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November 28, 2007 > Holiday Anime Fair

Holiday Anime Fair

Explore the world of Anime and Manga Art

By Anuja Seith

Anime fans and enthusiast can enjoy a rare treat at the Anime faire, a novel art and Graphic Expo. Anime, commonly referred to as Japanese animation, has its roots in Manga or Japanese comics. These began as pictures drawn on temple walls, wooden blocks and finally as woodblock prints with captions collected in books. Anime has made a fleeting appearance on American TV shows such as Robotech and Speed Racer. Currently, anime can be seen in Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon, fueling interest in this art. The City of Fremont and P.MB.Q studios are featuring the exciting world of Anime with the Holiday Anime Fair, a family fun event. "This is a family oriented event as Anime caters to everyone from young children to grandparents," said Rena Dein, Recreation Supervisor at Fremont Parks & Recreation Department.

A feast for eyes and senses, the fair will provide Anime aficionados and others interested in the artform with a plethora of items including character goods, plushies and Manga books from a variety of vendors. Those who have little or no knowledge about this art may discover a new hobby or passion in "Manga Start," a new addition to the event that teaches basic Manga drawing techniques.

Families can also have fun making holiday arts like origami, ornaments, and cards using anime images. The holiday fair will also host a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament (card game) sponsored by Anime 101. This game has been around for a long time and has a large following both among teens and adults", said Glen Schmall, owner of Anime 101. This will be a sanctioned event in which Yu-Gi-Oh fans can earn points and increase their national ranking .

Faire goers can pamper their taste buds with specialty foods like Pocky, popular frosted biscuits, and Rumane a Japanese soft drink while listening to toe-tapping holiday music. So, this holiday season, enjoy this artistic fun filled event with your family.

For more information call Rena Dein at (510) 494-4344

Holiday Anime Faire
Saturday, Dec. 1
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Teen Center in Central Park
39770 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont
(510) 494-4344

Ticket Information: $5 per person includes two activity tickets to be used for art projects or some snacks, additional $1 ticket for more creations and $5 advance ticket for Manga start and Yu-Gi-Oh tournament.

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