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Unread 12-21-2010, 01:18 AM   #1
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Comiket Cosplay Rules

(this set of rules is from the Winter Comiket 2010 catalog, it will likely be similar or identical in years to come, but be aware that some information may be out of date by the time you read this post)

Cosplay Guidance

Changing Rooms and Cosplay Areas

Men's Changing Room - East block, first floor atrium
Women's Changing Room - Meeting Hall, first floor
Cosplay Area 1 (all 3 days) - North Concourse 1st floor restaurant area courtyard
Cosplay Area 2 (day 1 and 2) - Lower courtyard (day 3) - Upper courtyard


Dressing rooms are open for entry from 10:00am ~ 3:30pm and will accept new registrations only during this time. Last call for registration on day 3 is earlier ~ 2:30pm.

Dressing Room and Cosplay Area Hours

Dressing rooms may be used from 10:00am ~ 4:30 pm (until 3:30pm on day 3).

The first cosplay area is open from 10:00am ~ 4:00pm (3:00pm on day 3).

The second cosplay area is open from 10:00am ~ 4:00pm (3:00pm on day 3).

These are not the same hours as the rest of the event, so take care not to miss the dressing room deadline while browsing in costume.

Cosplay Rules

Cosplaying participants are held to the general attendance rules of Comiket as well as the additional regulations outlined below. Please be aware that poor behavior while in costume may result in the further restriction of cosplay or dissappearance of cosplay entirely from future events.

Arriving to or Leaving the Event in Costume is Prohibited

It's against the rules to arrive at Comiket or return home from Comiket while in costume. When arriving by car it is also forbidden to change in your vehicle. Please make use of the changing rooms.

When Cosplaying, Please Register outside of the Changing Room

Cosplayers must register on each day of the event at their respective changing rooms. Please do not forget to register on each day.

Changing Room Rules

-Do not take breaks or wait for friends in the dressing area.
-Do not use dyes or color sprays in the dressing area.
-Do not take photos or annoy others around you.
-Do your best to change as quickly and efficiently as possible without taking up too much space.
-Don't spread your luggage out.
-Don't leave luggage in the changing room. You must take it with you.

About Registration Stickers

On registering, you will recieve a "ちぇんじ" pamphlet and sticker to prove that you have conformed to the changing policy. Each day's sticker is a different color. The pamphlet contains the most up-to-date and detailed rules for the event. Please read it in full.

You must register each day, but the booklet can be reused, so please bring it with you each day you attend.

You will be asked to show your booklet several times throughout the day (on changing, entering and exiting the cosplay areas, etc.), so carry it with you at all times. If you are found to be in violation of a Comiket costume policy, it will also be noted in this book.

On Rain

In case of bad weather, the cosplay areas may be closed. We will open alternate areas indoors for photography, so please ask the staff for guidance.

Limitations on Cosplay Costumes

Before preparing your costume, please note that some costumes and props are forbidden or limited. Those in violation will not be allowed to enter the cosplay area until the offending items have been removed. So please be careful.

Uniforms of Public Servants and Rescue Workers

Police uniforms appearing in anime and manga, real officer uniforms, original police uniforms, firefighting uniforms, the uniforms of rescue workers, or government officials are strictly forbidden. (Parody is allowed, but only in cases where there is no danger of confusion with real officers).

The uniforms of security guards, SWAT members, etc. are also forbidden. Please refrain from wearing any official uniforms which are presently used and may cause confusion.

Wearing any form of uniform outside of Big Site, in the convenience stores on-site or near the street and crossings is expressly forbidden. This includes military uniforms currently in use in countries other than Japan.

Costumes That May be Dangerous to Others or Cause Injuries

Costumes or elements that may poke, hit or be tread on by others, flammable costumes, fake blood, strong-smelling substances, hot-running lights, etc. are all prohibited.

Wire parts and spikes are especially dangerous. Blades or long protrusions of all kinds, metal or paper can cause injury as well. Spike heels and other accessories that might cause injury are against the rules.

Too-long skirts, capes, etc can get caught in the escalators, so please take extra care with them.

Single-slat geta or other difficult-to-balance footwear should be avoided.

Inappropriate Nudity, Transparent Costumes, etc.

Use your best judgement and avoid clothing that might be inacceptable to society at large. Crossdressing is permitted, but please do it tastefully.

Kigurumi and Fursuits

Large costumes like fursuits and kigurumi costumes are limited. Any protruding parts, shoulder pieces, wings or other large pieces might hurt others or get caught in escalators and are therefore forbidden.

Hats, Masks, etc.

Large hats and masks may be worn for photos but must be removed when moving through the halls.

Cosplay Questions?

There is a "Cosplay Soudan Center" outside of each dressing room where your questions and concerns can be raised without worry.

If you're unsure about pieces of your costume, please check there before leaving the changing area.

Staff members may check your costume at various points throughout the event as well. Please cooperate.

A Note About the Men's Changing Room:
The men's changing room has moved, so be sure to note the new location.

Limitations on Cosplay Items

When cosplaying at Comiket, all of the usual item restrictions apply as well as a few additional ones. When preparing your cosplay, be sure not to include any of the following:

-Weapons of any size or make including swords, bows, guns, knives, etc. Other sharp items (accessories, props, etc.) are also prohibited.

-Props over 30cm in length (tennis rackets, bats, etc.)

-Props that may cause injury to others around you, props and accessories that run, flake or shed (glitter, fake bloode, color spray, etc.)

-Balls and other projectiles.

-Glass props and breakable items.

-Items that make noise (flutes, instruments, radio casettes, etc.)

-Anything else deemed by staff to be dangerous.

Staff may stop you to inform you that your props are potentially dangerous. In most cases you will be allowed to put them away, as long as you don't carry them around with you. But in some cases, items may be confiscated.

Cosplay Area Prohibitions

1) Performances

The cosplay area is very crowded. Dancing, performing or creating any other sort of attraction is prohibited.

2) Trampling the Plants, Entering the Fountains

There are grassy areas and plants in the cosplay area. Take care not to enter these areas or trample vegitation. The lake and fountains are also off-limits.

3) Photography Without Permission

Photographing cosplayers while they are moving through the event or without speaking to them first is poor manners. It's forbidden to photograph anyone without first recieving their permission.

4) Saving Spots

Camping photography spots or claiming areas of the event for your own exclusive use is forbidden.

5) Soliciting

Distributing flyers of pamphlets is forbidden

*There are no other rules, but there are some more things to keep in mind.

There's nothing wrong with taking photos, but please be careful not to step on others' feet, sit or loiter in the photo area or display other poor manners.

In this internet age we live in, your actions can be seen all over the world.

Racist, insensitive or potentially problematic historical costumes should be avoided.

To Those Photographing Cosplayers

Because of the extreme crowding at Comiket, photography is also limited. Those who are attending as photographers should read the following rules in full.

Please also read the leaflet "さいと" available at the entrances to each cosplay area each day for the most up-to-date and complete rules.

There Are Only a Few Areas Where Photos are Permitted

Cosplay Areas

Those wishing to photograph cosplayers should stay in these areas. Don't photograph anyone in the halls or in shared spaces.

In the case of over-crowding, there may be various limitations placed on how long you can photograph one group or remain in one place. If the crowding is extreme, new areas may be opened. In the case of rain, there will be even bigger changes.

Listen to the staff for relevant information about any changes made.

Prohibited Equipment

-Lenses over 30cm in length.
-Metal camera cases.
-Spot lights, reflectors, etc.
-Fish eye lenses, infrared lenses and other SFX lenses.
-Powder-flashes, ring flashes, homemade flashes, etc.

Other Prohibitions

-Hiding prohibited equipment.
-Sneak photography.
-Videos of cosplayers moving through the cosplay area or who are unaware they're being filmed.
-Insisting on certain poses, long shoots or refusing to allow cosplayers to move from one area to the next.
-Using the grass, vegitation or lake/fountain in photos (placing yourself or a model inside)

In the Case of Rain

-Large gatherings of photographers are not permitted.
-Do not prepare any lights beyond small self clip-ons.

Check with staff for any other rules of prohibitions.
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Unread 12-21-2010, 02:30 AM   #2
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This year's 「ちぇんじ」 pamphlet (the pamphlet we all recieve on registrations) is available in PDF form here.

As usual, it's all in Japanese... but it may be helpful to those who have specific questions or want to study up beforehand.
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OMG THANK YOU FOR THIS it really help me with what to expect for the 84th comiket. I'm going for the first time and plan on cosplaying with my best friend. Are you by any chance going to be at the august event because I would love to meet up with some cosers from other places!
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Educate Me

As the title implies, i would like to say i am a fledgling cosplayer. I was hoping someone knew or could better educate me on Japan's Comiket's prop policy. It said no dangerous weapons, but i thought it was a bit unclear. Could someone please inform me if prop pistols and rifles are good if they are made completely from plastic or foam.

I intend to do a MGS Snake, Killzone, or Operation Raccoon City COSPLAY
some guidance would be appreciated.
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