We’ve racked up about 2.5 months since last we published one of these galleries, and the timing works: we tend to do it on Japanese holidays. Today’s gallery celebrates one player in particular: the very gifted and minimally costumed Ms. Ringo Mitsuki.
Really, it seems like yesterday, but it’s been more than two months since we brought readers a nice, succinct (lightly curated) cosplay gallery. While anytime is a good time for such things, since the Golden Week holidays are (kind of) starting tomorrow with Showa Day, we decided that putting up a bit more light reading - and viewing - was in order.
One of the great things about living in Japan is knowing that there are a neverending string of things that you’ll never fully understand. The Hikaru Skirt (“hikaru” just means “shining”) is a pretty good example thereof. But as goofy as these might be, they do catch (and keep) the eye!
Taking underwater photos of girls in bikinis wearing knee-high mecha-socks might be one of the better jobs ever to have been conceived in the history of work. And if one could also get those photos published in a book and sell it for money, the gig would definitely crack the top 10. Well, someone nailed it.
We are afforded the otakutastic luxury of slinging sushi socks for our friends at Tokyo Otaku Mode - which is way better than slinging Farmville or erectile dysfunction pills or linkbait A, B, or C, right? Absolutely right - these are high-quality products made right here in Japan of...high-quality sock parts! Check out Volume 2:
Iron Man first appeared as a minor character in 1963 in the United States, but outside of cult circles, the character was never very popular here in Japan. But oh boy has that changed. This is indeed the SECOND badass Japanese Iron Man variant we've seen in the last few months.
We are afforded the geektastic luxury of slinging sushi socks for our friends at Tokyo Otaku Mode - which is way better than slinging Farmville or boner pills or linkbait A, B, or C, right? Absolutely right - these are high-quality products made right here in Japan of...high-quality sock parts!
It’s far from coincidence that George Lucas and the original Star Wars team’s Darth Vader character so easily transforms into a stylized Japanese warrior. Just look at the samples of Zunari Kabuto helmets - it’s much easier to pick out the ones that don’t remind us of Luke’s father!
Our friends over at Tokyo Otaku Mode - the very same who've brought us sushi socks, Attack on Titan Jenga and 2015 calendars, Japanese-designed Iron Man and Daft Punk figurines, and much more - have assembled a pretty fantastic gallery of some very accomplished (in many ways) cosplayers. We picked out our 15 favorite shots to share, but do click through if you want more, more, more.
Once Again, it's J-Cosplay Day! Cosplay doesn't have a really specific place of origin, but most would say it began sort of concurrently as an American/Japanese phenomenon, then went global. Basically, it's anytime-doable Halloween. And often produces...beautiful people.