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Japan Expo, 20 years of fun facts: 15th Anniversary

We keep going over the festival adventure with a few anecdotes taking you behind the scene and celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Japan Expo, which brings us today to the 15th anniversary of Japan Expo, an adventure that was about to last 5 days, for better or for worse!

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On July 2-6, 2014, Japan Expo celebrates its 15th Anniversary with an exhibit and a great cosplay show bringing together the cosplayers who have been the most rewarded since the festival beginning. As for Guests of Honor, the attendees met with Izumi MATSUMOTO, the mangaka of Kimagure Orange RoadKitarô KÔSAKA, animation director on several Studio Ghibli films, Daigo IKENO, the chara-designer of Street Fighter, and the groups Berryz Kobo and °C-ute who give a concert after the festival with 12 idols on stage.

5 days that feel much longer than expected

For its 15th anniversary, Japan Expo decided to remain open for 5 days! An attractive idea that would end up being more complicated than planned, as revealed by Jean-François Dufour, president of the festival: "For the extra day on Wednesday, we had decided to open in the afternoon only but the fans were here from the morning, it was a long day for them. As for the exhibitors, they only installed their booths on Wednesday which caused many different problems, to which added some computer bugs." It was an ordeal for the organizers and partners alike, which made the team go back to four days the following year.

Japan Expo 15th Impact key figures

5 days · 240,189 attendees · 125,000 sqm · +200 guests · 625 hours of program · 85 signing sessions · 34 cosplayers from European countries taking part in the ECG · 20 showcases and concert · 840 sqm dedicated to Japanese arts and crafts with Wabi Sabi · 30th anniversary of Kimagure Orange Road

We’ll be back soon for the 16th Impact, with the striking coming of a star of video games, Shigeru MIYAMOTO, the creator of Mario​​​: ​​​​​follow our news for more information a few days!

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