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Anime Expert Goes to Barbados

Anime Expert Goes to Barbados

For two days in the beginning of September, AnimeKon, an anime event, took place in Barbados. Associate professor Takahashi from the Japanese college Digital Hollywood University Graduate School gave a presentation at the event an also lectured at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus in Barbados

Interest in Japanese anime is very high in the Caribbean region, with the AnimeKon: Lim8tless taking place at Sandiford Centre in Barbados for the 8th time. Digital Hollywood University Graduate School’s associate professor Takahashi and assistant Michael Blanse from the Tokyo Kanda Surugadai main campus attended the event, along with APIC’s Director and Secretary General Araki. Director Araki met with the local Japanese ambassador and members of the University of the West Indies during the visit.

Anime Expert Goes to Barbados

(Associate professor Takahashi giving a presentation at AnimeKon)

The event covered anime characteristics particular to Japan on the 2nd, and on the 3rd covered the people working in the anime business.

The beginning of the event started with impressions of anime characters and a ramen-eating contest, later on associate professor Takahashi’s lectures on anime characteristics and anime business, and ended with a cosplay contest. The auditorium was full of people and excitement, with most people participating in the cosplay contest. Approximately more than 100 people visited the venue each day, showing the high level of interest in Japanese anime in the region.
Anime Expert Goes to Barbados

(After the presentation, associate professor Takahashi talking with audience members. Many of them were in cosplay dress)

On the 3rd, associate professor Takahashi gave a two-hour presentation to students in the arts faculty of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus. Around 40 people attended his lecture, with many curious about anime and the industry. However, the faculty of the arts is focused on dance and film, with not much focus yet on anime.

Anime Expert Goes to Barbados

(Associate professor Takahashi giving his lecture at UWI Cave Hill)

On the final day, associate professor Takahashi visited President Barritteau of UWI Cave Hill and gave a short report about his visit to Barbados. President Barritteau remarked that the development of anime in Barbados is still continuing, and she would like to have professor Takahashi come again to UWI to talk more about his field.

Anime Expert Goes to Barbados

(Ass. prof. Takahashi with UWI Cave Hill President Barritteau)

Associate professor Takahashi’s visit was covered by the local newspaper, as well as broadcasted on live TV in the morning (6 to 8 am) by the government channel where professor Takahashi and APIC’s Director and Secretary-General Araki were interviewed, talking about the purpose of their trip and APIC’s activities.


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