Cosplay event in Tokyo, Ikebukuro
Finally found a cosplay event in Tokyo that I happen to be here for. A lot of people already know about Comiket and Anime Japan, but for the first time I found an event that seems to be all about cosplay cosplay cosplay!
Animate Girls’ Fest this year is going on at the same time as an event called Acosta . I’m not sure if this is a regularly scheduled annual thing, and I have no idea what any of the events really are either. I could tell there are exhibitors selling things, but a lot of the website is built with images that therefore can’t be translated by Google Translate. (You’re doing terribly if you put text inside images… it also doesn’t scale for mobile when you do that. Stop this trend, Japan!!!)
There are at least 10,000 people here – possibly a lot more. I’m not sure what the actual registration numbers are of people going into the AGF festival – but there are definitely thousands and thousands of people hanging around outside near Sunshine City’s entrance by the stairs.
I’m curious what the officially published numbers are, and if Acosta itself keeps track of numbers outside of the AGF festival. It’s also very hard to tell who is actually a paid participant in the event; it seems like Acosta expects people to register for a badge or sort of passport for the event – photographers and cosplayers alike – but this doesn’t seem enforced nor enforceable in many places as most of the cosplaying seems to take place outside in a mostly public space on the stairs of Sunshine City.
I saw several participants with paper entry tags that seemed to be related to their participation in the event, but 90% of people didn’t have them. I also saw some of the weirdest things, such as people recording their participation on a big tripod with a tiny flip phone attached…. oh Japan…