The World Cosplay Summit !?
The "World Cosplay Summit" was created to promote international exchange through the Japanese youth culture of manga and anime.
The free and dynamic nature of manga was instrumental in the birth of cosplay. Nowadays youth from around the world find this as a common language and a dynamic new form of global interaction. The World Cosplay Summit began in Osu, Nagoya and has grown to include 17 countries(this year 20 countries) from around the world. If you count audience and participants at each preliminary event, the number of people involved is now in the 100s of thousands.
For youth who have discovered Japan through manga and experienced Japanese culture through the medium of the World Cosplay Summit, we endeavor to continue the development of this new form of international exchange.
- From World Csplay Summit Official Site
Cospaly is not just "The Big Bang Theory". We have the World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya, Japan. Manga(Japanese comic book) and Anime(Japanese Animation) are new Japanese sub culture those days. And the Japanese Manga & Anime cosplay is a world phenomenon!
Actually Summit has a Cosplay championship!!
The World Cosplay championship begun in 2005 and is designed to determine a Grand Champion through stage performances by representative teams from each participating country. The championship is graded on the finish of the costume design and the teams performance on stage. Grand Champions from previous years are as follows:
- From World Cosplay Summit Official Site
What's wrong with America!! I thought you guys are the king of cosplay!! ha ha ha : )
I actually ran into Cosplay Summit attendants once in there. Really interesting. People were happy and seemed like they loved Japanese culture. So, I realised that it was really good cultural exchange.
If you are interested check the web.
World Cosplay Summit 2012
*This web doesn't have English....
World Cosplay Summit 2011
*This one has several languages.
It's a another interesting sub culture even for me. ; )