We go out looking for interesting things to shoot. We also look for strange and unusual. Yeah, well, as you can see, sometimes we don't have to look very hard.
I watched a pretty good amount of Japanese animation growing up. I could sing the theme songs for shows like "Gigantor", "The Amazing Three", "Kimba" and of course, "Speed Racer".
If you were hardcore back in those days, you even watched the subtitled "Brave Raideen" and maybe picked up a word or two of Japanese.
It never really crossed my mind to make myself a costume based on the characters from those shows.
If it did (and I swear it never did), I couldn't see myself suiting up and going hang out in public.
I'm pretty sure it was frowned upon back in those days.
Lucky for us the world is a little more understanding. It doesn't mean that dressing up as an anime character isn't still looked at as maybe a bit eccentric. At least these days if you decide to indulge, there are whole conventions where you can hang out with other folks who are into the same thing.
Just make sure you know the dates of the Anime Expo.