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theBrilliance * : What is Cosplay ?

theBrilliance * is a fun and educative, discovery segment that focuses on single information such as definitions, meaning and classifications.


Japan is generally credited as the origin of cosplay, but there are no actual facts of when the cosplay culture started. The credit for coining the word ‘cosplay’ seems more apparent though… although there are a few versions on how it was created, the credit goes to Nobuyuki Takahashi when he first used the word in some Japanese magazines in 1983/1984.

Cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime. Cosplay started in 1984, Nobuyuki Takahashi, founder of Studio Hard, attended the 42nd Worldcon in Los Angeles. He was impressed with the masquerade and reported on it in My Anime, coining the term kosupure (from which cosplay is derived) in the process. The term “cosplay” was coined in Japan in 1984, meaning “costume” and “play”. Cosplay is very popular among all genders. It was inspired by and grew out of the practice of fan costuming at science fiction conventions, beginning with Morojo’s “”futuristicostumes” created for the 1st World Science Fiction Convention in New York City in 1939.


As stated above, costuming had been a fan activity in Japan from the 1970s, and it became much more popular in the wake of Takahashi’s report. The new term did not catch on immediately, however. It was a year or two after the article was published before it was in common use among fans at conventions. It was in the 1990s, after exposure on television and in magazines, that the term and practice of cosplaying became common knowledge in Japan

Image : SACHI. PHOTOGRAPHY CHRISTOPHER LEVY.

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