Have you ever heard about ‘Cosplay’? ‘Cosplay’ comes from the words ‘Costume Playing,’ where young men and women dress themselves up as their favorite character in the TV animations or comics. Originally it’s one of Japanese subcultures but now has become so popular that “World Cosplay Summit (WCS)” is held every year and even is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Tourism Agency.
Last Sunday I went to Toshimaen amusement park near Ikebukuro with two of my daughters.
I didn’t expect but I saw a couple of cosplayers at near the gate. Originally I thought that the staffs were cosplaying to entertain their guests.
I was wrong. When we stepped in Toshimaen, many cosplayers were there. They were enjoying by themselves acting as their favorite characters. They took photos each other and they also posed in front of the camera with guests, usually for kids.
Of course I took a picture with the most Kawaii (pretty) girl.
If you like cosplay, check at Toshimaen! Harajuku is more famous for ‘Cosplay’ among the tourists, but Toshimaen is maybe a secret place to see them. (Or cosplay like them?!)
Toshimaen (としまえん) http://www.toshimaen.co.jp/ (Japanese only)