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Coming into contact with the leading edge of Japanese Anime

An Invitation to an 'Otaku' Tour

We have seen a recent rise in the number of events and facilities for transmitting the latest Japanese anime world not just nationwide but also globally. The "Tokyo International Anime Fair" is the ideal occasion for checking the latest trends each year. Also, the Tokyo Anime Center in Akihabara, as a base for disseminating anime information.

"Tokyo International Anime Fair"

This is an annual international trade fair for anime industries. The Tokyo Metropolitan City and anime-related enterprises jointly operate this fair (the Governor of Tokyo acting as Chairman of the Executive Committee) with the aim of promoting and fostering the anime culture, highly evaluated overseas, as important content originating in Japan.
Exhibition booths are set up to publicize the latest works of Japanese and foreign anime production companies, TV broadcasting stations and imaging companies. There are also all kinds of symposiums and stage events with the participation of popular voice actors. Moreover, at the competition for awarding excellent works, the "Animation of the Year Award" recipient is selected from among commercial entries released the preceding year, and the Open Entries are selected from contributions by the general public in order to cultivate new talented anime creators.

Dates of fair: Every year for 4 days from late March. The first two days are business days for industry participants only, and the last two days are open to the general public.
Hours: 10:00-18:00

Places:Tokyo Big Sight (East Exhibition Hall 1 & 2, and other locations)

Access:About 7 minutes' walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo Station on the Rinkaisen Line.
Kokusai-Tenjijo Station is approx. 10 minutes from Oimachi Station on the JR Keihin Tohoku Line.
Or, about 3 minutes' walk from Kokusai Tenjijo Shomen Station.
Kokusai Tenjijo Shomen Station is approx. 23 minutes from JR Shimbashi Station on the Yurikamome Line.

Tokyo Anime Center

"Tokyo Anime Center", a base for disseminating information on Japanese anime, is located in front of Akihabara Station in Tokyo. In addition to providing the latest news to anime fans not only in Japan but also to those coming from overseas, the center plans to organize events participated in by creators and voice actors, and offer original goods available only in its official store. Also, in the adjoining Theater Hall, previews will be shown of the latest anime films and mini concerts will be held. This Tokyo Anime Center is surely the first place anime fans will want to visit in Akihabara.

Place:4th Fl., Akihabara UDX Bldg., 4-14-1, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
Business hours:11:00-19:00
Tel. 03-5298-1188

Access:Near the Denkigai-guchi Exit of JR Akihabara Station.

*Photo(C) Tokyo International Anime Fair Executive Committee
(*A photograph is a thing at the time of holding in 2005.)