All about AnimeJapan 2016

This weekend is Anime Japan 2016, so here is a guide to introduce you to all the activities before you head to the Tokyo Big Sight.

What is Anime Japan?


AnimeJapan is not only an entertainment event but also an opportunity to connect with the Anime industry. Professionals from all corners of the animation world will give panels, host talk shows, provide workshops and will discuss your dream career plans. Why not bring your portfolio with you? This could be your big break!

61d2c9bb5f7e0a8f07e5dc56dcbe3509_s

Navigating the exhibition halls


The area at Tokyo Big Sight is divided into different sections, each dedicated to an area of the anime industry.

Stages


There will be four stages; a red, green, blue and open stage. The colored stages host a variety of events such as panels, talk shows, news about series and cast appearances. However, these stages require a reservation and access is limited. The open stage is open to the public and free to enter. It will feature unique events, information about upcoming anime, talk shows and more.

Dealers


With more than 40 dealers selling unique merchandise, a fan is sure to find something to their liking. Big animation merchandise stores as well as smaller shops will sell and exhibit their goods. Definitely stop by the booth with Anime Japan 2016 exclusive merchandise and Premium Goods area.

0056b5d5101300c4d71b7e91233521ef_s

Food Park


Have you ever wanted to eat the food you saw on an anime? Now you can! Try the special Hokkaido pizza from agricultural hit manga Silver Spoon or other dishes such as Homemade Corn Soup from the adventure manga The Seven Deadlines Sins.

Creation Area


Anime Japan created a special area for all aspiring and professional animators. The Creation Stage will hold business seminars with lectures from creators about new developments in the industry. Experienced staff of professional schools will provide career counseling in a separate area and production works will be on display in the exhibition area.

719ad09ef845dd4e855cde78d6ade264_s

Business Area


This area is meant to provide business chances for both attendees and exhibitors in a comfortable environment. Be warned, students and people who are planning to start their own business are not allowed to enter the Business area. The area is strictly for business talks with exhibitors and to collect anime-related information for business.

d276b5328b4e078e8c4c005c57dbbf40_s

Children's Area


For families with young visitors there is a special exhibition area with workshops and play corners.  Pose for a photo with popular manga characters such as Pikachu and Yokai Watch's Jibanyan.

The festival goes on


After AnimeJapan closes, the party continues until late. On Friday and Saturday there will be a variety show and special event by Anison CLUB. Dance all night on Saturday at the AnimeJapan 2016 Night Festival, featuring some of the best DJ's of Japan.

6d0d3f12b1e185fe8b45dd916956f7c7_s

With this much going on, there really should be no other way to spend your weekend than by going to AnimeJapan 2016. See you there!

Other Articles

HOT ENTRIES

Know Your Kimono: 9 Different types of Kimono
Kimono literally means "something that is worn" - but there are many types of kimono worn on ...
3 Wild 'Onsen' Theme Parks
Want a little more than just a soak in hot water? Try an onsen theme park, where a whole world ...
Strolling the Shotengai: Togoshi-ginza
The most original "unauthentic" Ginza If you are a tourist in Tokyo for only a short time, there...

CATEGORY RANKING

Know Your Kimono: 9 Different types of Kimono
Kimono literally means "something that is worn" - but there are many types of kimono worn on ...
Kanji 101
Socrates said, “The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know”. This is how I feel when it...
Japanese Gardens in Changing Times
In the past, gardens were created by the upper-class of society and can be classified into thre...