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Cosplay (コスプレ) is a Japanese abbreviation of "Costume Play" which has become a part of the English language. Cosplay is a popular subculture that involves wearing costumes inspired by video games, manga, anime, television and films.

Cosplay is heavily influenced by Japanese culture such as manga and anime but is popular in many countries throughout the world. In fact, the largest Cosplay conventions (or "cons") are in the United States and Europe.



Japanese cartoons are increasingly popular in Asia and the west for their original style and imaginative characters and storylines.

Bleach Doraemon Hayao Miyazaki

Body painting is considered to be one of the earliest forms of art. Body painting with mud and natural pigments was almost universal amongst tribal cultures around the world including African, South American, Native American and Pacific tribe peoples.

2009 World Body Painting Festival

Ghost in the Shell (攻殻機動隊) is anime / manga series following the Section 9 counter-terrorist team in a futuristic, cyberpunk Japan.
New York Comic Con is large fan convention held in NYC annually focusing on popular culture such as anime, manga and video games.
It is little wonder that Pac-man is still a popular costume some 30 years+ after the video game first debuted.
Princess Jasmine is one of the nine Disney princesses and is always a popular costume for Halloween and cosplay events.
Princess Leia is a popular and timeless costume. In particular, Slave Princess Leia is an attention grabber as you can see here ...
Snow White's iconic yellow skirt tends to be shorter in costumes than the cartoon.
Why is it that every time you see a dude in a stormtrooper costume he is surrounded by women. Are these guys on to something?
What could be more fun than dressing up as a tetris block and running wild through the streets. Tetris is one of the nerdiest costumes in existence but can be fun if you do it with enough friends.
Wookie costumes are not cheap with even the budget version being $1000+.
Silent Hill is a horror video game that has been popular ever since its first release way back in 1999.

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