Inside Cosplay Photography Events (And A Fancy Shinjuku Apartment)

For years, armchair photographers have made do with crappy convention centre backdrops while taking cosplay photos. That's changing.

In Japan, you can rent studio space and hire cosplayers at speciality studios like PhotoPlus and Cutie Factory, by the day or hour. The studios are often converted apartments with cute bedrooms and moody parlors that provide ideal backdrops for women in outrageous anime and gaming outfits.

These studios have become increasingly popular in the last year or so and are an evolution of "satsueikai" or the "photography events" held at idol DVD and picture book release events. Famous cosplayers like Ushijima Ii Niku appear at satsueikai with the purpose of allowing fans to snap photos in a controlled environment.

They are camera orgies, with wannabe photographers gathering around models and snapping pic after pic after pic.

Many of the studios are like Tokyo's Costie (check gallery for pics), and have a token Japanese room, a Western style bedroom, a modern hallway or staircase, and, yes, even a classroom. They're usually pretty small, but one studio Niigata is already billing itself as "Japan's first large scale cosplay photography speciality studio".

There are also photography events being organised at luxurious high rise apartments, like the one pictured in the gallery, that even have an indoor pool.

A previously noted, a very small percentage of the models who work at cosplay studios also work in the adult industry. But these photography events are not part of the country's sex industry. They are camera orgies, with wannabe photographers gathering around models and snapping pic after pic after pic.

Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities on Earth, and Shinjuku is one of the city's priciest parts of town. Check out the gallery with photos of the Costie studio as well as the fancy Shinjuku apartment photo event courtesy of Asagawo Blog.

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Comments

    im sorry is this cosplay or a porn set

      The first pretending to be the second I think. Or it could be the other way around. Would need to see the rest of the photos.

      Can't it be both?

        Actually that pool set has been in alot of Japanese Pornos....I'm just saying....from what I've I heard....and stuff....ummmmm

          Hahahaha. I was also going to say that I have totally seen that exact pool before in many movies :P

    I seriously think Brian Ashcraft should get his own area to post, cause sorry to say mate, from what I've seen of your recent posts, they are non gaming related, some of them interesting, but nothing to do with gaming.. my sentence structure sucks as well

      His grasp on the English language is atrophying as he spends time over there. I'm sure he can found his own Japan-centric blog for weeaboos, I'm not sure this should be on Kotaku either.

      I seriously think you should STFU and GTFO because cosplay and gaming are very tightly linked most gamers enjoy cosplayers who cosplay their fav games and even cosplay themselves.

      Just because your the minority who wants to fap to CGI only and does not want to see a real girl dressed as awesome characters does not mean you have the right to harp on everyone else.

      You sir are a closet homosexual and I am sick of seeing the cosplay hate in the comments of Brian's articles.

        You, sir, have a highly appropriate username.

        ease up turbo, did I say I had hate for his work? no, so dont be a dick. I was just saying that I personally dont think a lot of his posts are Gaming related, and that he could open up a new blog to write about the stuff he does and I'm sure he will have a lot of followers

    Cosplaying and gaming might be linked for you, but thats a personal aside.

    My personal aside is that I agree, you creep me out guy.
    Vol4t1le.. cloet homosexual?
    If your idea of a 'woman' is like Brian Ashcrafts, then you mean a submissive 'girl' looking like shes about to get raped, then sure.

    Oh and I cosplay as well my housemates and girlfriend, and you know what we hate?
    Pinhead freaks who go to cons with cams just to get pics of tail.

    Like of all the things going on in gaming, and in general in Japan... this guy always seems to be talking bout chicks that look like schoolgirls or tentacles.

    You might think thats Japanese because you yourself are a stereotype.

    Heres something else going on in Japan right now: massive issues of sexual and intellectual identity in their youth; to the point that they have a generation of young people SO ostracised from society they havent left their rooms in decades.

    What about the rampant unspoken sexual assaults that plague the inner city transit? The fact young girls wont report due to social pressures that are slowly, SLOWLY mind, being erroded as people start to realise that Japanese people are more than A FUN LITTLE QUIRKY IDEA IN YOUR HEAD.

    There are so many fantastic things about Japan, like the fact that out of so much pain and anguish they built such beautiful things. Out of some of the most painful events in human history they became a pinnacle of our society.

    They have gardens, GARDENS that would blow your freaking mind. Gardens that have inspired countless games levels.

    But you know whats important.

    A young girl, dressed like a schoolgirl.

    THATS Japan.

    Grow up.

      I don't really get a lot of the hate that Brian Ashcraft attracts on Kotaku AU. I think you're a little too high up on your horse there.

      There's all sorts of things going on in Japan. They have a wonderful, multifaceted culture, as anyone who has visited or lived there will attest. That doesn't mean he has to cover everything about Japan just because he lives there. But he does a pretty good job anyway.

      A look over the articles he's written in the past would indicate that he's NOT all about cosplay - try looking for his articles on the birth of Nintendo, or his recent one about pachinko addicts leaving their infant children to die in cars while they get their fix, as examples. He's also done a bunch of articles on Japanese culture in general.

      And if he does a lot of cosplay articles - BIG DEAL! Cosplay originated in Japan, it's a part of Japanese culture like everything else you mentioned, and it's an undeniable part of geek culture as well. Just like gaming, and this website.

    There is no such thing as too much Sheryl Nome cosplay :)

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