Digital Discovery, Japan, Pentax 645D, Photography
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Cosplay in Tokyo

Young man sketching on the street in Shibuya

Young man sketching on the street in Shibuya

I’m in Shibuya when I see a young man sketching outside the 109 building. I ask if he is a fashion design student (they sometimes come to Shibuya for inspiration) but it turns out he is American and he’s in Tokyo for a manga convention. The convention is taking place over at Odaiba on the other side of the city. I ask if there will be people dressed up as anime and manga characters (Cosplay). He says yes, and I know exactly where I need to go next.

There's a strange symbiosis between the cosplay dresser and cosplay photographer.

There's a strange symbiosis between the cosplay dresser and cosplay photographer.

I arrive in Odaiba and it’s all a little surreal. I don’t go into the exhibition hall, but wander around outside through a sea of fake eyelashes, colored contact lenses and little rolling suitcases. There are plenty of other people taking photographs but being a gaijin and holding a camera the size of Texas does mean you get eye contact.

Tokyo Cosplay

Tokyo Cosplay

Tokyo Cosplay

Tokyo Cosplay

Tokyo Cosplay

Tokyo Cosplay

Cosplay in Tokyo

Cosplay in Tokyo

Digital Discovery #7

If you are not trying to do self portraits in the pupil of the model, best not to wear a bright yellow T-shirt.

Yellow t-shirt self portrait ( Pentax 645D crop)

Yellow t-shirt self portrait ( Pentax 645D crop)

Digital Discovery #8

The shutter sound of the 645D is not even close to that of the 67II. Similar to a police siren, the 67II has the ability to make people move out the way simply by the amount of noise it makes. Comparatively the 645D is like a ninja on thick carpet.

3 Comments

  1. Loving the cosplay scene (well, the viewing side, not the taking part!). Shame we don’t have more of it here in Okinawa, although the weather’s probably not too suitable for most of it. I remember walking through a park in Asakusa and seeing some folks out in costume. Headed over and snapped a photo or 2 and then left them in peace.

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