CultureFestival for Cosplayers! World Cosplay Summit 2011

In August 2011, the summer heat of Nagoya greeted cosplayers from all over the world. Hundreds of thousands of people from 17 nations from all around the world participated in events at the World Cosplay Summit including parades and the World Cosplay Championship.

Cosplay

Cosplay, the abbreviation of “costume play,” in which “cosplayers” dress up in costumes of anime or game characters, has many young fans not only in Japan but also in many countries around the world. The annual World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya was first held in 2003. This year marked its 9th year.

Cosplayers' parade

Cosplayers from countries from all over the world first attended a parade in Sakae, Nagoya’s entertainment district, on Saturday, August 6. They walked along a red carpet, proudly showing their costumes to the audience. Mr. Takashi Kawamura, mayor of Nagoya City, and Mr. Hideaki Omura, governor of Aichi Prefecture, both in cosplay costumes, welcomed all the international cosplayers. In the afternoon, more than 500 cosplayers paraded through the Osu Shopping Mall, receiving rousing cheers from the audience.

2011 Grand Champion

On the following day, Sunday, August 7, the 2011 Grand Champion was decided. The venue, Oasis 21, where the festival reached its climax was inundated with anime and game fans. Although given only 2½ minutes each for a stage performance, the representative teams gave unique performances. The JAM project, comprised of popular Japanese voice actors, livened up the event with anime songs. As 17,000 visitors watched, the Olivas, a brother and sister pair from Brazil in FINAL FANTASY XII costumes won the championship.

Visit Nagoya!

Cosplay has promoted international communication among anime and game fans all over the world. What will happen in Nagoya next year? Visit Nagoya to witness who will win the exciting 2012 World Cosplay Championship!

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