I am happy to hear the news about the establishment of the IOEA. In the past, it was much more difficult to find people that shared the same interests. Now, with information networks far more advanced, and thanks to the advancement of technology, it takes very little effort to find out when the next event is going to take place, what you can expect to find there, and who you can meet. I raise my glass high and say cheers for a future where the party hall expands to encompass the entire world!
Congratulations on the launch of the IOEA! As a Japanese idol singer, I have had the opportunity to take part in numerous live performances in America, Europe, and South America. Each time I go overseas, I am infused with passionate enthusiasm and drive from the fans that greet us.
Even though I am from a country far away, some of them know who I am and they are so nice to give me such devotion. I, You Kikkawa, as a member of Japanese idol culture, will also work hard to spread to the world the wonderful things about the Japanese idol culture through the IOEA! I want to prey upon the hearts of everyone around the world with this wagamama body (voluptuous body) of mine.
Congratulations on the launching of the International Otaku Expo Association. It seems the time has arrived where different events around the world, each coming into being under unique circumstances, can now coordinate on a global scale, and inspire each other! I look forward to activities that can pave the way for everybody attending different events to have a fun time even more than before!
Words of Congratulation for the I.O.E.A
Tomoyuki Sugiyama, Dr.Eng. (Digital Hollywood University President)
I believe the otakus are people who love culture and peace. I fully expect otakus world-wide, who were formerly divided by geography and language, to be able to form a large community through the work of the IOEA, and thus, they will be able to cast a ray of hope to the human society that is mired in the current confusion and chaos. The paramount prerogative of humanity should be placed upon the advancement within the realm of cultural creativity.
My deepest congratulations on the launch of the IOEA. I have no doubt that our playground of otaku culture, will transcend national boundaries, race, and various cultures, and ultimately go global. I am very eager to meet talented people and their works that I have not come into contact yet. Nothing would give me more joy if the creation of the IOEA will provide the opportunity for me to be able to do fun, interesting things with others around the world that enjoy otaku culture. While what I can muster might be limited, I will work hard to deliver creations that hopefully you will find enjoyable.
It seems like a dream that there are large numbers of people overseas who are enthusiastic about otaku culture just as much as ourselves, and that there are places where we can have a good time together.
Otaku culture not only exists in Japan––I think there are unique forms of otaku culture in nations around the world, and with the IOEA playing a central role, it would be exceptionally wonderful if we could learn about and share with one another aspects of otaku culture many of us know little about.
The first time I had the opportunity to participate as a guest at an anime convention in the United States was 17 years ago. I still have fond memories of the enjoyable time I was able to share with the local otakus there! And the cosplay! The mind-blowing cosplay! I pray otaku events around the world will become even more enjoyable with the creation of an association like this one!
I think it’s a really wonderful thing to be able to respond back to people from all corners of the world who continue to hold Japan dear in their hearts. I hope I may be of help, even just a little, to the activities that are being planned!