On a Saturday morning in Tokyo, during my breakfast at Denny’s, I was browsing the web for Halloween events besides the Shibuya street party, and I stumbled upon the Ikebukuro Cosplay event that was held during the weekend before Halloween. I had never been to Ikebukuro and it sounded like fun, so I took a train there, not knowing what to expect. This weekend, there were cosplayers EVERYWHERE. The event I was going to see was held in a park to the east of the station, but I think there were actually several events going on in various parts of Ikebukuro.
I had a blast, taking snaps of and interacting with so many people. I felt a bit amateurish, considering my fellow photographers were walking around with huge flash/reflector rigs around their necks. But the on-camera flash on the X100s did a pretty good job when lighting was poor so I was happy.
I actually ended up returning to the event on Sunday too, because my original plan to visit Odaiba didn’t go too well. First the Suica card charge machine at the station ate my Suica e-money card, so the train station assistant had to dig it out manually. Then I hopped on the wrong train and before I realized I was going in the wrong direction I had reached a station pretty far away from where I intended to go. As a sign from higher powers though, there was actually a direct line from that particular station to Ikebukuro, so I decided to visit the cosplay event a second time.
All photos were taken with my Fuji X100s.