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World Cosplay Summit 2011

Firstly, thanks to the cosplay fans for letting me photograph you. I hope you like the photos. ありがとうございました[Japanese text: “arigatougozaimashita”]

It gets bigger every year. According to Aichi TV (the host of the international event) this year drew a crowd of 17,000 fans in plain clothes and elaborate costumes, plus 17 nations competing for the prize. Not only that, cosplay and the industry around it grew to USD$500 million annually in 2009 (The Economist). No wonder why Brother, the sewing machine company, is happy to sponsor this event.

This year’s winners were the Brazilian Team with their third win, making people ask why has Japan only won the WCS once. The rules strictly stipulate that the costumes must be from a Japanese comic or game (no Jedis allowed).

If you see a photo of yourself here I’ll give you a discount (please provide proof). ここで自分の写真が表示された場合、私は(証拠を提供してください)あなたの割引を差し上げます[Jpn text; Google Translation / グーグル翻訳]

World Cosplay Summit – Images by Andrew Blyth

World Cosplay Summit 2010

Every year it’s been a tough one. Last year I wanted to go, but found that for one reason or another, I had something else to do (I don’t remember). The year before was my first time attending, and it wasn’t bad. I went on the Sunday, the day of the main events and got some great shots. It was a pretty nervous experience, trying to work out what’s cool and not cool to do. Working out how to photograph people in crowds and such, and also contending with crowds, too.

This year was different. I went on the opening day, the Osu Kanon parade in the Osu district of Nagoya city. There were more people there than organisers had expected, and jammed in a much smaller space, and it wasn’t elbow-room only, but squeezing-room only. It was perhaps the hottest day of the year so far, and with perhaps the highest humidity yet experienced this year. Needless to say, migrainers like myself didn’t have much fun.

As for the photography, some light cloud cover can be nice to even out the light, but thick clouds did not help, invoking noisy pictures. It was a tough day, and I fear the photos bear that result. These are available at a lowered price at my PhotoShelter account, no model releases due to the public nature of the event. However, as you see, the costumes were amazing, and as you can guess, so to the experience for the crowds and the young re-carpeted cosplayers.

World Cosplay Summit 2010 – Images by Andrew Blyth

summer 2010

This should be a great summer in Japan. Coming up in July and August there will be local festivals known as “matsuri”. These are usually night-time affairs, but still really hot, sweaty, humid, and that’s just how you feel watching the summertime fireworks displays. July has the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, August has the World Cosplay Summit (usually held in Nagoya). I can’t wait for it all to begin. I will aim to be at these events, but I will definitely go if requested.

See my profiles at Asian Photo Connection, PhotoShelter, and Gekko Images.

Summer in Japan – Images by Andrew Blyth

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