A Cosplay is subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga, anime, tokusatsu, and video games, and, less commonly, Japanese live action. The popularity of cosplay in Japan encourages the misconception that cosplay is specifically Japanese or Asian hobby. The term “cosplay”, though Japanese in origin, described a phenomenon which was witnessed in the United States. Costuming has had a widespread following and continues to experience growing popularity in North America and Europe, and has more recently spread throughout South America and Australia.
Nepal is set to host its first Cosplay event on the 6th February 2010 with the event starting at 13:00pm. This will take place at the popular joint Club Platinum in the Yak and Yeti Hotel premises.
“Nepal hasn’t really hit it off in terms of Cosplay till now. But we just didn’t want Nepal to lag behind in this worldwide phenomenon, and it’s always been a dream of mine to take part in or host an event such as this in Nepal,” says Miki Tanaka, one of the organizers of the event.
She also hopes that the cosplay culture will grow because there are a lot of people who watch anime and the like, but they can’t properly cosplay to show their love of the characters because it’s socially awkward right now.
“I’m currently looking for potential investors,” jokes Miki. She hopes that there will be more cosplay events, and Nepal will take up the trend.
The cosplay-themed party is scheduled for Feb 6 at Club Platinum at 1 pm with the entrance fee of Rs 399. But cosplay isn’t compulsory if one simply wants to join the party.
Miki’s tips for potential cosplayers:
- Don’t be afraid or get embarrassed when you cosplay. People might try criticize you, but remember there’s nothing there to feel that way about.
- If it’s your first time cosplaying, stick to simple costumes.
- Boys, don’t be afraid to use makeup.
- Portray a realistic image of the character when you cosplay.
- Above all else, enjoy cosplaying.
Its ambitious, yet achievable. I hope the team have a positive start and remember, HEAVY PROMOTION, FRIENDS-OF-FRIENDS, WORD OF MOUTH and lastly dont be put off if it doesnt go well this year. 🙂 To Join the Facebook Group; click here