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J-POP SUMMIT PRESENTS A BRAND NEW INTERACTIVE PUZZLE SOLVING GAME ATTRACTION 1000 TREASURE HUNTERS 2014

July 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

S.F.’s Annual Japanese Pop Culture Extravaganza Teams With Real Escape Game Inventors SCRAP To Offer Inventive Scavenger Hunt Event

San Francisco, CA, July 2, 2014 – The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT, San Francisco’s annual celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion and film, partners with SCRAP, the Kyoto-based creators of the innovative Real Escape Game, to present a special interactive puzzle solving game for this year’s Festival. 1000 Treasure Hunters 2014 is a brand new outdoor treasure hunt/puzzle solving attraction that will take place throughout the weekend of J-POP SUMMIT on Saturday and Sunday, July 19th and 20th.

Legions of players of all ages are invited to take part in what could become Bay Area’s biggest simultaneous scavenger hunt and search for dozens of clues and puzzles ingeniously hidden throughout Japantown. No special skills or familiarity with Japanese or the Japantown area are needed to play. There is no time limit and players can participate alone, or with friends, or as a team, while simultaneously enjoying other activities at J-POP SUMMIT Festival.

Advanced tickets are available now (thru July 18th) for $22.00 each at http://realescapegame.com/1000th2014; Day-of tickets purchased at J-POP SUMMIT will be $25.00 each.

The story and game premise of 1000 Treasure Hunters revolves around a secret kingdom populated by animals living together in Japantown. Once a year they come out and play a concert during the J-POP SUMMIT Festival. But while preparing, they lost an instrument. Now they can’t perform without recovering it. Players of 1000 Treasure Hunters must find the clues to find the instrument and help the animals get ready for their concert.

Players begin at check-in with the SCRAP Reception Team, located at the Real Escape Game Tent in Peace Plaza, anytime between 11:00am and 3:30pm Saturday, and 11:00-3:00pm Sunday. Tickets may also be purchased on-site at this location.

Players each will receive a “kit” containing clues, hints, and a detailed map of Japantown that will become the roadmap for the “game area.” Players should keep their eyes peeled because clues can be anywhere, in plain sight or hidden, both outdoors across the entire Japantown J-POP SUMMIT Festival grounds, Peace Plaza, and also inside immediate buildings. Players may work individually or in teams. As each clue is solved, players/teams move on to the next location where the ongoing mystery leads. Game play is estimated take roughly 1.5 to 3 hours depending on players/teams. 1000 Treasure Hunters is not a ‘fast victory game.’ There is no time limit. No special skills are needed, just astute cognition skills and a keen sense of logic.

On the second day of the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT (Sunday, July 20th), a special solution debriefing will be held at 5:30pm as the finale of the game. All of the puzzle mysteries will be revealed in public to festival attendees. During this finale, a special ceremony will take place at Peace Plaza Pagoda Stage where the Grand Prize Treasure winner will be chosen in a random drawing from amongst all of the players that successfully completed the game.

The annual J-POP SUMMIT is FREE to attend (although certain attractions do require a modest admission fee) and has become one of the largest events in the United States dedicated to showcasing the many sides of Japanese pop culture and fandom. Full details are available at: www.J-POP.com.

About SCRAP

Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, SCRAP has been creating immersive and adventurous puzzle events. In 2007, it invented the world’s first live action game called, REAL ESCAPE GAME (REG) in Japan. REGs have been held in Japan and other Asian countries in unique places such as schools, abandoned hospitals, amusement parks, stadiums, and churches, and the events have drawn widespread attention and positive reviews.

The first Real Escape Game in the U.S took place in San Francisco in 2012 at NEW PEOPLE. Another San Francisco game took place on board a ship, a world-first. Since opening the Real Escape Room, Escape from the Mysterious Room at NEW PEOPLE, over 6,000 people have played. Despite being highly challenging, with only a 2% success rate, tickets have continuously sold out. In Japan, a series of TV dramas, Real Escape Game TV, and movies have also been developed. SCRAP is now pioneering a new genre of Real World Adventure. SCRAP Entertainment Inc. is the US branch of SCRAP Co Japan. Real Escape Game by SCRAP™ is the registered trademark of SCRAP

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.

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2014 JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL OF SAN FRANCISCO WELCOMES SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOR DIRECTOR MITSUTOSHI TANAKA FOR HIS NEW BIOPIC ON JAPANESE TEA MASTER ASK THIS OF RIKYU

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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San Francisco, CA, July 1, 2014 – The 2014 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, the first and only fully-dedicated Japanese film celebration for the S.F. Bay Area, is proud to present director Mitsutoshi Tanaka as an official Guest of Honor. Cinema fans are invited to join the Festival as it hosts the Bay Area premiere of Tanaka’s newest film, Ask This of Rikyu.

The film plays for a special single engagement at NEW PEOPLE Cinema on Saturday, July 19th at 6:00pm. Director Tanaka will personally introduce the film and appear for a special audience Q&A immediately following the screening. Tickets are $15.00 each. Advance tickets, trailers and more information are available at: http://jffsf.org/2014/ask-this-of-rikyu.

The 2014 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco is presented in conjunction with the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival, San Francisco’s annual celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion and film which takes place July 19th and 20th across the city’s Japantown district. More information is available at www.J-POP.com.

Based on the award-winning novel, “Rikyu Ni Tazuneyo,” by Kenichi Yamamoto, Ask This of Rikyu depicts the final days of Rikyu, a renowned 16th Century tea master with the most profound influence on chanoyu, the Japanese “Way of Tea” tradition, and was the first to emphasize several key aspects of the ceremony, including rustic simplicity, directness of approach and honesty of self. His outspoken beliefs caused him to be ordered to commit ritual suicide by the chancellor Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Who was Rikyu – why did he inspire so much fear among the most powerful man of his time?

Born in 1958 in Hokkaido, Japan, Mitsutoshi Tanaka joined Dentsu Eigasha (now Dentsu Tech) upon graduation from Osaka University of Arts, making TV commercials for TV Man Union before establishing the Creators’ Union Co. in 1984. As a director of numerous TV commercials, he has won awards from the Allied CM Council (ACC) and the National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan. Feature films he has directed include Kewaishi (2001), Shoro Nagashi (2003), and Castle Under Fiery Skies (2009).

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, will feature a colorful mix of narratives, anime and documentary film premieres and exclusive screenings with special guest appearance at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema in SF Japantown from July 19 (Sat) through 27 (Sun), 2014. More details and ticket information is 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.

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

June 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

 

2014 JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL OF S.F. TO WELCOME ACTOR YUKI FURUKAWA FOR SPECIAL PREMIERE

June 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Famed Japanese Actor Of “Itazura Na Kiss” Returns In A New Romantic Short Film And Appears At The Second Annual Japan Film Festival Of S.F.

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San Francisco, CA, June 26, 2014 – The 2014 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, the first and only fully-dedicated Japanese film celebration for the S.F. Bay Area, invites cinema fans to welcome special Guest of Honor, the Japanese actor Yûki Furukawa, for the special U.S. theatrical premiere of “wo ai ni” in TOKYO.

The new critically acclaimed short film plays for a special single engagement at NEW PEOPLE Cinema on Sunday, July 20th at 4:20pm and is presented in conjunction with the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival, San Francisco’s annual celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion and film which takes place July 19th and 20th across the city’s Japantown district. More information is available at www.J-POP.com.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet actor Yûki Furukawa, the extremely popular star from Itazura Na Kiss (Mischievous Kiss: Love In Tokyo)! Teaming up again with Koto Nagata, the director of Itazura Na Kiss, Yûki stars in the new short film, “wo ai ni” (I love you) in TOKYO. Furukawa will introduce the film and appear for a special audience Q&A immediately following the screening. Tickets are $15.00 each. Advance tickets, trailers and more information are available at: http://jffsf.org/2014/wo_ai_ni_in_tokyo.

In the charming film, a handsome young sales clerk at a bike shop (played by Yûki Furukawa) meets a Taiwanese girl (played by actress Lyan Cheng) who is traveling alone and having a hard time with the language.
Yûki Furukawa also will appear on the J-POP SUMMIT Festival’s Main Stage to introduce the film on July 20th at 12:30pm, just prior to a special meet and greet session with Festival VIP Pass A holders. Additional details about J-POP SUMMIT VIP Passes, and this Guest of Honor meet and greet are available at www.j-pop.com.

Born in 1987 in Tokyo, Japanese actor Yûki Furukawa moved to Canada at the age of 7. After graduating junior high school, he moved to the U.S. to complete high school in New York and returned to Japan at the age of 19. Yûki graduated from Keio University. He has gone on to star in several feature films and television dramas and rocketed to fame in Japan for his portrayal of Naoki Irie in the drama Itazura Na Kiss (Mischievous Kiss: Love In Tokyo), which was based on a popular manga series. Furukawa has become a big star throughout Asia, especially in China last year, with the broadcast of that drama, and is reported to have more than 1,200,000 followers on Weibo, a Chinese-based social media platform similar to Twitter.

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, will feature a colorful mix of narratives, anime and documentary film premieres and exclusive screenings with special guest appearance at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema in SF Japantown from July 19 (Sat) through 27 (Sun), 2014. More details and ticket information is 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.

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.

 

PINKY DOODLE POODLE BRINGS A HOT DOSE OF J-ROCK AND ROLL POWER TO 2014 J-POP SUMMIT

June 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Female Fronted Power Trio From Tokyo Performs At Bay Area’s Premiere Japanese Pop Culture Festival In Support Of New Record;
Catch Special Band Introduction From Good Charamel Records Founder And Goo Goo Dolls Member Robby Takac

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San Francisco, CA – The 2014 J-POP Summit Festival, San Francisco’s annual celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion and film, welcomes the high energy, female-fronted J-rock of Tokyo’s Pinky Doodle Poodle. The power trio, led by lead vocalist/bassist/guitarist Yuria, will perform in the heart of the Festival action on Sunday, July 20th on the Pagoda Main Stage in Japantown.

The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival is set take place across San Francisco’s historic Japantown district on Saturday and Sunday, July 19th and 20th. FREE live concert sets by some of Japan’s hottest pop and rock acts will take place throughout both days on the Pagoda Main Stage in Japantown’s Peace Plaza as well as at a special open-air live concert in city’s downtown Union Square the evening of Saturday, July 19th. Complete J-POP SUMMIT Festival details, artist info and timely updates are available at www.J-POP.com

Pinky Doodle Poodle appears in support of their full-length debut record which was produced by Goo Goo Dolls member Robby Takac. The band will also do a meet-and-greet with fans and attendees in the NEW PEOPLE Tent located on Post St. immediately following their afternoon concert set. CD’s and additional merchandise will be available for purchase. Learn more about their J-POP SUMMIT appearance at www.j-pop.com/2014/pinky-doodle-poodle.

Robby Takac, whose band The Goo Goo Dolls is widely adored in Japan as well as the U.S., is set to appear in person to introduce Pinky Doodle Poodle on the Japantown stage on Sunday. Learn more about his Good Charamel Records at www.goodcharamel.com.

Pinky Doodle Poodle’s 10-song self-titled album was released worldwide in April on Takac’s Good Charamel Records, which specializes in releasing J-rock music artists. Pinky Doodle Poodle is also available on iTunes. The record features a memorable cover of the rock classic, “Twist and Shout.”
Pinky Doodle Poodle formed in 2008 and is led by Yuria, a successful Japanese anime singer often heard in popular video games in Japan (such as “Gravion”), as well as on solo records and with her other band Honey Bee. On guitar is George, a long haired shredder/composer who injects the band’s sound with a dose of musical power reminiscent of a marriage of the MC5 and Bad Brains that swirls under Yuria’s playful Japanese/English lyrics and melodies. Official Band Website: PinkyDoodlePoodle.com; Official Band YouTube Channel: PINKY DOODLE POODLE.

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.

 

2014 J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL PRESENTS THE SMASH HIT JAPANESE POP VOCAL AND DANCE GROUP TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE

June 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Top Selling Teenage Pop Idol Act Marks Its U.S. Debut With Live Concert At Annual Bay Area Japanese Pop Culture Extravaganza In July;
Japan Film Festival Of S.F. Also Hosts Two Feature Film Premieres Starring Tokyo Girls’ Style Members At NEW PEOPLE Cinema

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San Francisco, CA, June 16, 2014 – The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT, San Francisco’s premiere celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion and film, will welcome the smash hit teen pop idol group – Tokyo Girls’ Style – as official Guests of Honor for a series of live performances and special personal appearances during this year’s festivities. The event marks the Tokyo Girls’ Style’s first-ever U.S. concert.

The 5-member all-girl dance and vocal group delivers an irresistible funk and disco style infused with glossy urban appeal and will perform a special J-POP SUMMIT Festival live concert along with other top pop artists from Japan on the evening of Saturday, July 19th as part of the “J-POP LIVE AT UNION SQUARE,” taking place in city’s downtown Union Square area, and also will perform live on the Pagoda Main Stage in Japantown on the afternoon of Sunday, July 20th.

Tokyo Girls’ Style also will do a meet and greet with VIP Pass holders both on July 19th and 20th. Details, event times and information on VIP Passes will be posted shortly at www.j-pop.com. A variety of merchandise, including t-shirts, CDs and DVDs also will be available for purchase at Kinokuniya Booth on Post St. in Japantown throughout J-POP SUMMIT.

Tokyo Girls’ Style also will do a meet and greet with VIP Pass holders both on July 19th and 20th. Additional details and event times, including information on VIP Passes, will be posted shortly at www.j-pop.com. A variety of merchandise, including t-shirts, CDs and DVDs also will be available for purchase at Kinokuniya Booth on Post St. in Japantown throughout J-POP SUMMIT.

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 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.

As part of the U.S. debut of Tokyo Girls’ Style, the J-POP SUMMIT Festival and the 2014 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco (JFFSF) are proud to present the exclusive U.S. theatrical premiere of Count Five to Dream of You, an inspiring feature film directed by Yuki Yamato, and starring all of the members of the group. Set in all-girls high school, the film captures the short-lived and unforgettable moments of adolescence. Also set to premiere is Kotodama: Spiritual Curse, a new reboot of the famous Japanese horror movie franchise, in which all of the members of Tokyo Girls’ Style play the leading roles. Both films are scheduled to screen at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema during the J-POP SUMMIT. A special live Q&A session with Tokyo Girls’ Style and audience members will take place immediately following the screenings. Tickets are $15.00 each. Tickets are on sale now at the JFFSF website at: www.JFFSF.org.

“Tokyo Girls’ Style is one of the hottest pop idol Kawaii groups in Japan and their upbeat songs and dance-driven live show will add an exciting component to the line-up of amazing pop artists we will present this year,” says Seiji Horibuchi, the President/CEO of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. and Chairman of the J-POP SUMMIT Festival Committee. “Music, fashion and film are among the most popular aspects of Japanese pop culture and Tokyo Girls’ Style will exemplify all three throughout the J-POP SUMMIT Festival. We are honored to present the group’s U.S. debut and look forward to fans of all ages giving them a warm welcome on-stage for the concert, on the big-screen for their film premieres and also in-person at the special artist meet-and-greet!”

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.

Stay tuned for additional J-POP SUMMIT Guest of Honor, programming and event announcements!

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.

 

TOP JPOP & JROCK ARTISTS HIGHLIGHT 2014 J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL’s LIVE MUSIC ROSTER

May 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

2014 J-POP SUMMIT PRESENTS A DAZZLING LINE-UP OF MUSIC ACTS AND ARTISTS PERFORMING LIVE AT SAN FRANCISCO’s ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF JAPANESE POP CULTURE IN JULY

JPOP SUMMIT MUSIC ARTIST POSTER

 

Pop & Rock Stars May’n, Tokyo Girls’ Style, DAICHI, Una, YANAKIKU, Pinky Doodle Poodle, and the Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass to Play the Annual Summertime Bay Area J-POP Extravaganza

 

San Francisco, CA, May 29, 2014 – The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival, San Francisco’s annual celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion and film, is proud to announce a potent line-up of artists and live bands set to perform during this year’s event. “POP Is Our Tradition” is the theme for 2014 and this year’s festivities will be highlighted by the appearance of a unique array of top Japanese pop, rock and Kawaii acts.

 

The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival will be held in San Francisco’s historic Japantown district on Saturday and Sunday, July 19th and 20th. FREE live concert sets by some of Japan’s hottest pop and rock acts will take place throughout both days on the Pagoda Main Stage in Japantown’s Peace Plaza as well as at a special open-air live concert, “J-POP LIVE AT UNION SQUARE,” in city’s downtown Union Square on the evening of Saturday, July 19th.

 

Headliners scheduled to perform this year include pop/rock/anime singer May’n, the popular idol group Tokyo Girls’ Style, which makes its first-ever U.S. appearance at J-POP SUMMIT, the return of the amazing beat box vocal skills of DAICHI, a special musical performance by Harajuku fashion model/singer Una, the U.S. debut of the kimono cosplay duo YANAKIKU, and the hard rocking sounds of J-rock bands Pinky Doodle Poodle, and the all-girl punk rock trio, The Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass. Details and specific set times will be posted on the official 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival website at: www.J-POP.com.

 

The annual J-POP SUMMIT is FREE to attend (although certain activities will require a modest admission fee) and 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.

 

 

2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival Music Artists:

 

May’n – Special Appearance AT UNION SQUARE ON Saturday, JULY 19th &

HeaDline Show at SLIM’S S.F. ON Sunday, JULY 20th

Japanese pop/rock/anime star May’n (pronounced “Main”)is known as the singing voice of Diva of the Galaxy Sheryl Nome from the blockbuster anime film, Macross Frontier, as well as many other popular anime series. Her powerful rock and pop vocal style has drawn critical acclaim and legions of fans. In addition to a very special appearance at J-POP LIVE AT UNION SQUARE, the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival proudly presents a May’n Special Live Concert at the famous SF live venue, Slim’s (333 11th St., San Francisco, CA 94103) on Sunday, July 20th, at 8:00pm. Advance tickets are available along with special VIP show packages that include an exclusive artist meet-and-greet. (Quantities are limited) More details on the Slim’s show are available at: http://www.j-pop.com/2014/mayn-live-concert-at-slims.

 

Tokyo Girls’ Style – Two live shows On July 19th & July 20Th

Tokyo Girls’ Style is a massively popular Japanese teen idol vocal group and will make their U.S. debut at J-POP SUMMIT this year. The group will perform at J-POP LIVE AT UNION SQUARE on Saturday, July 19th, and also on the Pagoda Main Stage in Japantown on Sunday, July 20th. Tokyo Girls’ Style consists of 5 teenage girls whose funk and disco sounds infused with glossy urban appeal have garnered the group a massive following in Japan. Additional info is available at: http://www.j-pop.com/2014/tokyo-girls-style.

 

As part of the U.S. debut of Tokyo Girls’ Style, the J-POP SUMMIT Festival and the 2014 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco (JFFSF) will also present the U.S. theatrical premiere of Count Five to Dream of You, an inspiring feature film starring Tokyo Girls’ Style set in all-girls high school that captures the short-lived and unforgettable moments of adolescence. Also set to premiere is Kotodama – Spiritual Curse, a J-horror movie about a haunted school based on the bestselling book “Gakkou no Kwaidan,” in which members of Tokyo Girls’ Style play the leading roles. Both films will screen at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema following the group’s special appearance. Advance ticket sales start on June 3rd at the JFFSF website at: www.JFFSF.org.

 

Daichi Two live shows On Saturday & Sunday July 19th & July 20Th

The 23-year-old Japanese human beat-box, DAICHI, taught himself his amazing vocal skill beginning at the young age of 10. Without using any instruments or machines, DAICHI can create more than 50 different sounds using only his voice, and moreover, can play rhythm beat and sing melody simultaneously. 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. DAICHI will perform at J-POP LIVE AT UNION SQUARE on Saturday, July 19th, and also on the Pagoda Main Stage in Japantown on Sunday, July 20th. Additional info is available at: http://www.j-pop.com/2014/daichi.

 

UNA Two live shows On Satruday & Sunday, July 19th & July 20Th

Una was formally a charismatic shop assistant in Harajuku and began her modeling career in 2010. It didn’t take her long to begin appearing regularly in numerous fashion magazines. With her beautiful looks and edgy fashion style Una represents a new type of model capable of expressing not only Kawaii style but also showcasing other cool aspects of Harajuku culture. Una also has a budding singing career and has performed with top artists including Katy Perry and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. She will appear at J-POP SUMMIT in support of her newest single, “BOOM BOOM BOOM,” and will participate in this year’s HARAJUKU KAWAii!! fashion events as well as perform at J-POP LIVE AT UNION SQUARE on Saturday, July 19th, and also on the Pagoda Main Stage in Japantown on Sunday, July 20th. Additional info available is at: http://www.j-pop.com/2014/una.

Yanakiku – Live Performance on Saturday, july 19th

YANAKIKU is a unique Japanese kimono cosplay duo consisting of members Yana and Kiku. In 2013, they performed for international audiences at Hyper Japan (London) and TIFFCOM (Japan) and have garnered a massive following for their costume and dance performances. YANAKIKU makes their U.S. debut at the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival and will perform on the Pagoda Main Stage in Japantown on Saturday, July 19th and participate in the Festival’s cosplay contest and events. The duo will also host a meet and greet session and have a selection of merchandise available for sale to attendees. Additional info is available at: http://www.j-pop.com/2014/yanakiku.

 

Pinky Doodle Poodle – Live performance on Sunday, July 20th

Pinky Doodle Poodle is a high energy, female fronted rock band from Tokyo that formed in 2008. The group features lead vocalist/bassist/guitarist Yuria, a successful Japanese anime singer often heard in popular video games in Japan as well as on solo records and with her band Honey Bee. Pinky Doodle Poodle just completed their first full-length record which was produced by Goo Goo Dolls member Robby Takac. The 10-song self-titled album, Pinky Doodle Poodle, was released worldwide in the spring of 2014 on Takac’s Good Charamel Records. Pinky Doodle Poodle will perform on Sunday, July 20th on the Pagoda Main Stage in Japantown. Additional info at: http://www.j-pop.com/2014/pinky-doodle-poodle.

 

The Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass – Live Set On SaturdaY, July 19th

The Akabane Vulgars On Strong Bypass is an all-girl punk rock trio from Tokyo and returns for their third consecutive concert appearance at J-POP SUMMIT. A favorite with Festival-goers, the band plays in support of their two newest releases “Proclamation” and “Live in Brooklyn.” Catch the Akabane Vulars on Strong Bypass on Saturday July 19th for a powerful live set on the Pagoda Main Stage. Additional info at: http://www.j-pop.com/2014/akabane.

 

Stay tuned for additional J-POP SUMMIT Guest of Honor, programming and event announcements!

 

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.

 

Togasaki Tomonobu posts statement on AKB48 attack

May 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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Togasaki Tomonobu (Head of the AKB48 Customer Center) has posted the following on G+ (English translation) in regards to the AKB48 attack:

I have information to all the fans regarding the incident that occurred during the handshaking session in Iwate yesterday.

Before that, I sincerely apologize for yesterday’s incident that have caused the members and fans to experience this sad and terrible memory as part of staff engaged in the management and system constructed for the handshaking session.

The detailed report about this incident is stated below.

Regarding the incident, the offender who had no bag suddenly attacked Iriyama and Kawaei on the 6th lane by taking the sharp weapon from his jacket and slashed them.

The staff beside them tried to protect the members by taking the weapon from the offender, but the offender shook him away and attacked Kawaei and Iriyama.

Kawaei and Iriyama had hand and head injury, and the staff who risked his life to protect them had hand injury as well.

They were immediately accommodated by all the doctors after being transported to the hospital and undergone operation, but they are conscious so there is nothing to worry about.

We arranged this project for the public with a concept of “meeting the idols” which we call “handshaking session” that is being valued by the members and staff, so we felt strong resentment for this terrible incident to happen. However, we have to make a radical resolution to prevent this kind of incident to happen again.

I think that many fans who have heard about yesterdays’ incident are worrying about what will happen from now, but our current priority is to consider the members’ feelings while planning to create and environment where this kind of incident will never happen again. We will be working hard to hold an event where the venue will be filled with overflowing smiles from the members and fans.

Please continue to support the AKB48 Group.

 

Two AKB48 members injured by attacker during handshake event

May 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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On May 25th at the handshake meeting in Iwate (at Iwate Inudstrial Culture Center), Kawae Rina, Iriyama Anna and a venue staff member were injured by an attack by a man holding a hand saw.

The injuries were not life threatening but the event has been canceled. More information coming soon.

UPDATE: Kawaei suffered a fractured thumb and cut on her right hand. Iriyama suffered a fracture on her right pinky and a cut on her right arm and a head laceration. A staff member was cut in his right arm.

The 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged for attempted murder. The man is from Towada and is unemployed according to NTV.

This was the first time a Japanese performer was attacked during a handshake meeting.

Other incidents including attacks on performers have happened in the past.

In 1957, a crazed fan of Hibari Misora threw hydrochloric acid on the singer at Asakusa International Theater.

In 1963, a crazed fan of Yoshinaga Sayuri broke into the home of the actress carrying a pistol. The man said he wanted to tattoo his name on the Sayuri’s arm or leg. The man shot a police officer that was pursuing him. At the time, Sayuri and her family were away from home.

In 1983, a mentally ill man attacked Matsuda Seiko with a metal pipe during a performance in front of 6,000 people Osaka. Matsuda fainted during the attack and was taken to the hospital immediately for her head injury.

In 2002, Johnny’s Jr. member Yamashita Tomohisa was attacked by a man who poured liquid on him and the man ingested a liquid.

In 2013, Ninety-Nine member Okamura Takashi was pelted and inured by a bottle thrown at his forehead during an appearance in Kobe.

 

Luna Haruna, announced as the musical guest for AnimeNEXT 2014!

April 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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After making a successful U.S. concert debut last year, Luna Haruna comes back for her 2nd concert in the U.S.!

This summer, Luna will be making her very first appearance at AnimeNEXT 2014 from June 6~8.

AnimeNEXT is the largest independently organized anime convention in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area and will be held at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey.

Don’t miss your chance to catch Luna Haruna’s appearance at AnimeNEXT , which will make it her first time to perform on the East Coast!

 

 

AnimeNEXT 2014

June 6th ~8th, 2014

Garden State Exhibit Center

Somerset, NJ

http://www.animenext.org/

 

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