As an expo promoting Japan and Japanese culture, Japan Expo: 1st Impact reached out for the first time to the United States during the August 23rd-25th weekend. As the Santa Clara Convention Center filled with karate & katana demonstrations, J-Pop musical performances, and the occasional rambunctious shouts of a cheer squad, attendees got a chance to notice some of their fellow attendees cosplaying from characters from various anime, manga, and video games.
With anime, manga, and video games being one of the most popular of Japanese pop culture, Japan Expo had plenty of ways to welcome and accommodate cosplayers wanting to show off their costumes including a dedicated cosplay stage for gatherings & photo opportunities as well as a costume contest on Saturday where cosplayers could show off their costumes to a large audience while possibly winning prizes for their craftsmanship or performance.
Japan Expo attendees were not the only ones who enjoyed seeing cospayers. Japan Expo had a variety of guests involved in the anime, manga, and video game industries who appreciated seeing characters that they designed being cosplayed such as Tatsuro Iwamoro's “Ace Attorney” characters. Even the anime distributors like FUNimation and Viz Media who were at Japan Expo got to appreciate the cosplayers dressed up as characters from the various titles that they had the rights to.
In addition to spotting cosplayers, Japan Expo was a weekend of opportunity for attendees to learn about Japan from classic & pop culture to opportunities to visit the country. As Japan Expo makes plans for 2014, what kind of anime cosplay and exhibits would you want to see there?