I just came back from Japan last week. The women out there a just as beautiful as depicted, and there are lots of ‘em. The quirky personalities are super cute, too. Cosplay culture is more mainstream out there than in the US. If you want to know how some of the youth dress, search out the term “harajuku”. You’ll find that while that style is common out there, it might be considered cosplay in the US. I’m not saying everyone out there dresses like that, because there are also a lot of business suits and sailor schoolgirl outfits too.
But if I had a 5 yen piece for every Squall Leonhart or Selphie Tilmitt I saw there, I could afford another Japanese vacation.