Event, Singapore – Down for my first AFCC ever, I noticed a few Fs along the way. Here’s a quick run through!
Festival – Truly a festival of children’s content with books, music, songs and games for children, and those wannabe grown-up ones like me.
Focused – Japan was the Country of Focus in SJ50 year, which brings me to…
Fortunate – How else could I have had a look in? (Well, it was very much thanks to SCBWI Japan.)
Fun-filled – Totally enjoyed every bit, from tending the Japan Booth, helping the rehearsals for Japan Night in a dimly lit SEA Aquarium, keeping time for a marathon storytelling hour, to attending some very insightful sessions.
Fascinating – Very often so, as I was captivated by the performances and range of stories that were on display.
Flashy – How else to describe an underwater launch of bilingual picture books? Maybe splashy?
Favourite – An oft heard question, but I just couldn’t find a Japanese picture book or illustrator that I could pin down as a favourite. I found that I like many of them for their different stories, styles and colours!
Fruitful – Learned much about presenting, displaying, sharing, reading and creating content for children.
Frank – A brief, serious mention that kamishibai, picture card storytelling theatre, was once used for war propaganda. Frankly and plainly put, well-received with appreciative nods.
Forward-looking – Covering recent trends in YA literature in Japan, the closing session of the event also looked to a future that promises to welcome greater colour, depth and diversity in Japanese content.
So a quick tally makes it 10 Fs in all, and there’s room for probably a few more.