It is an event that combines the fun and adoration of modern sub-culture with the appreciation and opportunities to experience Japan’s ancient traditions … reports Asian Lite News.
Held in the Japanese ancient capital city of Kyoto, the annual “Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair” (KYOMAF), which will be held from 15th – 16th of September, 2018, is an event that combines the fun and adoration of modern sub-culture with the appreciation and opportunities to experience Japan’s ancient traditions. The event, which is the largest of its kind in Western Japan, will showcase the latest in Japanese manga and anime and this year it is expected to draw more than 40,000 visitors from around Japan and abroad.
The main venue of the event is Miyako Messe, the largest exhibition centre in Kyoto, which will be divided into several zones including an Open Stage, Cos-play Zone, Kyara (Character) Café, KYOMAF Shop and an Exhibition Zone, which will feature more than 60 publishers, anime producers, broadcasting companies, filmmakers, educational organisations and other enterprises and organisations related to manga and the anime industries. All will exhibit their latest offerings including a number of limited editions that will only be made available at the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair. Unique to this event, visitors to the Exhibition Zone will also be able to experience first-hand various traditional Japanese crafts bringing together both the old and new of Japanese culture under one roof.
To encourage international visitors to join the excitement a special admission fee of JPY 1,300 (USD 12) is offered to international tourists upon presenting their passports.
During a visit KYOMAF, manga enthusiasts can not visit Kyoto without also visiting the Kyoto International Manga Museum, which will act as a supporting venue during KYOMAF. Opened in November 2006, it is the first comprehensive cultural centre for manga culture in Japan, with collections of manga related materials consisting of more than 300,000 items.
The items feature modern Japanese manga as well as manga-related historical materials from the Meiji period (1868-1912) as well as comics from around the world. Admission fee is JPY 800 (USD 7.20) for an adult, JPY 300 (USD 2.70) for a Junior High School Student (Age 12-15) and JPY 100 (USD 0.90) for children below 12 years old.