Cosplay is an abbreviation of Costume Play. It is a Japanese subculture based on dressing like characters from manga, anime,and video games. The term cosplay pronounced "kosupure" in Japanese.

In Japan, "cosplay" as a hobby is usually an end unto itself. Cosplay can be seen at public events and shows as well as at dedicated cosplay parties.

In places such as in the Harajuku district of Tokyo it is not unusual for Japanese teenagers to gather with friends in places like to engage in cosplay.

Tokyo's Akihabara district contains a large number of cosplay cafes, catering to devoted anime and cosplay fans. The waitresses at such places usually dress as a maid (or meido).

Probably the largest cosplaying event in Japan is in the semiannual doujinshi market, Comiket. This event, held in summer and winter and attracts thousands of manga otaku cosplayers.

Below we list some of the most popular online cosplay stores offering premade costumes and commission examples. The Cosplay shops offer Wigs, Costumes, accessories for Naruto, Kingdom Hearts, Bleach, Final Fantasy, Vampire Knight and many more.