The World Cosplay Summit in NAGOYA – a Different Kind of Festival

The summer of 2013 welcomed the 11th installation of the World Cosplay Summit held in Nagoya, Japan. With its inception in 2003, the WCS is the longest running international cosplay event and boasts the greatest global reach of any similar gathering the world over.

If you have ever been to a Japanese cultural event or anime convention you have probably seen fans attending in some form of costume. The word cosplay is a portmanteau of the English words ‘costume’ and ‘play’. It has grown to be a hobby enjoyed by passionate fans the world over and holds a distinguished position in the anime and manga fandom of Japan. 24 countries and regions from around the world took part at WCS2013 – 20 as participants and 4 as observers. Representative teams are selected at partner events in a number of countries and larger nations such as Brazil, China, Mexico and the USA hold regional rounds which lead up to the national finals. In all a total of over 1,000,000 fans of Japanese culture attend WCS related events over the year. National representatives come to Japan to take part in over 20 separate events and the final championship final is held in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture.

World Cosplay Summit Fun

A fun-loving spirit permeates all facets of the World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya, Japan!

 

This year the WCS took place from July 26th until August 5th. Some of the events included a parade and stage show in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, and the Nishiki Street Red Carpet Parade in Nagoya. The parade in the Osu Kannon shopping district is a highlight event and drew approximately 1000 cosplayers from around Japan and abroad who were cheered on by a crowd of thousands more as participants snaked through the covered arcades. The championship itself was held in the center of Nagoya at the breathtaking semi outdoor venue Oasis 21. Cosplayers gathered at the venue early to take photos and enjoy the festive atmosphere before the championship started up in the evening. The event culminated with the championship and Italy was crowned victor for the 3rd time in history with a passionate performance from the classic Mazinger Z series.

The Nishiki Street Red Carpet Parade is a highlight of the World Cosplay Summit.

The Nishiki Street Red Carpet Parade is a highlight of the World Cosplay Summit.

 

With its inspiration found in the 2005 Aichi Expo, the World Cosplay Summit is a unique event dedicated to the enjoyment of costuming characters from the video games, manga and anime of Japan. Fans of cosplay or those looking for a summer festival that is a little different from the standard fare are heartily invited to take in the spectacle while in Japan. The championship weekend falls on the first week of August every year but the event runs for over a week at various locations leading up to the grand finale. There are plenty of opportunities for fans to take part for free, cheering the participants on in 3 different parades, a plethora of stage events and even a photo opportunity on the Sky Deck at Central Japan International Airport – all accessible without the hassle of buying a ticket. The championship itself is the climax event and there are tickets available for seating in front of the stage or lots of free viewing space around the venue to take in the spectacle. Taking a shot from the floating lake rooftop of the Oasis 21 venue with the Nagoya TV Tower in the background would fittingly complete a memorable trip to this very special summer event.

38 comments
Glauci Grohs
Glauci Grohs

Hey, look...Brasilians cosplayers! :) Ó nóis aí!! haha

Soren D
Soren D

if you were a model probably aspiring to be an actress, and had to carry a sign at a cosplay event for gaijin otaku... you probably would have the same expression lol ;)

Mikie Nishikaw
Mikie Nishikaw

名古屋で??なんで名古屋?繋がりがわからん

Lukky Susanto
Lukky Susanto

Awesome,, I remember in the month "again this season Japanese eel ,,,i like unagi...oishii

Joanna Boese
Joanna Boese

I also think it's VERY awful they only hold the US contest in New York! There's a lot of great ones spread out over this land, and it's not fair as we can't get to NY. :( Why not hold it in the major cities and have a big finalist competition?

Steven Brattman
Steven Brattman

I remember. I got caught in that rain at the nice zoo there.

Christel Boon
Christel Boon

Toch een keer Nagoya plannen dan? Mark Janssen

Hali Kay Wise
Hali Kay Wise

I didn't say she IS unhappy, I just said she LOOKED unhappy. There is a difference in my word choice. I was just joking, hence the "lol" part I added. So don't start attacking me over something so trivial. Anyways, Nagoya is indeed a very nice place; I've been there! It is really hot during the summer though.

ディッカウ イェンツ
ディッカウ イェンツ

Yes, I know that it's there every year. I've been to Nagoya three years ago. Unfortunately, it was raining most of the time.

Brieanna Galindo
Brieanna Galindo

she just said she looked unhappy. doesn't mean she is saying she is for a fact unhappy. sheesh calm down.

Remi Leibovic
Remi Leibovic

<3 another reason why I must go to this place

Heather Lewis
Heather Lewis

So just because she's not smiling she's unhappy? Please, that's not how faces work.

Tarek Naguib
Tarek Naguib

When thugs event is gonna happen.... I will be in Nagoya in 3 weeks.

Hali Kay Wise
Hali Kay Wise

The person who is carrying the sign looks really unhappy, lol!