If you’ve discovered us, you may be interested in, currently involved in, or at least curious about the hobby of Costuming and Cosplay.
If you’ve never heard of cosplay, or cosplayers, this is a great time to get to know what it’s all about.
Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure?), short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play. A broader use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.
Favorite sources include manga and anime, comic books, video games and films. Any entity from the real or virtual world that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject. Inanimate objects are given anthropomorphic forms and it is not unusual to see genders switched, with women playing male roles and vice versa.
Although it’s often used to solely describe fans who recreate costumes from Japanese media, the term cosplay can be used to describe costumes worn by other hobbyists,. A few examples of this are,the costumes worn by historical recreation enthusiasts, sci-fi fans, zombie walk participants, LARPers, and steampunk fans.
The popularity of cosplay in Japan encourages the misconception that cosplay is specifically a Japanese or Asian hobby. The term “cosplay”, though Japanese in origin, was originally an American hobby from North America.
Despite its most popular demographic being that of teens and young adults, cosplay is a popular hobby that is enjoyed by people of all ages around the globe. The hobby in fact is so immensely popular now, that chances are you yourself either have, or you know someone who has “cosplayed”.
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