The Nagoya based World Cosplay Summit (WCS) will be promoted on All Nippon Airways (ANA) flights in February and March this year. It seems to be a part of the “Cool Japan” public relations the Japanese government has been promoting for a little over a decade now. The short video will have both English and Chinese subtitles. A preview can be seen here, https://www.ana-cooljapan.com/contents/cosplay/ Unfortunately, their campaign doesn’t seem well planned, especially with the title, “Is Japan Cool?”. I’ll let you answer that for yourself. The photo above is from the 2012 Taiwan contingent on the red carpet event in the hot August morning.
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This Photo of the Week comes from the World Cosplay Summit. It was on on the weekend just gone. This year I was unfortunately busy with other things, and so I couldn’t go myself. Today I learnt on Twitter that the Italian team had won the competition, well done to them. Though this is a past photo, and I may have already shown this as a POTW before, it is my absolute favourite cosplay photo. This fan, like most others, would have spent many, many long hours preparing this one particular outfit, and then perhaps equally lots and lots of money buying all the materials to make it herself. No wonder why the sewing machine manufacturer has sponsored this event in the past. So, I present to you Misa Misa from the fantastic comic book and TV series, also made into a fantastic movie, Death Note. For this, and more see my World Cosplay Summit portfolio, and previous cosplay blog posts for more info.
Many of my World Cosplay Summit 2012 photos are located between my agent’s website Asia Photo Connection by Henry Westheim and my PhotoShelter portfolio in the World Cosplay Summit, World Cosplay Summit 2010, and World Cosplay Summit 2012 galleries.
The World Cosplay Summit (WCS) is this weekend in Nagoya. It’s an international celebration of the Japanese comic book industry. The cosplayers make their own costumes based on characters in popular comic books (aka “manga”). Usually, the fans will dress up and sport their best with other cosplayers, and the international competitors do a performance on a stage in front of a huge crowd of about 10,000 spectators, and perhaps a million on TV. A notable sponsor is Brother, the sewing machine company.
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]