Anime-themed stamp show draws young fans

The PHILATAIPEI 2016 World Stamp Championship Exhibition, under the theme of comics and anime on its third day, was a big hit among young audiences Sunday, who enjoyed the combination of philately and anime.

Some of the people thronging the expo said they were impressed by a series of events designed to rejuvenate the image of postal services using comics and anime, including an illustration contest, a mini anime, comic and games concert, and a cosplay party.

Checking the details of the winning anime design offerings inspired by postal services, 13-year-old twins Hsu An-hua (???) and Hsu Yi-hua (???) from Taoyuan said they had seen nothing like this before.

The display is an eye-opener, said the girls, adding that since they draw comics as a hobby themselves, they found many interesting ideas from the designs.

In the cosplay party, in which models dressed up like the figures depicted in the winning designs and had their photos taken with comic fans, 23-year-old Chang Yun-hsuan (???) said the mix between anime and the postal service could appeal to people who would otherwise not be interested in stamp collecting or modern developments in postal services.

"This show can really change people's perceptions of Chunghwa Post being old and traditional," she said.

The company, the nation's official postal service, is hosting this year's exhibition, which is being held in Taiwan for the first time and coincides with the company's 120th founding anniversary.

The show, which runs through Oct. 26 at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1, showcases 2,450 philately items from exhibitors from 80 countries and areas.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel