The legendary otaku event takes over Tokyo Big Sight for four days of fan works, cosplay and giant crowds. Unlike American-style comic conventions, Comiket (“comic market”) focuses on individual creators and fan “circles” who produce millions of self-published doujinshi every year – think fan fiction type spin offs usually in manga form, based on popular anime, manga and game characters. Company booths are located separately in their own hall and there is also a designated cosplay area (Note – the general etiquette is no photos without permission). First-time visitors are encouraged to attend in the afternoon for easy access, or face hours of queuing as you’re caught up with the eager early birds desperate to snap up their favorite artist’s new limited release. Holding the record as “Japan’s largest indoor public gathering” this is the perfect way to close out the year for self-published comic lovers, cosplayers and otaku everywhere.