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On Sunday, the streets of Osaka’s geek area Nipponbashi were overrun with cosplayers, photographers, and rubberneckers.

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Last year, an estimated 250,000 people showed up. I’m betting even more were on hand this year.

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Once again, the cosplay was terrific. (Though, as reader Yotsuba&Tochan points out, there was reportedly an incident with a cosplayer getting groped, which is awful.)

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That second to last image isn’t photographer cosplay, but it might as well be.


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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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