Cosplay in Osaka

Nippon Street Festa Osaka, one of Osaka’s largest public cosplay events, took place on March 20. It was attended by some 200,000 people, of which more than 1,000 were actual cosplayers.

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Osaka’s Nipponbashi area used to be full of electronics stores, but some 15 years ago the number of customers buying anime movies started to increase and shops began to answer to that need.

By the end of the 1990’s, lots of figure and comic stores appeared, while maid cafe’s began to sprout up some 4 years ago.

These days Nipponbashi is full of stores with anime and manga related items and has become an otaku heaven, similar to Tokyo’s Akihabara.

To celebrate Nipponbashi’s new image, Nippon Street Festa Osaka, an annual cosplay event was started in 2005 by Osaka City and Den Den Town, Nipponbashi’s shopping district. It was a great hit attracting some 800 cosplayers and 150,000 visitors.

This year, the fourth Nippon Street Festa Osaka took place and it is now slowly becoming a famous event. I even ran into 4 non-Japanese cosplayers this time!

To get a taste of what Nippon Street Festa Osaka looks like, have a look at the photographs of this fun cosplay event.

Be sure to put this event in your April calendar for 2009!

Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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