Sword Art Online will also have a presence at the annual event
The annual Kyoto Nippon Festival celebrates the history, art, and culture of Japan. This year's event will see old and new art brought together with the theme "The National Treasures, Animated."
Kicking things off is a new event key visual by Hatsune Miku Symphony designer Rella. The art depicts Miku standing in front of Sankomon gate. Besides being the key piece for the festival this year, it also kicks off Pixiv's Hatsune Miku x Kyoto 36 Gasen Illustration Contest. Named after the Heian Period's "36 Immortals of Poetry," it invites Pixiv users to send in art depicting Miku in Kyoto. 36 winners will be chosen, and their art will be displayed at the event. You can peruse the entries so far—or submit an entry yourself—on the contest page.
A collaboration with Sword Art Online will showcase the similarities between the futuristic fantasy anime and Japan's own tale of Kitano Tenjin. Related national treasures will be on display, and characters from the series will offer discussion on how the two tales resemble each other. An original audio drama will also be available to listen to, and (of course) collaborative merchandise featuring newly-drawn illustrations.
The original scrolls depicting the legend will also be on display, along with recreations of scenes from the scrolls as interpreted by six contemporary artists. On the docket to create new art for the exhibit are Morikura En (Kizuna AI character designer), fuzichoco (Hachi-nan tte, Sore wa Nai Desho! light novel illustrator), munashichi (Princess Principal concept designer), Toshiaki Takayama (Battle Spirits designer), LM7 (owner of the LAVENDER QUARTZ clothing line), and kamogawa (character designer for Kyoto subway anime project Chikatetsu ni Noru!).
This year's Kyoto Nippon Festival runs from October 25 to December 8.
Source: Anime! Anime!
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