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More than 1,000 cosplayers turn Nagoya into fantasy world

Cosplayers parade through Osu Shopping District in Nagoya's Naka Ward on Aug. 5, 2018. (Mainichi)

NAGOYA -- Over 1,000 cosplayers dressed as their favorite characters paraded down the arcade of the Osu Shopping District in the city's Naka Ward on the final day of the World Cosplay Summit 2018 on Aug. 5.

Cosplayers from 36 countries and regions transformed themselves into heroes and heroines of popular anime and manga. A huge number of fans flocked to the area to photograph the scenery despite scorching heat of 39.9 degrees Celsius.

Miya Hiramatsu, an 8-year-old third grade elementary school girl from Tenpaku Ward in the city, dressed up as a character from a fighting video game and said, "I enjoyed wearing the cool costume." Yoshio Ikemoto, 51, a company employee from Habikino in Osaka Prefecture, disguises himself as the protagonist of Hayao Miyazaki's animation movie "Porco Rosso" to join the parade every year. "I hope cosplay will become more popular as it cheers up people and leads to communication with society," he said.

(Japanese original by Hitomi Saikawa, Nagoya News Center)

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