Enjoying a winter-themed anime convention here in the tropics
By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
Anime enthusiasts got to share their passion and dress up as their favourite characters during Yukimatsuri 2 held over the course of two days from January 14 to 15.
Organised by local anime enthusiast club ChronoForce Kaiser in collaboration with Kuching based anime club in iCats college Gendai-bu, Yukimatsuri 2 was held at the International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (iCats) West Campus at Jalan Stampin.
According to President of ChronoForce Kaiser and organiser of the event, Mohd Zharif Jamil, this is the second time they organised Yukimatsuri.
“The first time we organised it was last year also at iCats. Since it is winter now in Japan, we decided to organise the Yukimatsuri (snow festival) here in Kuching,” said Mohd Zharif Jamil.
Centering around the theme of snow, Mohd Zharif said that the participants were dressed in winter attire where some can be seen wearing scarves, mittens, knit caps and hoodies for the event.
According to Mohd Zharif, the main objective of the event was to expose the anime culture to the public and share their interest with the community.
“Through promoting this kind of event to the public, we hope that it could slowly gain their interest in hobby and from there slowly build a community that shares the same passion and interest,” said Mohd Zharif.
As a community-based event, advisor of Gendai-bu Adruce Amirol said that they tried to keep the cost of organising the event at a minimum since the purpose of the organising the event is not to gain profit but towards exposure and sharing the same interest.
Established in 2014, Gendai-bu had less than 10 members when they first started, but now they have more than 20 active members.
“When we first started the club back in 2014, their target was just to simply to have a venue to display and share their interest and hobby with others,” he said.
However through time, Adruce said that the anime culture is slowly gaining traction among the general public and is now showing potential to be mainstream among the community.
Through invitations from other clubs and associations, Adruce said that the club has collaborated with AZAM Sarawak and participated in the Sarawak Toy Fair 2016.
With about 35 booths available during the two-day event for the participants to display their manga and anime character miniatures and statuettes collections, other activities included cosplay competition, Vanguard card competition, and anime singing competition.
Besides that, visitors also get to see various anime characters coming to live as they are several participants dressing up as their favourite anime characters.
To know more about their upcoming activities, check out ChronoForce Kaiser facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChronoKaizer/ and Gendai-bu facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/gendaibutracker/