Guest Post:Life in Japan-One Piece

I have been living in Japan for about 4 months now.  I thought I knew what to expect, but when I got here, it was everything I expected and more!

Every anime fan has to know something about One Piece.  Love it or hate it, it’s one of the biggest anime to hit Japan, the United States and well, the world!  Not even a day after arriving in Japan, I saw One Piece merchandise; almost every store in Narita Airport in Tokyo had something with One Piece.  All anime stores, convenience stores and even some restaurants sell one Piece goods .  If you walk into a 7-11 during the lunch time rush, you will see adults reading One Piece and other Jump manga after chowing down on some bento (Japanese pre-made lunches).

Speaking of Japanese foods, One Piece is not only in Jump, toys, and shirts, but it is on all types of foods, drinks and other daily products like body spray.  I have come across Japanese “Cheetos” and “Doritos” with One Piece characters, and if you buy that, it comes with a trading card.  I have also purchased Puccho (Japanese chewy candy with different flavors, similar to Hi-Chew) and with that purchase, you get a One Piece phone charm.  They are all random, so people can’t pick and choose what they want, but those (like me) who are not picky are happy with any of them.

In any department store you will find other One Piece goods, like key holders, pen cases, folders, pencils, magnets, even bath salts!!  Anything you can possibly think of, odds are, there is something with One Piece on it.

Naturally, the main crew is the most popular, but minor characters like Ace, the warlords, and even the Marines are popular.  I have seen many crane games in almost any arcade with One Piece characters.  They even had Halloween themed Chopper figures.  The game machines here are more expensive to play (anywhere 100-200 yen per play) but that makes it more rewarding to get the items.  I hope to write an article on arcades sometime since there is a lot to write about them.

As often as I go to anime stores (and that is very often), there seems to be a never ending line of action figures for sale for a fraction of what any and all anime conventions have sold them for.  There are even capsule machines (you know, the ones that cost a quarter and you get some plastic ball with a cool prize in it) with nice sized action figures and cell phone straps in them.  These cost anywhere from 100-500 yen (phone straps costing about 100-200 and the figures costing about 300-500) and the best thing is, they are not junky toys, they are all official, licensed figures and straps!!  I remember paying about $7-$9 for a phone strap at a convention or anime event, and here I have gotten dozens for maybe $3 or so.

Aside from the food and figures, some anime stores actually play One Piece movies or episodes in their stores.  I have also been in arcades and non-anime stores and heard One Piece opening and ending themes on the radio.  Also, anytime a One Piece movie comes out in theaters, it is a big deal.  There are commercials, even more product advertisements and of course, figures, plushies etc…

There are also One Piece themed stores, and exhibits in museums.  I went to the Toei Museum and there was so much One Piece I thought I was going to pass out!!

Lastly, One Piece gains popularity by being combined with other Japanese pop icons.  Chopper is commonly seen dressed as Hello Kitty or other anime characters.  I have seen a Toriko (another popular Jump manga and anime) and One Piece crossover, there have been figures with Dragon Ball Z characters with One Piece characters as well.  One Piece characters also make appearances on Japanese landmarks.  If you visit any major place like a castle, Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Tower etc…you will find One Piece characters on phone straps and other merchandise with that landmark on it.

In conclusion, if you come to Japan, expect to see One Piece pretty much everywhere except maybe public restrooms.  It’s amazing how much one anime has intertwined itself into the Japanese culture.  I don’t think I have ever seen so much of one series/movie in the United States.

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Author Bio.:

Rose Rappaport:I am almost 22 and have been watching anime since I was 3.  I have been cosplaying since 2007 and attending conventions since 2006.  I consider myself very passionate about anime, manga, music, Japanese culture etc…  I have been living in Japan for about 5 months now and I will be here until mid December.  Since I have been here, I have soaked up the culture and language and it has been nothing but paradise.My cosplay.com account is mizu_usagi1.

This article is submitted by our friend Rose Rappaport ,and Miccostumes.com will provide $15 gift card to Rose. And we hope more friends will share own articles related to anime,cosplay,convention live news,Japan culture etc to us :)

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Winner of One Piece Contest Announced!

Hi, dear friends, our One Piece Cosplay Contest expired on 9th of Sept. We are really sorry that this announcement comes late. But we did count the scores on 9th of Sept. We just didn’t have time to publish it. Anyway, here are the winners:

#1 Elizabeth Coombes with 156 scores (130 facebook likes, 19 google+ and 7 from Miccostumes)

#2 Mel Rayzel with 123 scores (97 facebook likes, 10 google+ and 16 from Miccostumes)

There are 16 contestants. As promised, there will be 2 winners. The #1 winner Elizabeth Coombes will get any costume from our One Piece costume catalog, the costumes are showed below:

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The #2 Mel Rayzel winner will get any wig from our One Piece wig catalog, or $25 cash coupon.

In addition, each contestant will get a $5 cash coupon, which can be used for a $5 discount when purchasing in our costume store.

We’ll offer the prizes for every one by email in less than 24 hrs. Thanks for all your support! ^_^

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One Piece Cosplay Contest – #16 Tom Stribley

Cosplayer Bio:

Name: Tom Stribley/Male/British

Social Networks: deviantart

Comments from the cosplayer:

Moshi moshhhhhhh!

Ever since London Expo October 2009 i have been hooked on One Piece (he he he fishing puns) 😀 This was my first Expo event and i was cosplaying Shino pre-shippuden from Naruto … ever since discovering One Piece i have not failed to cosplay at least one character from the series at other events 😛 I think i speak for everyone when i say One Piece is one of the best manga and anime series to date, i can’t get enough of it. Oda you are a genius. I mainly cosplay Sanji, but this October i will be going as Admiral Kizaru and Mr 2 Bon Clay. I wish i had a completed Bon Clay cosplay to enter in this comp as i love the costume!!! I’d have to say that Bon Clay is my favourite character from the series, i hope everyone else is feeling the love from this wonderful okama <3

The costumes i have entered into this contest are as followed:
Admiral Kizaru – Planned for October 2012
Original suit Sani – Worn at London Expo May 2011
Strong World Sanji – Worn at London Expo 2010

I loved making the gun for the Strong World costume, it’s so freakin’ big! (and heavy ha ha). It’s so big in fact that i couldn’t get it onto the train to take it to a convention and so it had to stay at home :'( Still as i said it was fun to make and at least i got some photo’s of it with me in the cosplay (a big thanks to Mr Jack Stiling). I am entering this competition very late but i thought “hey, why not” so there we go. I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving One Piece and can’t wait to cosplay more characters in the future. I’m hoping to cosplay Stratchmen Apoo at some point, another one of my favourite captains in the series.

So, who will be crowned this contests Pirate King?

That’s where you come in!!! Happy voting everyone  ^_^

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This post is submitted by Tom Stribley, entered in the One Piece Cosplay Contest hosted by Miccostumes.com.
Winners and Prizes of the Contest:
One winner will be chosen out from every 15 contestants.

Prizes:

First Prize: any costume from our One Piece costume catalog, the costumes are showed below:

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Second Prize: any wig from our One Piece wig catalog, or $25 cash coupon

Third Prize: $20 Cash Coupon

Winners after third will all get $15 Cash Coupons

Read this post for more details about the rules and how to join.

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One Piece Cosplay Contest – #15 Zoe Patterson

Cosplayer Bio:

Name: Zoe Patterson/Female/British

Social Networks: facebook.com, deviantart

Comments from the cosplayer:

Hello, my name is Zoe, and I have been cosplaying for 3 years. I live in the South of England, and the photos used in this entry were taken at Christchurch Quay. The costume I am wearing is Sanji’s costume in the One Piece Unlimited Cruise games. The jacket was entirely hand-sewn, and to date is the costume I am most proud of, debuting it at Minamicon 18 earlier this year, along with my friend Hannah who did Zoro (who also took these pictures). I have done several variations of Sanji (original suit, Mr Prince, CP9, Post-timeskip), pre and post-timeskip Trafalgar Law, Post-timeskip Nico Robin, Bon Clay (Impel Down) and Kaku’s giraffeman hybrid form. I am currently working on Marco’s hybrid form for the October London MCM Expo.

I love cosplaying from One Piece because of the diverse and colourful characters, and meeting some amazing friends!

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This post is submitted by Zoe, entered in the One Piece Cosplay Contest hosted by Miccostumes.com.
Winners and Prizes of the Contest:
One winner will be chosen out from every 15 contestants.

Prizes:

First Prize: any costume from our One Piece costume catalog, the costumes are showed below:

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Second Prize: any wig from our One Piece wig catalog, or $25 cash coupon

Third Prize: $20 Cash Coupon

Winners after third will all get $15 Cash Coupons

Read this post for more details about the rules and how to join.

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One Piece Cosplay Contest – #14 Bellatrix Aiden

Cosplayer Bio:

Name: Bellatrix Aiden/Female/Ukrainian

Social Networks:

deviantart, facebook

Comments from the cosplayer:

Hello! I like cosplay for 5 years. I like One Piece for more than 6 years. It’s the favourite anime series. I adore the characters which you can see on the screen while watching One Piece. One of my favourite charaster is Boa Hacock. A lot of my friends told me about our similarity. So I decide to make her first outfit which we could see on the Amazon Lily. I spend a lot of time when I sewed the costume. My friend helped me with paintings. Photoshoot was taken in Odessa at the beach of Black Sea. I hope you will like my work.

With best regards, Bellatrix Aiden.

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This post is submitted by Bellatrix, entered in the One Piece Cosplay Contest hosted by Miccostumes.com.
Winners and Prizes of the Contest:
One winner will be chosen out from every 15 contestants.

Prizes:

First Prize: any costume from our One Piece costume catalog, the costumes are showed below:

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Second Prize: any wig from our One Piece wig catalog, or $25 cash coupon

Third Prize: $20 Cash Coupon

Winners after third will all get $15 Cash Coupons

Read this post for more details about the rules and how to join.

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