Every year at the end of October and the start of November the Barcelona Manga Fair takes place. This year was no exception as the event took place between the 31st October and 2nd November.
As with other years the event was held at Fira Montjuric Barcelona and during that time more than 100,000 people made a visit to the event. This year saw this particular Manga event celebrate its 20th year and just as with previous years during the four days there was plenty for the visitors to enjoy. Along with films to be watched and video games to be played there were numerous conferences, workshops and stands that fans from around the world.
Unlike in previous years the Manga frenzy was so great that the organizers of this particular event chose to increase the amount of space they used. In previous years they have only need to use 35,000 square metres of the venue to hold the event in, but this year saw the size increase up to 50,000 square metres. As a result of this event took place not only Hall 1 at Fira Montjuic Barcelona but also in Hall 2 and Plaza Universo. This is where the stage was located and where popular Japanese pop group Loverin Tamburin played.
This year saw a number of very special guests appear at the event and which kept fans of Manga very happy. The first of these was Managua Kengo Kanazawa who has gained worldwide success through his comic “I Am Hero”. Also world renowned Manga artist Takeshi Obata was in attendance as well.
But it isn’t only famed Japanese artists who are making an appearance at this event also attending is Spanish author Ken Niimura. Who is a Manga icon who wrote a book on Japanese ancestry and who has chosen currently to live and work in Tokyo. It is Niimura who was chosen to create the beautiful poster to help advertise the event this year.
This years Barcelona Manga Fair isn’t all about the books and the art there are a number of other activities that visitors to this event could enjoy. For those who would wanted the opportunity to try some authentic Japanese cuisine (other than sushi) they could as Nobuaki Fushiki the head chef of the restaurant Shiojiri Jōzōjo in Tokyo showed off his skills revolving around the latest food craze in Japan known as Hakkō Ryōri.
As well as the usual stalls and events taking place this year saw one new feature included and that was the one called “The Spirit of Japan”. This was an event where visitors had the opportunity to learn more about the culture, traditions and spirituality of the people of Japan. For anyone who loves all things Japanese then this part of the fair was a real revelation and provided them with a better insight into how the people of Japan think.