Japan Expo

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Japan Expo
Japan Expo logo 2.svg
Status Active
Genre Japanese culture
Venue Center of New Industries and Technologies (CNIT), La Défense (2002-2004)
Parc des Expositions de Villepinte, Paris-Nord Villepinte (2006-present)
Location(s) Paris
Country France
Inaugurated 1999
Attendance 240,000 in 2014
Organized by SEFA EVENT
JTS Group
Filing status For-profit
Website
http://www.japan-expo.com/

Japan Expo is a convention on Japanese popular culture - the largest of its kind in Europe - taking place in Paris, France, although it has branched out into a partnership festival Kultima and expanded to include some European and US pop culture as well. It is held yearly in the beginning of July, for four days (usually from Thursday to Sunday), in the Parc des Expositions de Villepinte (second-largest convention center in France). The attendance has increased steadily over the years, with 3,200 visitors welcomed in the first edition in 1999 and around 240,000 for the 2014 edition.

History[edit]

Momoiro Clover Z performed at Japan Expo 2012. It is ranked as the most popular female idol group according to 2013 and 2014 surveys in Japan.[1][2]

Event history[edit]

The first exposition took place in 1999 at the Institut supérieur du commerce de Paris and welcomed 3,200 visitors, a number which has grown steadily. In 2002, Japan Expo was hosted at the Center of New Industries and Technologies (CNIT) in La Défense, Paris.

In 2005, the event was canceled out of security concerns due to the large amount of visitors. The exposition has since moved to the larger Parc d'Expositions in Paris-Nord Villepinte.

Dates Location Attendance Guests
1999 Institut supérieur du commerce de Paris
Paris, France
3,200 ...
2000 L'Espace Champerret
Paris, France
8,000 ...
2001 L'Espace Austerlitz
Paris, France
12,000 ...
July 5–7, 2002 ...
Paris, France[3]
21,000 Nami Akimoto, and Tsutomu Nihei.[4]
July 5–6, 2003 CNIT-Paris La Défense
Paris, France
29,000 Keiji Goto, Nobuhiro Okaseko, and Ryosuke Sakamoto[5]
July 2–4, 2004 CNIT-Paris La Défense
Paris, France
41,000 Hisashi Abe, Masakazu Katsura, Mana, Andy Seto, Hiroshi Watari, and Kanemori Yoshinori.[6]
July 1–3, 2005
(canceled)
N/A N/A (Convention canceled)
July 7–9, 2006 Paris-Nord Villepinte
Paris, France
56,000 Hitomitoi, Kenjiro Kawatsu, Morishige, Hideki Owada, Aki Shimizu, Mamiya Takizaki, Kazuhide Tomonaga, Takaharu Okuma, Plastic Tree and Anna Tsuchiya.[7][8]
July 6–8, 2007 Paris-Nord Villepinte
Paris, France
80,727 Dio – Distraught Overlord, GARI, Halcali, Keiko Ichiguchi, Sachiko Kamimura, Masachika Kawata, Minae Matsukawa, Ichirou Mizuki, Junko Mizuno, Olivia Lufkin, Moon Kana, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Hiroyuki Takei, Hironobu Takeshita, Syuji Takeya, Nana Kitade and Yoshiki.[9]
July 3–6, 2008 Paris-Nord Villepinte
Paris, France
134,467 Yutaka Izubuchi, Junko Kawakami, Toshihiro Kawamoto, Kazuo Koike, Setona Mizushiro, Go Nagai, Takeshi Obata, Oh! great, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Scandal, Ra:IN (Pata and Michiaki only[10]), Munehisa Sakai, Chihiro Tamaki, Tetsuya Tsutsui, and Miyavi.[11]
July 2–5, 2009 Paris-Nord Villepinte
Paris, France
165,501 CLAMP, AKB48, Shinichirō Watanabe, Moriyasu Taniguchi, Mizuho Nishikubo, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Shiori Furukawa, Akemi Takada, Natsuki Takaya, Sakae Esuno, Daisuke Nishijima, Dai Sato, Hitoshi Ichimura, Tetsuya Nishio, Junko Takeuchi, Takami Akai, Akemi Hayashi, Kazuya Hatazawa, Showtaro Morikubo, Hikari Yamaguchi, Yuuichiro Hirata, Shintaro Akiyama, Ryousuke Katoh, Kanon Wakeshima, Benjamin (Zhang Lin), Ji Di (Zu Ya-Le), Aurore, Benjamin Reiss, Ludo Lullabi, School Food Punishment, Ra:IN.[12]
July 1–4, 2010 Paris-Nord Villepinte
Paris, France
173,680 Tsukasa Hojo, Noriyuki Iwadare, Morning Musume, An Nakahara,Masakazu Katsura, Hiro Mashima, Seikima-II, HITT & Guests, Jun Mochizuki, Suika, die!!die!!color!!!, Kazue Kato, Anipunk, Aya Kanno, Gibier du Mari, X Japan (Toshi and Yoshiki only), Vivid.[13]
June 30–July 3, 2011 Paris-Nord Villepinte
Paris, France
192,000 Hangry & Angry, Dream Morning Musume (Yoshizawa and Ishikawa), Eriko Kawasaki's K-ble Jungle Akira Yamaoka, Nobuteru Yūki, Yumiko Igarashi, H. Naoto, PASSPO☆.
July 5–8, 2012 Paris-Nord Villepinte
Paris, France
208,000 Christielle Huet-Gomez, Alice Briére-Haquet, Samantha Bailly, Hideo Katsumata, Chiaki Miyamoto, Yoshihisa Kishimoto, Moto Hagio, Natsumi Aida, Mariya Nishiuchi, Hideo Baba, Katsuhiro Harada, Haruhiko Mikimoto, Masao Maruyama, Kamui, Sakizo, Triple Tails.S (Kana and Mio Shirai), Satsuki, Shiitake, Salagir, Jérôme Morel, Gogeta, Jr., Marlène, Ibi, Furo and Mimi, Berrizo, Monsieur To, TroyB, Tetsuya Tsutsui, Professor Sakamoto, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Toshio Maeda, Ein Lee, Tetsuya Saruwatari, Anli Pollicino, Man With A Mission, Daizystripper, Makoto Shinkai, N0isY☆KidS, Rei Toma, Kohei Tanaka, Junko Iwao, Virgo a.k.a. Hammer, Hemenway, Momoiro Clover Z, Idoling!!!, Keiji Inafune, Flow, Naoki Urasawa.[14]
July 4–7, 2013 Paris-Nord Villepinte
Paris, France
232,876 Tetsuo Hara, Masahiro Ikeno, Atsuhiro Iwakami, Shōji Kawamori, Kim Byung Jin, Keito Kōme, Toshiyuki Kubooka, Tomonori Ochikoshi, Aya Oda, Mamiya Takizaki, Tatsuyuki Tanaka, Aki Akana, angela, °C-ute, Dear Loving, Deathgaze, Dempagumi.inc, J☆Dee’Z, Kao=S, Anam Kawashima, Kylee, May'n, Maywa Denki, Nightmare, Ninjaman Japan, Sansanar, Urbangarde, Tsubasa Masuwaka, Una, Hideo Baba, Katsuhiro Harada, Shinji Hashimoto, Yoshinori Kitase, Hisashi Koinuma, Tetsuya Nomura, Motomu Toriyama, Naoki Yoshida, Samantha Bailly, Jérôme Hamon, Shiitake, Ray Fujita, Laure Kié, Kikutaro, Katsuyuki Konishi, Natsuna, Kazma Sakamoto, Daisuke Sekimoto, Hiromu Takahashi, Junko Takeuchi.[15]
July 2–6, 2014 Paris-Nord Villepinte
Paris, France
240,000 °C-ute, Nogizaka46, Kalafina, Wagakki Band, Shoko Nakagawa, Kamui Fujiwara, Yoshiki, Tatsurō Iwamoto ...
°C-ute at Japan Expo 2014

Japan Expo in other cities[edit]

Other than the main convention in Paris, Japan Expo has expanded to 4 cities in 3 countries on 2 continents:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ももクロ、初のAKB超え タレントパワーランキング" (in Japanese). Nihon Keizai Shimbun. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Nikkei Entertainment (in Japanese) (Nikkei BP) (June, 2014). 2014-05-02. 
  3. ^ "Japan Expo 2002 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  4. ^ "History of Guests". Japan Expo. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  5. ^ "Japan Expo 2003 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  6. ^ "Japan Expo 2004 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  7. ^ "Japan Expo 7 (2006)". japan-expo.com. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  8. ^ "Japan Expo 2006 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  9. ^ "Japan Expo 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  10. ^ "Ra:IN interview after Japan Expo". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  11. ^ "Festival's Guests 2008". Japan Expo. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  12. ^ "Festival's Guests 2009". Japan Expo. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  13. ^ "Guest List". japan-expo.com. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  14. ^ "Guest List". japan-expo.com. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  15. ^ "Guest List" (in French). japan-expo.com. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 48°58′20″N 2°30′59″E / 48.97222°N 2.51639°E / 48.97222; 2.51639