Hiirocon is one of the more recent anime conventions to become established in the UK. Based in Reading, the event based its title around the Japanese term for the colour of fire hiiro.
Aid For Japan were kindly given a space at this years event where enthusiasts of anime, manga and geek culture generally were able to learn a little bit about the charity’s goals. Angela, one of Aid For Japan’s regular volunteers, helped as liaison at the event and provided her own thoughts on the experience:
“Today I worked on behalf of Aid For Japan at Hiirocon 2016. I traveled by train to Reading from Paddington and was met by Shyam who escorted me through the university of Reading to the union hall of Whiteknights Campus”.
“I set up our table with a banner advertising our charity, a donation box and flyers for our supporters. While I was stationed there people approached me to ask me questions about the charity and gave donations”.
“Akemi Solloway (who founded our charity because she wanted to help the children who lost their parents/families from the tsunami which hit Japan’s coastline on 11th March 2011) gave a talk about Japanese Culture at 3pm. It was interesting and amazing. There were many anime fans in the audience who also showed an interest in what Akemi had to say and the Aid for Japan leaflets that I handed out to them. It was a fun enjoyable day!”
Aid For Japan extends its warmest thanks to the team at Hiirocon.