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Rock band OKAMOTO’S to appear at the Northeast’s largest anime convention!

Anime Boston 2017 announces second Japanese guest
Rock band OKAMOTO’S to appear at the Northeast’s largest anime convention

Boston – Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its second
Japanese guest of honor today. Japanese rock band OKAMOTO’S will perform at Anime
Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

OKAMOTO’S is a four-piece rock band from Shinjuku, Tokyo with Okamoto Sho on vocals,
Okamoto Kouki on guitar, Hama Okamoto on bass, and Okamoto Reiji on drums.
All band members use “Okamoto” as their last names, paying respect to both the avant-garde artist Taro
Okamoto and the legendary punk band Ramones. The band made their major debut when they
were only 18, and have released 9 singles and 8 albums to date.

“I’m excited to have this opportunity to experience OKAMOTO’S live at Anime Boston. Their
hard rocking style is reminiscent of the Ramones, which I listened to in high school! Fans who
know them primarily from their anime theme songs will get to hear more of this incredible band,”
said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

Famous for their modern take on nostalgic, retro-rock and pop, their danceable tunes make
them darlings of the festival circuit in Japan. At the same time, their songs have also been
chosen to be theme songs for major TV anime series, such as “Yokubo wo Sakebe!!!!” for
Naruto Shippuden, “HEADHUNT” for Durarara!!, and “Beautiful Days” for Gintama.
In 2010, OKAMOTO’S became the youngest Japanese male act to perform at SXSW, followed
by a seven-city tour in America, a tour in Australia, and many shows in Asia, including Hong
Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and Vietnam. They have also toured with The Verbs in Japan, and
were tapped to be guest acts of Paul Weller’s Japan tour, garnering rave reviews.
Transgressing generations and musical genres, the band collaborates with top-notch artists on
recording projects and live sessions, expanding their scope of activities on a worldwide basis.

For more information view their website at www.okamotos.net/ and their Facebook page
www.facebook.com/OkamotosOfficial/ .

About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual
three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is
scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 at the Hynes Convention Center and
Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at
http://www.animeboston.com .

J-POP SUMMIT 2016 ANNOUNCES FIRST LINE-UP OF LIVE CONCERT AND MUSICAL ARTISTS SET TO PERFORM AT THIS SUMMER’S FESTIVAL

The San Francisco Bay Area’s Premiere Japanese Pop Culture Event Announces Exciting Slate Of Top Japanese Pop/Rock/Electronica/Dance Artists To Play at Fort Mason Center This Summer

San Francisco, CA, April 27, 2016 – J-POP SUMMIT 2016, one of the world’s biggest Japanese pop culture events, has announced an exciting and diverse first line-up of music artists set to perform this year. This summer’s festival will be highlighted by an exciting 3-day slate of live music from a wide range of top Japanese pop idol, ani-pop (anime pop), electronica, and rock artists that will complement an extensive roster of attractions, participants and exhibits, and other live programming. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, May 6th at: www.J-POP.com.

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J-POP SUMMIT 2016 starts with “Kyary Pamyu Pamyu LIVE at J-POP SUMMIT OPENING NIGHT – KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR 2016 in San Francisco” on Friday, July 22nd at The Regency Ballroom. Other musical guests to perform at J-POP LIVE concert on Saturday and Sunday July 23rd and 24th at Fort Mason Center include electronic dance group, WORLD ORDER, all-female pop rock band, Silent Siren, pop house unit, Wednesday Campanella, and ani-pop duo, GARNiDELiA. Additional live artists and specific set times will be announced soon.

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About WORLD ORDER
WORLD ORDER is an electronic dance performance group produced by Genki Sudo, the legendary mixed martial arts fighter. The group is known globally for its pop and sensitive dance music and the choreographed performances that feature tightly syncopated movements by suited members. Their monotonous black suits and eerie, robot-like movements are deliberate and prompt the audience to reflect on contemporary society, working styles, global culture, and images of modern Japan. From its inception, WORLD ORDER aimed to become a globally known group and has gained widespread support in Asia, North and South America, and EU countries.
Official artist web site: http://worldorder.jp;
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/crnaviofficial.

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About SILENT SIREN
Silent Siren is a 4 piece all-female band formed by Su (Sumire Yoshida on vocals and guitar), Hinachu (Hinako Umemura on drums), Ainyan (Aina Yamauchi on bass), and Yukarun (Yukako Kurosaka on keyboards). Silent Siren held its first overseas concert in Hong Kong in 2014. Since then, they have actively performed overseas. An Asian tour in 2015 saw the group perform 20 shows in over 16 cities, and a solo concert in Jakarta, Indonesia was celebrated by over 2,000 local fans. Silent Siren made history as being the first all-female band to perform a solo concert at Nippon Budokan the legendary hall for singers in Japan. All of their 12 singles and albums after their 3rd album have been ranked in the Top 10 in the national music charts.
Official artist web site: http://silent-siren.com/en.

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About WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA
Wednesday Campanella is a pop house unit that delivers a mixture of house, techno, and trance style music. The unit is formed by Kom I (front man), Kenmochi Hidefumi (composer), and Dir.F (all the rest). Of the three, Kom I will be the only one to perform at the J-POP SUMMIT this year. The group is recognized for its comical and sensational music videos and for the singer’s very unique personality. The group’s recent activity includes release of the album, “Zipangu” based on a concept of traveling around Eurasia and looking back to Japan from overseas. Wednesday Campanella has performed major music festivals such as South by Southwest 2016, Summer Sonic 2015, Rising Sun Rock Festival 2015, and the Rock in Japan Festival 2015.
Official artist web site: www.wed-camp.com;
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/wedcamp.

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About GARNiDELiA
GARNiDELiA is a Japanese ani-pop duo consisting of vocalist, MARiA, and composer, toku. Their first major single, “ambiguous” was used as the opening theme of the anime series, Kill la Kill. Many of the duo’s subsequent singles have been used in popular anime series such as The Irregular at Magic High School, Gundam, Reconguista in G, Linkage Ring, and Gunslinger Stratos. GARNiDELiA actively performs both inside and outside of Japan. Their recent global activity includes performances in Anime Festival Asia 2014 Indonesia, Anime Festival Asia 2014 Singapore, SakuraCon in the U.S., Anison Dream Stage 2015 in Hong Kong, and SMASH in Australia. The duo is on their way to becoming one of the hottest ani-song units in recent years.
Official artist web site: www.garnidelia.com;
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/GARNiDELiAVEVO.

About J-POP SUMMIT
J-POP SUMMIT is one of the world’s biggest Japanese pop culture events, held every summer in San Francisco, CA. By introducing the latest in Japanese music, fashion, film, art, games, tech-innovations, anime, food, as well as niche subcultures, the festival has become a landing platform for new trends from Japan.

Official website: www.j-pop.com
Official YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/JPOPSUMMIT/featured

AnimeJapan 2016 attendees up by 11%

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AnimeJapan 2016 had a 11% increase in attendees according tot he AnimeJapan Executive Committee.

This year, AnimeJapan 2016 had 135,323 attendees. For 2015, the event had 121,540 total.  While the first event brought in 111, 252 people.

AnimeJapan was formed in 2014 and was the combination between two events: Tokyo International Anime Fair and Anime Contents Expo.

J!-ENT @ AnimeJapan 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight

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J!-ENT was at AnimeJapan 2016 which was held at Tokyo Big Sight this past weekend.

Their article is forthcoming but you can check out the awesome photos by Antoni Airoso by clicking here.

Ani-Me Con 5.0 in Fresno, California on February 20-21

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Once upon a time, Fresno used to have a good sized Japanese population in the early 1900’s which included a Nissei baseball league and in the ’90’s, had one of the largest anime clubs.

While things have changed a lot in terms of demographic, one thing hasn’t changed in Fresno and that’s the passion for anime and Japanese pop culture.

And it’s great to see a few friends dedicated in bringing anime events and a convention to the Central Valley.

On February 20-21, 2016, Ani-Me 5.0 will take place at the Big Fresno Fairgrounds.

For more information, please visit www.ani-me.com but also visit their Facebook page!

Akihabara Film Festival to hold their first event starting on January 8, 2016

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Akihabara Film Festival 2016 will host their first event on January 8, 2016. The film festival will feature films and indie idol concerts. Films such as “Sinbad”, “Love Live! The School Idol Movie”, “Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman”, “Miss Hokusai”, “The Next Generation Patlabor” and more to be screened.

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Comiket 89 attracts 520,000 visitors for its three days!

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Comic Market 89 (December 29-31) has brought in a record total of 520,000 visitors during its three days at Tokyo Big Sight.

The event also saw a large increase of over a hundred booths. Including many anime production studios and game makers, in addition to publishers.

Comic Market 89 also brought in visitors from all over the world.

Image courtesy of Comiket

Japan Expo LA 2015 will take place on October 17 & 18

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Whole family to enjoy and learn about Japan for good will and cultural exchange.

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Japan Expo LA is one of the largest US/Japan events that promotes and strengthens the ties of friendship between the United States and Japan. We started Japan Expo LA in 1980s, and we celebrate our 30th anniversary this year.  With the theme of Japanese “hospitality”, the 30th Japan Expo introduces the Japanese culture, traditional craftsmanship, and polished life-style not only to L.A. but also worldwide.

Come enjoy the special live performances!

-Guests-

Cheeky Parade / SOLIDEMO / Raion/ JAWEYE / 564

Rio Hiiragi / Link STAR’s / Eri Osanai / Ahya / jeanist

Parallel Dream / SAMURIDE / BURAI PRODUCTIONS