. I always get scared when I read the rules. I plan on at least wearing stockings under my skirt. That should be good enough, I hope.

TheVampireNeko
08-07-2011, 04:06 AM
Another question from me! So, Comiket's rules say you can't have something designed to produce a loud sound, right? What about a prop bamboo flute? It can't really produce sound well, plus I wouldn't try to play it anyway(just pose with it). Do you think that'd be okay?

What about a quiver of arrows, but the arrows are stuck inside of it? It says no "loose" athletic equipment, so I figure it's okay if they aren't loose. Plus, they have no arrow heads (they are just doweling rods with 3 triangles at one end). Of course, they are under a foot long. I made them short to keep with the rules.

Thanks.

Tell me what you guys think...I don't want to break the rules.

kiratsukai
08-07-2011, 07:27 AM
Another question from me! So, Comiket's rules say you can't have something designed to produce a loud sound, right? What about a prop bamboo flute? It can't really produce sound well, plus I wouldn't try to play it anyway(just pose with it). Do you think that'd be okay?

What about a quiver of arrows, but the arrows are stuck inside of it? It says no "loose" athletic equipment, so I figure it's okay if they aren't loose. Plus, they have no arrow heads (they are just doweling rods with 3 triangles at one end). Of course, they are under a foot long. I made them short to keep with the rules.

Thanks.

Tell me what you guys think...I don't want to break the rules.

I'd say maybe on the flute and the arrows (you might be farther ahead making a fake flute out of lionboard that's incapable of making a sound, it would be simple enough, and would guarantee you can keep it out). If you want to give something a try and it fits in your hand luggage, you'll be fine. If something catches staff's eye, they'll just ask you to present your book, accept your mark of shame and put it away. We've never seen anything get confiscated and quite a few times people here have gotten away with things they shouldn't have (I was allowed to wear an eyepatch if I took it off to move around the hall, some Vocaloids got away with megaphones if they could prove they didn't have batteries, etc). Cosplay staff's pretty awesome. They know the rules are tight and are usually cosplayers themselves who try to think of things from your side.

TheVampireNeko
08-07-2011, 03:15 PM
Great. It's made from bamboo, and I have to work REALLY hard to make it make a sound (made it myself). I'm glad that they probably won't confiscate it. Thanks for the advice.

maeshughes21
08-19-2012, 01:45 PM
es forastero es que no se mucho de japon pero igual me interesa su cultura, su ropa ,sus comidas y sus eventos son geniales >.< kawaiii neee

maeshughes21
08-19-2012, 01:46 PM
es forastero es que no se mucho de japon pero igual me interesa su cultura, su ropa ,sus comidas y sus eventos son geniales >.< kawaiii neee

maeshughes21
08-19-2012, 01:46 PM
:walkoff:

CorporatePuppet
08-20-2012, 07:30 AM
^lol.

de todas formas la bienvenida al mundo del cosplay ^^

___________________________

Anyway, on topic of the thread~

WOW! I didn’t knowthat you have to pay to cosplay and men aren't allowed to crossplay but women are.
Well that sucks the fun doesn't Cosplay reallyXP

But I know that it's different in Japan then it is in foreign countries. In Japan cosplay is serious whilst elsewhere in the world, cosplay is for fun ^^

Well when I hopefully get the chance to go to Japan, and to the a con. I don't offend anyone:L