Harajuku fashion will transform Chinatown from next month. The city’s anime and cosplay communities have joined forces to celebrate Asian cultures, including fashion and music, in Moonta St, on the first Friday night of each month. Anime is a Japanese abbreviation for the word animation and cosplay is a shortened term for costume role play, which refers to the sub-culture of dressing up as characters from video games, comics and anime.
The event will feature best-dressed competitions, DJs playing Asian pop music and fashion parades.
Australian Asian Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice-president Conan Fahey, who is helping organise the event, said he wanted to bring a taste of Japan to Chinatown.
“It is about reinvigorating Chinatown with different sorts of events and activities,” Mr Fahey said.
“There is a whole sub-culture here in Adelaide where people from non-Chinese or non-Korean heritages seem to be embracing this Japanese and Chinese pop cultures in the areas of fashion, gaming and music.”
The first event will be held next Friday, April 20, from 6pm-8pm.