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Connichi and Hercules
Connichi is an annual, 3-day anime convention in Germany and one of the largest of its kind in the world with over 25K visitors in 2015 . Hosted by the German anime association Animexx, each Sept, Connichi offers a variety of attractions typical to anime conventions, such as shows and concerts, contests, video rooms, console games rooms, karaoke, vendors and exhibitors; as well as workshops in Japanese language and culture such as how to draw manga-style. Guest to Kassel can also take a quick trip across town to see Hercules. The monument is the highest point in the Wilhelmshöhe Bergpark located in Bad Wilhelmshöhe, on the Eastern ridge of the Habichtswald -- Brother Grimm territory. Today, the Bergpark can be seen as a product of German romanticism, heavily influenced by Italian walled design applied to the art of garden landscape. Crowds gather to view the cascade on those occasions when it operates. Water crashes down the great cascade along the central axis. It then diverts to flow through two romantic waterfalls. The axis runs through the Schloss, down the hill and along a 5 km road into the centre of Kassel. Hercules is perched (literally--as his toes hang over the edge) at the highpoint of the central axis. He stands on an octagonal castle, (Wasserschloss) which houses the water tank. A Chinese village with a pagoda, known as Mulang, was added at the end of the eighteenth century, under the influence of English romanticism.
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