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Japanese Cosplay at Comiket 82 in Tokyo

by ebreilly

Yoyogi Park is a center for many different youth subcultures. The park is near Akiharbara which used to be the electronics sector but is increasingly known as the Otaku (or fan) district and Harajuku where fashionable young girls go to buy clothes. Every subculture and interest group seemed to have their own district, their own homeland, within contemporary Tokyo. There's also something striking about the public nature of these passions and fascinations – the need to act out ones fantasy, the desire to form affiliations with others who shared your tastes. Yoyogi Park is where all of this comes together. In this realm, to consume is to participate and to participate is to assume some kind of new identity. This video, produced at Comiket, a convention which gathers together many fan interests, suggests the diversity and viuosity that cosplay achieves in its original Japanese context. Many of them spent a good deal of time posing for pictures being taken not simply by tourists but also by their fellow fans; these pictures are being recorded by cell phone, camcorder, or digital cameras and many of them soon to be distributed via the web. The costumes and makeup are elaborate, richly detailed, and for the most part, home crafted. The kids take great pride in their costumes though they may own multiple costumes reflecting multiple cultural identities.

Japanese Cosplay at Comiket 82 in Tokyo

Japanese Cosplay at Comiket 82 in Tokyo

from Japanese Cosplay at Comiket 82 in Tokyo (2012)
Creator: youtube user Tokyo Fashion News
Posted by ebreilly
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