Anime Expo: Celebrating Japanese Pop Culture

Cosplay, art, and the Masquerade are a part of this mega, manga-major festival.

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The 2017 Anime Expo — A Celebration of Japanese Pop Culture takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Saturday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 4.
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The 2017 Anime Expo — A Celebration of Japanese Pop Culture takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Saturday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 4.
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The four-day festival regularly attracts over 110,000 attendees.
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Fans gather to check out "...the newest Anime TV shows and film productions" as well as "video gaming, the latest fashion, concerts, and live performances."
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Costuming is a central part of the convention, with the Saturday night Masquerade serving as a stylish centerpiece to the expo. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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Some style themes? "Anime, manga comic, and video game characters." (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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Creating a stand-out costume takes a lot of heart and creativity on behalf of the costume-rocking attendees. Some fans spend weeks or even months on their memorable look. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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Even if you're not participating in the Masquerade, you're still invited to don a costume, if you like. Other to-dos on the schedule include a J-Pop workshop, the Neon District (think DJs with a "taste of Tokyo's underground scene"), and Opening and Closing Ceremonies. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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A professional wig stylist will give tips on wearing wigs during the expo, and a fashion show will provide fans a peek at cutting-edge comic book couture. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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Shopping, too, is a big part of Anime Expo, so arrive ready to seek out your favorite books, toys, and wearables. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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Anime Expo 2017 unfurls at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 1 through 4.
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