Following our success at JAFAX this summer, JCMU attended Michigan’s largest anime convention, Youmacon! Youmacon is an annual Japanese media convention held at the Renaissance Center and Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, Michigan. The event is one of the largest of its kind in the United States, attracting around 20,000 attendees annually.
From November 4th to the 6th, JCMU hosted a booth at Youmacon to highlight our study abroad opportunities in Japan for convention participants. Though this was not the first anime convention in which JCMU has participated this year, we were still relative newcomers to the convention world. However, JCMU was heartily welcomed by the Youmacon community, who helped make this event just as successful as our first!
Attendees of all ages stopped by the JCMU booth to discover our study abroad options in Hikone. Many were excited to learn about the various collegiate programs we offer, and some younger students were surprised to discover that we administer the Michigan – Shiga High School Exchange. Students from nearby schools, including Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, and Oakland University, were excited to find out that they receive automatic scholarships for all JCMU programs just for being members of the JCMU Consortium. Many JCMU alumni stopped by our booth as well, reconnecting with JCMU and learning more about our upcoming alumni events and initiatives.
As was the case at JAFAX, the biggest star of the JCMU table was Hikonyan! Fueled by the excitement of the bustling Youmacon atmosphere, Hikonyan was ready to rock in Detroit.
JCMU would like to thank Youmacon for the opportunity to participate in this great event. We hope this helps more students become aware of the study abroad possibilities available to them and encourages them to study abroad in Hikone. If you were a Youmacon attendee that visited our booth and would like to learn more the wide array of programs that JCMU offers, please visit the JCMU website.
JCMU is also excited to announce that we will be back on the convention trail in the new year! Look for JCMU at Washi Con in Ypsilanti on Eastern Michigan University’s campus this January 21st, 2017. If you will be in attendance, please stop by our booth!