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The Nordic Cosplay Championships, 24 and 250714, Linkoping, Sweden

I did not know, until now, about

Cosplay

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until yesterday, when we decided to go to the event at

Campushallen

area of Linkoping University. I thought, on seeing the made-up people, that it was a kind of college event; only on googling about it did I realize that since 1990 or so, it's become an international event. What we saw yesterday (and the parade today, in the totally unusual 31 deg C heat and humidity) was the

Nordic Cosplay Championships


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Here's the

Facebook page


Here are people celebrating the Japanese influence in Cosplay:

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The wiki says:

"Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure?), short for costume play, is a performance art in which participants, called cosplayers, wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a unique name."

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"Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context."

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"Favorite sources include manga, anime, comic books, video games, and films."

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"Any entity from the real or virtual world that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject."

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"Inanimate objects are given anthropomorphic forms"

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"... and it is not unusual to see genders switched, with women playing male roles and vice versa. There is also a subset of cosplay culture centered on sex appeal, with cosplayers specifically choosing characters that are known for their attractiveness or revealing costumes."

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"There are social networks and websites centered on cosplay activities, while Internet forums allow cosplayers to share stories, photographs, news, and general information."

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"The rapid growth in the number of people cosplaying as a hobby since 1990 has made the phenomenon a significant aspect of popular culture. This is particularly the case in Asia, where cosplay influences Japanese street fashion."

I was thinking of asakiyume on both the visits, I somehow felt she would have enjoyed this far more than I did, knowing more about anime and manga than I do!

But there was a lot of colour and vibrant positive energy in the air.

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It was unfortunate that the heat and humidity...very unusual for Sweden; 31 deg C!....completely sapped my energy and enervated me...and brought the paint sweating out of this player!

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Yesterday we cycled up to it, and I was half-dead by the time I returned...today I took a bus, but still had to walk quite a bit to get to the venue.

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No..heat and humidity are NOT for me!



However, I did pics:

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Here

is my album on Facebook

and

here

are PC's excellent photographs! I was inhibited about asking people to pose, but he was not! I did not realize that in contrast with everyday situations, here, people were quite proud to pose in their costumes.
Tags: comics, customs, dresses, people, photography, tradition, travel
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