Singapore is one of the latest countries hugely influenced by Japanese pop culture.
About six-large exhibitions are currently happening and will take place in the upcoming months. Three events are going on this month are Gundon Docks At Singapore exhibition and anime/cosplay festival Funan Anime Matsuri 2015, and CharaExpo 2015. “It is a two-day festival that showcases card game tournaments, appearances by renowned manga creators/cosplayers, and professional wrestling matches(Kaur, page 1).”
Future festivals that fans can look forward to include Cosfest at Downtown East, International Cosplay Day Singapore at Scape and Anime Festival Asia at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. All these exhibitions cater to a ever-growing audience that is passionate about anime, manga, video games, and other types of Japanese pop culture.
One of the most recognized events happening in Singapore is Anime Festival Asia organized by Shawn Chin, founder/managing director of local events and entertainment company Sozo. It started back in 2008 with 27,000 attendees and increased tremendously to 90,000 last year. As a result of this massive increase, its popularity has spread to other Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand.
Another prominent event held annually is The Singapore Toy, Game, & Comic Convention that started in September 2009 showcasing toys, games, comics, anime, manga, and collectibles from Eastern and Western cultures for fans around the world. Even fans are coming together and starting small-scale events. “Last Saturday, more than 400 people attended MinnaCon 2015 at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), an anime, comics, and game event organized by the National University of Singapore’s Comics and Animation Society with the support of the Singapore Cosplay Club. In its third year, the event has expanded to include new segments such as anime song performances, says MinnaCon’s publicity director Neo Duan Kai(page 1).”
This opportunity allows people to share their interests with each other and work towards making great things happen in their community. It will only keep getting bigger and bigger as the years go by.
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