Last weekend, as we headed towards the convention center hosting the 7th Seoul International Rice Cake Festival, we began to notice some oddly dressed people. For instance:
No, it was not Korean Halloween. Unbeknownst to us, the convention center hosting the Rice Cake festival was also the gathering ground for Korean cosplayers. Cosplay is generally best known as a Japanese phenomenon, in which young people dress up in costumes of varying degrees of elaborateness representing characters from anime, manga, video games, movies, and the like.
When we got there, the costumes became even more epic, from the girly...
...to the martial......to the classic....
to the "would-be-arrested-wearing-this-in-the-USA."
And then of course, to the "Holy huh?"
If anybody knows any of these costumes, I'd love to hear who they are representing.
We debated the ethics of posting these pictures without having spoken to the individuals but decided to do it because a) it was a public street b) it was too good not to post and c) if we post a picture of you wearing a cow suit on a ski slope, why not a picture of you wearing a chicken suit on a bridge?
Honestly, they looked like they were having a lot of fun, and there are much less wholesome things for teenagers to be up to on a Sunday morning. Still, an unusual thing to run into when you're just looking for some rice cakes.
Oh, the Korea. You never know what's coming next!