Cosplay (コスプレ, kosupure), short for "costume play", is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Characters are often drawn from popular fiction in Japan. The term cosplay represents a contraction of the English words costume play. The term was coined by Nobuyuki Takahashi of the Japanese studio Studio Hard while attending the 1984 Los Angeles Science Fiction Worldcon. Cosplay at fan events likely originated in Japan in 1978. Cosplay nevertheless gets a mixed reception in Japan even today. Events in districts such as Akihabara draw many cosplayers, yet there is no shortage of people in Japan who regard cosplay as a frivolous endeavor.
One of the most remarkable features of the cosplay competition is that the suits are made by the fans themselves, they get the basic materials and sew them in order to demonstrate their dexterity and dedication. Another notable feature is that the cosplayers usually make performances or monologues to represent their characters, creating a spectacle that goes beyond just the costume.
In this competition, Tarasu Association will award the best cosplayers, bearing in mind the dress, action or interpretation..
General rules of Cosplay and Karaoke Competition: