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2015 J-POP SUMMIT Details Kawaii Fashion Events w/ MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

S.F.’s Annual Japanese Pop Culture Festival Partners With ASOBISYSTEM To Showcase Fast Rising Stars Of The Harajuku Fashion Scene With Model Runway Shows, Live Musical Performances, Karaoke Fun, Photo Sessions And Special Shopping Opportunities

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San Francisco, CA, July 27, 2015 – The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT, the Japanese pop culture event held annually in San Francisco, partners with ASOBISYSTEM, the prominent entertainment company based in Harajuku, Tokyo widely known for developing the “Kawaii” fashion and music scene in Japan, to present a brand new edition of the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Project for this year’s Festival. The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT takes place on Saturday and Sunday August 8th & 9th at the historic Fort Mason Center in San Francisco’s Marina district.

Developed by the multi-faceted Japanese entertainment agency, ASOBISYSTEM, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON seeks to promote Japanese pop culture and fashion on a truly global level. During the 2015 J-POP SUMMIT, the many colorful and creative sides of Japan’s vibrant pop and fashion culture will be showcased with an array of fashion shows, contests, live musical performances and autograph and meet-and-greet opportunities with some of the Japanese fashion world’s fastest rising stars.

Throughout the weekend, J-POP SUMMIT attendees to Fort Mason can enjoy a colorful assortment of Japanese pop-influenced culture, fashion, pop art, live music, technology, and travel that will be complemented by celebrity Guests of Honor, anime programming, cosplay and J-pop idol contests, and a wide assortment of vendors and other programming. Tickets and V.I.P Passes are available now at: www.J-POP.com.

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON 2015 programming on-stage and in the booth area at J-POP SUMMIT will feature Harajuku icon and designer, Ayumi Seto, producer and designer of Aymmy in the Batty Girls, the J-Pop icons and jouetie apparel brand producers, AMIAYA, along with Ani-song princess Anna Yano, the pop idol dance unit, Musubizm, karaoke fun at the LIVE DAM booth, the timeless onigiri rice & seaweed snack at the ONIGIRAZU booth, an opportunity to dress up in a variety of J-Pop inspired costumes and participate in a photo session at the Pure booth, and additional “egg”-inspired photo session fun with Sanrio’s newest character sensation, GUDETAMA! There will also be opportunities to join meet & greets with the aforementioned guests, and to purchase a variety of exclusive apparel, accessories and gifts. Additional information on the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON initiative is available at: http://moshimoshi-nippon.jp.
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MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Events & Special Guests of Honor

Ayumi Seto / Aymmy in the batty girls
Sat. August 8th; 2:00pm – 2:45pm at Main Stage with Fashion Show, Fort Mason Center /
Meet & Greet at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON booth area (Check the J-POP Summit Show Schedule for Dates/Times)
Ayumi Seto is a trendsetting Japanese model and designer who has appeared in a number of popular Harajuku fashion magazines. She is known as one of the pioneers in a new fashion style called “Kidz Rock.” As a model, Ayumi’s unique fashion style has inspired legions of Harajuku girls. Following the release of her first fashion book titled, “AyumiKidz,” in October 2013, Ayumi launched her first clothing brand, “Aymmy in the batty girls,” in the Spring of 2014 and it has become one of the most popular fashion brands in the Harajuku scene. As the first brand to be directed by an aomoji-kei model, “Aymmy in the batty girls” offer a wide variety of items that reflect Ayumi’s colorful and edgy style. More information is available at: http://www.aymmy.com.

AMIAYA– Producers of jouetie apparel
Sat. August 8th; 2:00pm – 2:45pm at Main Stage with Fashion Show and Performance,
Fort Mason Center / Meet & Greet at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON booth area (Check the J-POP Summit Show Schedule for Dates/Times)
The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT welcomes the apparel brand – jouetie – and its producers, AMIAYA, to this year’s event. Check out a styling exhibition done by the girls, as well as grab this chance to buy popular items that are only sold in Japan!

AMIAYA is composed of twin sisters that moved to Tokyo at the age of 15 and soon after became very active in the Harajuku fashion scene. After landing a shoot on an aomoji-style magazine, they quickly garnered a fan base that went on to replicate their unique way of dress and hairstyle, which has led them to become the latest Harajuku superstar models. The “AYA AMI BOOK” (Shufuno Tomosha) was released in July 2010 and has sold over 40,000 copies. The twins have also appeared on the cover of NYLON magazine and have penned a column for the publication.

Since their modeling career exploded, AMIAYA also have become the concept producers behind the apparel brand, “jouetie,” which has become popular not only in Japan but throughout Asia. In 2013, AMIAYA launched a music career with the release of their mini album, “TOKYO POP,” on Universal Music’s Far Eastern Tribe Records. AMIAYAʼs personal theme is “Tokyo x Stylish” (or “oshare” in Japanese), and the duo works to bring its brand of “real music” to a worldwide audience. Additional information on jouetie available at: http://jouetie.com; Additional information on AMIAYA is available at: http://amiaya.asobisystem.com.

Ani-Song Princess Anna Yano
Sat. August 8th; 2:00pm – 2:45pm at Main Stage with Live Performance, Fort Mason Center / Meet & Greet at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON booth area (Check the J-POP Summit Show Schedule for Dates/Times)
With her cute smile and natural fashion and style, Anna Yano is known as a versatile artist and model who effortlessly pulls off any look, from her signature Kawaii style to extreme more Lolita looks. Also a featured vocalist, Anna released “Shape My Story” in August 2013, which was produced by kz (livetune), and was also selected in 2014 as a featured vocalist on kz’s solo project, “livetune.” This was soon followed by the release of “All Over,” another livetune production. Both of the tracks were later used as theme songs for popular anime series and garnered additional attention for Anna Yano among existing fans and anime fans alike. In 2014, Anna Yano traveled to six countries and seven cities across Europe and Asia to promote Harajuku culture as an artist and model. Her first photo book, “YANO ANNA: MADE IN HARAJUKU,” was released in 2015. Additional information available at: http://yanoanna.asobisystem.com/

Musubizm
Sat. August 8th; 2:00pm – 2:45pm at Main Stage with Live Performance, Fort Mason Center / Meet & Greet at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON booth area (Check the J-POP Summit Show Schedule for Dates/Times)
Musubizm is an entertainment idol unit formed in 2014 by five members (Eru Shina, Rurika Miyajima, Misa Kimura, Nami Yamada, and Mai Imai) selected from a pool of candidates during the Spring 2014 “ASOBI SYSTEM IDOL PROJECT.” By embodying all flavors of Kawaii culture (adorable, cute, pop, fashionable, beautiful, and cool), Musubizm is a one-of-a-kind group that aims to spread Japanese kawaii culture globally, and is taking the international idol scene by storm. Currently, they have ventured out of Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan and are actively working to spread Kawaii culture all over the world. Musubizm will tie together Japanese kawaii culture and the world. Additional information is available at: http://musubizm.asobisystem.com.

Additional Attractions in MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Area:

The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON booth area offers attendees additional attractions about fresh Japanese pop culture and fashion!

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Booth
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON runs an informative website as well as an information center in Harajuku – MOSHI MOSHI BOX – to spread the latest J-Pop culture. This booth version will sell cool Japanese gifts, including the shop’s bestselling KAWAii!! sunglasses and sushi socks.
Additional information is available at: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/box.html

PURE Booth
J-POP SUMMIT attendees are invited to try on wide variety of costumes and take part in a photo session at the PURE booth. From Japanese school uniforms to rabbit and cat ears, attendees can try on all kinds of fun J-Pop inspired costumes and apparel. Select ensembles and accessories also will be available for purchase.

LIVE DAM Booth
Try out karaoke for free and sing the best selection of J-Pop tunes at the LIVE DAM booth!

ONIGIRAZU Booth
The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries collaborates with the Moshi Moshi Nippon Project to present a free tasting event of Onigirazu at the 2015 J-POP Summit. Onigirazu is a version of the timeless onigiri rice and seaweed snack, but pressed into a colorful “sandwich” filled with an imaginative assortment of fillings. Onigirazu are characterized by their “Kawaisa” (cuteness) that is expressed through a myriad of vibrant and tasty fillings.

GUDETAMA Booth
GUDETAMA is one of the latest character icons to join the Sanrio family! A popular “Egg” character that enjoys legions of adoring fans in Japan, GUDETAMA will be part of MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON with a photo session and Gudeeting (Gudetama’s Meet & Greet)! More information on GUDETAMA available at: www.sanrio.co.jp/character/gudetama.

This year, the J-POP SUMMIT offers a wide variety of programming including live concerts by top J-Pop and J-Rock artists on the J-POP SUMMIT Main Stage at Fort Mason and also at special “J-POP NIGHT LIVE” concerts on the evenings of Saturday August 8th and Sunday August 9th. The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT also presents a variety of special Guest of Honor appearances, the Bay Area’s first ever Japanese Interactive Technology and Travel pavilions, a SAKE SUMMIT taking place at Union Square, and an extensive roster of theatrical film premieres at NEW PEOPLE Cinema that launch the third annual Japan Film Festival of San Francisco (JFFSF). Complete details on key events and major attractions are available at: http://www.j-pop.com and www.JFFSF.org.

About J-POP SUMMIT
The J-POP SUMMIT is an annual Japanese Pop Culture celebration held in San Francisco, CA that features live bands and artists from Japan, pop culture panel discussions, film premieres, fashion shows and events, food and spirits, art, and celebrity appearances. Details on J-POP SUMMIT are available at www.J-POP.com.

J!-ENT @ San Diego Comic-Con – Cosplay teaser for the J!-ENT Annual 2015 (Photos by Derek Orchard, J!-ENT)

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The following is a sneak peak of photos taken at San Diego Comic Con by J!-ENT photographer, Derek Orchard.  More photos will be featured in our upcoming J!-ENT 2015 annual!

J-POP 365 (July 26, 2015)

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Today I am listening to AKB48’s 40th CD single “Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai” (Type-A, B, C, D & the theater edition).

And then I had the urge to listen to SKE48’s first album “Kono Hi no Chime o Wasurenai”.

And then afterward, I started to listen to Tomatsu Haruka’s third album “Harukarisk*Land”.

And I ended the day with Perfume’s first best album “Perfume ~Complete Best~”.

Cast for “Terra Formars” live action film adaptation has been announced

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The live-action film adaptation of the hit manga series “Terra Formars” has been announced.

Directed by Miike Takashi x Ito Hideaki, among the names announced were Takei Emi, Yamashita Tomohisa, Yamada Takayuki, Oguri Shun, Shinoda Mariko, Kikuchi Rinko, Kosugi Kane, Kato Masaya, Koike Eiko, Takito Kenichi, Ohta Rina, Fukushima Rila and many more!

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Video of high school baseball player in Japan goes viral!

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In Japan, the high school baseball tournament (Koshien) is taking place but to the surprise of many on social media, is a video of a baseball player who does something that you usually never see in Japanese baseball or baseball in general! Check it out!

 

Kuramochi Asuka announces graduation from AKB48

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Kuramochi Asuka (25) has announced that she will be graduating from AKB48 to pursue a career in sportscasting.

Asuka has been a sports fan, as her father Akira was a professional baseball player for the Lotte Orions, Crown Fighter Lions and Yakult Swallows.

Her last performance will be at the Akihabara AKB48 theater on August 17th.

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J!-ENT COVERAGE: Fresno Obon Festival 2015

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On July 11th, I traveled to Fresno, California for the Fresno Obon Festival, one of the larger obon festivals in California.

Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors.  For over 500 years, this event has been celebrated and features a dance known as Bon-Odori.

Throughout the month of June through August, you can check out various obon festivals celebrated throughout the country.

Here are a few photos taken from the obon festival held at the Fresno Buddhist Temple.

For more photos, please click here.

Photos by Dennis A. Amith, J!-ENT

BBM Cards of the Week: Yomiuri Giants Baseball Card Set – 2015 Giant Step

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With every start of the season, BBM releases baseball card sets showcasing a team.

While in Japan, for the first game of the season, I saw the release of the “BBM Yomiuri Giants Baseball Card Set 2015 – GIANT STEP” which costs about Y2,500 and only 3,000 sets created.

The baseball card set features a total of 27 cards + 1 special card (there are a total of 9 special cards) and created in collaboration with Baseball Magazine Sha and to my satisfaction, the card that I received was one of my favorite players in the NPB, shortstop Sakamoto Hayato (#299 of #333).

The cards themselves are cool.  Infield backgrounds removed and visual effect in the background.  Fortunately, the backgrounds were removed with care, so no chopped out uniforms or anything problematic.

The rear end of the card features the players statistics and information on each player.

It’s important to remember that this was a late March 2015 release, so you are not going to find Mikolas or Donoue cards.

But these BBM sets are for the fans, one can expect a more expansive set to come out this month with the more expensive BBM 2015 Yomiuri Giants Baseball Set.