Most non-Japanese would name cars and electronic gadgets as being the most well-known exports from Japan. In the last few years, another export has gain popularity, particularly in North America. Known as Cosplay–shortened for ‘costume play’–participants dress themselves in elaborate costumes of their favourite characters. These characters may be from novels, comic books, Manga and fantasy movies. The participants are called ‘cosplayers‘ and parade around in costume, trying to emulate in trait and in form their favourite character.
Thanks to www.japanvisitor.com for the great pic.