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Jakarta cosplayers sport swords, sailor suits

The Jakarta Post/ANN | Sunday, Jul 6, 2014

JAKARTA - Aditya Christian said that when he was younger, he had wanted to be a "Kamen Rider", a TV show character. Fast forward a quarter century, and a special event on Saturday gave him that very opportunity.

For a costume display (cosplay) competition at Gandaria City in South Jakarta on Saturday, Aditya, wore a grasshopper mask and armor, and carried a long sword.

Created by Shotaro Ishinomori, Kamen Rider, better known as Masked Rider, is based on a tokusatsu, or a live-action drama originating from a Japanese comic book manga.

"I always imagined I would be able to spread world peace in this costume," said Aditya, who is from Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta.

Aditya was one of dozens wearing superhero attire for the contest, which required competitors to perform in front of judges, for example, presenting a choreographed light saber battle for those that had come as characters from Star Wars.

The event, organised by travel firm and exhibition organizer Panorama Live, was a supplemental event to the Star Trek Exhibition, which runs from May 31 to July 13.

Panorama general manager Esther Maulana said that the cosplay competition facilitated creative expression and offered a safe environment for those that wanted to emulate the characters they saw on television.

"There are 70 people participating," Esther told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

Esther said the competitors mostly came from various superhero communities, such as the Indo StarTrek community, the Indo-HarryPotter community and the Tokusatsu community.

"There are around 15 communities participating in this event," she said.

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