There are 72 different student clubs at the university where I work. Each September, the clubs set aside a couple of days to try to recruit new members. Each club sets up a little tent and table along a pedestrian walkway at the university. Each table is staffed by club representatives. Students are then free to visit the different tables and get information about each club. One of the clubs is for cosplay.
On an evening during one of last September’s recruitment days, I wandered from table to table, greeting students and having my picture taken with some of the club organizers. The young woman in the photo told me that she was one of my students from last year. Due to the way she was dressed, I didn’t recognize her. In fact, even after she told me her name, I still couldn’t place her face with her name. I was a little shocked by her outfit, as Central China is a conservative place. Most of my students never wear revealing outfits.
Before the above photo was taken, I could not remember what cosplay was. The term sounded vaguely familiar. As much as I tried to remember, the best my mind could conjure was a comical mental comment of how the name sounded like a role playing sex game. I had to google the term to remember its meaning. Cosplay refers to people who like to wear costumes in the likeness of comic book, cartoon, and video game characters. It’s somewhat popular in Japan.