‘Akiba Tokyo’ anime song event headed for Hong Kong debut

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

“Akiba Tokyo,” a high-profile club event devoted to anime songs, moves for the first time outside Japan to Hong Kong on Aug. 28, organizer Akiba Tokyo Project (ATP) said.

The DJ party takes place at Uncle 4 Cafe and Bar in the Tsim Sha Tsui area, ATP added.

Anime songs and cosplayers are becoming a common theme at club events in Japan these days, adding new excitement to both the “otaku” and club scenes.

ATP, based in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, a center for cutting-edge pop culture, is helping to steer the new movement. Its Akiba Tokyo club event has attracted much fan attention in Japan.

Now, it moves to Hong Kong, with help from Comic World Hong Kong (CWHK), the region’s largest convention dedicated to fanzines and cosplay.

The convention is expanding its scale to accommodate the region’s growing otaku culture. The CWHK used to be a one-day event, but will be held over two days on Aug. 27-28 this year. Akiba Tokyo will be held as an after-party event.

ATP said it aims to promote the combination of club culture and anime/videogame culture in Asia. It hopes anime and videogame fans outside Japan can feel the positive vibes and enjoy Japanese pop culture together with the event’s DJs from Japan, including Muzik Servant and Kaxtupe.

Visit ATP’s official website at (http://akibatokyo.com/) and CWHK’s at (http://www.cwhk.org/).

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