Today, July 26th, at the Tokyo Dome Hotel, the World Cosplay Summit 2019 held its opening ceremony. The World Cosplay Summit (WCS) is an annual international cosplay event that promotes friendly international exchange through Japanese pop culture, and has been held in Nagoya since 2003. This year marks the first time the event is held in Tokyo.

Through preliminaries conducted in 40 countries and regions, cosplayers compete by participating in performances, earning a chance to participate in the finals.

At the opening ceremony, as the 77 cosplayers gathered at the Tokyo Dome hotel looked on, WCS Executive Committee chairman Tokumaru Oguri called out "Cosplay everywhere!!," signaling the official start of the World Cosplay Summit 2019.

Now in its 17th year, the WCS has added four countries (Israel, Saudi Arabia, Lithuania and Trinidad-Tobago) to make a total of 40 participating in the summit.

This year, the championship will not only held in Nagoya as usual, but this time, in consideration of the upcoming 2020 Olympics now drawing international attention on the nation's capital, the summit will be held in Tokyo as well, under the billing: "World Cosplay Summit in Tokyo."

Tomorrow, July 27th, the TOKYO ROUND will be held at Prism Hall, where representative pairs from 40 countries and regions will compete, representatives from previous years will perform on stage, cosplayers from the general public will come up on stage for the Nico Nico Cosplection event, and much more. On both July 27th and 28th, Tokyo Dome City will be open to cosplayers from the general public for photo shoots.

There's something fun for everyone, so if you're interested in cosplay, Tokyo Dome is the place to be this weekend!

For more information about World Cosplay Summit in Tokyo, please see the official page here.

By - Ben K.