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Watase Yu's fantasy series, Fushigi Yuugi, is an eternal hit with anime fans, and this man is dressed as Tasuki, a character from that series. Tasuki is a bad tempered fellow whose main weapon is a magical metal fan. In Watase's series that fan projects fire as Tasuki shouts, "Rekka Shien!" But in Japan's ancient past, Samurai actually fought with battle fans made of iron!

This fellow was part of a troupe of a dozen or so Japanese cosplayers who came all the way to L.A. for the convention. Most of the troupe were dressed as characters from the Samurai adventure series, Rurouni Kenshin.

Photograph and text by Mark Vallen Copyright.
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