Six things you can do at ANIMEJapan when you don't speak Japanese
What were you doing over the weekend? Catching a glimpse at the cherry blossoms beginning to bloom in Tokyo? Or were you working? I was at AnimeJapan, a convention all.about.anime. How exciting.
Fun Facts about AnimeJapan:
Held at Tokyo Big Sight, AnimeJapan is one of the largest anime conventions in Japan.
Over 167 companies attend AnimeJapan each year, bringing a wide range of memorabilia and events for anime lovers to enjoy.
Over the course of the weekend, there are many exclusive panels, interviews and trailer previews for both popular and new anime shows.
Now, you may have noticed that Japanese is not my first language, and my Japanese is actually pretty terrible.
So “why would I go to an anime convention when you can’t understand what’s going on?”, I bet you’re wondering. Yes, even though there are interviews with industry specialists, and previews for the latest anime, there are still plenty of things that AnimeJapan can offer, even to the non-speaking Japanese fans of anime.
So here’s six things you can do at AnimeJapan even if you don’t speak Japanese:
Visit anime studios booths for exclusive content
The major anime studios (such as Aniplex) will often have big booths where you can have photos with, and take photos of real life models of your favourite characters.
you can look at exclusive behind the scene contents; this includes sketches of characters by the original artists, concept art, character props, and even signatures from the artists themselves.
Look at rare and exclusive figurines
You and admire and purchase an array of character figures at AnimeJapan, everything from NHK’s Docomo dressed in different costumes to cute girls wearing an array of outfits (some leaving little to the imagination). A lot are only available at AnimeJapan, so expect to pay a premium for the rarest of figurines.
There’s almost a 99% possibility that Godzilla will attend every Japanese convention in the foreseeable future, well until the new movie is released anyway.
Take Photos with mascots
These critters are located all over AnimeJapan; you can even queue up to have your photo taken with “the celebrities” of the mascot world, such as Pikachu or Anpanman.
But be warned, these mascots may appear cute and cuddly, but they will wave at you, or even wiggle their nose.
Take photos of cosplay
Japan has the reputation for some of the best cosplay in the world, and AnimeJapan does not disappoint. Head on over to cosplay corner to take photos of your favourite anime characters. Just remember your manners!
Don’t forget to watch the cosplay parade
Just don’t forget to wave as they walk past!
So that’s all for now folks,
I’ve been Wedy Jones.
Keep it Real, Keep it Nippon.
Address: Tokyo Big Sight, 3 Chome-11-１ Ariake, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0063 (Open in Maps)
Opening Times: 10:00-17:00
Entrance Fee: ¥2,200 per person
Kokusai Tenjijo Station, 12 minutes walk
Kokusai Tenjijo Seimon Station, 7 minutes walk