Over the weekend there was a cosplay and manga (漫畫) exhibition at the Sports Centre of NTU. Inside the sports centre there was a great array of stalls selling all kinds of manga and cosplay related books and paraphernalia.
However, the real action was outside where huge numbers of people gathered to do cosplay. Cameras were snapping off everywhere as people posed in their elaborate and beautiful costumes.
For those who don’t know what cosplay is a brief explanation is due. Cosplay is a contraction of the English words “costume” and “play”. It originated in Japan where people dress up as characters from manga, anime and video games. It is now quite popular in many countries around the world including Taiwan.
Here are some photos I took today. You can find some more at flickr.
I thought this young lady’s costume was exquisite. I am not sure which character she is playing, but it reminded me of the costumes of some of the ethnic groups of Southern China.
While many Taiwanese are obsessed with making their skin white, this guy was painted black.
This girl shows some real attitude.