Cosplay Taking Over the Streets of Osaka, Japan

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Imagine so many cosplayers and people to see them that busy Osaka streets are shut down completely in celebration of Japanese nerddom. That’s awesome.

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This Sunday saw the 12th annual Nipponbashi Street Festa in Osaka, Japan. This year, like in the past, the streets are closed off for pedestrians. By that, I mean cosplayers, photographers, and those keen to absorb the festivities.

I went to the first Street Festa ages ago and each year, the event gets bigger and bigger.

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Things can get incredibly crowded at peak hours. [Image: 2ch]
Things can get incredibly crowded at peak hours. [Image: 2ch]

Via Twitter, here are some of the best Street Festa cosplay and goings-on of this year.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Always wanted to check out Osaka. I’ve heard it produces more than its share of Japan’s comedians.