The final day of the typical anime convention is usually the day when most cosplaying attendees are packing their costumes while checking out from their hotel rooms or are too tired after a weekend of fun to think about cosplay. But the halls of Japan Expo: 1st Impact in the Santa Clara Convention Center were still dotted with the colorful fabrics that were part of the costumes that several attendees wore during the Expo's final day on August 26.
Anime and cosplay are a couple of the biggest elements drawing the American youth to Japan, so it makes sense for Japan Expo to have a few outlets for them to take in such or show off their love of both elements. Anime industry guests like Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Gainax anime studio) and Masahiko Minami (BONES anime studio) showed off their past works and upcoming anime plans while Japan Expo had anime screenings like the third Rebuild of Evangelion film “You Can (Not) Redo.”
In addition seeing cosplayers wandering the halls & exhibits in their costumes, Japan Expo had a dedicated cosplay stage where people could photograph cosplayers and cosplay gatherings amid the Japan Expo backdrop. And despite being the final day of Japan Expo and having already held a Masquerade the day before, there was a new Masquerade cosplay contest where a new batch of costumes graced the main stage to show off their costumes to a larger audience.
Even if cosplay isn't your hobby or interest, Japan Expo has shown itself to be more than a typical anime convention. Originally organized in France 14 years ago, Japan Expo is a three-day expo where attendees can learn ways to visit Japan through tour packages, volunteer opportunities, and exchange programs. Japan Expo also presented several cultural aspects for attendees to experience and participate in to raise interest in visiting Japan like origami, folk dances, musical acts, and gaming. If you are interested in learning more about this immersive expo about Japan, be sure to check out Japan Expo's website.