Our campus seems to have become a center for Cosplay (Costume play). Practically everyday, young people dress up as characters in cartoons, manga, animations, or computer games. They are almost invariably teenage-looking girls. Many of them in Lolita-style girlie dresses.
It is the photographers that are truly disturbing. Some of them are trendy-looking young men. But many are leering, over-weight, balding, sloppily-dressed adult men, old enough to be the girls’ fathers. Some do not even bother to equip themselves with impressive-looking professional cameras with telephoto lens. It is blatantly obvious that it is the young girls rather than the costumes or the photography that is of interest.
It has been said that the girls are willing participants. Perhaps so. They may be willing to go a long way for the sake of the attention. But it does not make it any less disturbing. It is made worse that our campus is used for this purpose (I heard that the same is happening on other campuses as well.)