They have pink hair or cat ears, they wear kimonos and gowns. The visitors of the Japan tag made the city of Dusseldorf even a little more colorful than usual.
The costumes are so crazy
Even for those who do not have a lot of squares, the Japan Day is an experience: the streets around Dusseldorf’s main railway station are already at an early afternoon full of so-called cosplayers, so people who are for the Japan Day as a manga performer Dressed up. Music booms from loudspeakers, which some of the young costumed have with it. It is full but not overfilled. In some places, it almost seems as if a festival is going on. The Japanese supermarkets on the way to the city center are crowded.
“I like to be here because it’s colorful and bizarre and you meet a lot of people from the cosplay community,” says Pascal, who is disguised as an actor from a video game. “I like Japan because of the culture and the tradition, it’s something special and something different from everyday life. I’ve been here for the fourth time and it’s always great,” says the 25-year-old. Cost the Cosplayers apparently do not shy. $600 cost his costume, tells Pascal. “That’s a lot of money, but it’s worth it.”
Among the visitors is the look of everything: The disguised people ask each other whether they are allowed to take photographs. Time and again people stand and admire the costumes. Visitors, who have strayed for a trip to Dusseldorf, look irritated.
Timo (15) and Daniela (17) from Mönchengladbach wear a sign with the words “Free Hugs” around their necks. They distribute free hugs to other people. 200 times an hour, they estimate, they hug people. Why do they do that? “That makes you happy,” says Timo. “At the Japan Day everyone is super relaxed, the hugs fit perfectly”, says Maximilian (19), who has just picked up an embrace.
In the inner city around the market square and on the Rhine the visitors are really crowded, among them are many disguised children. They want to go to the many stalls on the Rhine, where the motto is: the main thing is colorful. There are socks, chopsticks, cosplay accessories and cuddly toys. Security monitors the overall peaceful situation.
Impressions from the Japan Day 2017
Many Japanese from North Rhine-Westphalia have also made their way to Düsseldorf, for example, a family from Aachen. “We are here for the second time visiting a friend who lives here,” says Father Chao He.
On the 16th day of Japan, the city counted up to 700,000 visitors in advance. In many places on the Rhine promenade, in the afternoon hardly anymore is a passing through. Also, the main station is crowded in the late afternoon because many visitors of the Japantag want to leave the city again.