TOKYO / Andrea Frazzetta

“Living only for the moment,

turning our full attention to the pleasures of the snow,

the cherry blossoms and the maple leaves;

singing songs, drinking wine,

diverting ourselves in just floating, floating;

caring not a whit for the pauperism

staring us in the face, refusing to be disheartened,

like a gourd floating along with the river current:

this is what we call the floating world”

Asai Ryōi, 1662

Blanka. From the series “Playing For Real” © Andrea Frazzetta, Tokyo 2013.

Cosplay, Japanese abbreviation for the English terms “costume” and “play”, is the art of dressing up like a character – or even a concept – from a work of fiction. In a Japan, where popular culture is ever more based on the “now”, manga, anime and videogames, are the main source of inspiration and the result is often quite spectacular, blurring the line between real and fiction.