Cosplay at HYPER JAPAN Festival 21st – 23rd July

From the sublime to the intentionally ridiculous, we’ll once again be welcoming cosplayers of any level and ability to our cosplay zone and to take part in our cosplay masquerade and Cosplay Community Masquerade & Showcase, giving you the chance to gain experience cosplaying, show off a fantastic costume or simply come up on stage and perform in character!

Don’t miss the chance to showcase your creativity and costumes live on the HYPER JAPAN Stage.

Saturday Masquerade Signup
Sunday Community Masquerade & Showcase Signup


The UK’s Biggest J-Culture Event HYPER JAPAN

The UK’s biggest J-culture event, launched in 2010. The event introduces the diversity of contemporary Japan, from manga and anime, to music, fashion, food, traditional culture, gaming, technology, tourism and more. In addition to a fantastic line-up of exhibitors (companies and Japanese local government), the event is jam-packed with individual exhibitors, stage performances, workshops, seminars, and more.

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Cosplay Masquerade & signup

HYPER JAPAN Cosplay Masquerade

Saturday - 11AM

Cosplay Community Masquerade & Showcase

Sunday - 10:45AM

Cosplay Area @ Hyper Japan

Capture the Moment

@ Hyper Japan

Costume and Play will be bringing the beloved Sakura Tree & Wisteria Tunnel set to capture the magic moments of your cosplays!



Whether you are a cosplay veteran or novice, The HYPER JAPAN Cosplay area will host a series of guests to chat to and ask any cosplay question you could think of, let you sign up for the masquerade, take pictures with our sets in cosplay and feature a repair & changing area.

Ear Making Workshop


Get crafty in this workshop as we walk you through creating your very own set of ears that you get to take home. Taught by our Costume and Play ear making veteran, all materials will be provided for you.
Special notes:

*Not suitable for very young children due to small parts, may require adult supervision.

*This workshop will use synthetic fibres and adhesives.

Cosplay Guests

Ace of Prince

I am Ace of Prince and I have been cosplaying for 10 years, yet I’ve been giving my heart to crafting, creativity and different fandoms for even longer! I followed my love for Character design and creation into a (BA) Hons Degree in Make-Up and Hair for Theatre and Film, where I truly got to involve myself in the professional industry and techniques.
In my years of training and cosplaying, I’ve found my skills honed in Make-up, Wigs, Sewing, Prop-building and Foamwork, Modelling, Photography and Editing! I’ve been able to create a wide variety of cosplays from the more popular Games like Super Mario and Kingdom Hearts, to more indie Games like Don’t Starve. Or different media characters, such as Miraculous Ladybug, Catwoman, She-Ra, or Jack Frost from Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians.
Having experienced events for Atlas Games, British Museum and London Science Museum, I’m thrilled to be invited to Rapture Gaming Festival where I’m excited to share my own tips and tricks with everyone there!

Lavish Bookman

Hi my name is Lavish Bookman and I've been cosplaying for 10+ years. I wanted to express my love for different fandoms by creating my favourite characters and bringing them to life through Cosplay. My passion lead me into achieving a (BA) Hons in Theatre and Performing Arts. I like to bring my acting skills into my cosplays along with other skills such as Foam-smithing, sewing, prop making, painting and modeling for photography, which are all self taught.

Cosplay has lead to many opportunities such as attending the opening of the new exibition at the London Science Museum on press release night, working with companies such as Atlas Games on their new Persona games event and appearing on TV to promote a new movies such as the My Hero Academia movie for the company Funimation. This has recently stretched into voice acting and dedicated cosplay films with teams such as The 86th Floor.

My love for a multitude of fandoms has lead to me creating a wide of cosplays such as Handsome Jack from the Borderlands franchise, Tyrian Callows from RWBY, King Bowser from Super Mario and Bert from Mary Poppins to just name a few.
I hope to continue my cosplays and crafting into bigger projects the future.
I am super excited to be at the Rapture Gaming Festival this year and can't wait to share the world of cosplay with you, along with some helpful tips and tricks to help you get started on your own cosplay journeys.

Invisible Trickster

I am Invisibletrickster and I have been cosplaying for 11 years. In that time, I went on to get a (BA) Hons Degree in Costume Construction in partnership with The Royal Opera House, where I learnt as much as I could from Historical corsets to transforming dresses.

I’ve always been interested in a variety of cosplays across a wide range of media, such as characters like Kirishima, Rhys (Tales from the Borderlands), Edna Mode, Charlie (Don’t Starve), Caption Hook, Toph Beifong and Mrs Banks from Mary Poppins.
Last year I was able to combine my interests by competing at both CosXpo and MCM London as Amaya from Dragon Prince, Which was performed in BSL (British sign language.)

Having experienced events for British Museum, London Science Museum, London in the air and The Royal Opera House Prize; I’m excited to be invited to Rapture Gaming Festival where I can share my knowledge and interests with everyone.

Spindash Dude

SpinDashDude here and I’m excited to be a part of the Rapture gaming event again in a town I spent a lot of my youth growing up within! I’ve been cosplaying since October 2015 and have a few cosplays under my belt, but I am mostly known for my Cloud Strife from FFVII and Raziel from Soul Reaver cosplays. However, I’m excited to share with you my latest cosplay, Link from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild!

Cosplay for me has always been a bit of an escape from the real world and engaging with like minded people. When we’re out and about in our everyday lives, we tend to mostly stick to ourselves, however as soon as you adorn a cosplay, everyone that recognises the character wants to know and speak to you. Becoming a character immediately gives people an idea of your interests and breaks the ice for those with similar interests. As someone that’s always considered themselves as someone who blends into the background of everyday life, cosplay allows me to be seen and meet new people.


I’m a cosplayer of 25 from the north west, who loves to constantly push my limits of design from taking artistic liberties with designs or teaching myself a whole new skill for a costume. I was self employed in cosplay for 2 years until I stopped to pursue cosplay as a hobby only so I could focus more on the craft than deadlines. Im having more fun than ever with costumes and love pushing myself with each new cosplay I do.

Cosplay Interviews & Articles (Coming Soon)

Cosplay Masquerade

Take part in the Cosplay Masquerade!


Grab amazing shots of your cosplay


Create and take home a cosplay project

Photography Credit: Drwherotog
Photography Credit: David Portass.
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