It's Summer And Time To Cosplay In Japan

Every August, the twice-yearly Comic Market gets underway in Tokyo. Besides fan-created comics, it draws numerous cosplayers who brave the heat to show off their outfits.

Tokyo gets incredibly hot in August, so big respect to the cosplayers in the heavier outfits.

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Comic Market cosplay is always a good gauge to see what’s popular in Japan. This year, there’s more Pokémon cosplay than usual, which makes sense with Pokémon Go out now and Pokémon Sun and Moon right around the corner.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.

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