[div class=”notice” class2=”icon”]The following is from an article on LiverKick.com, part of the MiddleEasy Network.[/div]
Yuichiro “Jienotsu” Nagashima has for the past few years been hands down the most colorful fighter to step into a K-1 ring, largely due to his affinity for cosplaying. He has insisted in the past that it is not cross-dressing, although he might choose to dress as female characters, but simple costume play, known as cosplaying in Japan. His cosplaying has spilled over into the ring for him as he enters the ring fully dressed up before stripping down to his fight gear and has garnered him international attention.
National Geographic Channel ran a program about cosplaying earlier this week and a whole feature portion of the show was based upon Jienotsu himself and the reasons behind why he cosplays and the ridicule he receives for it.