#TBT: In 2010, Cosplayers Descend on Asia Society


On October 15, 2010, audience members join Japanese singer Reni Mimura onstage for a performance during a cosplay competition at Asia Society in New York. (Elaine Merguerian/Asia Society)

On October 15, 2010, Asia Society in New York held a cosplay competition in conjunction with the museum exhibition Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool. Cosplay (a contraction of "costume play") involves dressing as characters from movies, books, or video games, and it's especially popular in Japan. In the above photo from the competition, Japanese singer and cosplay enthusiast Reni Memura, wearing bunny ears, invites audience members to the stage to participate in a performance.

Each week for "Throwback Thursday" (#TBT), we'll reach into our archives to find a photo from the organization's 60-year history. Some photos will feature important moments, some will feature important people, and others still will just be photos we love. Do you have an Asia Society photo you'd like us to consider including in this series? Please email the photo and any related details to photos@theasiablog.org (we regret that we won't be able to respond directly to each inquiry).

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Eric Fish was a Content Producer at Asia Society New York and is author of the book China's Millennials: The Want Generation.