Photo/Illutration Fans take photos in front of an anime statue at the Miyakomesse convention center in Kyoto’s Sakyo Ward on Sept. 15, 2018. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

The 8th Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair (KYOMAF), one of the largest of its kind in western Japan, will take place on Sept. 21 and 22 at the Miyakomesse convention center and elsewhere.

The fair features booths set up by publishers, broadcasters and anime companies to promote new anime and manga and sell related goods. Live shows are also offered on stage.

More than 60 companies and organizations opened booths at the seventh fair in 2018. About 41,700 fans showed up for the event, far surpassing the number the year before.

The 2019 edition will once again offer live performances at the KYOMAF Stage, for which tickets will be chosen by lottery, and at the Open Stage, which has free admission.

Special foods and drinks will also be served in collaboration with popular manga titles.

This year, the Toei Kyoto Studio Park, a theme park and movie set modeled after the ancient capital during feudal times, has been added as a special venue to expand the scale of the fair.

For more information, visit the official website at (http://kyomaf.kyoto/en/).

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