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Nagoya-City World Cosplay Summit 2020 ONLINE

Date : Held online Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, 2020
Laguna Cosplay Festival 2020 on Nov. 28, 2020

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The World Cosplay Summit 2020 will be held online through various media platforms on August 1st and 2nd.

A major festival of heroes and heroines embodying fantastic creatures!

"Cosplay," the portmanteau of "costume" and "play." A hobby with legions of adepts all over the world. And every year all those fans set their sights on Nagoya, keenly watching the whereabouts of arguably the most important event of this genre in the world, the World Cosplay Summit. What started as an obscure event in 2003 grew exponentially in the following years, finally gaining great media exposure in 2006 when Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) started to support the event. Its consolidation as a major event of Japanese culture came in 2008 when the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) engrossed its supporters' ranks. Nowadays, the event sees great numbers of participants, spectators, and fans, moving a multi-million yen industry that promotes culture, tourism, and international friendship.

World Cosplay Summit

The "cosplay" themes come from the inherent media in Japanese culture: anime, manga and games, Japan's great cultural export commodity, widely disseminated overseas. With their popularity growing impressively recently, youth cultures sprung up all over the world. The World Cosplay Summit is the stage where the most refined byproducts of this culture show their faces.

The whole event will encompass multiple venues, with several ceremonies, competitions, demonstrations and activities. The major highlights are the Underground Mall parade in the middle of Nagoya's central district of Sakae, the parade among the streets of Osu District - the pop culture cradle of Nagoya, and the great competitions with performances at the Aichi Prefectural Art Theater (Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art). Nagoya will literally stop for this great celebration of freedom of expression, inclusion, and diversity!

---------- November 28 (Saturday) ----------
• ["LAGU-COS" Laguna Cosplay Festival 2020]
•Time: Daytime 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM  Night 10:00 PM - 6:00 AM (next morning)
•Venue: Laguna Ten Bosch
•Summary: Photo shooting event with participants free to take pictures at will during day and night, everywhere around the facility! Check the official web site for details on locations inside the park.
*: Under-age guests (younger than 18 years of age) are not allowed to participate in the programs at night time.
*: Please cooperate with all coronavirus disease prevention measures in place at Laguna Ten Bosch.
*: Postponed from September 12, 2020.

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Date : Held online Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, 2020
Laguna Cosplay Festival 2020 on Nov. 28, 2020
Holding time : Opening Ceremony: August 1st (Saturday) 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Online Broadcasting Programs: August 1st (Saturday) 8:00 PM to August 2nd (Sunday) 8:00 PM
24 hour broadcast
*: Broadcasting venue not open to the public
Place : Online and at Laguna Ten Bosch. Please see schedule and official web site for details.
Location : Varies, please see schedule or click the links to each respective venue page below.
Fee : Changes depending on the event (some free, others require ticket purchase)
Parking : Availability changes depending on the venue
Restrooms : Available
Phone number : 052-962-2003
Streaming Platforms : Nico Nico Live, WCS Official YouTube, Twitch, etc.

Note: This page may not be current due to update time differences between site databases.
Should accuracy be critical, please verify this information using a direct source, whenever possible.


  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    •Laguna Ten Bosch
    From Gamagori Station of the JR Tokaido Main Line (board from Nagoya Station), take the free shuttle bus (15 min. ride) to Laguna Ten Bosch.
    *: Bus operation subject to change.

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