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Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

2013 International Cosplay Day is right around the corner.

Gosh, and I am too young to feel stupid to be dressing up like a storm trooper or Batman or a super villain or a frog.

My daddy checked into some things for me.

Question: Where did the world Cosplay come from?

Answer: Cosplay is word made up by the Japanese. It’s a combination of costume and play. Meaning, big people put on costumes and play act the character.

I think it is an excuse to play Halloween on other days and to not try and be scary.

Question: When is 2013 International Cosplay Day.

Answer: August 24, 2o13. That’s this Saturday!

I think they did it on the weekend so people wouldn’t show up to work looking funny.

Question: Where are some of the places I can find Cosplayers.

Woodly Park-Zoo 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Houston, Texas 

São Paulo, Brazil


New Jersey

Manila, Philippines

Brisbane, Australia

Norman Landscape Central Park New York

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Boston, Massachusetts

Chicago, Illinois

Nashville, Tennessee 

Greenville, South Carolina

Bristol, Wisconsin

Downers Grove, Illinois

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

But not Japan. Or San Francisco (they do cosplay there every day.

Question: Can I follow Cosplay on Twitter?

Answer: Yup.

Question: How about on Facebook?

Answer: Yup, again.

Question: Who’s idea is this anyway?

Answer:  Cosplayer Jennifer Alice

Question: Is Cosplaying going across cultures, too?

Answer: Seems so to me. But don’t go too often and make real sure when you do that you always come back.

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.


Bill Belew

Professional Blogger, social media marketer, professor of marketing, Christian and dad.

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