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DaiCon A Celebration of Japanese Modern Visual Culture

daicon6On the 11th and 12th of July, DaiCon was held in the Dewan Tun Canselor of Multimedia University, Cyberjaya. Organized by students of Multimedia University Cyberjaya and partially supported by The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur (JFKL), the event focused on promoting Japanese modern visual culture which has been rising in popularity over the last decade in Malaysia.

Encompassing everything from animation, manga, games, music and much more, there was something for everyone at DaiCon. Fans of J-Pop congregated at the J-Pop exhibition area, while fans of Japanese figurines could feast their eyes on the massive collection brought to DaiCon by The Figure Mall. Even fans of mecha had their fix in the exhibition put up by Macross Fans Malaysia.

Local amateur artists also had their own corner in the Doujin Corridor. DaiCon also managed to bring in a very popular sub-culture in Japan now, a Maid Caf_. Fans of Japanese animations also had their pockets well squeezed by Kareshi Kanojyo no Mise, a popular store from Singapore that specializes in original merchandise based on anime titles.

There was also a number of competitions held in DaiCon, from cosplay, karaoke, character-design and gundam construction. Many proved their mettle in each competition and in the end, the winners took back home prizes worth almost RM 1000.

The biggest highlight of DaiCon was undoubtedly the appearance of Miss Chihara Minori, a talented singer and seiyuu (voice actress) in Japan. Miss Chihara Minori hosted a Q & A session with the fans on the first day of DaiCon, answering various questions related to her career as a singer and seiyuu. Some lucky fans were even allowed to pose their question directly to her.

On the second day, Miss Chihara performed in a mini-concert, her first ever live concert in South-East Asia. Fans came all the way from Singapore, Philippines and even Japan to attend the concert. Performing a total of 10 songs, it proved not to be enough for the fans who waved their lightsticks enthusiastically while shouting Miss Chihara’s nickname “Minorin!” along the music. After repeated calls of “Encore!”, Miss Chihara reappeared on the stage, wearing a local Malaysian dress, baju kebaya, which was received with thunderous applause and cheers from the local fans and performed another three songs before ending the concert.

Overall, the DaiCon attracted more than 3000 visitors was a tremendous success and many left the hall satisfied, bringing home memories of a once-in-a-lifetime event.

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