GEORGE TOWN, Apr 18 – The Malaysian state of Penang will be hosting the third Penang Anime Matsuri at SPICE Convention Centre on 1 and 2 July 2017. Penang Anime Matsuri is a family friendly festival (Matsuri) focusing on Anime, Cosplay, Games (ACG) and Japan pop culture. Last year the event attracted around 38,000 participants.

This year, it is expected that 50,000 people will turn up for this event which once again portrays the unique Japanese culture. The event will bring the biggest anisong dance party to Malaysia. It will feature some of the most well known names from Malaysia as well as Japan.

DJ Kazu, kradness, kz, May’n and nano, Angie, Baozi & Hana, Shine, Ying Tze latte-artist Yuichi , illustrator Fei Giap and many more are all set to enchant the crowd. Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said he hope that Japan and Penang will have closer ties with each other through Japanese themed festivals held in Penang such as the ‘Bon Odori’ and Anime Matsuri .

He said there are 3000 Japanese who are permanent residents in Penang and that is why Penang state are coming up with events such as this. He also added that Penangites are also encouraged to join this event as Penang Anime Matsuri 2017 is a family oriented event.

Mr Kiyoshi Itoi, the Consul-General of Japan in Penang extended his sincere appreciation to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for promoting Japanese themed festivals in Penang. He also said that such events give Penang a platform to shine globally and provide the opportunity for Japan and Malaysia to forge closer ties. Kiyoshi also congratulated Penang for being a happening place.

Penang Anime Matsuri is the brainchild of SOZO, the company behind Anime Festival Asia and Penang Global Tourism. The festival aims to unite lovers of Japanese pop culture around the South East Asia region. It is supported by Anime Festival Asia, the Penang state government and the Consulate-General of Japan in Penang. For more info on the event please log onto or visit — PN

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