Comic Market (abbreviated as Comiket) is the world’s largest self-published comic book fair, held twice a year in August and December in Tokyo.
This year, the 81st Comiket was held from December 29-31 at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center and drew a crowd of over 500,000 attendees over the course of 3 days. While attendance was about 20,000 less than last year, that’s still about 16,000 people going in and out of the convention center per day.
Luckily, the Japanese are known for their patience and orderly conduct, making it easy for staff to manage the logistics of such an event.
In fact, a video recently uploaded to YouTube shwoing massive crowds of attendees waiting outside the convention hall and following the staff’s directions attests to just how well-disciplined the Japanese really are.
The footage, which was compiled from photographs taken at intervals of 5 seconds, was filmed on the last day of Comiket from around 1:30 AM to 2:30 PM from the balcony of the nearby Washington Hotel.
While the video starts out dark, the scene gradually becomes visible as the sun comes out. At 10 AM (around 2:05 in the video) the doors open and the staff begin to lead attendees, separated into small blocks, into the convention center.
Moconago, the YouTube user who filmed and posted the video, adds his impressions of the scene: “I firmly believe this was pulled off as a result of the resourcefulness, hard work and energy of the staff, as well as the manners and morality of each individual attendee.”
We’re not sure how many people are in each block, but it certainly is amazing how smooth and orderly the staff are able to move thousands of people like that without mass confusion erupting.
Just imagine trying to move a crowd of Wal-Mart shoppers like that on Black Friday.