Tokyo International Anime Fair

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Tokyo International Anime Fair
Tokyo International Anime Fair 2008.jpg
One of the exhibition halls at the 2008 fair.
Status Defunct
Venue Tokyo Big Sight
Location(s) Tokyo
Country Japan
Inaugurated 2002
Most recent 2013
Attendance 105,855 (2013)

The Tokyo International Anime Fair also known as Tokyo International Animation Fair (東京国際アニメフェア, TAF) was one of the largest anime trade fairs in the world, held annually in Tokyo, Japan. The first event was held in 2002 as "Tokyo International Anime Fair 21". The event was held at Tokyo Big Sight, a convention and exhibition center in Tokyo Bay, in late March. Usually, the first one or two days of the fair were weekdays and the entrance was open only to industry members and the press; the last two days were scheduled on the weekend and the fair was open to the public.

Besides being an international trade fair, the TAF included related events such as business symposia and other events. Notably, the Tokyo Anime Awards were given for domestic and foreign creations and creators in the event with the name of the event. The event was supported by the Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs of Tokyo.[1] Although the event did not have a long history, it and its prizes were recognized in the industry. In 2014, it was merged with the Anime Contents Expo to form AnimeJapan.[2]

Event History[edit]

This table shows the number of visitors and participants:[3]

Date Attendance Exhibitors Location
February 15–17, 2002 50,163 104 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo
March 19–22, 2003 64,698 138 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo
March 25–28, 2004 72,773 166 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo
March 31-April 3, 2005 83,966 197 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo
March 23–26, 2006 98,984 256 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo
March 22–25, 2007 107,713 270 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo
March 27–30, 2008 126,622 289 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo
March 18–21, 2009 129,819 255 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo
March 25–28, 2010 132,492 244 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo
2011 Cancelled due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami event
March 22–25, 2012 98,923 216 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo
March 21–24, 2013 105,855 223 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo

Official Theme song[edit]

Year Title Musician
2010 Happy place[1] Eri-Yuka《Eri Kitamura & Yuka Iguchi
2012 TAF na Sora-e!!![2] Nioh [3]
2013 Kimi ni Todoke[4] Ars Magna [5]

2011 event[edit]

In December 2010 a group of ten large manga publishers known as the Comic 10 Society (コミック10社会, Comikku 10 Shakai) announced plans to boycott the 2011 event. The boycott was in protest at revisions to the Tokyo Youth Development Ordinance that increased regulation of manga and anime sales to under-18 year olds. This was seen as a deliberate snub of Shintaro Ishihara, who was closely associated with both TAF and the changes to the law.[4][5][6] Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan had expressed concern about the impact of the boycott and urged the parties involved to work towards resolving the situation.[7][8]

Due to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast coast of Japan on March 11, 2011, it was announced five days later, that the 2011 event would be canceled. In addition, Tokyo Big Sight, where the event was held annually, suffered unspecified damage during the quake in the Tokyo area.[9]


  1. ^ BILAT official website
  2. ^ "Tokyo Int'l Anime Fair, Anime Contents Expo Unite to Form AnimeJapan". Anime News Network. October 10, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "過去の開催情報 (Previous Event History) -". Retrieved 2010-12-09.  (in Japanese)
  4. ^ "Publishers threaten boycott over sex ordinance". Asahi Shimbun. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Tokyo assembly panel clears bill to regulate sexual content in comics". Japan Today. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "10 Manga Publishers to Boycott Tokyo Anime Fair". Anime News Network. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Japanese manga publishers threaten to boycott festival". The Daily Telegraph. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Tokyo's Youth Ordinance Bill Approved by Committee". Anime News Network. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Tokyo International Anime Fair 2011 Canceled". Anime News Network. March 16, 2011. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Convention reports[edit]

Coordinates: 35°37′50″N 139°47′42″E / 35.63056°N 139.79500°E / 35.63056; 139.79500