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Wednesday November 26th 2014

Disney Maids? Japan

The sub-culture of ‘cosplay’ – or costume role play, is well represented in Disneyland Tokyo.

disney maid
disney maid

This couple I snapped on camera the other day – made me smile! He is carrying her white handbag and she is dressed up as a maid for the day!

Tokyo Disneyland is a wonderland for fashion statements
Tokyo Disneyland is a wonderland for fashion statements

In Japan, it is not unusual to see a variety of cosplay visitors at public events such as Disney. Maid costumes, such as this, are particularly popular.

And with the increasing popularity of this subculture, a lucrative market around costuming and accessorizing has developed. I suppose it is one way to beat the recession?

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17 Comments for “Disney Maids? Japan”

  • Mauricio Jordan says:

    My main curiosity about Japan is about the mystical Geisha. There are so many fables about such character of sexiness in the Japanese culture,that when i ask some Japanese neighbors,they blush and somehow change the conversation. They create more myth than give straight answers.
    Is it just a myth that they’re trained in the highest techniques of love making or is it just hyped? Have you as a western woman being attracted to discover what’s behind that exotic myth? Would You like to fantasize about playing the role of a Geisha? Or is it a taboo subject,as there all those wild and unbelievable stories of “mother-son” incest stories that come from that mysterious land? Have you heard anything in Japan about the latter taboo? Just curious.

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  • Kimonobox says:

    Disney Tokyo is one great place to be to observe society!
    Ponyo – thanks for mentioning him – I was going to do the post last week …. saw the movie the day it came out …. such an enjoyable movie – I am a huge fan of all things Ghibili … the kids are about to get a dog and they want to call it Ponyo …. after the fish ….. poor dog it might have an identity crisis ! Will have to write that post now!

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  • whipcracker says:

    What more can I say…Disney,Cosplay,moeness all=epic win. I noticed the girlw/icecream cone had a dalmation on her skirt. Still love that movie to this day. !st. saw it as a saturday movie matinee growing up in Green Bay,Wi.
    Another great article, you must be a big disney fan yourself,eh? Just saw a commercial for Ponyo on tv from disney-pixar.

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  • whipcracker says:

    Don’t need a dog w/identity crisis lol What kind of dog are they getting? I’ve got 2 dogs. I named them Lucy and Molly. They’re Blue Healers,they are from the hearding class of dogs. My wife said…why didn’t you name the other one Ethel…remember the Lucy Show? I told her i couldn’t see myself going outside and saying Ethel! get in the house…ha ha
    Well looking forward to your nxt post.
    Have a great Sunday:)

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  • Kimonobox says:

    Love your dog comments – thanks !

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  • Kimonobox says:

    Thanks for your comments – Kyoto is a lovely city to visit and understand more about traditions and Japanese society … regarding the Geisha comments there is a great post on an Evening with a Geisha by @shanesakata which discusses the arts and the lifestyle
    http://www.nihonsun.com/2009/07/20/a-evening-amongst-geisha/
    This is the link – she has captured and posted some wonderful photos – she has also provided comprehensive links to other sites that might answer some of your questions regarding Geisha

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  • Kimonobox says:

    Yes there is a lot of Cosplay at Disney – it adds to the atmosphere – in a nice way – sorry for the characters down the bottom of the comments before – it seems to have sorted itself – I was trying out a plugin that was causing issues with dates and some text ….

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  • kimonobox says:

    Typically Japan – cosplay in Disney http://bit.ly/dh7Zy

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  • jeffalopolis says:

    RT @KimonoBox: Typically Japan – cosplay in Disney http://bit.ly/dh7Zy excellent!

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  • bloglinkjapan says:

    #JBlogs Disney Maids? http://bit.ly/UEz23

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  • puffdragon01 says:

    RT @KimonoBox: Disney Maids? | kimonobox.com http://bt.io/2o2 Disney,cosplay=epic win

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  • Whipcracker says:

    RT @KimonoBox: Disney Maids? | kimonobox.com http://bt.io/2o2 Disney,cosplay=epic win. I guess being at Disney is like a giant cosplay event. With all the characters they have on the grounds,to mingle with all the guests. I really miss going to Disney world, :(

  • Whipcracker says:

    RT @KimonoBox: Disney Maids? | kimonobox.com http://bt.io/2o2 Disney,cosplay=epic win. I guess being at Disney is like a giant cosplay event. With all the characters they have on the grounds,to mingle with all the guests. I really miss going to Disney world,

    This comment was originally posted on kimonobox.com

  • Kimonobox says:

    Yes there is a lot of Cosplay at Disney – it adds to the atmosphere – in a nice way – sorry for the characters down the bottom of the comments before – it seems to have sorted itself – I was trying out a plugin that was causing issues with dates and some text ….


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