Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair Expands for 5th Anniversary
Inori Minase drew her own rendition of a Kyoto mascot during her press conference.
Preliminary details have been announced for the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2016, one of western Japan’s biggest manga and anime events, scheduled to be held in Kyoto on September 17th and 18th.
The event, also abbreviated as “Kyomaf”, will feature booths from publishers, anime production studios, and anime-related companies, live stage shows, a cosplay area, and limited edition merchandise sales, among other attractions. For this year’s 5th annual event, the festival will be increasing its efforts to appeal to both families and business attendees.
Kyomaf will be held at Miyako Messe, also known as the Kyoto International Exhibition Hall, as well as the Kyoto International Manga Museum, while the ROHM Theatre Kyoto will be used as an event space for this year’s fair. Various associated events will also take place throughout Kyoto, incorporating the entire city into the festivities.
The yearly event was created to fulfill several purposes within the Kyoto manga and anime industries. Kyomaf’s goals include facilitating connections between Kansai and Tokyo businesses, providing a supportive market for the region’s best up-and-coming creative talent, increasing domestic and international tourism to the area, and promoting sales of Kansai-based creative companies.
One of the highlights of the Miyako Messe portion of Kyomaf 2016 will be a focus on traditional Kyoto crafts, including workshops on printing and Kyo-Yuzen fabric dyeing that allow attendees to make their own handicrafts with popular characters. The venue will also host exclusive licensed merchandise at the Kyomaf Shop, a food court with menus based on anime and manga series, a chance for aspiring manga artists to submit their works to publishers, and a variety of other manga- and anime-themed events.
The Kyoto International Exhibition Hall will serve as a secondary venue, hosting its own set of related events. The ROHM Theatre Kyoto will hold a series of concerts and live performances, including a symphonic performance of selections from Koichi Sugiyama’s Dragon Quest V score on September 18th.
Kyomaf 2016’s official representative will be Inori Minase (Sony Music Artists), winner of Best Lead Actress at the 10th Seiyu Awards. At a press conference announcing her appointment, Minase stated, “I work as an anime voice actress, so I’m very happy to be supporting an event that supports people who love anime and manga.”
Regarding her role in the event’s promotion, Minase continued, “I think it’s great that the event will show how a love for anime and manga has nothing to do with age or nationality. I’m going to do my best to show how great anime and manga can be, too.”
Attendees of Kyomaf representative Inori Minase’s press conference included Kyoto mayor Daisaku Kadokawa.
The updated Kyomaf logo
Official representative Inori Minase
Inori Minase’s anthropomorphized representation of Kyoto, Maiko Yatsuhashi
Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2016