20 June 2016

Funan Anime Matsuri 2016

Photo: Overview perspective of Funan Anime Matsuri 2016 in Funan DigitaLife Mall.

Funan Anime Matsuri 2016 is a Japanese Popular Culture festival which happened from 06 - 12 June 2016 at the Funan DigitaLife Mall in Singapore. Many folks from all walks of life made their way down to the event location in celebration of their love for Japanese Popular Culture. This year's festival will be the last of its series before the mall sees its closure in favour of a new 'Creative Hub' which will sit atop the exact same location.


The Event Location

Photo: Ground zero perspective of Funan Anime Matsuri 2016 in Funan DigitaLife Mall.

Funan DigitaLife Mall is a vibrant one-stop information technology and lifestyle hub where many computer and electronic gadgets as well as media and entertainment products are available for purchase from the many retailers in the mall.



Photo: Overview of Genesis Frontier booth at Funan Anime Matsuri 2016.



Photo: Various Kuji games available at the Genesis Frontier booth.



Photo: Overview of the Latendo booth at Funan Anime Matsuri 2016.



Photo: Anime merchandises available at the Latendo booth.



Photo: Character figures available at the Latendo booth.

Meet & Greet: International Cosplay Guests

Photo: Ajo Cosplayer on stage at Funan Anime Matsuri 2016.

Many international guest cosplayers have been invited to enrich the event experience, such as Ajo 阿兆 from Taiwan.



Photo: Close-up look at Ajo Cosplayer on stage.

Fans and visitors alike can have the opportunities to get up-close and see their favorite international cosplay guests in person.



Photo: Fan meeting, greeting, and getting autograph from Ajo Cosplayer on stage.

Supporters who purchased the international guest cosplayers' merchandises from the official booth will be given an opportunity to go on stage to meet, greet, and get their merchandises autographed by the international guest cosplayers in person.



Photo: Ajo Cosplayer posing for photos on stage.



Photo: Ajo Cosplayer moved closer to the front and posed for photos with the audience.

At the end of each meet, greet, and autograph session, the international guest cosplayers will pose for photos with the audience.

Creators Hub

Photo: Doujin Artisans interacting with customers at the Creators Hub.

The Creators Hub is an experience zone where Doujin artisans from all walks of life showcase and sell their works to both fans and non-fans of Japanese Popular Culture.



Photo: Overview of the Twin Rabbits booth at the Creators Hub.

The Twin Rabbit Design doujin circle has been participating in many Japanese Popular Culture events in Singapore and has caught our undivided attention with their vibrant and かわいい ( kawaii - cute in Japanese) chibi art style.



Photo: Close-up look at the Doujin merchandises available at the Twin Rabbit Design booth.

They have also been bringing out fresh new line-ups of character goods to whet our appetites at every event, making sure that we do not get bored of the same old line-ups!



Photo: Close-up look at the Doujin merchandises available at the Twin Rabbit Design booth.

Check out their works and decide for yourselves whether their art style would translate into a cup of freshly brewed tea for you.



Photo: Close-up look at the Doujin merchandises available at the Twin Rabbit Design booth.



Photo: Close-up look at the Doujin merchandises available at the Twin Rabbit Design booth.

Community Cosplay

Photo: Cosplayers posing for photos at Funan Anime Matsuri 2016.

Character: Hoshizora Rin & Koizumi Hanayo (from left to right)
Series: Love Live! School Idol Project

Japanese Popular Culture events have become a commonplace for cosplayers to express their love for the characters of their choice as well as offering photographic opportunities to friends, portrait photographers, and curious members of the public.


Photo: Cosplayer posing for photos at Funan Anime Matsuri 2016.

Character: Itsuka Kotori
Series: Date A Live


Photo: Cosplayer posing for photos at Funan Anime Matsuri 2016.

Character: Minami Kotori
Series: Love Live! School Idol Project


Photo: Cosplayers posing for photos at Funan Anime Matsuri 2016.

Character: Asuna & Kirito (from left to right)
Series: Sword Art Online


Photo: Cosplayer posing for photos at Funan Anime Matsuri 2016.

Character: Kurosawa Ruby
Series: Love Live! Sunshine!!

Round-up: Funan Anime Matsuri 2016

Video: FUNAN ANIME MATSURI - SAT HIGHLIGHTS by AFA - ANIME FESTIVAL ASIA


Photo: International Guest Cosplayers lined-up on stage for the Cosplay All Star segment.

Funan Anime Matsri 2016 is more than just another Japanese Popular Culture happening at a digital lifestyle shopping mall offering entertaining performances on stage and sales of popular culture merchandises. One has to be at the event grounds in person to get the full experience of what it is like to be at a high quality Japanese Popular Culture convention.

Farewell: Funan DigitaLife Mall

Photo: Overview of Funan DigitaLife Mall along the crossroads of North Bridge Road and Coleman Street in Singapore.

Funan DigitaLife Mall has been one of my many favorite hangout locations for many years, shopping for computer products and sitting down for long meals with friends. While it is sad to bid farewell to this place which holds many fond memories for many folks, Funan DigitaLife Mall will always be in the deepest repositories of our memories as we continue to journey through our lives.

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