Dress Up And Get Down To The Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival

Dress up and get down to the Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay FestivalGhosties, ghoulies, heroes, villains and cuties will make the Tokyo district of Ikebukuro the capital of cosplay this fall with a huge Halloween street party.
The 2015 Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 1 in the area near the east exit of JR Ikebukuro Station.

The festival debuted in 2014 with about 52,000 people attending, including 10,000 in cosplay from both Japan and overseas. Another 250,000 fans watched the action streamed live on the Niconico Live website.

The festival goers descended on the busy streets of the Ikebukuro neighborhood in Tokyo's Toshima Ward dressed in costumes modeled after their favorite characters from manga, anime and video games.

Ikebukuro has recently become a new hub of subculture trends, with the so-called Otome Road, an area lined with anime shops mainly for female enthusiasts, at its center. The cosplay event is aimed at stimulating the neighborhood economically and promoting cultural exchanges through cosplay.

In 2014, the festival created an economic ripple effect to the tune of about 1 billion yen ($8 million), according to the organizers.

A dressing area will be provided this year to enable cosplayers to change in and out of their costumes.

As well as flaunting their exotic outfits in the streets, cosplayers also visit shops in the neighborhood including Niconico Honsha and Animate.

In addition to photo shoot sessions on a main street, the Niconico Cospllection fashion show is held as well as other live stage acts and a street parade. The festival will be streamed live online on Niconico Live.