LES AUTOMNALES: JAPAN COSPLAY
by Vivian Holding
If you love everything and anything to do with the Land of the Rising Sun, a visit to Les Automnales at Palexpo in Geneva will allow you to experience Japan, without leaving the city!
The Japanese exhibition is definitely one of the highlights of this year’s Automnales. Expect to see traditional Japanese shows, concerts, a huge cosplay competition, demonstrations, participate in some interesting workshops and, of course, try out some delicious Japanese food.
WHAT IS COSPLAY?
Cosplay (combining the words costume and play) has become a global phenomenon originating in Japan – a hobby where players (cosplayers) wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific comic book or animated film character and bring them to life by copying their style, character and poses.
- Cosplay Competition with big prizes of flights to Japan and cosplay accessories/goodies. The competition is open to everyone over the age of 16. Click here for further information.
- Daily shows with traditional music – “Wagaku Miyabi” (three female musicians playing koto, shinobue and taiko drum), “Shibuya” (a show that features traditional Japanese juggling which involves spinning squares, bowls and balls on an umbrella) and “Noemi et Eugène” (a burlesque show on stilts mixing role playing, dance and acrobatics).
- Demonstrations of typical Japanese games such as Hanafuda, a traditional Japanese card game; the Kendama, a cup and ball game, and the Fukuwarai, a traditional New Year’s game.
- Workshops of Japanese calligraphy, wig dressing, shield and mannequin making.
WHERE: As part of Les Automnales at Palexpo, Grand Saconnex, 1218 Genève.
WHEN: Saturday 18th November 2017 – opening hours 11am-9pm (restaurants are open until 11pm), with free entrance after 7pm & Sunday 19th November 2017 – opening hours 10am-7pm (restaurants are open until 8pm). Entrance free after 7pm.
COST: Adults 14 CHF, Students/AVS/Children over 12 years 7 CHF, Children under 12 FREE.
FURTHER INFO: For further information, click here for website (in French).