Photo/IllutrationFans take pictures in front of an anime statue at the Miyakomesse convention center in Kyoto’s Sakyo Ward on Sept. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

An annual manga and anime fair in Kyoto that includes many titles associated with the ancient capital attracted a total of 41,700 enthusiasts over its two-day run this year, up 22 percent from the previous year.

The 7th Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair (KYOMAF), one of the largest of its kind in western Japan, was held on Sept. 15-16 at the Miyakomesse convention center, Kyoto International Manga Museum and elsewhere in the ancient capital.

The main venue at Miyakomesse featured a wide range of promotional booths to offer related goods, display original drawings and host workshops and other events. In addition, a record number of 26 programs such as talks, live radio show recordings and musical performances were conducted at the Rohm Theater Kyoto’s South Hall and a special stage set up in the basement floor of Miyakomesse. Exhibitions, talks and family-oriented events were also offered at the manga museum.

“We are pleased that we can offer an increasing number of efforts that are uniquely Kyoto year after year,” said Takayuki Matsutani, head of the KYOMAF executive committee.

This year, “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 associated with the city were featured at the fair.

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