“Hello everyone, good morning,” he said in shy Spanish. Takayoshi Tanimoto. The Japanese singer was one of the guests at the press conference that organized the Budokan offered this morning in a hotel in the center of Guayaquil.

Anison artists Yumi Matsuzawa and Takayoshi Tanimoto, invited to the Budokan, walk through Guayaquil before the event

Tanimoto is visiting Ecuador for the first time and in the middle of his speech he was happy with this meeting which, in his opinion, strengthens the cultural exchange between Japan and Ecuador. Standing by his side Yumi Matsuzawawho took the opportunity to give a few compliments to the Pearl of the Pacific. “I loved the iguana park…Guayaquil has a nice view. And he has good taste in food.”

This was emphasized by David Avilesone of the organizers of the Budokan, who said that these types of events also help promote tourism in the cities. “Many of these artists are a megaphone for other people to get to know the city (…), their to inform on social networks they ultimately become an advertising campaign for the city” said Avilés, who added that 20,000 visitors are expected to come this year.

Budokan press conference. Photo: Francisco Verni. Photo: The universe

He said that among the attractions planned for this year’s edition there will be three gigantic concerts (one of them is the show of the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra). Moreover, among many promising areas there is one open space with more than 45 businesses, a Korean and Japanese dining area, something else It will be dedicated to photographs with the guest artists and another with more than 20 Ecuadorian illustrators.

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This year they are integrating EduGeek, a space consisting of 24 conferences, where people can register for free. “With EduGeek we are paving the way so that many more young people from Guayaquil have the opportunity to become an illustrator, cartoonist, caricaturist or voice actor.”

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They also join Budokan Leader Medranda and Julio Pañiactors TV plug. The young people declared themselves fans of anime. “Watching anime really inspired me as a child,” says Medranda, who always dreamed of making an animated film. The actors indicated that they had a surprise for the visitors; shows the progress of a sketch anime, the first in Ecuador. They will also announce another project from the production company.

The vice mayor was also present at the press conference. Blanca Lopez And Larissa Marangoni, director of the Municipal Public Company for Tourism, International Relations and Culture of Guayaquil, who said that it is their wish from the mayor’s office to integrate all types of artistic expressions in events like this.

“Our city has not stopped. We haven’t stopped working to make these events possible. “What we want is to express the different cultures,” said Marangoni from his side.

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This year’s international guests include: Luis Manuel Avilathe official voice in Latin Spanish of Gohan of the universe Dragon Ball And the pennant Mexican Ari Gameplays.

The Budokan It will take place on Saturday September 30th and Sunday October 1stin the Guaya Crystal Palacequil, located at Olmedo Avenue and Malecón Simón Bolívar. Admission is $12 (excluding tax) per day; can be purchased at Meet2go. The ticket that gives access to both days costs $24 (excluding VAT).