Dusseldorf has an annual Japan Day that is held somewhere in May/June. The festival celebrates the large Japanese community in the North
Rhine-Westphalia area and features the sale of Japanese food and drinks (like okonomiyaki, tako and a variety of sake) as well as an extensive program of cultural performances and sports. While Japan Day started out as a feast for Japanese on-goers, it has been attracting a lot of non-Japanese people as well over the past few years. Nowadays, it has even become a big phenomenon among anime fans, who dress up as their favorite Japanese anime characters (“cosplay”) at the festival.
The photos below are from this year’s festival (Japan Day 2013). While these photos are from a while back, I thought it would still be fun to see the anime dress-ups. I mean, they did put a lot of time and effort into creating these costumes!