Story Time with the Consulate: Japanese Folktales
Have you heard of the boy who was found inside a peach? How about the man who could magically make flowers bloom or the crane who could turn into a young girl? All cultures have a rich history of folktales. Passed from one generation to another these stories entertain as well as teach important lessons in life. Join the Consulate-General of Japan as we present some of the most famous traditional Japanese folktales.
Note: Some stories may include a character death.
Thu, Dec 2, 2021 - 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Fri, Dec 3 – Sun, Dec 5 – 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Family HQ - WSCC 210
My Hero Academia Cast Q+A: Class 1-A is in the building! The cast of My Hero Academia is coming to Emerald City Comic Con and they want to see you at this can’t-miss cast Q&A. Featuring Justin Briner (Izuku Midorya), Lucy Christian (Ochako Uraraka), Clifford Chapin (Katsuki Bakugo), David Matranga (Shoto Todoroki) and Monica Rial (Tsuyu Asui) – this panel is sure to be PLUS ULTRA!
Fri, Dec 3, 2021
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Main Stage - Sheraton Hotel Grand Ballroom
Masters of Monsters: The Tradition of Horror in Japanese Folklore and Manga: From the ancient weird energy of mononoke to the rise of yokai in the Edo period, Japanese storytellers have a well of frights to draw on. Kabuki artists like Tsuruya Namboku IV spun ancient folklore into modern stories. Ukiyo-e artists like Yoshitoshi Tsukioka amped up the gore and writers like Ryunosuke Akutagawa refined the shock into terror. This is the inheritance of horror that modern manga artists have continued to build upon. ‘Ge-Ge-Ge no Kitaro’ artist Shigeru Mizuki was one of the first to use Japan’s folkloric past in manga, followed by second-wave artists like Hideshi Hino and Tsunezo Murotani and modern artists like Junji Ito and Gou Tanabe. Learn more about this legacy of horror!
Sat, Dec 4, 2021
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Anime Art Basics: Learn the fundamentals of the anime and manga drawing style! Beginning with proportion/anatomy and ending with basic lighting and color theory learn how to draw and adapt the keystones of this popular genre with your own flair. Oh! And learn how to draw hands. Yes really!
Sun, Dec 5, 2021
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Samurai Sword Sparring: Join us to learn some basics of samurai sword sparring! Ancient samurai lived and died by their swords called katana or kom do. Sparring and cutting practices were key parts of their training and you too can learn some of these techniques! The lessons include several blocks and attacks with practice swords in a safe setting. Bring a friend to practice with! Ages 10 and up.
Multiple sessions a day available – Check the schedule for all times and locations.
Screenings: To Your Eternity, Tokyo Revengers, and more screenings available all throughout the weekend. Check the schedule for all of the details!
Fan Meet-Ups: From Anime to K-dramas, Genshin Impact to Squid Games – find your fan groups for a casual meet-up all weekend long. Check the schedule for official times and locations. Not sure what to do at a meet-up? Here’s some helpful tips: Come ready to geek-out. Meet new folks. Take group photos. Enjoy the fandoms!
Don’t forget to check the schedule for everything that’s happening on-site!