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Nagoya-City, Gamagori-City, Inuyama-City World Cosplay Summit 2018

Date : 07/28/2018 - 08/05/2018


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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 to Nagoya, who keenly watch 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 moves great numbers of participants, spectators, fans, moving a multimillion-industry that promotes culture, tourism and international friendship.

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The "cosplay" themes come from the inherent media in Japan cultural: anime, manga and games, Japan's great cultural export commodity, widely disseminated overseas. With their popularity growing impressively recently, youth cultures sprung 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 performance at the Dolphins Arena (Aichi Prefecture Gymnasium), with concurrent Cosplayers Venue at Oasis 21. Nagoya will literally stop for this great celebration of freedom of expression, inclusion and diversity!

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---------- July 28th (Saturday) ----------
• [LAGU-COS 2018]
•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 of age) are not allowed to participate the programs at night time.

A • [WCS2017 Opening Ceremony]
•Time: 4:00 PM
•Venue: Laguna Ten Bosch / Thousand Sunny
•Summary: Opening Ceremony commemorating the start of WCS2017
*: LAGU-COS ticket needed for using dressing rooms, which will be installed in Lagunasia, venue of the LAGU-COS2017.

B • [Anime Song DJ Night!]
•Time: 10:00 PM - 5:00 AM (of next day)
•Venue: Laguna Ten Bosch / Palace Stage
•Summary: Once again this year, the DJ booth will showcase "the feeling of a parallel universe only found here" with much enthusiasm in LAGUNASIA!! Participants can take part while dancing. They can also bring glow sticks and join in the dance! Let's have fun together until morning!

C • [Cosplay Runway Stage by Lagu-Cos participants] *Applications closed on 7/11*
•Time: July 29th 1:00 AM - 3:00 AM (Estimate)
•Venue: Laguna Ten Bosch / Art Theater
•Summary: A runway stage for cosplayers who enjoy performances will also be prepared! The venue will become a real performance stage! The recruitment of participant cosplayers has began since June 8. Please refer to the following entry form for application.

D • [Lagu-Cos Reporter] *Applications closed on 6/24*
•Time: during the entire event
•Venue: around the event venues
•Summary: This time, we are massively recruiting reporters who can cooperate with our LAGU-COS staff! We want a live reporting of events that strikes as "Interesting!", and it will be broadcasted on our various accounts such as Twitter, "Nico Nico Douga", Archive, and also, your own account! We would also like to spread the fascination of the event to people who were unable to attend this year's LAGU-COS! For those who are selected as reporters, in addition to receiving full complimentary tickets to LAGU-COS, our company will cover the round trip transportation fee.

E • [Let's dance Gymnastics of Japanese Style!]
•Time: July 29th 5:00 AM (Estimate)
•Venue: Laguna Ten Bosch / Center Pool Square
•Summary: Last year, we had radio exercises through the night that was extremely popular!! This year we intend to implement it again, and we hope we are allowed to.

F•[Lagu-Cos Participants' Cosplay Runway Stage]
•Venue: Laguna Ten Bosch / Art Theater
•Summary: The joy from dance is not limited to photography! A runway stage for cosplayers who enjoy performances will also be prepared! The venue will become a real performance stage!

Other events TBA

---------- August 1st (Wednesday) ----------
• [Meiji-Mura COSPLAY 2018]
•Time: TBA
•Venue: The Museum Meiji-Mura(1 Uchiyama, Inuyama-City)
•Summary: The entire Museum Meiji-Mura becomes the photo background!
*: Requires admission fee.
*: Normal operation day with concurrent admission of regular guests. Please check the rules for cosplay inside the facility.

---------- August 1st (Wednesday) ----------
• [Wedding Hall Photo Party - Bleu Leman Nagoya]
•Time: from 6:00 PM (details TBA)
•Venue: Bleu Leman Nagoya(2-37-7, Meieki, Nakamura-Ward)
•Summary: A wedding chapel that usually is not available for rent for cosplay photo shooting purposes will be especially open on this day!
*: Please see official web site for program and admission ticket pricing or availability.

---------- August 3rd (Friday) ----------
• ["CosuSami Zenyasai" WCS Eve Party & Cosplay Night Parade at Underground Mall]
•Time: TBA
•Venue: Central Park Mall, Sakae

---------- August 4th (Saturday) ----------
• [Cosplay Venue & Special Stage @ Oasis 21]
•Venues: Oasis 21, Nagoya TV Tower, Nagoya Castle and more
*: Some venues may require admission fee.

---------- August 5th (Sunday) ----------
• [Cosplay Venue & Special Stage @ Oasis 21]
•Venues: Oasis 21, Nagoya TV Tower, Nagoya Castle and more
*: Some venues may require admission fee.

• [Osu Cosplay Parade @ Osu Kannon Temple & Osu Shopping District]
•Time: Gathering @ 9:00 AM, Parade start @ 10:00 AM
•Starting point: Inside of the Osu Kannon Temple
•Route: Osu Kannon Temple - Osu Shopping District - Osu Kannon Temple
•Guests: WCS 2018 Cosplayer Representatives, general cosplayer public
•Fee: Free of charge
•Reception: Inside of the Osu Kannon Temple
*: One needs to present the cosplay wristband in order to take part in the parade.
*: For those who already got a changing room ticket, you can get your wristband from the changing room. Please refer the ticket information listed below.
*: For those who did not purchase a changing room ticket, you need to come to the reception to get a free cosplay ticket first. Then you can go to a nearby changing room to exchange the free cosplay ticket for a (cosplay) wristband. Please make sure to bring the wristband with you when you line up for the parade.

• [World Cosplay Championship 2018 - Final]
Time: 6:00 PM (Doors open at 5:00 PM)
Venue: Dolphins Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium), Nagoya City
Summary: Final competition for the World's No. 1 Cosplay Champion! Special guest singer Ichirou Mizuki (Singer)! Official Jury: Toru Furuya (Actor, Voice Actor, Narrator), Ichirou Mizuki (Singer), Daisuke Tsuda (Aichi Trienale 2018 Artistic Director), Tatsumi Inui (Cure World Cosplay Director), Cosplay Championsip 2017 Grand Prix WCS2017 Team China, and others.
*: Please see official web site for program and admission tickets pricing or availability.

• [Osu Cosplay Parade Notes]
•Schedule:
-9:00 AM - Lining up for cosplayers other than the representatives
-10:00 AM - Cosplay parade (by the cosplay representatives) begins
-10:30 AM - Cosplay parade (by cosplayers other than the representatives) begins
-12:00 AM - Cosplay parade ends
•Notes:
-Please keep hydrated and take care of yourself during the hot weather.
-For those who participate in the parade, the distribution of flyers or promotional activities of any kind is not allowed during the parade.
-Please follow the instructions of the staffs from the Osu Shopping District during the lining up and the parade.
-Under the direction of the Police, the parade will end and be dispersed promptly at 12 o'clock under any conditions.
-The parade venue is crowded with citizens and children. Therefore, we kindly ask you to refrain from wearing overly skimpy costumes, posing in a way that will reveal one's underwear, or taking photos from a low angle.
-Please follow cosplay manners and morals during all times. In case of doubt, please check the Official Web Site or seek the event organization committee for clarifications.

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EVENT OVERVIEW

Date : Various, please see schedule
Holding time : Various, please see schedule
Place : Various, please see schedule
Location : Various, please see schedule, or links to each respective venue page at the bottom of this page.
Fee : Changes depending on the event (some free, others require ticket purchase)
Parking : Availability changes depending on the venue
Restrooms : Available
Phone number : TEL 052-962-2003
FAX 052-962-2004

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.

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