March 2018

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Hyogo prefecture booth and interns

(Hyogo Prefecture booth and interns)

 

The Hyogo Business & Cultural Center ran a booth promoting tourism in Hyogo alongside the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle at Sakura-Con 2018, which was held in Seattle.

 

Sakura Con is the largest anime convention in the northwest, welcoming over 20,000 guests each year. 2018 was Sakura Con’s 21st year being held.

 

The contents of our office’s booth was planned mainly by students from University of Hyogo interning at our office or studying abroad at Evergreen State College. They also handled explaining the booth contents to visitors that day. The panel’s theme consisted showing pictures of the “Hyogo Golden Route” and showing where Kobe, Himeji, and Kinosaki in Hyogo are in relation to each other on a handmade map and how long it takes to reach each of them. As for places in Hyogo relating to anime, it also showed Hyogo’s “Castle in the Sky” (Takeda Castle), Nishinomiya Kita High School which was where the Haruhi Suzumiya series was based, and the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Takarazuka. Also, they created “Sakura Messages” in which they would have the visitors post messages onto a board resembling a Sakura tree.

 

Among the visitors were many people who wanted to or had plans to go to Japan, so there were many questions about more specific recommended places in each area of the Golden Route, or in which season it would be best to go there.

 

By participating in these kinds of events, the intern students are given a wonderful opportunity to communicate with Americans in English by talking about Hyogo. This opportunity at Sakura Con both provided them a learning opportunity and contributed to Hyogo tourism promotion, so we would like to continue actively attending it.

 

○ Date March 30th ~ April 1st

○ Place Washington State Convention Center (In Seattle)