Teenagers and students were eager to take part in activities, including a cosplay party and a mini anime concert on Sunday, the Comics and Anime Day in the PHILATAIPEI 2016 World Stamp Championship Exhibition.
The organizer put on many meet-and-greets with cartoon characters, including some from "Atashin'chi" (My Family), a Japanese manga and anime popular in the 2000s.
The organizer also showcased the winners of an illustration contest on the theme of anime mail carriers, and invited cosplayers to embody those who won the first through third prizes in three categories of regular mail, express delivery and package.
Painter Fei (?), whose work "Going with the Wind" won first prize in the regular mail category, said her character wears wrist bells, because "wrist bells are reminiscent of an old-time feeling, in which the feeling of being moved is not replaceable by smartphone ringtones."
As for the wings of the postwoman character in her painting, Fei said she has been moved by mail and postcards sent to her Japanese friends.
The organizer said they received over 500 works in one month, with some 300,000 voters participating in the illustration contest.
American stamp dealer David Wessely said he has found that stamp collectors in Taiwan are younger compared with other shows in which he has participated.
Ahmed H.M. Al-Kilani, an exhibitor from Saudi Arabia, said the industry hopes to see more young people involved in stamp collecting.
The show, which runs from Oct. 21 through Oct. 26 at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1, showcases 2,450 philately items from exhibitors from 80 countries and areas.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel