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T.M. Revolution to release SPECIAL album for OTAKON 2013!

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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To commemorate his appearance at OTAKON, T.M. Revolution just announced that he will release a SPECIAL anime tie-in compilation album titled ”Geisha Boy -Anime Song Experience-” !

Only a limited number of albums will be produced and sold exclusively at the OTAKON convention venue starting August 9!

Tracklist
Anime Tie-in
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HEART OF SWORD -yoakemae-
“Ruroni Kenshin” ending theme song
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INVOKE
“Mobile Suit Gundam SEED” opening theme song
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Meteor
“Mobile Suit Gundam SEED” insert song
4
Zips
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Kokuu no Senjou” insert song
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ignited
“Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY” opening theme song
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“Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY” theme song
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resonance
“Soul Eater” opening theme song
8
SWORD SUMMIT
“Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings” opening theme song
9
Save The One, Save The All
“Bleach: Hell Verse” opening theme song
10
FLAGS
“Sengoku Basara: The Last Party” opening theme song
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The party must go on
“Sengoku Basara: The Last Party” ending theme song
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Preserved Roses (T.M.Revolution×Nana Mizuki)
“Valvrave the Liberator” opening theme song

 

YOSHIKI AND THE GRAMMY MUSEUM ANNOUNCES HIS FIRST SOLO PERFORMANCE IN THE US

July 25, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

AN EVENING WITH YOSHIKI TO TAKE PLACE ON AUGUST 26th

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On August 26th, Yoshiki – one of Asia’s most influential musical artist and biggest rock icon – will appear at The Grammy Museum for an intimate performance and interview. An Evening with Yoshiki will give fans a chance to hear Yoshiki perform songs from his highly anticipated and long awaited new album Yoshiki Classical, plus experience a discussion between Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, about his varied career and new album. More information can be found at www.grammymuseum.org/events/detail/the-drop-yoshiki

American Express Pre-sale begins Thursday, July 25th. Pre-sale purchases will include a limited edition gift. Public Onsale begins 11AM Thursday, Aug 1st, which can be purchased with any method of payment.  bit.ly/11cZFes

For more information on the ticket information, please contact The GRAMMY Museum at 213.765.6800 grammyinfo@grammymuseum.org or visit: grammymuseum.org/visit/contact-us

Yoshiki will join past prestigious and iconic performers such as Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr with Ben Harper, Dave Matthews, John Legend and the Roots, by participating in this highly regarded series at The Grammy Museum. “I am so honored to announce my first solo performance in the US at such a prestigious venue like The GRAMMY Museum.” says Yoshiki.

Although known as the founder of Japan’s biggest rock band X Japan and credited as the catalyst for the flamboyant visual kei rock sub-genre, Yoshiki is a world-renowned classically trained multi-instrumentalist/composer/musician.

Yoshiki has made an impressive mark within the classical genre. Yoshiki’s talent has seen him compose the 2012 Golden Globe Awards theme song, which is available in 111 countries. Listen to Yoshiki’s stunning Golden Globes theme song, set to Hollywood’s best moments here: goldenglobes.org/2013/02/yoshiki-video/

He’s also composed and performed an orchestral piece/piano concerto to commemorate the Japanese Emperor’s 10th anniversary of his reign, along with the theme for the World Expo in Japan. Yoshiki’s double album “Yoshiki Presents Eternal Melody” remains one of Japan’s top-selling classical albums.

Yoshiki Classical sees collaborations between Yoshiki and legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Quartet San Francisco.

With Yoshiki Classical and his widely known classical compositions, Yoshiki is continuing to bring and illuminate the beauty in classical music to rock audiences around the world.

Yoshiki Classical will be released digitally on August 27th, and physical release will follow on September24th. For more information on Yoshiki Classical, please visit:  yoshikiclassical.com

For a full list of accomplishments and upcoming activities on this extremely talented artist, please visit: yoshiki.net/

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YOSHIKI ANNOUNCES NEW CLASSICAL ALBUM YOSHIKI CLASSICAL OUT AUGUST 27th VIA DIGITAL RETAILERS

July 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

YOSHIKI CLASSICAL FEATURES SIR GEORGE MARTIN, LONDON PHILHARMONIC, QUARTET SAN FRANCISCO AND MORE
 
FIRST LISTEN OF MIRACLE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Yoshiki, one of Asia’s most influential musical artist and biggest rock icon, is proud to announce the release of his new classical album Yoshiki Classical. Set for an August 27th digital release, Yoshiki Classical sees collaborations between Yoshiki and legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Quartet San Francisco. The end result is a beautiful symphonic collection driven by soaring strings, smart piano pieces and the melodic style of Yoshiki’s earlier work. Physical releaseof Yoshiki Classical will be September 24th.

A preludeto the highly anticipated and long awaited new album from X Japan, Yoshiki has released “Miracle” from Yoshiki Classical as the first single, which is the opening composition of X Japan’s World Tour. Yoshiki’s Classic music will be available to purchase worldwide for the first time outside of Japan.

Listen to “Miracle” here: soundcloud.com/yoshiki/miracle-classical

Click here for Yoshiki Classical teaser video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTXATRHX8f0

Although known as the founder of Japan’s biggest rock band X Japan and credited as the catalyst for the flamboyant visual kei rock sub-genre, Yoshiki is a world-renowned classically trained multi-instrumentalist/composer/musician.

Yoshiki has made an impressive mark within the classical genre. Yoshiki’s talent has seen him compose the theme song for 2012 Golden Globe Awards, which is available in 111 countries. He’s also composed and performed an orchestral piece/piano concerto to commemorate the Japanese Emperor’s 10th anniversary of his reign, along with the theme for the World Expo in Japan.

With Yoshiki Classical and his widely known classical compositions, Yoshiki is continuing to bring and illuminate the beauty in classical music to the rock audience.

Yoshiki’s double album “Yoshiki Presents Eternal Melody” remains one of Japan’s top-selling classical albums.

Yoshiki says, “I began taking piano lessons and music theory at age four, and became interested in classical works by Beethoven and Schubert. In elementary school, I played the trumpet in the brass band, and around age ten started composing songs for piano. I’ve been writing Classical music ever since. Needless to say, Classical music has been a major influence in my musical career including X Japan. I’m so excited to finally share my classical compositions that are very close to my heart with my fans around the world.”

Listen to Yoshiki’s stunning Golden Globes theme song, set to Hollywood’s best moments here: http://www.goldenglobes.org/2013/02/yoshiki-video/

For more information on Yoshiki Classical, please visit: http://www.yoshikiclassical.com

Yoshiki is a true renaissance man. Beyond music, which includes selling 30 million singles and albums combined, and a sold-out world tour, Yoshiki has been celebrated in many unique ways. Only highlighting a few; Comic book legend Stan Lee created the music superhero comic book series “Blood Red Dragon” based on Yoshiki. Madame Tussaud created and unveiled the Yoshiki wax figure. Additionally, Yoshiki has his own clothing and jewelry line, not to mention his own branded Yoshiki VISA Card and a line of wine called “Y by Yoshiki.” And for the first time in history, a Hello Kitty product line was named after a person – Yoshikitty.

For a full list of accomplishments and upcoming activities on this extremely talented artist, please visit: http://www.yoshiki.net

In July 2010, Yoshiki launched the Yoshiki Foundation America (YFA), 501(c)(3), a California non-profit, which has already helped organizations including The Japanese Red Cross Society, The Grammy Foundation, Make-a-Wish, and St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. YFA made a significant contribution to those who were affected by the devastating March 2011 earthquake in Japan.

All profits from the sales of the Golden Globes Theme song will be donated to charities chosen by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) through YFA. In addition, proceeds from the composition “Anniversary” will be donated to the relief of Japanese earthquake victims through YFA.

To learn more about the philanthropic efforts of Yoshiki, please visit Yoshiki Foundation America at www.yoshikifoundationamerica.org

Stay tuned for news on X Japan’s anticipated new album!

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TOYOTA x STUDIO4˚C PRESENTS SPECIAL LIVE MUSIC AND VIDEO PROGRAMMING AT J-POP SUMMIT

July 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TOYOTA x STUDIO4˚C PRESENTS THE “PES (PEACE ECO SMILE) PROJECT” AND TOP LIVE J-POP/J-ROCK MUSIC ACTS LoVendoЯ AND SWEETY AT 2013 J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL
 
Sample New “Cross Collaboration” Anime Project As Well As Live
 Girls Band LoVendoЯ and J-Pop Group Sweety, Music Video Screenings & Special In-Person Appearance By PES Anime Director Hidekazu Ohara

San Francisco, CA, July 22, 2013 – Toyota Motor Sales & Marketing (TMSM) has announced its participation with “PES (Peace Eco Smile),” a collaborative animation project with STUDIO4ºC, and its Diamond Level Sponsorship of the 2013 J-POP Summit Festival, taking place Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28, 2013 in San Francisco, CA, to present a range of special animated programming and live music events for the annual Japanese pop culture celebration.

At its booth during J-POP Summit, Toyota Motor Sales & Marketing will present “PES (Peace Eco Smile),” a new collaborative animation project with STUDIO4ºC, a leading Japanese animation studio. A prominent PES tent will be stationed in the center of the Festival to host PES screenings, live appearances by a variety of special Guests of Honor and music video screenings by a variety of hot J-Pop and J-Rock acts.

For more information and images of events and activities at PES (Peace Eco Smile) is available at http://p.tl/u8c6.

Toyota Motor Sales & Marketing and J-POP Summit are also proud to present the exclusive U.S. concert debut of the new girl band, LoVendoЯ, and girl’s pop trio, Sweety. This will be the first time that LoVendoЯ and Sweety will perform live in the United States.

The 2013 J-POP Summit will offer numerous attractions and events including live bands, edgy fashion shows, anime and live-action film premieres, Guest of Honor appearances, live art performances, merchants and vendor booths. Full details are available at www.J-POP.com.

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Performing Artists:
 
LoVendoЯ
Reina Tanaka (Vocals), Marina Okada (Vocals), Yuki Uozumi (Guitar), Marin Miyazawa (Guitar)
Led by the dynamic singer Reina Tanaka, a former star of “Morning Musume。” this new 4-piece girl band will make their U.S. debut on the J-POP Summit Main stage in Japantown’s Peace Plaza on Saturday, July 27th. This new group is Reina Tanaka’s first project after she took part in “Morning Musume。,” one of the most popular idol groups in Japan, and includes three additional members that were chosen from among 4,000 candidates in a nationwide audition!  More information available at: http://lovendor.jp.

LoVendoЯ Talk & Music Video Screening
TOYOTA x STUDIO4ºC Meets ANA Tent
Saturday, July 27; 11:00am – 11:30am

LoVendoЯ & Sweety LIVE Performance
Pagoda Stage Peace Plaza
Saturday, July 27; 5:00pm – 6:00pm

LoVendoЯ LIVE Performance
Union Square
Sunday, July 28; 2:30pm – 3:00pm

LoVendoЯ Merchandise Sales & Autograph Session
TOYOTA x STUDIO4ºC Meets ANA Tent
Saturday, July 27; 11:30am – 12:00pm
Sunday, July 28; 5:00pm – 6:00pm
※Autograph session limited to the first 50 customers who purchase a LoVendoЯ CD.

Sweety
Yurika Takagi (Vocals), Yui Hasegawa (Vocals), Sayaka Takenouchi (Vocals)
The trio Sweety was formed while the group members were attending the Holy Peak Voice Actor’s School. They made their debut with the ending theme song of the popular anime series, “Sengoku Collection,” which was televised on TV Tokyo. The members of Sweety also work as voice actresses. Their newest single “My Line” was released on June 3, 2013; their second album, “Back Into My World,” debuted in August 2012.
More information at: http://www.holypeak.com/sweety/home.html

Sweety LIVE, Talk & Music Video Screening
TOYOTA x STUDIO4ºC Meets ANA TENT
Saturday, July 27; 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Sweety Talk & Music Video Screening
TOYOTA x STUDIO4ºC Meets ANA TENT
Sunday, July 28; 12:00pm – 12:30pm

Sweety Photography, Merchandise Sales & Autograph Session
TOYOTA x STUDIO4ºC Meets ANA Tent
Saturday, July 27;   3:10pm – 3:30pm
Sunday, July 28;    12:30pm – 1:00pm and 4:30pm – 5:00pm

Panel Discussion Event:

PES (Peace Eco Smile) Project: Next Generation “Cross Collaboration”
Sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales & Marketing, PES is a series of full-scale animated works by a variety of top directors and creative visionaries from Japan’s animation industry. Toyota recognizes the “Toy” in its own corporate name as the origin of lively and cheerful joy. As part of ToyToyota projects aimed at spreading the joy of mobility, Toyota and leading anime company STUDIO4ºC have partnered to create PES (Peace Eco Smile), an innovative anime series that explores the joy of driving and the importance of safety by following a curious alien. .

As part of this year’s new collaboration project, “Next Generation – PES” content presented during the 2013 J-POP Summit Festival, famed anime director Hidekazu Ohara will appear in person to discuss thoughts he has incorporated into his works and also take part in a special autograph session. Every director of the PES series is unique but each conveys a similar idea of environmental conservation. Through the animated works, PES hopes to convey these messages globally. More info is available at: http://www.toytoyota.com/pes/en.

Director Hidekazu Ohara Talk Event: PES Next Generation
TOYOTA x STUDIO4ºC Meets ANA Tent
Saturday, July 27; 1:30pm – 2:30pm (w/ Sweety)

Director Hidekazu Ohara Autograph Session
TOYOTA x STUDIO4ºC Meets ANA Tent
Sunday, July 28; 1:00pm – 1:30pm

PES Collaboration Music Video Screenings
Visitors are invited to sample dynamic music videos by a range of top J-Pop artists including LoVendoЯ, Sweety, Una, Akaiko-en, and Petit Milady.

Sweety PES Season 1 Screening
TOYOTA x STUDIO STUDIO4ºC Meets ANA Tent
Saturday, July 27; 1:00pm – 1:30pm

5 PES Music Videos Loop Screening
TOYOTA x STUDIO STUDIO4ºC Meets ANA Tent
Saturday, July 27; 12:30pm-1:00pm; 3:30pm-4:00pm; 4:30pm-6:00pm
Sunday, July 28; 11:00-12:00; 1:30pm-3:00pm; 4:00pm-4:30pm

About J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL
The J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL is an annual Japanese Pop Culture celebration that features live bands and artists from Japan, pop culture panel discussions, film premieres, fashion and DJ dance events, and celebrity appearances. The Festival is hosted by NEW PEOPLE in cooperation with the Japantown Merchants Association. In 2012, the two-day event attracted 65,000 attendees. More information about J-POP Summit Fest

 

2013 J-POP SUMMIT TO HOST SPECIAL HARAJUKU POP UP SHOP WITH KYARY PAMYU PAMYU

July 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TOKYO’S EDGY FASHION DESIGNS AND THE OFFICAL AMBASSADOR OF KAWAII BRING JAPANESE CUTE TO SAN FRANCISCO FOR THE 2013 J-POP SUMMIT TO LAUNCH A SPECIAL HARAJUKU POP-UP STORE AT NEW PEOPLE
 
Celebrate Kawaii Style As Designer Sebastian Masuda Joins Kawaii J-Pop Ambassador Kyary Pamyu Pamyu For Unique Showcase Of Premiere Harajuku Fashion Apparel At NEW PEOPLE

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San Francisco, CA – The 2013 J-POP Summit Festival, San Francisco’s annual celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion and film, celebrates true Kawaii style and Tokyo’s latest fashion trends with a special Harajuku Pop-Up Shop.

Stationed in the heart of the city’s historic Japantown, NEW PEOPLE The Store (located on the Mezzanine Floor of NEW PEOPLE at 1746 Post St.) will be transformed into a colorful Harajuku fashion boutique for a limited time throughout J-POP Summit, taking place Saturday and Sunday, July 27th and 28th.

Complete details are available at: http://www.j-pop.com/2013/harajuku-kawaii-pop-up/

The theme for the 2013 J-POP Summit is, “Making Kawaii Universal,” and this year’s festival celebrates both the cute and the bold sides of Japanese fashion in several unique events throughout the weekend. Harajuku Kawaii!! Pop-Up Shop shoppers are invited to browse and try on a variety of pieces and ensembles from a truly diverse collection of premiere Harajuku fashion labels such as 6% DOKIDOKI, MILK, MILK BOY, SPINS, INNOCENT WORLD, GLAD NEWS, ON THE COUCH, Candies, Hell Cat Punks, Omocha-Party, and NADIA.

During J-POP Summit, the Harajuku Pop-Up Shop will also host a celebrity Guest of Honor appearance on Saturday, July 27th at 12:00pm by the visionary Kawaii fashion designer, Sebastion Masuda, founder of 6%DOKIDOKI. He will be joined by Japan’s official Ambassador of Kawaii – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – in a very special appearance. Human beat box phenomenon, Daichi and Harajuku Kawaii!! Models – Ayumi Seto, Yura, and Saki Sato will also join.

The first 5 customers that purchase over $200.00 in Harajuku Kawaii products between 12pm until 1:30pm on Saturday July 27th will be invited to a private photograph session with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu!! The first 100 customers to purchase over $100 will receive a premiere poster pre-autographed by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu at ASOBISYSTEM’s booth, to be located on Post St. close to NEW PEOPLE.

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Sebastian Masuda will also appear for a special meet-and-greet at ASOBISYSTEM’s booth on both days. A detailed schedule will be announced soon at www.j-pop.com.

Harajuku Kawaii!! is presented by J-POP Summit in partnership with ASOBISYSTEM, an entertainment company based in Harajuku, Tokyo, and will be held on Saturday, July 27th in Japantown’s Peace Plaza on the J-POP Summit Main Pagoda Stage. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will join. The FREE event will combine an edgy fashion show with music performances by an array of iconic Harajuku fashion models highlighting the latest in Kawaii style.

Fans and fashionistas can also catch J-Pop superstar Kyary Pamyu Pamyu in a very special FREE live concert performance taking place on Sunday, July 28th from 2:00pm – 4:00pm in the city’s Union Square. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will be supported by ex-Morning Musume star Reina Tanaka’s new girls band LoVendoЯ, along with fast-rising Sony Music Japan recording star, Kylee, and the human beat box phenomenon, Daichi. Presented in partnership with Union Square Live, the 2013 J-POP Summit Festival’s expanded show will take downtown San Francisco by storm with “cute” J-Pop as a complement to the Festival’s core location in Japantown.

About J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL
The J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL is an annual Japanese Pop Culture celebration that features live bands and artists from Japan, pop culture panel discussions, film premieres, fashion and DJ dance events, and celebrity appearances. The Festival is hosted by NEW PEOPLE in cooperation with the Japantown Merchants Association. In 2012, the two-day event attracted 65,000 attendees.

More information about the J-POP Summit Festival is available at: J-POP.com.

 

Nine SKE48 members qualify for the September 18, 2013 Janken Tournament

July 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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On July 3rd, SKE48 held its qualifying round to see who would represent the group for the 34th CD Single Janken Tournament (Rock-Papers-Scissors).

The Janken tournament unlike the sosenkyou senbatsu (general elections) which are determined by fan voting, allows people ranked or unranked to compete in a last person standing rock-paper-scissors competition. The person who wins, will become the 34th CD single center for the next AKB48 single (which is released at the end of the year).  The other 11 final members will also participate in the single.

Previous champions include Mayumi Uchida, Mariko Shinoda and Haruka Shimazaki, each are members of AKB48 with Uchida being a member who has previously been unranked.

The SKE48 members that will be moving on to the September 18th tournament are: Nao Furuhata, Narumi Ichino, Kyoka Isohara, Mikoto Uchiyama, Seira Sato, Mai Takeuchi, Rina Matsumoto, Honoka Mizuno and Anmi Miyamae.

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NMB48′s Sayaka Yamamoto wins HEY! HEY! HEY! MUSIC CHAMP – Center Competition

July 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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The weekly music show “HEY! HEY! HEY! MUSIC CHAMP” may be no more but the series was revived for a special on July 1st.  And this time, the special featured AKB48, SKE48, NMB48 and HKT48 as the members had to participate in a musical chair competition.

NMB48/AKB48 member Sayaka Yamamoto came out as champ and even tried to bust out a Michael Jackson “Thriller” dance during her center performance of the AKB48 hit song “Heavy Rotation”.

Here is a video of the competition and the performance:

 

NMB48′s Aina Fukumoto’s graduation

July 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

NMB48′s Aina Fukumoto has graduated from the group!

Having made her graduation announcement back in February with her goal to pursue a career in show business (variety talent).  Aina hosted a radio show with Miyuki “Milky” Watanabe and she has been part of NMB48′s Team N since the group’s debut.  She was also part of an unofficial group of nine members for AKB48, SKE48, NMB48 and HKT48 who love Mount Fuji melon pan.  Here is a video featuring Aina’s graduation.

 

LIVE VIEWING JAPAN OFFERS J-ROCK FANS A CHANCE TO BE ON THE GUEST LIST FOR THE SPECIAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE OF LUNA SEA: FOR JAPAN A PROMISE TO THE BRAVE IN LOS ANGELES

June 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Legendary Visual Kei Band Rocks A 2 Hour Live Concert Film Originally Staged Following Japan’s Tohoku Earthquake; Special Opportunity To Be On The Guest List Available For A Limited Time Only!!!

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Los Angeles, CA, June 28, 2013 – Live Viewing Japan, a distribution company focused on bringing Japanese entertainment media to an international audience, sends out a unique invitation to J-Rock/Visual Kei fans across Southern California as it presents a very special opportunity to be on the guest list for the Los Angeles theatrical premiere of LUNA SEA For JAPAN A Promise to The Brave 2012 in Sendai LIVE VIEWING in LA!!!

LUNA SEA For JAPAN A Promise to The Brave 2012 in Sendai LIVE VIEWING in LA – plays for one-night-only – at the Regal Cinema L.A. LIVE, in Los Angeles, CA, on Friday, July 5th at 7:00pm.

The Regal Cinema L.A. LIVE is located at 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015.

A very limited number of complementary passes are available. Fans can email: ellie@dayoproductions.com; submit your name and the outlet where you saw this news in a message (Editors Note: IN THIS CASE, tell Ellie you saw it on J!-ENT) titled “LUNA SEA” and your name will be placed on the guest list at the theatre box office for the exclusive premiere!

Live Viewing Japan also invites 2013 Anime Expo attendees at the nearby Los Angeles Convention Center to catch the LUNA SEA J-rock concert film with this special offer. Regal Cinema L.A. LIVE is a short walk from the L.A. Convention Center grounds, located adjacent to the Nokia Theatre and Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

LUNA SEA is a legendary J-rock band that formed in 1989 and the group is considered one of the most successful and influential of the Visual Kei movement. Faced with the overwhelming disaster immediately following the massive Tohoku Earthquake on 3/11/2011, the iconic J-rock band LUNA SEA released a brand new song, “PROMISE.” The band also staged a massive charity concert at the Saitama Super Area – “LUNA SEA for JAPAN A Promise to The Brave 2012 In Sendai” – to provide relief and raise funds for the Japanese Red Cross. The 2-hour concert film captures the emotion and power of that show.

LUNA SEA is the most successful and influential of the Visual Kei movement that swept Japan throughout the 90s. Founded by bassist J and rhythm guitarist INORAN while still in high school, the band was originally called Lunacy. In 1989 they recruited vocalist RYUICHI, lead guitarist SUGIZO, and drummer Shinya, a line-up that has remained constant ever since. Their storied career and alt rock sound continues to inspire many of the latest Japanese bands. LUNA SEA enjoyed massive popularity in Japan throughout the 90s and performed on tours across Asia, Europe, and also played at the historic Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA. The group disbanded in 2000, and its members pursued various solo careers, before reforming in 2010 for a series of special tours and concerts. LUNA SEA is expected to release a new record, their first in 13 years, later this year. More information on LUNA SEA is available at the band’s official web site (Japan) at: http://www.lunasea.jp.

About Live Viewing Japan:
Live Viewing Japan is a Japanese-based media distribution company focused on bringing a variety of entertainment properties to a global theatre-going audience. More information on the company and its projects is available at: www.liveviewing.jp.

 

The 2013 J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL MAKES “KAWAII” UNIVERSAL AS IT EXPANDS TO S.F.’s UNION SQUARE FOR A SPECIAL LIVE PERFORMANCE BY KYARY PAMYU PAMYU

June 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

San Francisco’s Biggest Japanese Pop Culture Celebration Expands Beyond Japantown For Special FREE Concert Also Featuring Harajuku Singer/Model Una, Sony Music Japan J-Pop Star Kylee,
And The Human Beat Box Phenomenon Daichi

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San Francisco, CA, June 24, 2013 – The 2013 J-POP Summit Festival, San Francisco’s annual celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion and film, celebrates its 5th anniversary by announcing its expansion – to Union Square – as celebrates this year’s theme, “Make Kawaii Universal!!” with a special live concert on Sunday, July 28th from 2:00pm-4:00pm, featuring one of Japan biggest J-Pop stars – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.

Presented in partnership with Union Square Live presented by the City of San Francisco, the 2013 J-POP Summit Festival will take downtown San Francisco by storm with “cute” J-Pop as a complement to the Festival’s core location, taking place Saturday and Sunday, July 27th and 28th. A variety of live bands, fashion shows, anime and live-action film premieres, Guest of Honor appearances, vendors and a special POP GOURMET Sake Tasting event are scheduled. Additional details on J-POP Festival events and programming are available at:
www.J-POP.com.

An integral part of the theme of J-POP SUMMIT 2013, “kawaii” is a universally celebrated Japanese word that means “cute” or “loveable” and has become a prominent aspect of modern Japanese popular culture and expressed prominently in fashion, music, anime, games, characters, and cosmetics. The word has also become part of daily youth vernacular and is widely used to comment on style and fashion.

“The celebration of the J-POP Summit spreads beyond Japantown this year and we are very excited to bring a special edition of the festival to Union Square, led by one of Japan’s biggest pop stars, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu,” says Seiji Horibuchi, the President/CEO of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. and Chairman of the J-Pop Summit Festival Committee. “By having this opportunity to present the essence of Kawaii Culture to a mainstream and demographically diverse area of the city, we hope to deliver the spirit and creativity of this unique pop culture phenomenon to even more people.”

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu personifies the style and sound of Tokyo’s fashion Mecca – Harajuku.
Born in Tokyo 1993, she began as a model for several Harajuku fashion magazines when she was still in a high school and her unique looks and bizarre language and behavior caught Japan’s, and soon the world’s attention. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu released her major debut, MOSHI MOSHI HARAJUKU in August 2011 from Warner Music Japan, and the music video for its single “PONPONPON,” has been played over 50 million times on YouTube. Her first full-album, Pamyu Pamyu Revolution, was released in May 2012. In February 2013, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu began a world tour and recently released her sixth single, “Invader Invader,” in May.

Una was formally a charismatic shop assistant in Harajuku and began her modeling career as a model by getting a snapshot taken by a fashion magazine in 2010. It didn’t take her long to begin appearing regularly in numerous fashion magazines. With her beautiful looks, edgy style, and perfectly balanced body proportions, she represents a new type of Harajuku model capable of expressing not only kawaii style but also showcasing other cool aspects of Harajuku culture. This iconic figure of the Harajuku street scene will also debut her first musical single, “Juicy Juicy,” on August 14th.

Kylee is an upbeat 19 year-old pop singer/songwriter currently signed to Sony Music Japan and has become a fast-rising multi-cultural star that is developing a major following in both the U.S. and Japan. Kylee has been featured in the U.S. on the Today Show, and her second single, “missing/IT’S YOU,” released in 2010, was featured heavily in a commercial for online apparel retailer NISSEN. In 2011 she performed for an audience of more than 50,000 people at an official Major League Baseball game and has also sang for President Barack Obama.

The 22-year-old Japanese human beat-box, Daichi, began teaching himself his amazing skill beginning at the young age of 10. Without using any instruments or machines, Daichi can make more than 50 different sounds using his voice, and moreover, can play rhythm beat and sing melody at the same time. Daichi is known internationally for his talents and he has opened for the likes of Boys II Men and collaborated with numerous singers, dancers, DJs and performers.

Founded in 2005, Union Square Live brings free music, dance, circus, theater, outdoor movies and other entertainment to Union Square Park for everyone’s enjoyment. Held April through October, most programs are presented on Wednesdays at 12:30pm and 6pm and on Sundays at 2pm.

About J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL
The J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL is an annual Japanese Pop Culture celebration that features live bands and artists from Japan, pop culture panel discussions, film premieres, fashion and DJ dance events, and celebrity appearances. The Festival is hosted by NEW PEOPLE in cooperation with the Japantown Merchants Association. In 2012, the two-day event attracted 65,000 attendees.

More information about the J-POP Summit Festival is available at: J-POP.com.

 

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