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2014 J-POP SUMMIT ANNOUNCES FIRST GUEST OF HONOR JAPANESE SINGER MAY’N AND PREVIEWS EXPANDED PROGRAMMING FOR THIS YEAR’S MASSIVE CELEBRATION

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Annual Japanese Pop Culture Festival Returns In July To San Francisco For 6th Consecutive Year With Impressive Array Of Live Music, “Kawaii” Fashion, Anime & Live-Action Film, Gourmet Food And Entertainment

San Francisco, CA, April 29, 2014 – The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival, San Francisco’s annual celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion and film, returns over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, July 19th and 20th with a unique mix of colorful pop-inspired fun. This year’s exciting program leads off with the announcement of world renowned Japanese rock singer – May’n – as an official Guest of Honor.

Additional top tier J-Pop/J-Rock/Kawaii artists, events and other programming will be detailed in coming weeks. An exciting roster is being finalized that promises to be the most extensive and diverse the J-POP SUMMIT Festival has ever presented. Details on the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival are continually updated at: www.J-POP.com.

The annual J-POP SUMMIT is FREE to attend (although certain activities require a modest admission fee) and has become one of the largest events in the United States dedicated to showcasing the many sides of Japanese pop culture and fandom. Attendance in 2013 exceeded 80,000 people. The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT takes place from 11:00am to 6:00pm throughout San Francisco’s entire Japantown district on July 19th and 20th and also will present a special free J-Pop/J-Rock concert in the city’s downtown Union Square on the evening of Saturday, July 19th.

Japanese pop/rock/anime star May’n (pronounced “Main”) is known as the singing voice of Diva of the Galaxy Sheryl Nome from the blockbuster anime film, Macross Frontier, and also performed theme songs for numerous popular series such as, Accel World, Aria: The Scarlet Ammo, Shangri-La, Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha, Blood Lad, Btooom and M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane. Her powerful rock and pop vocal style has drawn critical acclaim and legions of fans. May’n sold-out Tokyo’s legendary Budokan in a single day and first performed in San Francisco for her “May’n Rock Your Beats” World Tour in 2012. She returns to the Bay Area for her very special J-POP SUMMIT live appearance as part of her 10th Anniversary “Dots and Lines” World Tour.
In addition to her special appearance on the J-POP SUMMIT main stage, the J-POP SUMMIT Festival 2014 proudly presents a May’n Special Live Concert at the famous SF live venue, Slim’s (333 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103) on Sunday, July 20th, at 8:00pm. Advance tickets are available along with special VIP show packages that include an exclusive artist meet-and-greet. Details on the Slim’s show are available now at: http://www.j-pop.com/2014/mayn-live-concert-at-slims

May’n debuted with a pair of singles in 2008 that instantly became smash hits, each placing in the Top 3 on the Japanese Oricon weekly music charts during their debut week. In January 2009, her debut mini album, May’n*Street, was released and reached #2 on the Oricon chart during its first week. All of May’n’s subsequent singles have entered the top music sales charts in Japan and as her international fame continues to grow, she epitomizes the must-see New Generation Japanese Female Rock Vocalist. Official May’n Website: http://mayn.jp/en/; Official May’n YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/MaynOfficial.

“Each year we strive to present a compelling mix of the hottest entertainment trends happening in Japan right NOW, and the J-POP SUMMIT has become a wonderful and unique composite of pop and rock music, edgy Kawaii-inspired fashion, modern graphic art, and film and anime content,” says Seiji Horibuchi, Chairman of the J-POP SUMMIT Festival. “This year’s event promises to be another important milestone for the evolution of J-Pop culture and its fan base in the U.S. We look forward to announcing more news throughout the coming weeks and to people of all ages and walks of life joining us in July for the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival!”

The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival will deliver a wide array of Japan’s hottest live bands and artists, theatrical film premieres, Harajuku Kawaii-themed fashion events, a special sake-tasting and fine foods attraction at the POP Gourmet Food Festival, in addition to dance and singing contests, interactive gaming, and a host of celebrity appearances. The Festival also presents a FREE Union Square Live concert in downtown San Francisco and celebrates the launch of 2nd annual Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, which takes place July 19th-27th at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema. The week-long film festival will be highlighted by red carpet events featuring appearances by additional Guests of Honor and daily theatrical premieres of many first-run anime as well as Japanese live-action movies across a variety of genres. Additional information will be updated in coming weeks on the official website: www.jffsf.org.

Stay tuned for additional J-POP SUMMIT Guest of Honor, programming and event announcements!

About J-POP SUMMIT Festival
Launched in 2009, J-POP SUMMIT Festival is an annual street fair held in San Francisco, CA that celebrates Japanese popular culture. By introducing the latest in Japanese music, film, art, fashion, gaming, anime, food, as well as niche subcultures, the festival has become a prominent platform to showcase the latest pop trends and creative innovations from Japan.

The 5th annual J-POP SUMMIT held July 2013 welcomed more than 80,000 attendees, making it one of the largest Japanese festivals in the United States. In addition to the original Festival held in Japantown, new attractions include the Union Square Live concert in downtown San Francisco, the Bay Area’s very first Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, and sake-tasting and fine foods events at the POP GOURMET Food Festival, which have each further enriched the experience. Additional information about J-POP SUMMIT Festival is available at: J-POP.com.

Luna Haruna, announced as the musical guest for AnimeNEXT 2014!

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After making a successful U.S. concert debut last year, Luna Haruna comes back for her 2nd concert in the U.S.!

This summer, Luna will be making her very first appearance at AnimeNEXT 2014 from June 6~8.

AnimeNEXT is the largest independently organized anime convention in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area and will be held at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey.

Don’t miss your chance to catch Luna Haruna’s appearance at AnimeNEXT , which will make it her first time to perform on the East Coast!

 

 

AnimeNEXT 2014

June 6th ~8th, 2014

Garden State Exhibit Center

Somerset, NJ

http://www.animenext.org/

Ikoma Rina showing her cosplay side

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We have seen Mayuyu show her love for anime, cosplay, video games, toys, while Takamina is passionate about manga.  As for Ikoma Rina, she is also an otaku who loves anime, manga and cosplay.  Here are a few recent photos from April of Ikoma dressing up and having fun!

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Team B theater debut features a Mayuyu/Ikoma combo!

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On April 28th, Team B had their opening night at the AKB Theater and would feature performances with new members Ikoma Rina (Nogizaka46) and Tomonaga Mio (HKT48).

And as the tears came out from Ikoma, Ikoma was pleased by the warm welcome by fans and told them that she would do her best as a member of AKB48.

Here is a video featuring the Mayuyu/Ikoma combo:

Ikuta Erika to go on temporary hiatus from Nogizaka46

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It’s not easy to balance school and career as an idol and for Nogizaka46 member Ikuta Erika, there are things that need to be put into priority.

During a Nogizaka46 in Yokohama, Ikuta announced that she will not be involved with the ninth Nogizak46 CD single and will be taking a temporary hiatus as she focuses on school in order to prepare for college.

As one of the better singers and also a talented pianist, Ikuta’s presence will be missed but she will be return to Nogizaka46 during the fall.

J!-ENT @ Sakura-Con this weekend

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Our J!-ENT team is at Sakura-Con this weekend.  Coverage will be featured in our upcoming digital publication!

Housewife Mariko Tsukamoto joins AKB48 for over-30 limited campaign

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With the AKB48/Papiko campaign to find a woman who would join AKB48 for a limited campaign, full-time housewife Mariko Tsukamoto (37) was chosen.

Mariko will take part as the center of the Glico Ezaki CM which airs on May 14th.

With 5,066 entries, Mariko applied upon a recommendation from a fellow friend, a housewife in Nara.

Karuho Shiina’s “Kimi ni Todoke” Vol. 21 is the best selling manga in Japan for a second straight week

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The Shueisha manga series “Kimi ni Todoke” (君に届け) Vol. 21 is currently the #1 selling manga in Japan for the second straight week with 166,060 copies sold.

The shojo manga is written and illustrated by mangaka Karuho Shiina and has been serialzied in Shueisha’s “Bessatsu Margaret” since 2005 and was the winner of the “Best Shojo Manga Award” in the 32nd annual Kodansha Manga Award back in 2008.

“Shokugeki no Soma” is the second best selling manga with 114,690 copies sold. “To LOVEru-toraburu- Darkness” vol. 10 is the third best selling manga with 131,565 copies sold.

The Top 10 selling manga of the week are as follows:

      1. Kimi ni Todoke Vol. 21
      2. Shokugeki no Soma Vol. 7
      3. To Loveru – Toraburu- Darkness Vol. 10
      4. Haikyu!! Vol. 10
      5. Okami heika no Hanayome Vol. 10
      6. Beezlebub Vol. 26
      7. Kinnikuman Vol. 46
      8. One Piece Vol. 73
      9. Dai Ku Stray Dogs Vol. 4
      10. World  Trigger Vol. 5