Cosplay (Costume Play) is a popular activity in Japan. Special cosplay events are held and are also part of conventions such a Wonderfest, Comiket, Tokyo Game Show, etc. Anime characters are commonly mimics by cosplayers. Below are some cosplay pictures I have taken along with pictures of the anime figures taken from Amazon.jp. Note: My apologies If I have the name of the character incorrect, I am not an expert in this area.
Lucky Star 18 Hiiragi Kagami
Queens Blade Airi
Black Rock Shooter
Yes! PreCure 5
I am very impressed by these costumes, which I understand is commonly hand made. Who is your favorite character?