“220,000” Attend 8th Nipponbashi Street Festa

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The 8th Nipponbashi Street Festa looks to have been the biggest ever, with 220,000 cramming the streets of Osaka amidst scenes of outstanding cosplay and creepiness.

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The 8th “Nipponbashi Street Festa,”, a cosplay street festival held annually on the 20th of March in Osaka’s “Nipponbashi” area (unhelpfully, some Japanese sources have decided to romanise this as “Nippombashi” as well – and neither are to be confused with the identically spelled “Nihonbashi” bridge in Tokyo), saw thousands of otaku flood into “Den-Den Town,” Osaka’s answer to Akihabara.

Media coverage in fact estimated an impressive 220,000 in attendance, with hordes of cosplayers on display amidst creepy otaku and hapless gawkers:

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