Whenever Japanese cosplayer Enako makes an appearance at an event, an insane number of fans flock around her to buy her merchandise.
— だよね＠『野良カメコのピラミッド』発売中 (@dayonesoudayone) August 12, 2018
Her popularity, which has earned her the title of “Japan’s number one cosplayer,” also helps her acquire millions of yen (thousands of dollars) in a relatively short amount of time.
— えなこ (@enako_cos) January 14, 2019
Enako first made global headlines after announcing on television in 2016 that she can earn more than one million yen ($9,212) a month by dressing up as popular anime characters.
— えなこ (@enako_cos) January 13, 2019
While the 24-year-old says she can earn a million yen per modeling gig, she reveals she generates most of her income by selling merchandise during the semi-annual Comiket convention in Tokyo. Enako has noted in interviews that about 80% of her income comes from these merchandise items which she herself produced.
The event, considered as the world’s largest independent manga (dojinshi) fair in the world, proves quite lucrative for Enako.
— みそっぺ (@qWP8Yga4XTuay8j) December 30, 2018
In last year’s Summer Comiket, she revealed that she earned around 10 million yen ($92,123) in one day, mostly from merchandise sales.
— えなこ (@enako_cos) December 19, 2018
Enako recently appeared on the Jikkuri Kiitarou ~ Star Kinkyou (Hi) Houkoku talk show to reveal that she once again earned 10 million yen in just one day during the Winter Comiket a month ago.
— えなこ (@enako_cos) December 31, 2018
She then revealed that in a good year, such as 2018, she can earn up to 30 million yen ($277,328).
According to Enako, most of the money was earned from selling copies of her 76-page photo album for 2,500 yen each.
She also sold a 50-page photo booklet for 2,000 yen and a Comiket-exclusive set that included both books, an additional 26-page Christmas photo book, and an original bag for 6,000 yen, SoraNews24 reports.
After selling out all of her merchandise on day one, the Nagoya-born cosplayer also appeared on day two at the booth as a model for Tamagawa Boat Race speedboat gambling organization.
Featured image via Twitter/enako_cos