World Cosplay Summit 2010


Japan is getting ready for the 8th World Cosplay Summit

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The World Cosplay Summit will be held in Nagoya City from Saturday, July 31 through Sunday, August 1, and many countries are busily selecting their representatives. The annual international cosplay event aims to promote friendly international exchange through the paragon of Japanese pop culture, cosplay.

The first World Cosplay Summit was held in 2003 and it has been held annually ever since.

This year some 15 countries are expected to participate: Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and the USA.

In addition to the championships, there will be a red carpet event, a cosplay parade, a symposium and several promotional events. These often include a meeting with the Prime Minister.

Preparations are now underway for the Japan Preliminary Round.

The event is organized by the World Cosplay Summit Executive Committee and supported by several government agencies as well as a host of companies.

Top Photo: Young Japanese cosplayer dressed up as Rei Ayanami from the anime Evangelion at the World Cosplay Summit 2005 in Aichi, Japan. Photo Copyright ©2005 Kjeld Duits

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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Comment (日本語もOK)

I had no idea WCS was sponsored in part by the Japanese government. That’s… kind of amazing. o_o
It actually used to be my dream to perform at WCS. I don’t know… someday?

** searches the photo archive for cosplay **

Apr 12, 2010 (4683 days ago)

@kagitsune: By now you have probably noticed that we’ve got quite a few images of cosplayers in our photo-archive, but I have added this link just in case.

Yes, the Japanese government began supporting a lot of pop culture events after Foreign Policy magazine ran the article Japan’s Gross National Cool in 2002, a very influential article by Douglas McGray. That article made the term Cool Japan super cool!

Kjeld Duits (author)
Apr 12, 2010 (4683 days ago)

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