Since the burst of Japanese culture in anime, games and manga, came the global conventions and exhibitions to showcase these well-received worldwide arts. We take a look at some of the most prominent and famous Cosplay conventions and events of them all!
Anime Festival Asia – Singapore / Indonesia (Jakarta)/ Thailand (Bangkok)
The largest anime and manga event held in Southeast Asia, spread across 3 countries during 3 different months. As J-Pop culture continues it’s build-up in the nearby asian countries, don’t be surprise to see more and more of these events popping up.
Gamescom – Germany (Cologne)
Germany’s Gamescom is more of an exhibition for gaming (it’s also one of the largest by the way). But when you have 345,000 visitors and 700 exhibitors from 88 countries attending it, it would be ridiculous if there isn’t any Cosplayer around. It is so huge, you have to see it to believe.
Japan Expo – France (Paris & Marseille & Orleans) / USA (Santa Clara California) / Belgium (Brussels)
THE Japan culture event outside Japan itself. This yearly cosplay event easily clock in 200k+ visitors over a 4 day period. It first started off at Paris, before it’s overwhelming popularity became a must in USA and Belgium. Plan this first before anything else on your next trip to France or Belgium.
Comic Con – United States (San Diego Comic-Con International & New York Comic Con) / United Kingdom (MCM London Comic Con) / Australia (Oz Comic Con)
One of the biggest in the world, it is practically a must to attend once in your lifetime if you are a comic and manga fan. With crowds coming in by the hundreds of thousands, producers and developers use this opportunity to showcase the latest and upcoming games and movies. Cosplayers comes in droves, the entire hall is basically packed to the brim.
AnimeJapan – Japan
Although it only started in March 2014, AnimeJapan is a combination of the previous world renowned Tokyo International Anime Fair and Anime Contents Expo. It’s crowd number is staggering, in fact, it had 135,323 attendance in 2016! Each event easily house more than a hundred exhibitors, but hey, this is Japan, the home of anime and manga that we are talking about.