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" At the time of the long litany of festival cancellations, the current conditions, without surprise, do not allow to consider this edition " deplore the organizers of Japan Expo in a statement. Faced with the conditions related to the pandemic The Grand Mass of Nippone culture gives up for the second year in a row to the festivities. The festival was to be held at the Paris-North Exhibition Center Villepinte from 15 to 18 July 2021.
" Given our audience, vaccination is not going to take place right away, declare the founders Thomas Sirdey and Jean- François Dufour . Japan Expo is above all a fan of fans from Japan from all over Europe. Keeping it by preventing people from getting closer and getting together betrays our DNA. »
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inconceivable virtual edition
Before adding:" we think to want to maintain the festival, but reducing the number of visitors welcomed, asking the public to stay at a good distance from each other, and avoiding All contact, we will lose the soul of the festival, its atmosphere and therefore the interest-even to make an event. »
The solution of a virtual edition has certainly been evoked to be rejected immediately:" Our audience is essentially composed of geeks that are seen in virtual all year. Japan Expo allows them to see each other and exchange more direct. That's why they come every year. ", sing in unison the organizers.
Another problem of size, the coming of artists. "There are not so many links between our two countries and when the Japanese can move, they are submissive to fifteen days of isolation at the hotel to go and return for four days of festival. "
If renounce for a second year in festures is difficult, the absence of perspectives also weighs heavily on morale. " Since March 2020, our teams are waiting to resume their activities without us being able to give them a specific date. Today we are not able to tell them when working at the next edition ". Despite the aid " welcome " of the state who helped to pass the course, the organizers had to separate from a significant part of people: " today, we turn with a team of twenty people but Last year we were forty. »
Despite all hope is allowed. Thanks to the vaccine, Thomas Sirdey and Jean-François Dufour feel better armed to offer an edition next year. And then, " we can not stay blocked so long, there will inevitably be a way to do Japan Expo 2022, all this social frustration will necessarily stop. In any case, we are ready. We can find ourselves physically together in an edition that will fill these two years of absence. »
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