The Golden Week proceedings have wrapped up in Japan for this year but one of the biggest anime, gaming and manga events, Machi Asobi, was held in the Tokushima Prefecture which is situated on Shikoku island. The word “machi” translates as street, town or city while “asobi” is amusement, playing or game. The event is held bi-annually, normally in May or October, and is put together by studio, ufotable, responsible for Tales of Symphonia, Fate/ZERO andKara no Kyoukai – the Garden of sinners.
The Tokushima City Tourist Association also lend their support to the event. October 2009 saw the first event to be held and the past weekend of May 3rd to the 5th saw the 10th event to be held. Without one of the highlights of the event is the cosplay show, held in the late afternoon of the event’s last day. Over 100 cosplay participants can walk the red carpet which spans 100m throughout the length of the Higashi Shinmachi shopping arcade located in Tokushima-city.
*all of the photos were taken by Mikikazu Komatsu with the organizer’s permission