KONKЯET KAKUMEI ~ Farewell Ambassador Sakurai

They come from different parts of the world and speak different languages, but it was obvious to everybody there that there were no national boundaries among us.” Takamasa Sakurai, April 11, 2015, upon inauguration of the International Otaku Expo Association

In memory of Takamasa Sakurai
December 16, 2015, Yomiuri Shimbun

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ONE ASSOCIATION TO RULE THEM ALL ^^

Marching down the Champs Elysees

The idea of reaching out to overseas manga otaku (fanboys and fangirls) was hatched by the fledgling International Otaku Expo Association (IOEA), whose director, Kazutaka Sato, and coordinator, Dan Kanemitsu, have been working for three years to turn concept into reality.

Kazutaka was on vacation in Paris with his wife in 2010 and happened upon France’s Japan Expo, the largest overseas showcase of Japanese pop culture. He tells me he was shocked to see the Metro teeming with foreign cosplayers. “Even at the Champs Elysees,” he says. “They were everywhere.”

AnimeJapan 2015 sees the big picture, Roland Kelts, Mar 27, 2015, The Japan Times

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