A month-long JoJo’s summer festival will kick off on Aug. 12 in Sendai, the inspiration behind a locale in the “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” manga series.

“JoJoFes 2017 in S City Morioh Town” will run until Sept. 10 in the Miyagi prefectural capital.

The news was announced during the Great Festival event for “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4--Diamond Is Unbreakable” held in February. The fourth story arc in the series, “Diamond Is Unbreakable,” takes place in the fictional town of Morioh. The protagonist of each arc is nicknamed JoJo.

The highlight of the festival will be an art exhibition featuring original manga manuscripts drawn by the series creator, Hirohiko Araki, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original manga series. A Sendai native, Araki has also provided a special illustration featured as a key visual for the festival.

The exhibition will not be a recreation of a hugely successful previous one held in Tokyo in 2012, but will showcase new materials.

Numerous other events and attractions will also be staged during the festival.

Venues, tickets and other details will appear as they become available on the official website at (http://jojofes.com/).

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