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Stupid2Care
04-02-2006, 07:55 PM
Hi,
I am going to be studying abroad at Senshu University next school year. I can't wait. It will be my first time in Japan. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone can give me information about attending cons while I am there. Also if anyone happens to go to school there or in the Tokyo area and would like to meet up sometime let me know. I'll probably need all the help I can get.
Thanks,
Jennifer

Kazenokibou
04-03-2006, 12:20 AM
Well, I can't really inform you about Japanese cons (since I only go to Comiket) but when I am in Japan during the summer, I stay in Tokyo, so if you are in Tokyo then, I can meet up. I haven't cosplayed in Japan yet, so I don't know where good stores are for cosplaying and such, but I do have some knowledge of where Mandarake, Animate, and Gamers are.

As for information about cons, I found Comiket entry on Wikipedia, and they have good information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comiket

Other general things I noticed(if any part is wrong, please tell me. Also, if you know already, sorry^^;; ):
- Unlike America, usually it's not called "convention," but "events."
-Comiket is the biggest comic convention, and bassically they have no restrictions (obviously manga/anime/ game related is the biggest, but if you want, you can find doujinshi that talks about Chinese tea, or about Greece), however, other events seem to have more restrictions(note: Comiket do not charge for people who come to buy stuff, and allow cosplay).
-Some events are "'something' only" (such as Naruto only event), and some events won't let you cosplay at all.
-As far as I know, you CANNOT be dressed up going to an event, you MUST get dressed there.
-Some events will make you pay to cosplay
-As far as I know, there isn't any Masquerade, or cosplay contests at events.

Other stuff related to Cosplay in Japan:
-Ever growing popularity of Maid Cafe in Japan also sprung up something that is called Cosplay Cafe (or in some cases, bar o_O) such as this one: http://comok.goodwill.jp/
-there are things called Cosplay Dance Party?

I just have no clue how much you know already, so I just stuck things in there that came to my mind.

Eleryth
04-03-2006, 08:47 PM
This thread might help you...
http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=74616

There's also Cosplay Festa http://www.cosplayfesta.com/

I don't know the Tokyo scene that well - I'm way up north. But Supremeronin is in the Tokyo area and a helpful guy that can get you started.

There's a few wig shops, like www.maple-wig.com and www.cyperous.com, and Odakaya? Okadaya? I don't remember the name of it... with lots of cosplay related things from contacts to wigs to fabric. There's also a few fabric stores in the area where Maple Wig is (but I've never been).

emeraude
04-03-2006, 08:48 PM
Hello, the biggest convention was in march at tokyo it is called tokyo international anime fair, it is being celebrated every year so i hope you can go. i couldn't go there but you should go . about cosplay there are conventions every weekend, (if you are living in tokyo), i have been in comicket and i cosplayed at odekake live in nagano. i hope you can cosplay yoo =)

SpaurhSpoor
05-11-2006, 12:42 AM
Your kidding, some events will make you pay to cosplay?

haruna
05-14-2006, 12:21 AM
Your kidding, some events will make you pay to cosplay?

Yeah, but keep in mind, these events won't charge you steep admission fees like the $40-50 a ticket American cons do.

Hebi_hihi
05-25-2006, 02:52 AM
oh !!!!!!!!!! That is great ^^ I wish i were you .

-Naraku-
05-25-2006, 12:57 PM
what convention exist in summertime in japan??? I will visit it in summertime with a friend as a cospalyer! ^^

oh...and how much cost a convention / how can I log in????

BIOJECT
05-28-2006, 06:37 PM
Well, I can't really inform you about Japanese cons (since I only go to Comiket) but when I am in Japan during the summer, I stay in Tokyo, so if you are in Tokyo then, I can meet up. I haven't cosplayed in Japan yet, so I don't know where good stores are for cosplaying and such, but I do have some knowledge of where Mandarake, Animate, and Gamers are.

As for information about cons, I found Comiket entry on Wikipedia, and they have good information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comiket

Other general things I noticed(if any part is wrong, please tell me. Also, if you know already, sorry^^;; ):
- Unlike America, usually it's not called "convention," but "events."
-Comiket is the biggest comic convention, and bassically they have no restrictions (obviously manga/anime/ game related is the biggest, but if you want, you can find doujinshi that talks about Chinese tea, or about Greece), however, other events seem to have more restrictions(note: Comiket do not charge for people who come to buy stuff, and allow cosplay).
-Some events are "'something' only" (such as Naruto only event), and some events won't let you cosplay at all.
-As far as I know, you CANNOT be dressed up going to an event, you MUST get dressed there.
-Some events will make you pay to cosplay
-As far as I know, there isn't any Masquerade, or cosplay contests at events.

Other stuff related to Cosplay in Japan:
-Ever growing popularity of Maid Cafe in Japan also sprung up something that is called Cosplay Cafe (or in some cases, bar o_O) such as this one: http://comok.goodwill.jp/
-there are things called Cosplay Dance Party?

I just have no clue how much you know already, so I just stuck things in there that came to my mind.

I don't get it. Why can't you go already dressed up to the event?

And how why should you pay more to cosplay? Wouldn't that deture people from doing it? If not, is there some kind of bonus for paying? Like staff will do your makeup for you or something?

emeraude
05-29-2006, 06:14 AM
convention are about 20dlls, but if you are going to cosplay you just haveto pay 15dlls, you can go to comicket ! in big site

Eleryth
05-30-2006, 08:55 PM
I don't get it. Why can't you go already dressed up to the event?

And how why should you pay more to cosplay? Wouldn't that deture people from doing it? If not, is there some kind of bonus for paying? Like staff will do your makeup for you or something?

You usually can't go already dressed up because that's the way society is in Japan. Cosplay, while somewhat "popular", is still not the norm (not that it is in America or elsewhere). I think I can sum up a lot of Japanese "rules" by saying that "image is everything". How you appear to others is important - so you walking around the streets dressed as Super Mario or Princess Zelda or something is very strange and would affect how others saw you. It can also be an inconvenience for other people. Transit in Japan is often very crowded. Your costume might be a bother to someone if it's not just basic clothing. Taking up more space, pokey bits, etc. would be very rude on a crowded train.

The only exception I can think of is perhaps the punk/goth/lolita fashion. They often meet at Harajuku and hang out - they don't change there, as there is nowhere to change and it's not a convention or official gathering. Usually, though, they don't tour all of Tokyo dressed like that, and it's most often on the weekends.

Often events are free and you pay for cosplay only because you use a changing room. They do not have any other perks, and it most certainly does not deter others from doing it. The fee at Comiket for the changerooms (and you have to use them, you cannot enter the cosplay area in a costume without the proper sticker on the book) is only about $6 (600yen).

At other events, cosplayers get in cheaper, like at Tonacos (at TFT, at the same time as Comiket). I think it's 2000yen for cosplayers (but the rules are way less restrictive than comiket, so more props and skimpier outfits and things are allowed) but 3500yen for photographers. ZiggyB would have more information - he attended Tonacos last winter.

Hope that answers some of your questions.

haruna
06-03-2006, 04:06 AM
Smaller, specific-series only events may not even allow cosplay at all.
Meanwhile, there's a number of cosplay only events.

Unlike America, Japan doesn't have very many all-encompassing events that feature video, industry, games, model building, doujin sales, etc all under one roof.

To get back on topic, whoo, it's a different world there!

melodrama
06-03-2006, 01:57 PM
sorry to add one more question, but if i were to attend comiket without the intention to cosplay, is there any entrance fees i need to pay? thank you! :)

piinku
06-03-2006, 05:19 PM
This thread is just what I was looking for... I'm moving to Japan at the end of July (the Iwate prefecture) and am wondering about conventions in the area. What are the major conventions for late summer and fall/winter in that area?

Eleryth
06-04-2006, 08:26 PM
sorry to add one more question, but if i were to attend comiket without the intention to cosplay, is there any entrance fees i need to pay? thank you! :)

Nope. Just walk in. After joining the line, of course. ;)


This thread is just what I was looking for... I'm moving to Japan at the end of July (the Iwate prefecture) and am wondering about conventions in the area. What are the major conventions for late summer and fall/winter in that area?

I don't think there are any. There might be a few small gatherings in Morioka or Sendai (Miyagi-ken), but big conventions? Those are all down south. I have a friend in Iwate, and he complains about the lack as well, so unfortunately you'll have to make the trip down.

I know there will be small gatherings (a city in my prefecture has them), but I don't know how to find out about it at all.

Good luck! I know what it's like - I'm in Aomori (but leaving this fall).

Jekka
06-10-2006, 08:32 PM
I don't think there are any. There might be a few small gatherings in Morioka or Sendai (Miyagi-ken), but big conventions? Those are all down south. I have a friend in Iwate, and he complains about the lack as well, so unfortunately you'll have to make the trip down.

I know there will be small gatherings (a city in my prefecture has them), but I don't know how to find out about it at all.

Good luck! I know what it's like - I'm in Aomori (but leaving this fall).

Ditto to that - I haven't been able to find any events in the past year of living in Sapporo, Hokkaido (yay north!). It's fun to listen to everyone get excited about Tokyo and Osaka, though, I suppose.

--> EDIT: Although just having come home from YOSAKOI, I gotta say: I love Sapporo. I love it so much.
soran soran SORAN SORAN!

ShoujoKitsune
06-26-2006, 06:50 AM
This is maybe a bit off topic, but I plan on convincing my parents to let me
study in Japan this year and I have a question about Japanese dress code
policy. I am transgender and prefer to dress like a girl, but would I be
allowed to wear a girl's uniform?

Splenda
06-29-2006, 03:09 PM
Hello! I'll be studying at Kansai Gaidai this fall, in Hirakata, in the Osaka prefecture. Luckily, I'm right between Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe, although I imagine it is still a distance to any of those cities. Is there anyone around that region? Also, any cosplay events during the fall I could attend? Thanks for the help!

DeathOfSoul
07-23-2006, 08:15 PM
Eh. Since everyone else is posting about going to Japan, I will too XD

In July '07 I'll be moving to Tokyo... I'm currently working on getting into Sophia University. (Hopefully i'll find a few other english colleges there that offer business degrees.. so I'll have more of a chance of getting into one <.< (Any help is appriciated in finding more english colleges (ones that offer some english courses) for business).

EDIT: Nevermind on finding a college XD I found 2 I'm going to apply to when possible.

aoisakura
08-08-2006, 06:04 AM
This is maybe a bit off topic, but I plan on convincing my parents to let me
study in Japan this year and I have a question about Japanese dress code
policy. I am transgender and prefer to dress like a girl, but would I be
allowed to wear a girl's uniform?

Depends how old you are I guess if you are over the school age and its university etc you are attending, its no uniform so there is no problems with that.....

And if you are younger and are required to wear an uniform if you are legally female then I'm guessing they will let you wear the girls uniform bt if not I'm not very sure as Japanese can be funny about those kind of things and might ask you to wear the male uniform... >_<

AngelaChibaYuy
08-09-2006, 09:52 PM
Woo I'm also attending Kansai Gaidai for this year. I leave the 21 to spend a week in Tokyo beforehand. I hope to make it to Comiket in the winter and any others I can find.

Anyone know if there are any sort of gatherings in the Osaka/kyoto area? It'd be fun to go to one. Though truthfully Japanese otaku frighten me in their extremes from what i've heard of them. That's probably because anime and manga are so deep part of Japanese culture that those who are specific fans of it are just... really obsessed.

Also Nyao, you wouldn't happen to go to Ualbany would you? There's ahuge group from there that goes to Kansai this year and just curious...

~Alita~

amazingT
09-24-2006, 09:41 PM
Hi everyone!! I am new here and have only been into cosplay for about a year and a half! Right now I am BIG on comic book characters and will be moving to Okinawa for alittle while. I guess I will have to travel to mainland Japan for a Con, but I am up for it. I have always enjoyed anime, but I am a bigger Marvel and DC comic fan!(No offense to anyone!) There are a few characters I'd like to do. I hope they receive Spiderman okay, cause I have about 4 different Spider-man suits! If anyone can offer any info about Okinawa please do.

Thanks

SycoTik
10-04-2006, 05:32 AM
hmmmm, I'm supposed to be going to Tokyo, Japan in April for my birthday aorund the week of April 25th next year. I'd like some info on places to go, conventions happening if any, and other things since it will be my first out there as well.

aoisakura
10-06-2006, 01:40 PM
If you like anime stuffs Ikebukuro is good near Sunshine Tower theres a massive Animate (Bigger then the one in Akiba that one was pretty crappy) and other Doujin/cosplay shops (Which actually sell costumes outside Maid outfits) I dunno why noone told me when I went ; ;/ Esp female fangirls should go to Ikebukuro there are about 5 Doujinshi shops dedicated to For females genre (XD)

Hansuke
11-27-2006, 04:35 PM
This is maybe a bit off topic, but I plan on convincing my parents to let me
study in Japan this year and I have a question about Japanese dress code
policy. I am transgender and prefer to dress like a girl, but would I be
allowed to wear a girl's uniform?

Transgender as in changed your sex or transgender as in going to change your sex? Or Transgender as in the wrong term known as "Crossdresser"?
If you have changed your sex, eg. being a Female now. Then yes, you should be allowed to wear the Female uniform. If your a male, see Crossdresser.

I hope that was answer enough and I hope it didn't sound offending.

ArsenalFierce13
11-28-2006, 10:26 AM
Wow, I haven't read this forum in a while and didn't realize there were so many Gaidai-sei this year. I studied there during fall '02 and still keep in touch with my host family (especially since I moved back to Japan). Unfortunately I didn't get to attend any cosplay events while I lived in Osaka, so I'm not too sure what's there. I did meet a cosplayer at school, though, but I unfortunately lost touch with her.

Kaze no Uta
01-02-2007, 01:59 PM
ummmm, transgendered means you are a male traped in a females body or a female traped in a mans body ... and sometimes this includes those who were born with both genders (this is possible). I know a male that is transgendered who grew brest wile in highschool due to his natural estrogen levles. So, it's not a matter of crossdressing. As for how people are going to react to a transgendered here in Japan it would all depend on how 'convinsing' you are for a lack of a better word.

I hate to say it but I often get confused with the gender identity of some of the teens here in Osaka! Most times you can not assume the gender of someone based off of clothes alone. Due to the Japanes body structure clothes are prety much gender neutral. Just stay away from certain styles and you should be ok.

As for uniforms, it would all depend on what levle of schooling you are refering to. Universities do not have uniforms wheras HighSchools do. Also, take into consideration Japanes culture and gender expectations, especialy when refering to WOMAN only areas. There are woman only hotsprings, woman discount days, woman only subway cars.... The Japanes are a very resurved culture so imagine how the locals might feel in these situations.

All in all, good luck! It is honestly best to talk with the institution whith wich you will be atending. :)

Mebachiko
01-04-2007, 11:22 PM
If you like anime stuffs Ikebukuro is good near Sunshine Tower theres a massive Animate (Bigger then the one in Akiba that one was pretty crappy) and other Doujin/cosplay shops (Which actually sell costumes outside Maid outfits) I dunno why noone told me when I went ; ;/ Esp female fangirls should go to Ikebukuro there are about 5 Doujinshi shops dedicated to For females genre (XD)

An animate in Ikebukuro? Oh I didn`t know that! Is it near to the station?

(sorry for this offtopic)

nightko
01-05-2007, 01:21 AM
It is just across the Sunshine City, behind the Toyota Big building(I think it is Toyota). so you need to walk pass it. I'll say about 7 mins walk from the Ikebukuro station.

Mebachiko
01-05-2007, 10:59 PM
Ahhh I see...
Thanks! :bigtu:

piinku
01-05-2007, 11:05 PM
If you like anime stuffs Ikebukuro is good near Sunshine Tower theres a massive Animate (Bigger then the one in Akiba that one was pretty crappy) and other Doujin/cosplay shops (Which actually sell costumes outside Maid outfits) I dunno why noone told me when I went ; ;/ Esp female fangirls should go to Ikebukuro there are about 5 Doujinshi shops dedicated to For females genre (XD)

You mean the one in Akihabara? We went there and loved it... seven floors! They didn't have much in the way of cosplay stuff, I guess. So is the one in Ikebukuro worth visiting the next time we're in Tokyo?

nightko
01-06-2007, 01:03 AM
7 Floors as well for the one in Ikebukuro.
But I think it is smaller, so the stuff are more packed together, but somehow I like to go to that one more. (More familiar to me maybe) But if you want to buy stuff, both location pretty much have the exact same thing.

The other stores next to it are ok, small and packed but I never bought any item from there.

elejonah
01-06-2007, 08:30 AM
There are some cosplay events helds in Tokyo every month, In between the big event like comiket or Anime Expo. The Japanese cosplayers usually go to those event. It is also a good chance to meet some Japanese cosplayer too.
This is the URL for the event.
http://www.geocities.jp/coscrertion/
The next one is coming on 20 th of January, Wondering if anyone is interesting to go.

-Name_Taken-
03-16-2007, 01:11 PM
The only exception I can think of is perhaps the punk/goth/lolita fashion. They often meet at Harajuku and hang out - they don't change there, as there is nowhere to change and it's not a convention or official gathering. Usually, though, they don't tour all of Tokyo dressed like that, and it's most often on the weekends.

im gonna be in tokyo in may, and planning on going to harajuku, i was thinking about dressing up, or would that be a bad, kinda "poser-ish" idea becasue im a foreigner? id most likey be there with a friend of mine who lives in tokyo.

Kazenokibou
05-15-2007, 04:52 PM
If you are going to dress up, I think they only meet up on Sundays so go on a Sunday.

I really doubt that the goth loli kids would scorn you for being a poseur, I think you would be more like welcomed and looked at in curiousity and try to talk to you.

DeathOfSoul
05-15-2007, 11:57 PM
I really doubt that the goth loli kids would scorn you for being a poseur, I think you would be more like welcomed and looked at in curiousity and try to talk to you.

Yes, agreed. I had a discussion on that matter with a friend of mine there. She explained to me that there's always going to be those who are just mean and would scold, but most would just be curious (especially if you have blonde or light brown hair (natural) haha).