The Unwritten Invitation of Hatsume – Come Dressed to Play

Enter the gardens of the Morikami for Hatsume Fair on April 1 & 2, and you can be guaranteed a few things – lively crowds, dynamic taiko drumming and an array of all things Japanese – from food to games to art.

However, what you might not expect are the costumes. At Hatsume, people who enjoy “cosplay,” or costume play, walk around in full regalia with accessories, wigs, makeup, boots and even masks. So just what is this all about?

Cosplay is a fun mixture of Halloween (where we have a chance to dress up as someone or something else), anime (the art of Japanese animation) and ultimate fan-dom flattery (we get to BECOME our favorite anime character)! If you’re not familiar with anime, Google it. It’s everywhere.

On the Morikami grounds, you might run into a live Naruto, a blond Ninja who dreams of leading his village; or Ichigo Kurosaki, a red-headed human with Shinigami (death god) powers; or the humanoid robot, Motoko Kusanagi of “Ghost in the Shell,” which has inspired a new movie starring Scarlett Johansson.

Seriously, anime is everywhere.

Worldwide, cosplay is major. The United States experiences the craze at Comic-Con, where fans show up dressed as their favorite Marvel, Star Wars, Star Trek or DC Comics character. (You know who you are.) Cosplay at Hatsume simply has a decidedly Japanese flavor, which is to be expected and which adds to the cultural fun of the festival.

To celebrate the crazy imagination and genius of these fans, Hatsume Fair will hold a costume/cosplay contest. Winners will be rewarded for their artistry, craftsmanship and bravery. After all, it takes a special kind of person to do cosplay with attitude and originality.

Proper cosplay decorum: Don’t point and/or stare, and definitely don’t be afraid.

Instead, politely ask, if you’re curious – “You look so cool. Who are you?” Then, snap a picture with your new cosplay, anime, Ninja, warrior/fighter/colorful friend and tag the photo #Hatsume17 #cosplay #Morikami #youshouldbehere

See you at Hatsume!

April 1 & 2, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Rain or Shine

Purchase Tickets Here

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