2019.10.31-11.3 in Barcelona

Announcing OTAKU SUMMIT PREVIEW taking place in Barcelona, Spain!

OTAKU SUMMIT 2020, which will take place in June of 2020, is currently getting plans ready to hold OTAKU SUMMIT PREVIEW in Barcelona in the fall of 2019. Taking place inside Manga Barcelona 25, which is a venue that gathers over 150,000 people from all over Europe, OTAKU SUMMIT PREVIEW will host a symposium featuring event organizers from all over the world and academics, as well as incorporate an presentation that will convey to the wider world otaku culture that is centered around the attractive qualities of Japanese content creations. Furthermore, information regarding OTAKU SUMMIT 2020 in Tokyo will be announced at OTAKU SUMMIT PREVIEW, and help to expand the potential of this international occasion into the future.

Manga Barcelona 25 Event Outline

Date and Time
Oct. 31 - Nov. 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Host Country / city
Barcelona, Spain
Event Location Name
Fira Barcelona Montjuïc
Host Address
Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina,
s/n, 08004 Barcelona
Event Website URL



Otaku culture and world Otaku Events
Date and Time
Oct. 31, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Stage Name


Academic Session "The Past, Present, and Future of Otaku Culture"
Ian Condry(MIT)、Paola Scrolavezza(University of Bologna)、Masako Furuichi(Beijing University)、Ichiya Nakamura(Keio University)
Date and Time
Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Stage Name

Ian Condry

Ian Condry is a cultural anthropologist and Professor of Japanese Culture and Media in the department of Comparative Media Studies / Writing at MIT near Boston, USA.
He is the author of two books, The Soul of Anime and Hip-Hop Japan, both of which have been translated into Japanese.
His current research explores music and musicians after the end of the recording industry with an ethnographic comparison of Tokyo, Boston, and Berlin.
He is the founder of the MIT Cool Japan research project (since 2006) and the MIT Spatial Sound Lab (since 2019).
He received his BA from Harvard and his PhD from Yale.
He has been teaching at MIT since 2002.


Paola Scrolavezza

Paola Scrolavezza, translator and literary critic, is Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture at Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna since 2014.
Her research and teaching interests include women's literature, modern and contemporary Japanese literature, Tokyo urban space through literature and film, light novel and transmediality.
Since 2011 she is the curator of NipPop, a project focused on Japanese contemporary artistic expressions, like cinema, anime and manga.

Recent publications include the following monographs and essays:
Lo schermo scritto. Letteratura e cinema in Giappone (Libreria Editrice Cafoscarina 2012, con M. R. Novielli);
Silhouettes in black: l’ombra del giallo nella scrittura femminile del Giappone contemporaneo (in Japan Pop. Parole, immagini, suoni dal Giappone Contemporaneo, Aracne 2013); Boom du hentai.
Le marché mondialisé du porno japonais à l'ère d'internet (in L'art de l'amour au temps de Geishas, Giunti Editore, 2014);
Kirino Natsuo, The Grotesque Double Life of a Business Woman (in The Poetics of Ageing: Confronting, Resisting, and Transcending Mortality in the Japanese Narrative Arts, «Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies», 2015);
Futakuchi otoko: stage performance and text performativity (in Am Scheideweg der Sprachen. Die poetischen Migrationen von Yoko Tawada, Stauffenberg Verlag GmbH, 2016).


Masako Furuichi

Associate professor for Japanese language and culture, School of Foreign Language, Peking University. Ph.D. Born in Japan, Furuichi graduated from a Japanese high school and then traveled alone to study abroad at Peking University for Chinese literature studies. After completing the undergraduate and graduate programs, she completed her doctorate degree in Peking University’s Department of Chinese language and literature in 2008. Upon graduating she became a faculty member at Peking University. She is director of the Meiji University’s Manga Library annex in Peking University. Her most notable published book is Manchukuo Film Studies published by China Jiuzhou Press and she has published multiple papers, such as How Japanese Anime became “Donghua” in China published in the September 2018 issue of Gaiko (Diplomacy) by Toshi Shuppan.


Ichiya Nakamura

Professor, Keio University Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University
President, iUniversity (to be appointed)
President, CiP Association

He also serves as chairman of Japanese government’s committees including Intellectual Property Committee, Pop Culture WG. He is known as president of various consortiums such as CiP, Digital Signage Consortium, and Super-human Sports Society. Also known as founder of NPO CANVAS. Serves as director of companies including Space Shower, YOSHIMOTO KOGYO, etc.
He was Executive Director at Stanford Japan Center (2002-2006),
Visiting Professor at MIT Media Laboratory (1998-2002),
and a policy maker at Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Japan (1984-1998).
Prior to joining the government, he was a director of a rock band Shonen Knife.

He wrote many books and articles such as
"Contents and National Strategy"(2013, Kadokawa-Books)
"Ichiya Nakamura's New Generation IT Business Evolution"(2011, Discovery 21)etc….


Booth Name
I.O.E.A - OTAKU SUMMIT / International Otaku Expo Association
Booth ID
Hall 2, 207-208



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Manga Barcelona 25 was held in Barcelona, Spain from October 31 to November 3, 2019. Many booths were set up by companies and artists, as well as live performances and competitions on stage. Cosplay, and a variety of exhibitions and workshops based on the themes of martial arts and sports such as judo and karate were also presented. There was a focus on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Japanese language, and Japanese food. The venue had an air of enthusiasm not only for anime and manga but also for Japanese culture by the fans. At the I.O.E.A - OTAKU SUMMIT booth, we held a special preview with “OTAKU SUMMIT PREVIEW” posters and distributed some items. In addition, we held two seminar sessions on stage to promote OTAKU SUMMIT 2020, which is a certified event by the Tokyo 2020 Cultural Olympiad, and drew many people of different nationalities to view the seminars.

Eventos Otaku Mundiales y Cultura Otaku
(Otaku culture and world Otaku Events)

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During the session on the first day, representatives of organizations that host otaku events around the world each gave a presentation. They included an introduction of their respective events, the content and the trends of those that participanted. During the discussion session after the presentations, the presenters discussed topics such as, "what participants were looking for at each event" and “what the events were seeking from Japan." The discussion helped to recognize the different characteristics, opportunities, and features each event had along with the country they are hosted in.

-Event group on stage
• Otakon (Washington, D.C., USA)
• Sakuracon (Seattle, USA)
• ACGHK (Hong Kong)
• Romics (Rome, Italy)
• Comic Market (Tokyo, Japan)
• Manga Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)

Sesión académica – El pasado, presente y futuro de la cultura otaku
'Academic Session "The Past, Present, and Future of Otaku Culture"

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For the session held on the second day, academic professors from universities around the world studying otaku culture gave lectures about their research. These professors came from the Americas, Europe, Asia. They explained how Japanese otaku culture is accepted in their country. In addition, following the lectures, discussions were held regarding “what otaku culture is” and “the future of otaku” in the talk session with the professors. Through this session, we were able to deepen our knowledge about the otaku culture, there was also content that will continued to be discussed at next year's OTAKU SUMMIT.

• Ian Condry (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
• Paola Scrolavezza (University of Bologna, Italy)
• Masako Furuichi (Peking University, China)
• Ichiya Nakamura (Keio University, Japan)

Ahead of OTAKU SUMMIT 2020


We successfully ended OTAKU SUMMIT PREVIEW with a promise to gather and meet in Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo next year!