Important Announcement:
The Future of the International Animation Festival in Japan - HIROSHIMA

Important Announcement:he Future of International Animation Festival in Japan - HIROSHIMA
We regret to announce that the International Animation Festival in Japan – HIROSHIMA (henceforth “Hiroshima Festival” or “the festival”), which we have held with the city of Hiroshima for 36 years beginning in 1984, came to an end after its 18th edition, which took place in August 2020.  >Next

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→2021.10.22 update
International Animation Day (IAD) 2021 - Coming Soon!
International Animation Day 2021
On October 28th, 1892, a French inventor Emile Reynaud (1844 - 1918) made the first public performance of animation at the Grevin Museum in Paris, using his own invention “Optical Theater.” Since 2002, ASIFA and its National Groups have been celebrating this historical day as “International Animation Day (IAD)” , intending to promote and develop animation art all over the world simultaneously. Every year, about 40 countries participate in this celebration.
“IAD 2021 in Japan” will be held in Kyoto to show inspiring animation shorts from Japan and abroad.
This year’s official IAD poster was created by Maryam Mohajer from Iran, and it will be used around the world.

International Animation Day 2021
IAD 2021 in Kyoto : Kyoto University of the Arts
*This year, "IAD 2021 in Kyoto" will be held at Kyoto University of the Arts, as a special class for their students and faculty members to prevent the new coronavirus. In case the corona virus situation will improve in November, we may be able to hold it as an extension class, which will be open to public.
Thank you for your understanding.

For more details about the International Animation Day 2021

→2021.8.4 update
The latest news of Yuichi Ito and his studio I.TOON - their works and projects!
The latest news of Yuichi Ito and his I.TOON's works and activities.
The short animation "Harbor Tale" will be broadcast to commemorate the 10th anniversary!
August 10th, 11th and 12th, all from 6:15 to 6:30 pm, on TV Kanagawa.
A 10th anniversary exhibition is also planned this autumn.
I.TOON Homepage (Japanese)
Twitter
Facebook

JARO "no good three animals" TV commercial
Talk of no good three animals, "Usopyon" edition
Talk of no good three animals, "Kodai" edition
Talk of no good three animals, "MagiraWashi" Edition

"Garden Necklace Yokohama 2021"
An urban greening event held in spring and autumn in Yokohama, where I.TOON is based. It has already been 5 years since the official mascot "Garden Bear" produced by Yuichi Ito has been active. The event will be held this autumn as well.
Autumn Satoyama Garden Official Website (Japanese)

"KNYACKI!" has entered the 26th year of TV broadcasting.
Several items of crane games are on sale! Please check those cute stuffed animals and lunch boxes from "KNYACKI!".
Eikoh Prize Official Homepage (Japanese)

Please enjoy!

→2021.2.28 update
ASIFA International is holding "Petition to the Mayor of Hiroshima City: Save the HIROSHIMA Festival”!
- - - ASIFA has extended the site, and it will stay open until March 20th, 2021.
ASIFA International is holding
Since late December, the ASIFA International Board Members started a “Petition to the Mayor of Hiroshima City: Save the HIROSHIMA Festival” in order to support the continued cooperation of ASIFA, ASIFA-JAPAN and Hiroshima City for offering the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in the same form as has been held successfully for 36 years.

The petition has received more than 5,400 signatures and many supportive comments from animation people and fans internationally, and we at ASIFA-JAPAN have been very encouraged by all your warm support.
We are looking forward to receiving more and more signatures from around the world!

The Petition site is: http://chng.it/NPJdWYDM
ASIFA has extended the site, and it will stay open until March 20th, 2021.

Thank You!

→2021.1.23 update
The original stamp set “CATS the Creation of Yoji Kuri” will be released!
Yoji KURI's Cats
Yoji Kuri’s original stamp set “CATS the Creation of Yoji Kuri” will be released on February 22nd.

This stamp set includes 10 stamps and 1 postcard based on paintings of cats by Yoji Kuri, who is now at 92, still very active in creating his artworks and represents Japanese animation art field.
Yoji’s cats are so humorous and inspiring, creating a unique surrealistic world!

February 22nd is the “Cat Day” in Japan, and this stamp set will be sold at 95 post offices in the center of Tokyo as well as in Yoji’s hometown, Sabae City, Fukui Prefecture.

For more details (Japanese only)