Japan Expo sets up website to honor late anime master Satoshi Kon

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Japan Expo, one of the largest conventions devoted to Japanese popular culture, has set up a website to honor Satoshi Kon, a master anime director who died last year, with the help of French anime website CATSUKA.com.

The website, “A Tribute to Satoshi Kon: French artists exhibition,” opened on Aug. 24, the first anniversary of his death.

It features illustrations drawn by about 40 French artists to commemorate Kon and his works.

Works that were inspired by Kon’s artistry were shown at Japan Expo Sud in Marseille, France, on Feb. 25-27 and at the Japan Expo in Paris from June 30 to July 3.

The exhibition attracted widespread attention and many visitors. The late anime great’s directorial credits include anime features such as “Perfect Blue,” “Millennium Actress” and “Paprika.”

The virtual exhibit features the illustrations displayed at the two French venues. The director’s biography and filmography, as photographs from the venues two French venues, are posted on the website.

Japanese, French and English websites have been set up to cater to an international audience.

Visit the online exhibition at (http://www.catsuka.com/satoshikon/en/).

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