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Cosplay

Cosplay, a contraction of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture and a broader use of the term "cosplay" applies to any costumed role-playing in venues apart from the stage. Any entity that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject and it is not unusual to see genders switched. Favorite sources include manga and anime, comic books and cartoons, video games, and live-action films and television series.

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The rapid growth in the number of people cosplaying as a hobby since 1990s has made the phenomenon a significant aspect of popular culture in Japan and some other parts of Asia and in the Western world. Cosplay events are common features of fan conventions and there are also dedicated conventions and local and international competitions, as well as social networks, websites and other forms of media centered on cosplay activities.

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When can we see the cosplayer?

In Japan there are a lot of cosplayer, so we can see them sometimes. The most high probability area you can is "AKIHABARA". Everyday we can see the cosplayer in AKIHABARA. On the other hand, we have the day which we can see more and more cosplayers. This is "Comic Market Event". "Comic Market" will be held several times a year. The next Comic Market is scheduled to be held in 2016 on 29-December at the Tokyo Big Sight to 31.

Comic market

Comiket (コミケット Komiketto), otherwise known as the Comic Market (コミックマーケット Komikku Māketto), is the world's largest dōjinshi fair, held twice a year in Tokyo, Japan. The first Comiket was held on December 21, 1975, with only about 32 participating circles and an estimated 600 attendees.Attendance has since swelled to over a half million people.
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It is a grassroots, DIY effort for selling dōjinshi, self-published Japanese works. As items sold in Comiket are considered very rare (because dōjinshi are seldom reprinted), some items sold at Comiket can be found in shops or on the Internet at prices up to 10 times the item's original price, and in certain cases, more than 100 times. The continuing operation of Comiket is the responsibility of the Comic Market Preparatory Committee (ComiketPC).

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<blockquote>Comic Market is held twice a year; once in August, and once in December. These are typically referred to as NatsuComi (<span class="t_nihongo_kanji" lang="ja" xml:lang="ja">夏コミ</span> <i>Natsukomi</i><sup class="t_nihongo_help noprint"><span class="t_nihongo_icon">?</span></sup>) and FuyuComi (<span class="t_nihongo_kanji" lang="ja" xml:lang="ja">冬コミ</span> <i>Fuyukomi</i><sup class="t_nihongo_help noprint"><span class="t_nihongo_icon">?</span></sup>) (contractions of Summer and Winter Comiket) respectively. <i>NatsuComi</i> is three days long, and usually is held during the weekend around August 15.<i>FuyuComi</i> is two to three days long, and usually is held between December 28 and 31. The current convention location is the Tokyo Big Sight convention center near Ariake, in Odaiba, Kōtō, Tokyo. The major part of the convention runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., though the company booths run all the way until 5 p.m. On the last day of the convention, the company booths and Cosplay Square close an hour earlier, at 4 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively. Due to the popularity of the event, the official Comic Market website advises first-time attendees to arrive in the afternoon to avoid having to wait in line. Those arriving at 10 a.m. can expect to wait in line for about an hour before being able to enter. Attendees who arrive on the first train can expect to wait about five hours before entering at roughly 10 or 10:30 a.m.
The most recent Comiket event, Comiket 90, was held on August 12-14 in 2016.
Quotation: wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comiket, 1st-Sep 2016)</blockquote>

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