March 4, 2017
Otaku Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens
Phone: (520) 272-3200
Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson hosts the hippest hobby in Japan today, "cosplay." Southern Arizonas own lively cosplay community will turn out in flashy ensembles, elaborate headgear, and accessories in the Otaku Festival. Festival-goers can mingle with role players in outlandish outfits inspired by Japanese pop music stars, inspect others in fluffy skirts and petticoats in imitation of "Lolita" comic characters, and watch a screened showing of cosplay favorite Hatsune Miku, a vocaloid, or humanoid persona voiced by a singing synthesizer application.
Rounding out the days activities will be an origami (paper-folding) workshop, a display of action and musical Hatsune Miku figurines, a show of flamboyant Japanese street fashion, and an exhibition of another of Japans latest enthusiasms: BJDs, or poseable dolls with ball-and joint-sockets.