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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~”.

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

Photo of the Day: Nippon Budokan

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Nippon Budokan, the indoor arena in central Tokyo where many rock n’ roll and music legends such as the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Cheap Trick, Ozzy Osborne, Eric Clapton, The Carpenters, have played at.

While originally built as the judo competition building for the 1964 Summer Olympics, it has become a status of the best of the best in music perform there.

Granted, things have changed a lot since then, as many artists, groups and bands that don’t have an established career have performed there.  And it’s also a site that has been utilized for sports, graduations and other events.

But still, it’s a place worth visiting and experiencing a concert in their lifetime.

J!-ENT Annual Teaser – Momoiro Clover Z

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J!-ENT’s Darren Yamashita was in Los Angeles for Anime Expo this past July 4th weekend to cover the event but also to cover Momoiro Clover Z live performance.  Here are a few teaser photos from the concert.  More photos to be featured in our upcoming J!-ENT annual for 2015!  Stay  tuned!

Photo of the Day: Mini Modulars at Tokyo Tower

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One of the coolest things to see inside Tokyo tower are the mini modulars showcasing the area surrounding Tokyo Tower during the time it was built.

I shot the photo in black and white because there is a red light aimed at the modulars, so I converted the photo to black and white.

I love how the vehicles the store signs down to the telephone poles with wires showcasing plenty of detail.

But Tokyo Tower has a fascinating section on how it was built.

Photo of the Day: Tsukiji Market

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In central Tokyo between Sumida River and Ginza is the Tsukiji Market.

A market supervised by the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market (which is part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs), Tsukiji Market is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world.

While the location has been around since 1935, the fish market was established long ago in the late 1800’s by Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Edo Period.  While the original Nihonbashi fish market was destroyed during the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the market would find a home in the Tsukiji district in 1935.

The location is great for vacationers or locals who are seafood lovers.  Especially since the location has one of the freshest seafood in the planet and the food is just delicious (and very busy).

But if you want to visit the old location, you have until November 2016 as the market will move in November 2016, in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Photo of the Day: Tokyo Outdoor Weekend 2015

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Are you someone who loves the outdoor and nature?  The Tokyo Outdoor Weekend 2015 event (which was held at Shintoyosu Magic Beach) is definitely worth checking out!

A festival showcasing cool outdoor gear, music and food and a pretty upbeat, relaxed atmosphere!

Here is a video we shot from the event: