Hakurei Jinja Reitaisai

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Doujinshi Convention
Name: Reitaisai
Dates: spring, autumn
Frequency: twice yearly
Location: Tokyo
Number of Booths: 5000
Focus: Touhou Project
Other Activities:
Organization:
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Founding Date: 2004
URL: reitaisai.com
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Hakurei Jinja Reitaisai (博麗神社例大祭), usually abbreviated to Reitaisai, is a doujinshi convention that focuses exclusively on fanworks based on the doujin game Touhou Project. The convention was held yearly from 2004 to 2010, when a second event called Reitaisai SP was added to the line-up.[1] Sale of fanworks by doujinshi circles and cosplay are the mainstays of Reitaisai, but the convention welcomes company booths as well.[2]

Reitaisai is not only the largest Touhou Project convention, but also the single largest Japanese "only event", meaning a doujinshi convention for one single fandom. About 5000 circles take part in every edition. After going through a string of successively larger venues throughout its history, the convention moved to the Tokyo Big Sight convention center (also home to several other massive doujinshi conventions like Comiket and COMITIA).[3]

Circles pay 7500 yen for a space to sell their fanworks at Reitaisai.[4] Entry for other participants is free, but buying a catalog (between 1500 and 1850 yen) is obligatory.[5]

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors. 2012. “Touhou Project.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Touhou_Project.
  2. Reitaisai official site. “Overview of Participating Companies (参加企業一覧).” http://reitaisai.com/corp.html.
  3. Sankaku Complex. “Touhou Takeover” http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2008/08/02/touhou-takeover/. <- Caveat: this source has some interesting statistics about the growth of Reitaisai and of the number of Touhou Project circles at Comiket, but uses quite a bit of hyperbole in claiming that Reitaisai is on the same scale as Comiket and/or taking over Comiket.
  4. Reitaisai official site. “Important Information About Registering (募集要項).” http://reitaisai.com/guideline.html.
  5. Reitaisai official site. “Basic Information (開催概要).” http://reitaisai.com/about.html.

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