Nipponbashi festival in Osaka, Japan

Neither David nor I are really a big fan of anime, manga or video games but at the same time we are very intrigued by this bizarre japanese pop culture that is very popular all over the world! And beside, I love jumping into a costume when ever I get the chance.

So I was hoping to participate in some kind of manga and cosplay festival in Japan when we were there in Mars-Mai 2014. Strangely I couldn’t find any information about an anime-theme festival before leaving!

A few weeks later when we were walking somewhere in Osaka city Picacho and Batman walked passed by us.

Nothing strange since we are in Japan I thought.

Then Mario and Luigi  passed by and walked at the same direction as Picacho and Batman. We honestly didn’t think anything weird about it until a group of super heroes caught our attention. They were walking aswell toward something so we were curious and discretely followed them from behind. They turn left, right and left around the corner and more and more super heroes, sexy maids and sexy school girls, dinosaurs, robots and other characters that are unfamiliar, emerged from nowhere.

I then happily realised that we were in the middle of a manga festival!

I was so excited but so annoyed at the same time! So excited to experienced an extraordinaire event…. in the mother land of manga, Japan! But annoyed because I wanted aswell to be walking around as a super hero!

There were shops where you can rent and buy costumes. But at the end it was raining quite a lot so I was happy to be in my winter jacket!

It was like being in a whole different world walking among these people dressing up like-I-don’t-know-what or who! 


Many of them really loved posing in front of an audience and photographs and they are not at all shy like the foreigners think a japanese can be!

We talked with a japanese about this. Since most of the japanese are shy, polite and very conservative cosplay is a way for them to become and play someone else and let go of themself! Perhaps that is why this is so popular in Japan? And we have heard that most of them spend a lot of time and money-making their own costume so the are really proud to show their creation in public.

Once at home I actually found some information about this festival. You can read about it here and here.

Now when we know the existence of this lively manga festival, next time we are going to Japan my daughter and I will be dressing like a…who wants to guess?!

And you guys, what manga character would you like to be for a day?



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  1. I can’t remember the specific place that are into video games. There are a lot of available for sale costumes in the street when I visited Japan. Some cosplayers are there too. Indeed Japan are known about this anime’s so much.

  2. I have never heard of manga festival .Just wonderful.I would love to be Wonderwoman!

  3. The manga festival looks amazing and sounds like lots of fun! Will keep it in mind when I plan my trip to Japan!

  4. Leigh Anne Borders Reply

    I have never been to one of these festivals but I have always been fascinated with the way people dress up to them. They seem to be such a big hit.

  5. The pictures are enough to tell about the enthusiasm with which this festival is celebrated in Japan. Would love to read about it more.

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