Cosplay in Taipei
When I was younger (geez, I feel old now), I wondered why many people could enjoy cosplay a.k.a “costume play”. I mean, you need to buy clothes that you will only wear once in a year. While some people says they can rent it, based on my experience, most of cosplayers buy or create their own outfits. Then, you need to apply make up (boys are also included) to go to an event that will also be attended by hundreds/thousands other cosplayer with similar outfits (so far, for me, school boy/girl uniform is the most common seen costume). You also need to bear with many photographer-wannabe-strangers who want to take hundreds pictures with/of you. Why would people enjoy it? Because it’s fun! :)
Just like any other hobbies: photography, sports, video gaming, scuba diving, art collecting, cosplaying can be fun for those who love it. You can enjoy watching other players’ costume or enjoy your achievement in creating a nice looking costume. Somehow, nowadays I also enjoy watching those cosplayers out there. For you who also love to see cosplayers or maybe want to show yourself in costume to other people, there are a numerous cosplay events in Taiwan, especially in Taipei. Two biggest events are FF23 and PF20 held at National Taiwan University Sports Center. You can check the events here. Sadly, it’s in Chinese :(. If you cannot bear with the crows, you can also find many other smaller events. I believe there are 2-3 small events every month in Taipei alone.
Most of them are friendly so you can ask them nicely for a picture and they will pose for you. Some of them even will hand over their
business name card!
If you haven’t seen any cosplay event, please go find one and check it out. It’s fun :).