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The Evolution of Cosplay from Japanese Culture to Global Culture -A Comparison and Analysis of Global Cosplay-

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2018, (77), pp.61-80
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..77.201805.61
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : March 31, 2018
  • Accepted : May 9, 2018
  • Published : May 31, 2018

Kim, Tae-Yeon 1

1오사카대학교

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ABSTRACT

Once an idiosyncratic subculture in Japan, cosplay has developed into a global phenomenon. Costuming catapulted into popularity to become a significant aspect of popular culture in Japan in the 1980s, when anime and manga fandom embraced it as a favored form of expression. In order to understand cosplay as a global phenomenon, cosplayers from various countries were interviewed in 2013 and 2017. Based on the interviews from both years, changes were compared across seven countries by analyzing cosplay characteristics of nine countries. The results confirmed the continued spread of the cosplay phenomenon around the world, and revealed the development of distinct cosplay cultures and characteristics that shared similarities to, but were also distinct from, the Japanese model. In summary, though the modern form of cosplay stems from Japan and has since spread across the world, it has undergone a process of diffusion to emerge as a generalized culture shared by the world.

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