Costume players from China, Italy and Brazil paid a courtesy visit to the Japanese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, before the 11th World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya. The participants from the three teams were dressed in the costumes of their favorite characters from Japanese animation “manga” comics and videogames and met with Parliamentary Vice Minister Kenta Wakabayashi.
The 11th World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya ends Saturday and joins participants from 20 countries, including Japan, Kyodo reports.
“While you have already become good friends of Japan who understand it well, I hope you to take this opportunity to become a bridge to connect your home country and Japan”, Wakabayashi said during a meeting with the performers.
Chen Xiaoying, a young Chinese woman dressed as a character from the “Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle” manga series, said that current soured Japan-China ties do not affect her pursuit of cosplay.
“When I first did cosplay, the trouble between Japan and China was quite worrisome, but I’m cosplaying with courage because this is what I like doing,” she said. “Issues between Japan and China don’t matter to me”, said the young woman.
The ministry has supported the annual event as an important tool to disseminate Japanese pop culture overseas. Also the foreign ministry is also in charge of awarding the trophy at the end of the nine-day competition.