Tag Archives: Nagoya

World Cosplay Summit Shows Off Itasha Cars

The World Cosplay Summit, held annually in Nagoya, is a chance for some of the world’s best cosplayers to get together, represent their respective countries and make some great friends along the way. One of the other attractions however are the itasha cars that show up at the event. Itasha is the practice of covering your car in decals with your favourite anime, manga or video game characters. It’s always a head turning experience when you see one in Japan and having them at WCS is no exception.

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It’s not for everyone…but Japandaman loves it and wants to do this to his car!!

World Cosplay Summit 2013 Event Trailer

Cosplay is loads of fun to do, some people love dressing up as their favourite anime/manga/game character just for fun while others elevate it that bit more and do it competitively.

With that in mind, countries across the globe have been holding their own cosplay contests with the end goal being to represent their nation in the upcoming 2013 World Cosplay Summit which is due to take place in Nagoya, Japan during the first week of August. This competition is huge with approximately 20 nations taking part in an even that is a standout on cosplay calendar. The event also has its own mascot which you can see below.

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Here’s a trailer advertising the global event. Looks like a great event to be a part of.

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Perfume Readies For Japanese Tour

It seems to be the time for Japanese artists to commence touring with the news that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has started hers and now, Perfume has announced that they’ll be touring as well.


Due to kick off in May, the 3 girl member group have also released the groups they’ll be taking on tour with them. They consist of Saito KazuyoshiOkuda Tamio, and MAXIMUM THE HORMONE. The live tour will be called “Zutto Sukidattanjake~ Sasurai no Men Kata Perfume FES!!“ and will consist of 6 performances across three Zepp music halls in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.

Perfume released the following statement advising why they selected these artists to accompany them on their tour, “MAXIMUM THE HORMONE-san, who we have determined since ago that ‘if we ever hold a live with other artist, it would be them!’ Our senior from the same hometown, Okuda Tamio-san who has performed our ‘Laser beam’ at Itsukushima Shirine, and Saito Kazuyoshi-san who we have loved one-sidedly for a long time. Since we received this opportunity, we are planning to do some kind of collaboration with them!!

These tickets will prove to be popular with fans, so if you’re in Japan and want to check them out, dates and venues below.

May 29, 2013 (Wed) Zepp DiverCity TOKYO
May 30, 2013 (Thu) Zepp DiverCity TOKYO
Perfume / Saito Kazuyoshi

June 4, 2013 (Tue) Zepp Nagoya
June 4, 2013 (Tue) Zepp Nagoya
Perfume / Okuda Tamio

June 17, 2013 (Mon) Zepp Namba
June 17, 2013 (Mon) Zepp Namba

Butler Cafe In Nagoya Sees Lots Of Interest

Butler cafes aren’t a new thing in Japan with the first one opening in 2006, may people thinking they wouldn’t last but like everything that’s cool and different in Japan, they managed to find their niche market.

Recently a tweet hit the Twitterverse regarding a new butler cafe that was to be opened in Nagoya.

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When translated, it says “A butler cafe called “Butler’s House” will open in Nagoya. I went to their home page and it’s interesting. Their wanted page says applicants in their teens and twenties can not be a butler. They can only be a footman, a doorman or be a supporting cast. All butlers will be in their thirties to fifties. Who can be happy about this? ME!!!”

This post was retweeted by other people 11,396 times by the 1st of March while the official Twitter page has garnered over 8000 followers. People wishing to apply also need to have experience in the hospitality industry and food business. They’re also looking at hiring women but not in the style of Moe or Akihabara maid cafes. They’re looking at the female applicants to be at least over 50 years of age while one of the primary responsibilities will be to look after the children of the guests.

There is anticipation that the cafe will be a hit with the burgeoning ‘otome’ audience, otome meaning maidens. This will be a place where women can get together and leave the real world hassles behind as they’re waited on hand and foot. This should also do something towards helping Japan’s unemployment in the mature age bracket. Check out the official page of the site and sign up for the newsletter so it shows them that people are interested ti help them succeed.

Monster Hunter Festa Wraps Up

Monster Hunter Festa, set in Nagoya, Japan, recently wrapped up for the year with some great pics taken by fans below in the gallery. For those in the dark, MHF is basically a themed convention where it’s laden heavy with Monster Hunter goodness. This is where all the big news are announced and delicious themed food to be had. This is something else I didn’t know existed and will be adding to my list of things to do when in Japan. Makes me want to start playing Monster Hunter Freedom Unite again! Massive gallery below with tons of pics thanks to Capcom Unity.