KanColle Event a "Mecca" in PopularityJR Operates Special Trains
At the event on February 10, Akarenga Building 5, the venue in Maizuru Red Brick Park, Kitasui, Maizuru City, was so packed with visitors that it was almost impossible to move. People also lined up in front of the outdoor food shops. A company employee from Sapporo City, Hokkaido Prefecture, who had come to the Maizuru event for the fifth time, explained the reason for repeat visits. He said, "The atmosphere of Red Brick goes well with costume play. Also, Maizuru has a good reputation for its dishes such as seafood."
The event has been held in Japan and abroad since 2013 by the private organization "SDF" in Tokyo, which is composed of fans. Maizuru once had a navy base, thus it is one of the "Meccas," the names of which appear in the game. Maizuru is said to be the particularly popular venue. The organizer announced that there were approximately 6,000 visitors this time.
The flow of people also extended around Red Brick Park. Yasuhisa Sakai, owner of a butcher shop in Shichijo shopping street in Hama, Maizuru City, delightedly said, "Our shop becomes filled with people buying our croquettes and unusually busy. We are happy because a lot of people flowed by during the KanColle event even though our shop is far from the park." Staff at hotel-related businesses in the city also said, "The hotels are fully booked immediately after the event date is decided. We appreciate so many people staying overnight."
JR operated special trains on its Maizuru Line this time due to expected congestion by the large number of visitors. Staff at the sightseeing and commerce section of Maizuru City expectantly said, "An event with the ability to attract this many visitors is rare. I hope visitors can experience the great points of Maizuru through attending this event."
A member of SDF said, "We don't charge an entrance fee when we hold it outside of urban areas in order for visitors to enjoy souvenir shopping and local cuisine. We are so delighted to be welcomed by local people."(Translated by Mie Hiuzon, Psyche et l’Amour, Inc.)