Tokyo Comic Con will be held from November 25 to 27

Tokyo Comic Con is back! This highly anticipated event will take place at Makuhari Messe from November 25-27.

Tokyo Comic Con was last held in 2019 and, of course, the world has changed a lot since then.

Over the past few years, I’ve realized what a great event Comic Con is and how much it’s been missed, and not just by me. Hey, check out all the cosplayers tweeting the hashtag #東京コミコンコスプレ. Everyone is excited for this year’s event!

So why is Tokyo Comic Con so important? From the perspective of an outsider and a geek, here are the reasons for the call. And, I believe, begins with the word “connection” and its desire to connect:

  • Connecting to the World of “English-Language” Entertainment: Tokyo Comic Con is singularly the largest source of this type of entertainment one can experience, in person, in Japan. As with other Comic Cons held in the United States and around the world, the genres represented go beyond comic books. Movies (especially science fiction), video games, TV, music and more are also present. Maybe for non-Japanese residing here, it’s a fun piece of “home” to take for a day or more. Merchandise, souvenirs, collectibles and more are available to buy and take home. (And my Japanese friends have similar feelings, as this event is one of the few ways to truly immerse yourself in and connect with the “international” world of entertainment.)
  • Celebrity Connection: Something I haven’t personally figured out yet, but actors/actresses, especially those in currently popular movies and shows, attend Tokyo Comic Con and offer visitors the chance to have a photo with them. them or to have items autographed by them (for a price).
  • Connecting to Others: When you love something here and gravitate towards it, whether it’s Marvel, Star Wars, Stranger Things, DC or something else, you’ll find others who are fans of the same thing(s) you love . Of course, stepping into it, literally, as a cosplayer makes it easier to connect with those other fanatics and makes the photos even cooler. If you dress up, be sure to check the rules and process on the Tokyo Comic Con website.

And as with virtually every event in Japan, there’s plenty to see and photograph, from props, exhibits, statues, vehicles and of course people in cool costumes. Just be sure to check in on everything, by checking for signs near objects or asking the person if they’re ok with a photo taken of them.

This opportunity to “connect” comes once a year, normally, but this one is positioned to be a very meaningful event as many of the Con’s Tokyo (and beyond) attendees pick up what they missed. during three years. I’m personally excited to put my Star Wars costume back on and not only see old friends again, but also make new ones.

See you at Tokyo Comic Con 2022!

Tokyo Comic Con website

Daniel K. Denny