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Cosplayers Invade Osaka

March 20 saw the largest public cosplay event Osaka has experienced so far. This year’s Nippon Street Festa Osaka attracted an incredible crowd.

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Never before did I see Osaka’s Nipponbashi area this crowded. Even on the back-streets it was difficult to walk because of the large number of people. The few suicidal drivers who insisted on entering the area certainly regretted it dearly.

The former electronics store district, now a haven for figure shops, comic stores and maid cafe’s, celebrated its fifth Nippon Street Festa Osaka. As in previous years it was combined with the Nipponbashi Cosplay Matsuri.

The two events are clearly becoming well-known. Even among foreign visitors. There were far more than in previous years, although they are still clearly a tiny minority.

Have a look at the photographs of this amazing cosplay event.

The same advice as last year: Put this event in your April calendar for 2010!

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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