April 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

General Admission And V.I.P. Passes To The Bay Area’s Premiere Japanese Pop Culture Event At Fort Mason Go On Sale Today!! Pop Singer Eir Aoi And All-Girl Rock Band Gacharic Spin To Perform

UnknownSan Francisco, CA, April 10, 2015 – The J-POP SUMMIT, the Japanese pop culture celebration held annually in San Francisco, has announced that tickets to attend the 2015 edition of the festival go on sale on TODAY, Friday, April 10th. General admission as well as V.I.P. passes are now available.

The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT will begin with an Opening Night Premiere Screening event on Friday August 7th at The Castro Theatre, and also take place Saturday and Sunday August 8th and 9th at the historic Fort Mason Center in San Francisco’s Marina district. Additional details are available at:

The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT also announces its first two Guests of Honor – pop singer Eir Aoi and the all-girl rock band Gacharic Spin. Both artists will perform live for fans and attendees on the Fort Mason Center main stage.

Passes for 2015 J-POP SUMMIT are available at:

ONE DAY J-POP SUMMIT PASS: FORT MASON: Includes One-Day access to J-POP SUMMIT at Fort Mason Center either on Saturday, 8/8 or Sunday, 8/9.
Early Bird: $20.00 Advance: $25.00 At The Door $30.00
(Early bird pricing is available until 6/30)

WEEKEND J-POP SUMMIT PASS: FORT MASON: Includes full Two-Day access to J-POP SUMMIT at Fort Mason Center on both Saturday, 8/8 and Sunday, 8/9.
Early Bird: $35.00 Advance: $40.00 At The Door $45.00
(Early bird pricing is available until 6/30)

KIDS WEEKEND PASS: FORT MASON: Includes Full Two-day access to J-POP SUMMIT at Fort Mason Center on both Saturday, 8/8 and Sunday, 8/9.
Ages 6-12: $15.00 Ages 0-5: FREE *No One-day Pass for kids.

V.I.P. J-POP SUMMIT PASS: FORT MASON: Includes Full Two-day access to J-POP SUMMIT at Fort Mason Center on both on Saturday, 8/8 and Sunday, 8/9.
Early Bird: $90.00 Advance: $100.00
(Early bird pricing is available until 6/30)

J-POP SUMMIT V.I.P Passes include: A ticket to the Opening Special Premiere Event at The Castro Theatre on Friday, 8/7; a Weekend Pass to Fort Mason Center for Saturday, 8/8 & Sunday 8/9; Access to Priority Line to the film screenings at the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco at NEW PEOPLE Cinema from Sat. 8/8 to Sun. 8/16 (NOTE: Film tickets are NOT included, sold separately); Access to Priority Line to SAKE SUMMIT at UNION SQUARE on Sat. 8/8 and Sun. 8/9. (NOTE: Admission to SAKE SUMMIT is NOT included, sold separately); Access to VIP Check-In at The Castro Theatre and Fort Mason Center; Access to premium viewing areas at the Fort Mason Center Stage; Exclusive J-POP SUMMIT Gift Bag.

The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT is proud to announce pop singer Eir Aoi and the all-girl rock band Gacharic Spin as its first two featured performers and official Guests of Honor. Both artists’ appearances are made possible with the support of PROMIC (Foundation for Promotion of Music Industry and Culture) and RAIJ (Recording Industry Association of Japan).

Pop singer Eir Aoi is widely known for performing the theme songs to a variety of popular anime series including Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online and Kill la Kill. She has released 3 full albums since her debut in 2012. In Japan, Eir Aoi is signed to SME Records (Sony Music Entertainment). Additional artist information is available at:

The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT also welcomes Gacharic Spin, one of the strongest, most aggressive, most flamboyant, all-female bands from Japan. Gacharic Spin has performed in the U.S., Korea, China, Hong Kong, France and Luxemburg and will make their first-ever San Francisco appearance at the 2015 J-POP SUMMIT. Additional information on Gacharic Spin is available at:

“We are extremely honored to kick off our music programming for the 2015 J-POP SUMMIT by announcing Eir Aoi and Gacharic Spin,” says Takeshi Yoshida, Executive Producer of the J-POP SUMMIT. “With the assistance and support of the Japanese Foundation for Promotion of Music Industry and Culture and the Recording Industry Association of Japan we look forward to presenting a dynamic roster of top pop and rock artists that showcase the tremendous music scene happening in Japan. Spreading the fun and excitement of Japanese pop culture, fashion, film and music has always been the mission of the J-POP SUMMIT and we will make this summer event one that people won’t soon forget!”

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



April 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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


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

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:

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!”




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


Japanese game song singer Sakina will make her US debut at Sabaku Con 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

March 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 


New York, NY (March 2, 2015) – Sakina, a brand new artist from FTL Entertainment, is set to debut at Sabaku Con in Albuquerque, New Mexico on the weekend of April 24, 2015. While at Sabaku Con, Sakina will be performing in the concert, as well as participating in a panel and autograph session. She is scheduled to perform a one hour show on both Friday and Saturday. Sakina will be performing 3 original songs and her own original-arranged version of “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis,” one of the most popular Japanese anime songs and also the theme song of “NEON GENESIS EVANGELION.” Otome game goods will be made available alongside Sakina’s at the booth.

For more information on Sakina, visit her English website and social media:

For more information on Sabaku Con:

About Sakina:

Sakina is an emerging game song singer from Japan, signed to FTL Entertainment. In late 2014, she appeared in the shows “Wish Party” and “Regulus Music Festival,” and will release her debut EP on February 25, 2015 in Japan. The album is set to be released in the US in mid-April, by Mar Creation, Inc. and will feature even more tracks than the Japanese version Sakina sings for video games by the Japanese game brand, “Petit-Reve,” and will be featured on the theme song of the game “SA7” in the spring of 2015.


GARNiDELiA announced as a Music Guest of Honor at Sakura-Con!

February 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

GARNiDELiA, a music unit composed of MARiA, a female vocalist and music composer toku, has been announced as a Music Guest of Honor at Sakura-Con.

Sakura Con will take place from April 3rd to the 5th at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington.

Don’t miss your chance to check out this rising new duo, GARNiDELiA, at their historic first show in the U.S.!




Date: Friday to Sunday, April 3-5

Venue: Washington State Convention Center




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GARNiDELiA is an anagram of Le Palais Garnier de Maria, which means “Maria’s Opera House, her place to sing” and Cordelia, which is the name of the asteroid discovered in toku’s birth year.

A music project from toku, a successful music composer who wrote hit songs of Angela Aki, LiSA, AnCafe and MARiA, a singer who sang many anime theme songs and performed with several musicians such as JIN as guest vocal. They met in 2010 and formed GARNiDELiA together.

The videos MARiA shared on local video site recorded more than 2millions views and her voice has attracted a lot of people. MARiA also has talents in dance with her first dance video “Girls” recording more than 1millions views.

Besides, toku’s representative song “SPICA” recorded 1millions views and the total views of all his videos exceed 10millions views. His collaborative song with MARiA “COLOR” was chosen to be the theme for the animation “Freezing”.

They released their first major debut single “ambiguous” in March 2014, which was chosen as the opening song of the popular TV animation “Kill La Kill”. The single immediately reached the first place on iTunes store and most of the local downloading services.

In April, MARiA participated in the opening song of the TV animation “Mekakucity Actors”. 3month later, they were chosen to sing the opening song for the TV animation “the irregular at magic high school”. Their second single “grilletto” was released.

Finally in October, they released their third single “Blazing” which is the opening song of the TV animation “Gundam Reconguista in G”.

They attracted a lot of attention in 2014, by performing for 4 popular TV animation titles.

The release of their first album in January 21st 2015 has just been announced.



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GARNiDELiA Twitter


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The Verbs and Okuda Tamio will perform two historical shows in L.A.

January 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Very first performance for Japanese rock legend Okuda Tamio in the U.S.!



American rock band, The Verbs, with members Meegan Voss (vo), Steve Jordan (dr), Okuda Tamio(gt), and Willie Weeks(ba) get together making two rare appearances in Los Angeles to kick off the beginning of 2015.

This also marks Okuda Tamio’s first ever live performance in the U.S. since becoming an official member of The Verbs!

Their first appearance will be at the 26th Annual Guitar Center Drum-off Finals in which the band will play a special set at the Club Nokia on Jan 17th.
In addition, The Verbs will perform at the world renowned venue, The Hotel Café in Hollywood on Jan 19th.

26th Annual Guitar Center Drum-Off Finals
Saturday, Jan 17, 2015
Club Nokia, Los Angeles

The Verbs @ The Hotel Café
Monday, Jan 19, 2015 7:00 PM

[About Okuda Tamio]
Born 12 May 1965 in Hiroshima.Okuda is one of the top selling artists in Japan- a singer, songwriter and producer. After the band Unicorn disbanded, he kicked off his solo career, and in 1994, in full swing with the single, ‘Ai no Tame ni’. His first solo album, ‘29’ sold millions. Ever since, he’s written and produced many artists such as PUFFY AMIYUMI, Kaela Kimura and collaborated with Yosui Inoue. In 2009, Unicorn got together again and they are even more active now.

Okuda’s music style varies from acoustic performance in his hometown baseball stadium, and in Miyajima/Itsukushima Shrine to recording and touring as a member of The Verbs with worldwide musicians, such as Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino. In March 2010, he started a tour, which he named “Okuda Tamio Extremely Ingenious Hitori Cantabile” where he tours by himself recording on stage. He is a true musicians’musician.

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MechaIke AKB48 special – AKB48 got punked!

December 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 


AKB48 has appeared on “Mecha Mecha Iketteru!” for years and often, a lot of good comedy and memorable episodes have been featured.

But for the MechaIke AKB48 2-hour special which aired on December 6th, it was one of the most memorable episodes as a scandal has developed with each member being told that Takamina and 99’s Okamura were dating and thus, having broken the no-date rule, Takamina must quit the group.

The reactions are priceless and you can watch the entire episode here!


SCANDAL releases newest single and annouces world tour!

November 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

SCANDAL releases newest single “Image”.


Today the 20th single by SCANDAL has been released via iTunes and is also available worldwide for international fans as well.

This catchy new song was written and composed by MAMI (Guitar & Vocals) and depicts the bands’ current “image”.

Check it out on iTunes at

Also for next year SCANDAL has officially announced their first ever world tour, SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2015 “HELLO WORLD”!
SCANDAL will start their tour in Japan with a historical 31 live shows, which is the most shows the band has ever played during a single tour, and then go out to perform in five international countries including the U.S., U.K, France, Taiwan and Hong Kong!

Stay tuned for the dates and location updates through SCANDAL’s “HELLO WORLD” tour special site!

SCANDAL was formed in August, 2006 with four high school girls who went to the same vocal & dance school in Osaka, Japan.They started performing as SCANDAL with aggressive sounds with pop characters.

In March 2008, they were invited to the Japanese culture convention Sakura-Con in Seattle, and they went around six cities in the U.S to see over 7,000 fans of them. In July 2008, they generated 10,000 people to Japan Expo in France and 8,000 to Anime Comic Fes in Hong Kong in August.

In October 2008, they released “DOLL” as their debut single. “DOLL” was rewarded for Power Play from over 40 FM/AM/CS radio stations in Japan.
In June 2009, they released their 3rd single “Shoujo S”, and it was ranked 6th in the first week on Oricon chart, and 5th on Reco-choku Chakuuta Full (Full digital download provider) weekly chart.

On October 21st, they released their first album “BEST★SCANDAL” and ranked 5th on Oricon chart in their first week of the release. For the girls band’s album to be awarded within 5th in their first week of the release was the first time in 7 years and a half.

In 2009, they were rewarded for New Face Award from Japan Record Award. – New Artist Their 7th single “Shunkan Sentimental” a tie-in song with the smash-hit animation series “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST”, has again scored high on the charts. #7 on ORICON and #4 on the Reco-choku full (full track download) chart.

They released their 2nd album “TEMPTATION BOX” in August 2010, and this was awarded 3rd place on Oricon daily chart. In October, “Scandal nanka Buttobase” was released, and awarded 3rd place on Oricon weekly chart, the highest ranking on Oricon weekly in their history ever.

In April 2011, single “HARUKA” was released and it also ranked #3. In August 2011, their 3rd original album “BABY ACTION” was released, followed by “VIDEO ACTION”, 1st video clip collection DVD.

They also went on Asia tour, first tour outside Japan, and gathered 2,500 audiences from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. In March 28 2012, SCANDAL held the concert in Nippon Budokan, one of the high status venues in Japan.

They have recently announced their SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2015 “HELLO WORLD” for next year and will be performing in 5 countries including U.S., U.K, France, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

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EGOIST , new single “Fallen” available today!

November 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

EGOIST , new single “Fallen” available now!
Featured as the ending theme song for the anime series “PSYCHO-PASS 2”


Since their formation, EGOIST, consisting of producer ryo (supercell) and vocals Chelly have been actively touring in Japan and internationally.

Their newest single, “Fallen” is featured as the ending theme song for the TV anime series “PSYCHO-PASS 2”, and is a fast beat tune that perfectly matches with the anime series. It has been over a year since their last single release and today they release this new track for the fans that have been eagerly waiting!


EGOIST is a Japanese duo consisting of the ryo(supercell) as the producer/songwriter and the super talented vocalist Chelly.
Originally created as a fictional band for the anime series “Guilty Crown”, the band continued creating music after the end of the series.
Their singles “Departures (Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta)” and “The Everlasting Guilty Crown” generated buzz by both ranking in the top 10 on the Oricon Weekly Charts in Japan.
The band releases their 5th single “Fallen” on November 19, 2014 for fans worldwide!

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Now on – Matsumura Sayuri’s tearful apology, Nakagawa Shoko’s love for “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure”, Sayanee on Twitter and more!

October 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Currently featured on our Asian pop culture site



Nogizaka46’s Matsumura Sayuri’s tearful apology after a tabloid has taken her photos with another man.  What did she have to say about it?

Meanwhile, Nakagawa Shoko shows her love for “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures”, how many followers did NMB48’s Yamamoto Sayaka receive after joining Twitter and which famous actress did Masuda Yuka reunite with?

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Hatsune Miku to perform on David Letterman before MIKU EXPO 2014

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 


International sensation Hatsune Miku, the virtual idol at the forefront of Crypton Future Media’s vocaloid software, will make her American television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS on October 8.

Hatsune Miku’s appearance on the nationally-televised show will give American audiences a preview of the MIKU EXPO performance awaiting fans at L.A.’s Nokia Theater and New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom later this month. Celebrating the music, imagery, and interactive excitement of Hatsune Miku with back-to-back events in October, MIKU EXPO is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for fans to immerse themselves in the Miku World!

MIKU EXPO tickets and information:
MIKU EXPO recently revealed its Halloween Party Area Map for the L.A. event at Los Angeles Center Studios, including a guide to vendors and limited-edition Halloween-themed merchandise.
Buzz for the New York and L.A. events has continued to build this month, with several fan-based activities and announcements.

“Sharing The World” by BIGHEAD feat. Hatsune Miku was released this month as the official theme song for the event.
Music Video:

Streaming anime website Crunchyroll announced a fan video contest and a 30-minute exclusive concert video from MIKU EXPO in Indonesia.
Hatsune Miku fans can keep up with the latest news on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #MikuExpo.

HATSUNE MIKU EXPO presents multiple activities featuring Hatsune Miku, including an artwork exhibition focused on the virtual singer and the cultural movement she inspired, fan gathering activities, and — the ultimate highlight — the Hatsune Miku concert show using cutting-edge projection technology and a live band.

LOS ANGELES – The HATSUNE MIKU live concert is hosted in Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre, with the collaborative exhibition hosted by Miku and her friends at an early Halloween party at Los Angeles Center Studios. At the exhibition, you can enjoy artwork displays, a special Halloween-themed area, and a shop where you can buy exclusive goods, including special Halloween items!

HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2014 in Los Angeles
Live Concert Dates: October 11th & 12th
Live Concert Venue: NOKIA Theatre
NEW YORK – The HATSUNE MIKU live concert is held in New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, and the exhibition is hosted in Lower East Side concept space Wallplay over a period of eleven days. The exhibition shows illustrations, videos, and more, revolving around Hatsune Miku and the theme of Universal Positivity.

HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2014 in New York
Live Concert Dates: October 17th & 18th
Concert Venue: Hammerstein Ballroom


Hatsune Miku is a singing voice synthesizer featured in over 100,000 songs released worldwide. Popular with millions of international fans, Hatsune Miku means “The first Sound from the Future”.

With over 2 million fans on Facebook, over 100,000 released songs, 170,000 uploaded YouTube videos, and 1,000,000 artwork creations, Hatsune Miku has performed sold-out 3D concerts worldwide with performances in L.A., Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo in addition to corporate collaborations with SEGA, Toyota USA, Google and more.

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