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Anime Fest for Kingston and Montego Bay

Japanese Animation Festival slated for Kingston and Montego Bay

Animation will be among the events used to illustrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Japan as the Japan Foundation and the Embassy of Japan in Jamaica stage their first Japanese Animation Film Festival Festival and manga poster competition. The two-day event will take place in Kingston and Montego Bay.

Kaori Saito, Cultural Officer, Embassy of Japan explained that the decision to stage a Japanese animation festival was related to the interest level of Jamaicans in the Japanese popular art form.

“We have met so many Jamaicans who are very passionate about Japanese animation and manga and received many requests for animation film shows,” explained Ms Saito.

Ms. Saito further explained that while some Jamaicans are exposed to popular television Anime such as Bleach, One Piece and Naruta there are many Japanese animation films that are far less known on the Jamaican landscape and so the festival will serve as a vehicle to introduce and strengthen the understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture. She also noted that the festival was also being staged in the second city to widen awareness and appreciation beyond the capital.

“By having the film festival both in Kingston and Montego Bay, we hope to increase the awareness of, and interests in, Japanese culture and in particular Japanese animation nationwide,” said Ms. Saito.

To that end, the pieces selected are amongst some of the most popular films in Japan. The festival will feature Doraemon The Movie: Nobita’s Dinosaur (directed by Ayumu Watanabe), Crayon Shinchan The Storm Called: The Adult Empire Strikes Back (directed by Keiichi Hara), Miyori in the Sacred Forest (directed by Fumi Yamamoto) and The Place Promised in Our Early Days (directed by Makoto Shinkai).

The manga poster competition, targeted at high school students, will feature separate adjudication in Kingston and Montego Bay.

The Kingston leg of the festival will be staged at the Garden Theatre Audio Visual Centre at St. Andrew High School for Girls (July 6, 2013) while the Montego Bay Leg takes place the Montego Bay Civic Centre. The festival runs from 1 pm to 7:30pm each day. The festival will also feature a Cosplay show by JA Cosplayaz.