Japanese Anime Festival in Georgia
19 December, 2013
Japanese Anime Festival in Georgia
The Embassy of Japan, in cooperation with Japan Foundation, hosted Japanese Anime Festival on 13-15 December in Tbilisi, at the Amirani Cinema, and on 21 December in Gori.
The festival opened on 13 December with a showing of “The Girl who leapt through time.”  “Animes were presented in Georgia earlier, about a year ago,” Norihiko Nakajima, Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of Japan, told Georgian Journal. “But the Anime festival is being held for the first time. After I arrived
in Georgia, I realized that Anime is very popular among Georgian youngsters, and it is a way for Georgians to get acquainted with Japanese culture.”
On 14 and 15 December, “5 Centimeters per Second” and “The prince of the Sun: Howl’s Great Adventure” were screened. And though it is a rarity for cultural events of this nature to take place in the regions, on 21 December at 14:00, “5 Centimeters per Second” can be seen at the Gori Culture Center, about a 90 minute drive from the capital city, in the Shida Kartli region.
Admission is free, as at all cultural events organized by the Japanese Embassy. The original language of all Anime is Japanese, but English and Georgian subtitles are provided. One Anime, however, “5 centimeters per second,” was recorded in Georgian.
At the opening the house was full, with members of different generations in attendance, though there was evidence that Anime may be more intellectually demanding than other forms of animation for the young children, who were not so attentive.
The small fry were outnumbered by teens and high school students, though, and one Anime-lover, 17 year old Dito Makantalashvili, enthused, “I am very happy that we have this festival in Georgia. I was not expecting that we have so many Anime-lovers in Georgia. I strongly back such festivals. I have been in love with Animes for the last five years. My favorite is ‘Howl’s Moving Castle.’”
Japanese Anime Festivals are held all over the world, and now, with the support of the Japanese Embassy, Georgia has joined in. What’s more, the DVDs were actually shipped from Croatia.
“Besides Animes, there are exhibitions by Japanese artists and other Japanese films are offered each year by the Japan Foundation,” Norihiko Nakajima, Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of Japan in Georgia, noted in a talk with Georgian Journal.


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