Japan's twice-a-year, three-day hobbyist extravaganza just wrapped. Comic Market 81, taking place at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center near Kokusai Tenjijou station, saw an attendance in the hundreds of thousands this winter.

Among those participating in the year-end festivities were Cave Story creator Daisuke Amaya and the music composers of XBLIG shooter Prismatic Solid, Shinji Hosoe and Ayako Saso.

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As Japan rings in the new year, photographic highlights of the creative gathering have become available to browse, via our flickr photo set.

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The congested entrance to the Big Sight

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An elaborate t-shirt booth

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Cave Story's Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya, whose creative process resembles that of many Comiket musicians and game designers. For more information on the event and its significance to indie games in Japan, see our Comic Market 80 write-up.

Photos by Jeriaska