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Friday, Feb. 27, 2004

OF NOTE

Tokyo showcases global digital arts

The Cultural Affairs Agency will hold a digital art festival in Tokyo Feb. 27-March 7 showcasing comics, animation, graphics, computer games and Web page designs from around the world.

A total of 134 pieces selected from 1,584 entries from 43 countries will be shown during the Seventh Cultural Affairs Agency Media Art Festival, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.

For this year's festival, nearly 500 submissions came from abroad -- triple the number submitted the previous year.

The grand prizes winners for this year are:

* Art: "Digital Gadget 6, 8, 9," (interactive art work).

* Entertainment: Final Fantasy Christal Chronicle (role playing game).

* Animation: "Fuyu-no-hi (A Winter Day)," (linked poem animation).

* Comics: "Kajimunugatai? Kaze-ga Kataru Okinawa-sen? (Wind Tales? The Battle of Okinawa Told by Winds?)"

Works by two of the festival's past prizewinners, Yasuo Otsuka and Mika Hashimoto, will also be on display.

A number of other events will be held simultaneously at the festival, including a showing of the prize-winning works from the ninth student CG contest; Media Art in the World (top works from Siggraph, ARS Electronica and other overseas media festivals); @Nippon? (program on the current state of Japanese animation); CG carnival special program (post-Japanimation artists) and artdemo.04 (works and projects by young digital-media artists).

Seventh Cultural Affairs Agency Media Art Festival: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Ebisu Garden Place, near JR Ebisu Station. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (till 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays). Admission free, except at some of the alternate events.


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