A news conference for the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair (KYOMAF) is held at Kitano Tenmangu shrine in Kyoto’s Kamigyo Ward. (Hideo Sato)

KYOTO--Featuring many titles closely associated with the ancient capital, the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair (KYOMAF), one of the largest of its kind in western Japan, will be held on Sept. 15 and 16 here.

With the hometown connections, the executive committee is aiming to attract 45,000 attendees over two days for the seventh installment of KYOMAF.

The committee is also putting much efforts into nurturing talent in the content industry by hosting a job fair for amateur creators looking for jobs at anime studios.

Members of the executive committee and city officials who jointly organize KYOMAF held a news conference on July 11 at Kitano Tenmangu shrine in the city’s Kamigyo Ward to announce the outline of the fair. The event was opened to the public, with about 100 anime fans also present.

About 60 companies and organizations will promote their works and host small events at the main venue, the Miyakomesse convention center in Kyoto’s Sakyo Ward.

“Kyoto Teramachi Sanjo no Holmes” (Holmes at Kyoto Teramachi Sanjo), a light mystery novel series that spawned an animated TV series adaptation, and other titles whose stories take place in the city will be featured at the fair. There will also be a section where anime goods created by artisans with traditional skills are on offer, while attendees can join a workshop to make original items.

On Sept. 15, manga editors from nearly 60 publishers will join the fair to give amateur artists a chance to directly pitch their works. The following day, a job fair will be held for the first time for about 15 anime and video game companies based in Kyoto to recruit potential employees.

Popular voice actor Yuki Kaji, who is known for playing the protagonist of the “Attack on Titan” anime series, will make an appearance at the opening ceremony on Sept. 15 at the Rohm Theater Kyoto just across from Miyakomesse in Sakyo Ward. A live concert featuring music from Nintendo Co.’s video game series “Super Mario Bros.” will be held on both dates.

This year, 22/7 (pronounced as “nanabun no nijuni), an idol group of digitally created voice actresses produced by all-girl idol group AKB48 founder Yasushi Akimoto, serves as supporter for KYOMAF.

“We will do our best to promote the charms of KYOMAF, which we have yearned to do so for,” said Chiharu Hokaze, who portrays one of the members of 22/7.

For more details, visit KYOMAF’s official website at (http://kyomaf.kyoto/en/).