Tokyo International Anime Fair

Tokyo International Anime Fair
Tokyo International Anime Fair 2008.jpg
One of the exhibition halls at the 2008 fair.

The Tokyo International Anime Fair also known as Tokyo International Animation Fair (東京国際アニメフェア, TAF) was one of the largest anime trade fairs in the world, held annually in Tokyo, Japan. The first event was held in 2002 as "Tokyo International Anime Fair 21". The event was held at Tokyo Big Sight, a convention and exhibition center in Tokyo Bay, in late March. Usually, the first one or two days of the fair were weekdays and the entrance was open only to industry members and the press; the last two days were scheduled on the weekend and the fair was open to the public.

Besides being an international trade fair, the TAF included related events such as business symposia and other events. Notably, the Tokyo Anime Awards were given for domestic and foreign creations and creators in the event with the name of the event. The event was supported by the Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs of Tokyo.[1] Although the event did not have a long history, it and its prizes were recognized in the industry. In 2014, it was merged with the Anime Contents Expo to form AnimeJapan.[2]

Event History

This table shows the number of visitors and participants:[3]

Date Attendance Exhibitors Location
February 15–17, 2002 50,163 104 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo[4]
March 19–22, 2003 64,698 138 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo[5]
March 25–28, 2004 72,773 166 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo[6]
March 31-April 3, 2005 83,966 197 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo[7]
March 23–26, 2006 98,984 256 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo[8]
March 22–25, 2007 107,713 270 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo[9]
March 27–30, 2008 126,622 289 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo[10]
March 18–21, 2009 129,819 255 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo[11]
March 25–28, 2010 132,492 244 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo[12]
2011 Cancelled due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami event[13]
March 22–25, 2012 98,923 216 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo[14]
March 21–24, 2013 105,855 223 Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo[15]