About Us

The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival was created by organizer Ms Eiko Meredith. Launched in November 2010 at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, UK, the festival screens the best in Japanese animation and culture to a wide audience. In 2020, the festival successfully registered as a charity in the UK (Registered Charity Number 1187288).

A ‘Kotatsu‘ is a table unique to Japan, which is draped in a blanket, futon or quilt, and which has a heater underneath. It’s ideal to keep your feet and legs warm while you are working away on the cold winter nights. So, come on in, pull the blanket around you and enjoy some of the finest Japanese animation available.

Character Designs & Animation courtesy of Chie Arai

Kotatsu Festival – Festival Director

Eiko Meredith (Enhanced DBS checked)

Kotatsu Festival – Trustees

Robin Lyons (Chair of the Trustees)

Rahul David Sethi

Louise Shazzeela Beer

Support Team

Taeko Matsuura – Adviser

Gary Bush – Graphic/Web Design, IT

Support Us

There are lots of ways to support us…

Patreon: Please support us by signing up to be our supporter on Patreon. You can be Kohai, Senpai, Sensei or Otaku!

EasyFundRaising: Do you shop online? Please sign up to Easyfundraising and you can turn your online shopping into free donations.

Amazon Smile: Do you shop at Amazon UK? Have you heard of Smile Amazon? Same products, same prices, same service. By shopping at Smile.Amazon.co.uk instead of the usual Amazon homepage, you can choose us (just search Kotatsu) as the charity to support, and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to us automatically on checkout.

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