TAF 2010 Mascot Design Competition Begins

posted on 2009-05-01 20:11 EDT
Submissions accepted worldwide for Y200,000 prize until June 30

Tokyo International Anime Fair's (TAF) design competition for its 2010 mascot opened today and runs until June 30. The winning entry will be used as TAF's mascot for the 2010 event, and the creator will receive 200,000 yen (about US$2,000). The competition is open to entrants of all ages and nationalities, as well as groups and companies.

Every year, TAF invites members of the public to create the trade show's mascot, TAF-chan. The 2009 mascot, pictured on the right, was submitted by an office worker from the Japanese prefecture of Saitama. Previous versions of TAF-chan, from 2001 to 2006, can be seen here.

As Japan's largest anime trade show, TAF runs for four days — two of which are reserved for industry professionals and media, with the remaining two open to the public. Tokyo Anime Fair 2010 will be held from March 25, 2010 to March 28, 2010.

Image © Akihito Seimiya/TAF2009

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