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J-POP SUMMIT ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 2015 FESTIVAL

The Bay Area’s Premiere Japanese Pop Culture Event Moves To Historic

Fort Mason And Transitions To A Ticketed Event Offering An Even Wider Variety Of Japanese Film, Food, Fashion, Music And Entertainment

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San Francisco, CA, April 6, 2015 – The J-POP SUMMIT, the Japanese pop culture celebration held annually in San Francisco since 2009, has announced that its 7th annual event will take place Friday, August 7th through Sunday, August 9th.

The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT kicks off on Friday, August 7th with a very special Friday night premiere event at the historic Castro Theatre in association with the 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco.

This year, the popular Bay Area annual celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, art, anime, fashion, and film moves from Japantown, where it has been held since 2009, to the historic Fort Mason Center in San Francisco’s Marina district.

The J-POP SUMMIT also transitions to become a ticketed attraction this year. Tickets will go on-sale on April 10th. Details and information on featured performers and events will be posted at www.J-POP.com.

Returning as part of the 2015 J-POP SUMMIT will be the 3rd annual Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, the only dedicated Japanese film festival held in the Bay Area. The week-long series of live-action and anime film theatrical premieres will be highlighted by special personal appearances by a variety of prominent Japanese directors and actors and kicks off on Friday August 7th with a special opening night premiere event co-presented by J-POP SUMMIT at San Francisco’s landmark Castro Theatre. The 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco then runs at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema, located inside the NEW PEOPLE venue on Post St. in Japantown, from Saturday August 8th until Sunday August 16th. Tickets and additional information will be available at: www.JFFSF.org.

Notable new and returning fan-favorite events for the 2015 J-POP Summit will include:

 

LIVE MUSIC: Savor a diverse roster of some of Japan’s hottest pop and rock acts LIVE on-stage in special concert performances. This year, an expanded program of artists will perform live on the J-POP SUMMIT indoor stage at Fort Mason. Exclusive autograph and meet-and-greet sessions are also planned. Announcements of featured performers coming very soon!

 

FASHION: Straight from the streets of Tokyo come the newest and most cutting edge looks by an array of the latest designers. Catch fashion shows and fun contests by Japan’s hottest brands. Also browse a wide variety of products and exclusive designs for sale from many featured Japanese fashion labels. Look for news on the roster of fashion events and featured brands in coming weeks!

 

FILM PREMIERES: The 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco will host its opening night premiere event at San Francisco’s celebrated Castro Theatre. Together with NEW PEOPLE Cinema, the Bay Area’s preeminent Japanese film festival will host screenings and receptions featuring popular Japanese actors and directors from Japan’s latest live-action film and anime releases.

 

INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGY: The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT is pleased to present the Bay Area’s very first Japanese IT and Technology-focused showcase event with exhibition, panels and keynote talks. As a trend-setting center of the consumer technology world, San Francisco is the perfect venue to present a variety of pioneers and luminaries at the J-POP SUMMIT including hardware and software, arts and sciences, and entertainment and gaming companies.

 

TRAVEL: A unique and informative pavilion offers the many sides of Japan to potential travelers. A variety of pop-focused companies will also showcase aspects not normally seen or accessible in traditional tours but of keen interest to many J-POP SUMMIT attendees.

 

SAKE & JAPANESE FOOD: Let sake flow!! The Sake tasting events that have occurred at previous J-POP SUMMITS transform into the first-ever SAKE SUMMIT, an even larger-scale and more comprehensive event! The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT joins forces with a variety of major sake brands of Japan as well as key players in the sake business in the Bay Area: from distilleries, distributors to retailers. This event will help promote Japanese sake culture to a larger audience and entice more Americans to enjoy Japan’s national spirit. More information will be released in coming weeks!

 

MANGA & ANIME: Catch insightful discussions and autograph sessions led by a vanguard of Japan’s renowned manga and anime creators. Fans also can atch a wide variety of anime titles at the 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, which will take place at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema in Japantown.

 

POP ART: Take in several Japanese pop art exhibitions that accent the 2015 J-POP SUMMIT. Featured live performance art and other exhibits, as well as autograph sessions by world- renowned artists, will be presented as well as vendors offering handmade arts and crafts.

 

“The J-POP SUMMIT has expanded substantially every year since our very first event in 2009 and it has become an important annual showcase for the latest trends in Japanese popular culture,” says Seiji Horibuchi, Chairman of the J-Pop SUMMIT Committee and the founder of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. “This year’s move to Fort Mason and the transition to a ticketed event is the next stage in the evolution of the J-POP SUMMIT and it will allow us to develop and present an even higher caliber of attractions and featured performers. Fort Mason’s expansive festival grounds also will provide for increased secure parking, better show management, and an even higher quality experience for attendees. We look forward to announcing this year’s roster of artists, performers and unique attractions over the coming weeks!”

 

 

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. In 2014, the two-day event attracted 125,000 attendees. Details on J-POP SUMMIT are available at www.J-POP.com.

J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL 2014 TURNS IT UP TO 11 by Kenneth Eric Tran (J!-ENT Event Coverage)

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The 6th annual J-Pop Summit Festival returned to the beautiful confines of Union Square for a twilight exhibition of the top musical artists from Japan. On the heels of last year’s very successful matinee main event featuring Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, organizers succeeded in providing programming surpassing any other previous festival to date. The headlining show, dubbed J-Pop Live, featured singer/model Una, human beatboxer Daichi, idol group Tokyo Girls’ Style, former-AKB48 member Tomomi Itano, and vocalist May’n.

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Starting the night off was Una, a Harajuku fashion icon who debuted as a singer just one year prior. Donning an incredible yukata-like outfit befitting of a charismatic Aomoji-kei queen, she sparkled in her performance of her heavily electro-pop setlist, including her debut single “Juicy-Juicy”.

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Next on stage was the return of Daichi, known around the world as one of the best beatboxers alive. Besides his amazing skill with the mic, Daichi was incredibly entertaining cracking jokes and initiating audience participation.

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A brief intermission featured Koji Mizutani’s Merry Project. The project featured umbrellas printed with smiling faces from the children affected by the Fukushima tragedy. It is a reminder to stay strong despite overwhelming obstacles.

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Anticipation grew as Tokyo Girls’ Style slowly appeared on stage, amidst a sea of sunflowers, and started singing “Himawari no Hoshikuzu”. The crowd went absolutely wild, cheering and dancing through their whole performance.

As a surprise, TGS sang “Himawari no Hoshikuzu” once again, this time in English.

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The momentum continued with Tomomi Itano, who suddenly appeared from the curtain to the greeting of “Tomochin” chants. In her Swagalicious attire, she struck the audience with the same type of charisma as her days with AKB48, leaving many in attendance yelling “SWAG” as a recognition of her debut album.

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Finally, May’n greeted the San Francisco crowd. But rather than just promoting her performance planned for the following night, May’n gave everyone a treat and began performing, much to the delight of everyone.

After such an amazing headlining show, it is easy to forget the rest of the events planned for the weekend. The rest of the fun would be held in Japan Town for the duration of the festival. Live events would be held at the Pagoda Stage, as each of the headliners performed once again along with many other artists such as Kylee, Yanakiku, Pinky Doodle Poodle, Black Diamond, DJ Coco and DJ Amaya. Cosplay, fashion, and idol events would also be held on stage.

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Besides the main stage, New People Cinema hosted the inaugural Japan Film Festival of San Francisco featuring screenings for the entire week. The top floors of New People were reserved for the fashion events, with numerous appearances by iconic figures in Japanese youth fashion: Ayumi Seto, Una, Akira, and Misa Kimura. The fashion events featured live performances by Akira and Una, meet and greet sessions, and a fashion show.

Along the main street of Japan Town were dozens of vendors and booths of every kind. Kinokuniya and SEGA hosted a special signing session with Miku Hatsune illustrator, KEI, as well as featuring the upcoming video game of the digital diva. Along the other booths were many meet and greet opportunities with most of the Guests of Honor.

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Down Post Street was the crowded Ramen Street event, with patron standing in line for over an hour just to try each ramen masterpiece. The Pop Gourmet Food Festival was also held offering creative snacks and sake tasting.

The J-Pop Summit had something for everybody, as intended by the organizers. This year’s festival easily surpassed last year’s attendance of 80,000 people with 120,000 attendees in 2014.

“The 2014 J-POP Summit was the biggest and most successful we have ever staged. The addition of the Ramen Street attraction and the array of artists, performers and other events also made it one of the most exciting. We are looking forward to presenting an even bigger J-POP Summit for 2015!”, said Seiji Horibuchi, President/CEO of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. and Chairman of the J-Pop Summit Festival Committee.

With this momentum, it is likely J-Pop Summit will continue to grow in popularity and feature even more headliners in the near future. We could be witnessing the genesis of a future marquee festival.

Our interviews from J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL 2014 will be featured in our upcoming J!-ENT ANNUAL 2014 issue to be released in late SEPTEMBER. Stay tuned!

Article by Kenneth Eric Tran, J!-ENT

Photos by Dennis A. Amith, J!-ENT

Videos by Charles Amith, J!-ENT

2014 J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL SETS NEW ATTENDANCE RECORD WITH MASSIVE WEEKEND CELEBRATION OF JAPANESE POP CUTURE

S.F.’s Annual Japanese Pop Culture Extravaganza Attracts Huge Crowds For Music, Anime, Film, Fashion and Ramen

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San Francisco, CA, July 28, 2014 – The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival, San Francisco’s premiere celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion, games, art, food and film, broke all previous attendance records during its recent 6th annual weekend-long event. More than 120,000 people attended the two-day Festival that took place across the city’s Japantown on July 19th and 20th.

The second annual J-POP Live at Union Square concert took place on the evening of Saturday, July 19th and attracted nearly 5,000 people who filled the iconic downtown plaza and surrounding vantage points to enthusiastically welcome an array of headlining live musical performers from Japan.

The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT also kicked off the second annual Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, which ran thru Sunday, July 27th at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema, located at 1746 Post St in Japantown.

The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT presented several top Japanese artists that made their U.S. debut including pop stars and Guests of Honor former AKB48 memeber, Tomomi Itano, May’n, Una and the teen idol group, Tokyo Girls’ Style, as well as crowd favorite Kimono Cosplay pop singing duo, Yanakiku, Japanese-American pop singer Kylee, and the return of human beat box phenomenon, DAICHI. Japanese actor and star of Itazura Na Kiss, Yûki Furukawa, also appeared in-person to introduce the U.S. theatrical debut of his new film at NEW PEOPLE Cinema, “wo ai ni” (I love you) in TOKYO, as well as director Mitsutoshi Tanaka who appeared for the premiere of his new historical biopic, Ask This of Rikyu.

In addition to Japantown appearances by all of these artists, fans were treated to some J-flavored punk and alternative music from the Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass and Pinky Doodle Poodle, who were notably introduced on-stage by Robby Takac of The Goo Goo Dolls.

Kawaii-themed fashion programming was presented in partnership with ASOBISYSTEM and gave attendees and fashionistas kinetic live appearances by iconic Harajuku models Misa Kimura, Akira, Una and Ayumi Seto, who launched her new, “Aymmy in the batty girls” apparel line. Fans also were introduced to the sexy pop color explosion of the girls of Black Diamond from Shibuya and an array of other on-stage dance and fashion contests and other programming such as Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Contest, an “ODOTTEMITA” Dance Contest, Cosplay Masquerade, J-POP IDOL Contest and the Japan Discovery Stage.

Kinokuniya Book Stores of America and SEGA® of America welcomed visual artist, KEI, who designed the character of Hatsune Miku, the world’s first virtual pop star, and made his first-ever U.S. appearance to meet Miku fans and sign his art books.

Web-based Japanese cultural channel and sponsor JAPANKURU, taken from an original coined word that implies, “Come to Japan,” showcased the country’s strong influence on pop culture with a colorful JAPANKURU x J-POP SUMMIT Festival 2014 booth that offered attendees unique products unavailable in the U.S. and insights into travel to various parts of Japan.

The POP GOURMET Food Festival also returned to J-POP SUMMIT for its second consecutive year and offered new expanded attractions that included a Sake Tasting area, produced by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco and hosted by more than a dozen premiere sake brands and brewers, as well as RAMEN Street, and a Japanese Beverage and Bites & Snacks Area hosted in-part by Takara Sake USA, which brought the festival’s official cocktail “J POP,” as well as Sapporo USA, Azuma Foods, Meiji and ITO-EN.

RAMEN Street was a brand new attraction for J-POP SUMMIT this year and was co-presented in cooperation with the Ramen Yokocho Association. The scrumptious event drew tens of thousands who cued in hours-long lines throughout the entire weekend for a taste of authentic hearty, made-from-scratch Japanese ramen from some of the best purveyors of the dish in the world. Many of the local restaurants, merchants and other businesses in the Japantown area also benefited from the massive attendance.

“The record setting attendance for the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT affirms the tremendous popularity that Japanese pop culture has across a truly wide cross section of people of all ages, from all walks of life, and it is a direct result of the support of our sponsors, the City of San Francisco, the Japantown community, and the passion and hard work invested by our Festival staff as well as legions of dedicated volunteers that so generously contributed their time before, during as well as after this year’s event,” says Seiji Horibuchi, J-POP SUMMIT Festival founder and chairman of the J-POP SUMMIT Festival Committee. “Each J-POP SUMMIT strives to present a unique composite of the latest pop culture trends happening in Japan right now. Many of the artists and content that has been featured goes on to become globally popular. As we look forward to 2015, we reflect on lessons learned and also the energy that J-POP SUMMIT has brought to Japantown and the fun and excitement it has given to so many attendees year after year.”

2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival sponsors included: JAPANKURU, ASOBISYSTEM, TAKARA SAKE USA, SEGA, Biken International, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, SAPPORO, Ma Chére Cosette?, Crunchyroll, United Airline, Kinokuniya USA, Meiji, Azuma Foods, JVTA, and the Japan Foundation.

About JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL OF SAN FRANCISCO
Launched in 2013, Japan Film Festival of San Francisco is the first and only fully-dedicated Japanese film event for the SF Bay Area, and features a colorful mix of narratives, anime and documentary film premieres and exclusive screenings with special guest appearances at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema in SF Japantown. Additional details are available at: www.jffsf.org.

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.

In addition to the original Festival held in Japantown, new attractions include the J-POP LIVE AT UNION SQUARE concert in downtown San Francisco, the Bay Area’s premier dedicated 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.

2014 J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL WELCOMES GUEST OF HONOR TOMOMI ITANO FOR HER U.S. CONCERT DEBUT DURING THE BAY AREA’S PREMIERE JAPANESE POP CULTURE WEEKEND CELEBRATION

Former Member Of Japanese Pop Idol Super Group AKB48 Makes Her First-Ever U.S. Concert Appearance To Launch Her First Full-Album Release And Will Perform A Special FREE Concert Set In Union Square and Japantown

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San Francisco, CA, July 8, 2014 – The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival, San Francisco’s premiere celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion and film, is proud to present famed pop music superstar Tomomi Itano for her first-ever U.S. performance. Tomomi Itano performs in support of her brand new full-length release, “SxWxAxG,” which was released on July 2nd.

Tomomi Itano will perform at a special FREE J-POP Live at Union Square concert on the evening of Saturday, July 19th at 7:50pm in the city’s downtown Union Square stage, and is also set to perform on the Pagoda Main Stage in Japantown on Sunday, July 20th at 11:00am.

50 VIP guests will be invited to join a special Meet & Greet with Tomomi Itano and each will be given an autographed poster. These lucky guests will be selected at random from fans that purchase VIP PASS A or B by Friday July 11th at 5pm PST (http://www.j-pop.com/2014/vip/). Those selected to join the Meet & Greet will be notified by email. Additional information about Tomomi Itano and her J-POP SUMMIT performances as well as the Meet & Greet are now available at www.j-pop.com/2014/tomomi-itano.

“POP Is Our Tradition” is the theme of this year’s J-POP SUMMIT and will be represented throughout the Festival which takes place across San Francisco’s historic Japantown during the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, July 19th and 20th.

The annual J-POP SUMMIT Festival and Union Square concert are FREE to attend (although certain activities/vendors will require a modest admission fee). J-POP SUMMIT 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. Full festival details and updates are available at: www.j-pop.com.

Special VIP Passes, providing optimum viewing for J-POP SUMMIT music concerts on both days, as well a special J-pop gift bag and opportunities to meet the celebrities will give attendees a way to maximize their Festival experience. VIP Pass information and secure online purchase is available at: http://www.j-pop.com/2014/VIP.

“We are delighted to welcome pop superstar Tomomi Itano as an official Guest of Honor for the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT and are very honored to present her exclusive U.S. concert debut in what is sure to be a memorable weekend,” says Seiji Horibuchi, the President/CEO of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. and Chairman of the J-Pop Summit Festival Committee. “This year’s theme, “POP Is Our Tradition,” affirms our dedication to contribute to a legacy of Japanese pop culture that has global impact, and to continue to provide a fun and compelling showcase for Japanese artists and media to reach an international audience. This year’s J-POP SUMMIT is not to be missed!”

About Tomomi Itano:
Born in Kanagawa, Japan in 1991, Tomomi Itano rocketed to fame as a founding member of the Japanese all-girl pop idol super group, AKB48. The group was founded in 2005 and pioneered the concept of a new breed of J-Pop stars with distinct personalities and kinetic live shows. In 2011, while continuing activities as a core member of AKB48, Itano released her first solo single, “Dear J,” followed six months later by her second single, “Fuini,” which topped the Japanese Oricon pop music charts. Since then, she released additional chart topping singles such as, “10nen-go no Kimi e,” “1%,” and “little.” In 2013, Itano officially graduated from AKB48 to focus on her solo career.

Additional Tomomi Itano information is available at:

Official website: TomomiItano.jp (Eng)
Official Community Site: http://teamtomo.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tomomiitano
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tomo_coco73

Fans can also catch Tomomi Itano’s music videos:

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An insightful documentary film, DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 to be continued, is also available in North America and follows the unstoppable Japanese pop idol group and gives audiences a rare glimpse into the girls’ off-stage lives and personalities and charts their massive success and phenomenal popularity. The film was released on DVD in 2011 by NEW PEOPLE Entertainment and is available (Region 1, with English subtitles) at:
www.newpeopleent.com/films/documentary-of-akb48.

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 in 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 J-POP LIVE AT UNION SQUARE concert in downtown San Francisco, the Bay Area’s premier dedicated 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.

GET UP CLOSE TO ALL THE ON-STAGE ACTION BY SOME OF JAPAN’s BIGGEST POP AND ROCK ACTS AS 2014 J-POP SUMMIT ANNOUNCES SPECIAL VIP FESTIVAL PASSES

For The First Time Festival Goers Can Secure Premium Viewing For
J-POP Live At Union Square Concert And Japantown Main Stage And Attend Exclusive Meet & Greets With Guests Of Honor Tokyo Girls’ Style And Actor Yûki Furukawa

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San Francisco, CA, June 26, 2014 – The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival, San Francisco’s annual celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion and film, gives fans and attendees an unforgettable way to get up close and personal with all your favorite Japanese stars as it announces special VIP Passes for this year’s event.

J-POP SUMMIT VIP passes give attendees a way to maximize their Festival experience. The festival remains open to public and FREE to attend, but VIP pass holders will have unrestricted access to premium viewing areas to catch all the live music and programming on the Japantown Pagoda Stage on Saturday and Sunday July 19th and 20th, as well as for the J-POP LIVE At UNION SQUARE concert, set for the evening of Saturday July 19th. Catch a dazzling array of Japan’s top pop and rock acts including Tokyo Girls’ Style, DAICHI, Una, YANAKIKU, The Akabane Vulgars On Strong Bypass, Pinky Doodle Poodle, May’n and many more!!

In addition, VIP Pass holders will be invited to attend exclusive autograph and photo sessions with J-POP SUMMIT Festival Guests of Honor Tokyo Girls’ Style and a meet & greet with Guest of Honor Japanese actor Yûki Furukawa. Each VIP attendee also will receive a special J-POP SUMMIT Gift Bag containing an official J-POP SUMMIT T-shirt, and other J-Pop goodies, collectable souvenirs, and products from official sponsors including, SEGA, UNIQLO, Meiji, Nishimoto Trading Co., Clif Bar, and more!

The annual J-POP SUMMIT takes place July 19th and 20th and has become one of the largest events in the United States dedicated to showcasing the many facets of Japanese pop culture, entertainment media and fandom. Attendance in 2013 exceeded 80,000 people. Full Festival details and updates are available at: www.j-pop.com.

Three types of J-POP SUMMIT VIP Passes are now available:

PREMIUM VIEWER PASS – $35.00 each
Viewer Pass includes access to premium viewing areas for Japantown Pagoda Main Stage for both festival days as well as the J-POP LIVE AT UNION SQUARE concert. Get up close to all the on-stage action on both days of the Festival!

VIP PASS A – $85.00 each (Limited to only 50 passes!!)
Pass A includes access to premium viewing areas for Japantown Pagoda Main Stage for both festival days as well as the J-POP LIVE AT UNION SQUARE concert. Pass holders are also invited to attend a special exclusive autograph and photo session with J-Pop idol group Tokyo Girls’ Style as well as a personal meet & greet with actor Yûki Furukawa. Pass holder also will receive a special J-POP SUMMIT gift bag.

VIP PASS B – $85.00 each
Pass B includes access to premium viewing areas for Japantown Pagoda Main Stage for both festival days as well as the J-POP LIVE AT UNION SQUARE concert. Pass holders will be invited to attend a special exclusive autograph and photo session with J-Pop idol group Tokyo Girls’ Style. Pass holder will also receive a special J-POP SUMMIT gift bag.

PURCHASING VIP PASSES

All three levels of J-POP SUMMIT VIP Passes are available online, as well as on-site both days of the Festival.

Please visit the official J-POP SUMMIT web site at: http://www.j-pop.com/2014/VIP for online secure, encrypted purchase.

Attendees also can visit BROWN PAPER TICKETS for the secure purchase of the following:

PREMIUM VIEWER PASS: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/745574

VIP PASS “A”: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/730843

VIP PASS “B”: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/736050

ON-SITE FESTIVAL PURCHASE

Attendees also may purchase VIP Passes on-site both days of the J-POP SUMMIT Festival (subject to availability). Visit the VIP Pass Booth located in front of the NEW PEOPLE venue or Union Square to purchase. A limited number will be made available each day and will be available on a first-come first served basis.

VIP Pass Booth Times: July 19th (Sat) & July 20th (Sun) 10:00am – 6:00pm

HOW TO PICK UP PASSES

Visit the VIP Pass Booth located in front of the NEW PEOPLE venue to pick up purchased Passes.
Purchaser must present: A printed ticket with barcode, or downloaded onto a mobile device AND a valid photo I.D. (*Passes will not be issued without these items; No entry permitted to the premium viewing areas without a Pass; VIP Pass booth at Union Square is For Sales Only – no pick-up)

MEET & GREET SCHEDULE AND DETAILS

Tokyo Girls’ Style
July 19th (Sat) 3:00pm or July 20 (Sun) 11:00am
When you receive a pass at VIP Pass booth, the attending staff member will ask you which session you would like to attend. There are 100 tickets for each session, and are given first-come first-served basis. *Exact Meet & Greet Location will be given to ticket holders at VIP Pass check-In counter.

Yûki Furukawa
July 20th (Sun) 1:30pm
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet actor Yûki Furukawa, the extremely popular star from Itazura Na Kiss (Mischievous Kiss: Love In Tokyo) as he appears at the 2014 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco for the special U.S. theatrical premiere of his new short film, “wo ai ni” (I love you) in TOKYO, on Sunday July 20th at 4:20pm at NEW PEOPLE Cinema. (JFFSF.org) *Exact Meet & Greet Location will be given to ticket holders at VIP Pass check-In counter.

ABOUT FEATURED ARTISTS

Tokyo Girls’ Style – J-Pop Teen Idol Group:
The smash hit group Tokyo Girls’ Style formed in 2010 and has become a major new force in the bustling Japanese pop music scene. Consisting of 5 teenagers – Ayano Konishi, Miyu Yamabe, Hitomi Arai, Yuri Nakae and Mei Shoji – the group, whose member’s average age was only 15, was signed to Avex, released four debut singles within their first year. Tokyo Girls’ Style has gone on to captivate millions of avid fans across Japan with a hook-driven funk and disco sound that is infused with a glossy urban appeal. As of 2012, the group was the youngest female act to ever headline a concert at Tokyo’s most famous Budokan live hall, has released several hit records in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and also performed live shows in Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Additional information on Tokyo Girls’ Style is available at: http://tokyogirlsstyle.jp/tokyogirlsstyle_en. Fans can also catch their music videos on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/TokyoGirlsStyle.

Yûki Furukawa – Actor:
Born in 1987 Tokyo, Yûki moved to Canada at the age of 7. After graduating junior high school, he moved to America to enter a high school in New York and return to Japan at the age of 19. Yûki was a student at Keio University, faculty of Science and Technology. March 2010, Yûki received the jury’s special award at the “Horipro’s 50 Year Anniversary Actor Audition” as his acting and English skills were highly evaluated. Features he has starred include Wood Job! (Film, 2014), Mahoro Ekimae Kyosokyoku (Film, 2014) and Mischievous Kiss 2: Love in Tokyo (TV Drama, 2014).

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 in 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 J-POP LIVE AT UNION SQUARE concert in downtown San Francisco, the Bay Area’s premier dedicated 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.