Comiket is Held at Tokyo Big SightComiket is always held twice a year at Tokyo Big Sight, in August and December for 3 days (Friday to Sunday), and soon to be expanding to 4 days. The place is the exhibition hall Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba, a group of artificial islands in Tokyo Bay. It’s not only the convention itself what makes it interesting it’s also the building itself. Tokyo Big Sight is the symbol of the Comiket and it looks a little bit like a upside down pyramid.
Comiket is the most important event for all cosplayers and budding manga artists. They try to sell their own mangas, artworks or fan mangas of famous anime and manga, this is called doujinshi. If they want to participate they have to apply months beforehand to secure their spot, it’s very competitive. Anime and Game studios use this event to promote new series or sell merchandise of their shows/games working in tandem with the companies that produce these series. The event usually attracts more than 300,000 people over the three days, so it’s super packed! Especially in summer it is really exhausting to be there the whole day thanks to the Japanese humidity. I think winter is maybe the better season to visit the Comiket, though is still a force to be reckoned with.
There are several halls separated in different areas. Outside you can meet the cosplayers and can take a photo of them. Some of them are already kinda famous so there are a lot of photographers around them. Especially some female cosplayer who have a big fanbase of mostly men. In the view of a foreigner, it’s sometimes strange to see 30 male photographers around a petite, cute girl. A lot of them try to start a career as a model or professional cosplayer by building up fans at Comiket. The cosplay area is especially crowded on the weekend days. Last time when I went there in some areas it was so difficult to take a photo of the cosplayer because of this. But it is always a nice experience to see your favourite character alive, isn’t it? Even the visitors often wear cosplay.
In the building itself you can meet the amateur artists. You can purchase their works and even talk with them. The drawing skills of the artists differs. Some of them are already professionals and very talented, some are still practicing to improve their skills. But all share the love for Manga and Anime. Each area has a different genre, for example Shonen (Manga for boys), Shojo (Manga for Girls), Hentai, Fantasy, Military, Gothic and so. What genre do you like?
The next Comiket will be ran from December 29th to 31st! If you have time you should go and see it. 😎
Moreover, Odaiba is a nice island to enjoy the free time. There are many shopping centers, amusement parks and from the beach you have a nice view at Tokyo.
Did you know that we have some houses close to Odaiba? Staying in the area can help you get to Comiket easier!
House Name: Sakura House Ojima 3, Sakura House Ojima 4
Access: Ojima Station (20 min. walk, 11 min. by bus) , Minami-Sunamachi Station (19 min. walk), Nishi-Ojima Station (23 min. walk)