Are You Ready for the Ultimate J-Culture Festival?
by Jace Amodo, October 24, 2019 5:52pm
Photos courtesy of Coslandia PH
Heads up otakus, a J-Culture festival is happening this Halloween! Fresh from its success last year, Coslandia is once again bringing the multi-arts festival, gathering the best in the J Culture craze from November 1, 2, and 3 (11 am to 8 pm) at SMX Aura, Taguig City.
Today, we break down the highlights of this power-packed three-day event for you.
Tickets are at 600php (one-day pass), 900php (two-day pass), and 1,200php (three-day pass). Feel free to visit any SM Ticket outlets, but you can also purchase online in advance via SM Tickets.
Coslandia 2019 is hosted by Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. in partnership with the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, World Cosplay Summit Philippines (WCS), and Pop Culture Hiroshima Philippines (PCH). With much dedication to its commitment to making the event the ultimate J-Culture Festival, the organizers invited special guests that every con-goer can't say no to.
Among the J-Pop idols gracing Manila's stage are the three-piece Amatsusora, which translates to "sky" in Japanese; five-member group 1-Girls, who's excited enough to send a video message to their Filipino fans; gravure idol GracoRex, whose concept combines mighty dinosaurs and sexy line of gravure; and Fairytales, a cute-rock group hailing from Nagoya. Filipino-Japanese Hirotoshi Maeda, Hazuki Tsubasa, Samero, and the Philippines' all-girl group MNL48 will also perform and captures the hearts of many.
Cosplay and Competitions
The organizers believe that to make Coslandia matter to people deeply; it has to engage one’s soul and heart. What better way to lift con-goers' spirits than to conduct cosplay-related activities?
Throw on your favorite costume because WCS Philippines will stage solo cosplay competitions for cosplayers and a trick-or-treat costume contest for the young'uns. PCH Philippines, on the other hand, will bring its pre-event NCR qualifiers to compete for the opportunity to represent the Philippines in the April 2020 annual PCH in Japan.
Don't miss some of our favorite Japanese mascots, such as Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma, and Pikachu as they roam around the convention. MNL48 will also launch their official card game app called MNL48 Janken Senbatsu. Bring your A-game and you might get a chance to play with MNL48 members.
Have you ever wondered how "cosplay" came to be? Lucky you, because Nobuyuki Takahashi, the man who coined such term, will have a meet-and-greet during the event. Side fact: Takahashi is the head of the Japan Animation Creators Association and a member of the Tokyo International Anime Fair Executive Committee.
Meanwhile, manga artist Shintaro Hirota and film director Tetsuya Hashi will promote their latest work, Seikimatsu Blue, a film adaptation of one of Japan's popular manga series. They will be joined by cast members none other than MNL48 members Abby, Coleen, Brei, and Kay.
As if the performance and activities weren't enough, free film showings are thrown into the mix. Catch the action-packed Mazinger Z: Infinity (2018) as well as lighthearted anime filmsA Silent Voice (2016) and Makoto Shinkai's Your Name (2016)—the latter holding the "Most Popular Film" title in the 2017 Awards of the Japanese Academy.
Through the Coslandia, the organizers fulfill their duty to both artists and audiences by providing a platform for the artists to showcase their talents and reach out to the audiences while developing culture appreciation and understanding among the con-goers. By doing so, people would be able to recognize that a deeper appreciation of Japanese culture can drive innovation and play a key role in the healthy friendship between the Philippines and Japan.
Put on your costume, invite your circles, and come prepared. It's time.
- Arts and Culture
- Pop Culture
- Coslandia PH
- Japanese Culture
- Your Name
- Mazinger Z
- A Silent Voice
- Seikimatsu Blue
- Shintaro Hirota
- Tetsuya Hashi
- Nobuyuki Takahashi
- Janken Senbatsu
- Hello Kitty
- Hirotoshi Maeda
- Hazuki Tsubasa
- Hallohallo Entertainment Inc
- Embassy of Japan in the Philippines
- World Cosplay Summit Philippines
- Pop Culture Hiroshima Philippines