The World Cosplay Summit (WCS) is an annual international cosplay event that brings together cosplayers from around the world. The main goal of the World Cosplay Summit is to promote international exchange through the Japanese pop culture phenomenon of cosplay. It is also the world's largest cosplay competition, with over 40 countries and regions participating each year.
The first World Cosplay Summit was held in 2003 to highlight the international popularity of Japanese anime and manga through cosplay (costume play). In 2005, the WCS was reorganized from an invitation-based system to a qualifying system with preliminary events held around the world, leading to the first WCS Cosplay Championship. In 2008, with growing recognition of Japan's otaku culture, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) became the third national ministry to join in official support of the event. In 2013, Vietnam and the Philippines joined as observer nations, bringing the overall total to 24.
The World Cosplay Summit 2023 was held on August 4-6, 2023 at Oasis 21, Aichi Arts Center, Hisaya Ōdōri Park, and Osu Shopping District in Nagoya, Japan. It was the 21st edition of the event, and it featured cosplayers from over 40 countries and regions around the world.
The World Cosplay Summit has gained popularity since its inception in 2003, and it continues to attract cosplayers and fans from diverse backgrounds. The event contributes to the global recognition and appreciation of cosplay as a form of artistic expression and cultural exchange.
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