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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

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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

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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

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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/

 

2014 J-POP SUMMIT ANNOUNCES FIRST GUEST OF HONOR JAPANESE SINGER MAY’N

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Annual Japanese Pop Culture Festival Returns In July To San Francisco For 6th Consecutive Year With Impressive Array Of Live Music, “Kawaii” Fashion, Anime & Live-Action Film, Gourmet Food And Entertainment

San Francisco, CA, April 29, 2014 – The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival, San Francisco’s annual celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion and film, returns over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, July 19th and 20th with a unique mix of colorful pop-inspired fun. This year’s exciting program leads off with the announcement of world renowned Japanese rock singer – May’n – as an official Guest of Honor.

Additional top tier J-Pop/J-Rock/Kawaii artists, events and other programming will be detailed in coming weeks. An exciting roster is being finalized that promises to be the most extensive and diverse the J-POP SUMMIT Festival has ever presented. Details on the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival are continually updated at: www.J-POP.com.

The annual J-POP SUMMIT is FREE to attend (although certain activities 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. The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT takes place from 11:00am to 6:00pm throughout San Francisco’s entire Japantown district on July 19th and 20th and also will present a special free J-Pop/J-Rock concert in the city’s downtown Union Square on the evening of Saturday, July 19th.

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, and also performed theme songs for numerous popular series such as, Accel World, Aria: The Scarlet Ammo, Shangri-La, Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha, Blood Lad, Btooom and M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane. Her powerful rock and pop vocal style has drawn critical acclaim and legions of fans. May’n sold-out Tokyo’s legendary Budokan in a single day and first performed in San Francisco for her “May’n Rock Your Beats” World Tour in 2012. She returns to the Bay Area for her very special J-POP SUMMIT live appearance as part of her 10th Anniversary “Dots and Lines” World Tour.
In addition to her special appearance on the J-POP SUMMIT main stage, the J-POP SUMMIT Festival 2014 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. Details on the Slim’s show are available now at: http://www.j-pop.com/2014/mayn-live-concert-at-slims

May’n debuted with a pair of singles in 2008 that instantly became smash hits, each placing in the Top 3 on the Japanese Oricon weekly music charts during their debut week. In January 2009, her debut mini album, May’n*Street, was released and reached #2 on the Oricon chart during its first week. All of May’n’s subsequent singles have entered the top music sales charts in Japan and as her international fame continues to grow, she epitomizes the must-see New Generation Japanese Female Rock Vocalist. Official May’n Website: http://mayn.jp/en/; Official May’n YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/MaynOfficial.

“Each year we strive to present a compelling mix of the hottest entertainment trends happening in Japan right NOW, and the J-POP SUMMIT has become a wonderful and unique composite of pop and rock music, edgy Kawaii-inspired fashion, modern graphic art, and film and anime content,” says Seiji Horibuchi, Chairman of the J-POP SUMMIT Festival. “This year’s event promises to be another important milestone for the evolution of J-Pop culture and its fan base in the U.S. We look forward to announcing more news throughout the coming weeks and to people of all ages and walks of life joining us in July for the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival!”

The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival will deliver a wide array of Japan’s hottest live bands and artists, theatrical film premieres, Harajuku Kawaii-themed fashion events, a special sake-tasting and fine foods attraction at the POP Gourmet Food Festival, in addition to dance and singing contests, interactive gaming, and a host of celebrity appearances. The Festival also presents a FREE Union Square Live concert in downtown San Francisco and celebrates the launch of 2nd annual Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, which takes place July 19th-27th at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema. The week-long film festival will be highlighted by red carpet events featuring appearances by additional Guests of Honor and daily theatrical premieres of many first-run anime as well as Japanese live-action movies across a variety of genres. Additional information will be updated in coming weeks on the official website: www.jffsf.org.

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 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 Union Square Live concert in downtown San Francisco, the Bay Area’s very first 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.

 

LIVE VIEWING JAPAN PRESENTS “L’Arc~en~Ciel LIVE 2014 at National Stadium” LIVE VIEWING SATELLITE BROADCAST IN 10 MAJOR U.S. CITIES ON MARCH 22nd, 2014

March 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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Live Viewing Japan, a famous distribution company dedicated to introducing Japanese artists of various genres globally, is very pleased to share the spectacular stage presence of world-famous Japanese rock juggernaut, L’Arc~en~Ciel, with 10 major cities all over the United States, in the form of a delayed satellite broadcast of their long-awaited “L’Arc~en~Ciel LIVE 2014 at National Stadium.”

Chosen as the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, the iconic National Stadium only played host to four most influential Japanese music bands’ performances as of 2012, with L’Arc~en~Ciel included. Being the band’s second time to play at this enormous venue as well as their very first show since the last world tour, the significant “L’Arc~en~Ciel LIVE 2014 at National Stadium” sparked worldwide attention as soon as it was announced. In response to fervent requests from the U.S. audience,the second day (March22nd, 2014) of the two-day concert will be presented in 10 theaters across the United States as a special delayed satellite broadcast.

Originalpost cards will be given to everyone attending the live viewing and original limited edition glow sticks for the first 50 people who arrive. Tickets are available for $20 at the following theaters and Fandango.com.

Theater

Time

Los Angeles, CA

Century City 15

3:00 (PST)

Orange, CA

Orange 30

3:00 (PST)

San Diego, CA

Mission Valley 20

3:00 (PST)

San Francisco, CA

Bay Street 16

3:00 (PST)

Seattle, WA

Pacific Place 11

3:00 (PST)

Chicago, IL

River East 21

5:00 (CST)

Houston, TX

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Comprised of Hyde (vocals), Ken (guitarist), Tetsuya (bassist), and Yukihiro (drummer), L’Arc~en~Ciel achieved blockbuster commercial success with many number one singles and albums on the Oricon charts after their major debut in 1994. Featuring a wide range of sounds from hard-rock tunes to romantic ballads, the band has so far sold over 15 million albums,16 million singles, and millions of merchandise, including DVDs.

Finding success at home, L’Arc~en~Ciel continued to expand their profile through launching activities overseas. On July 31st, 2004, L’Arc~en~Ciel made their North American debut at the anime convention, Otakon, as the first Japanese band to perform at the 1st Mariner Arena, which attracted an audience of 12,000 people. Sequentially hitting Asia and Europe from 2005 to 2008, L’Arc~en~Ciel gained increasing international fame and solidified their loyal fan base everywhere they went.

The band embarked on a stunning world tour, which covered 10 countries throughout Asia, Europe, and North America, one year after they celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2011. Their New York show took place at Madison Square Garden on March 25th, 2012,making L’Arc~en~Ciel the first Japanese artist ever to be the lead act at the legendary venue. Acclaimed for having “made a great contribution to cultural activities, and built a bridge of friendship between Hawaii and Japan” by the mayor of Honolulu, Peter Carlisle, the band has conquered the Japanese rock scene at a furious pace with their captivating music and dramatic live performances, while setting their sights worldwide to keep up with the frenzied response in Asia, Europe, and the United States.

About Live Viewing Japan:

Live Viewing Japan is a famous Japanese-based media distribution company dedicated to introducing Japanese artists of various genres around the world. More information on the company and its projects is available at: www.liveviewing.jp.

 

AKB48G – The massive reformation! – Which members transferred?

February 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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As expected, there were massive changes to AKB48G (AKB48 Groups – AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48 and Team 4 but also involving Nogizaka46).

The changes are as follows:

AKB48 Changes

Takahashi Mina becomes Team A captain again, Nakamura Mariko becomes a vice captain

Nakanishi Chiyori (HKT48) goes to Team A

Miyawaki Sakura (HKT48) goes to Team A (AKB48) (concurrent), also becomes vice-captain of HKT48 Team KIV

Furahata Nao (SKE48 Team KII) is concurrent with Team A

Tomonaga Mio (HKT48) goes to Team B (AKB48) (concurrent)

Watanabe Mayu (Team A of AKB48) returns back to Team B (AKB48)

Yokoyama Yui (AKB48) went to Team K and is now the new captain

Vice Captain of Team K will now be Kitahara Rie

Kuramochi Asuka becomes the new Team B Captain of AKB48

Vice Captain for Team B is Oya Shizuka

Nogizaka46’s Ikoma Rina goes to Team B (concurrent)

SKE48 Changes

Oba Mina is now Co-Captain of SKE48 (Team KII) along with Furukawa Airi

Miyazawa Sae (SHN48) goes to SKE48 Team S as Captain (concurrent)

Sato Mieko will be vice-president of Team S

Iwata Karen (AKB48) transfers to Team S

Yamauchi Suzuran (AKB48) transfers to Team S

Suda Akari becomes Team E Captain

Umemoto Madoka becomes Team E Vice-Captain

Sato Sumire (AKB48) goes to SKE48 Team E

Tani Marika (HKT48) transfers to Team E

NMB48 Changes

Kashiwagi Yuki (AKB48 – TEAM B) is concurrent with Team N (NMB48)

Kikuchi Ayaka (AKB48) goes to Team N (NMB48)

Murashige Anna (HKT48) goes to Team N (NMB48)

Fujie Reina (AKB48) goes to Team M (NMB48)

Umeda Ayaka (AKB48) goes to Team BII (NMB48)

Ichikawa Miori is no longer concurrent and is a permanent member with NMB48

HKT48 Changes

Yabuki Nako, Tanaka Miku promoted to Team H

Miyawaki Sakura now vice-captain of Team KIV

Kimoto Kanon (SKE48 Team E) goes to HKT48 Team KIV (Concurrent)

Kusaba Manami and Fukugawa Maiko has been promoted to Team KIV

TEAM 4 Changes

Kotani Riho (Team N of NMB48) is now concurrent with Team 4

Kizaki Yuria of SKE48 becomes Vice Captain of Team 4

Mukaichi Mion and Komiyama Haruka is promoted to Team 4

Kato Reina (AKB48) goes to Team 4

JKT48 Changes

Chikano Rina (AKB48) goes to JKT48

Nogizaka 46 Changes

Matsui Rena becomes a new member of Nogizaka46

NOTE:

Matsui Jurina will still be Team S (SKE48) and concurrent with AKB48 Team K

Yamamoto Sayaka will still be Team N (NMB48) and concurrent with AKB48 Team K

Yagura Fukou (NMB48) is concurrent with Team M and AKB48 Team A

 

ELISA to perform at Sakura-Con in Seattle

February 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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ELISA, announced as a Musical Guest of Honor for Sakura-Con 2014!

ELISA will be performing at Sakura-Con 2014 which will be taking place on April 18-20 in Seattle, Washington.

ELISA is from Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan and debuted in 2007 with the song “euphoric field”, the opening theme song for the anime series “ef-a tale of memories.”
She is noted for her distinguished singing voice which is rooted in opera and is said to possess a transparent quality.

Her music has been featured as theme songs for hit anime series such as “Hayate the Combat Butler” and “Project Railgun S.”

ELISA is also a successful live performer, showcasing her work at large capacity venues, including Japan’s biggest anime song festival “Animelo Summer Live” for four consecutive years, beginning in 2008. Her most recent live show was at the “Anime Festival Asia 2013″ in Singapore.

Her most recent singles, “Sobani Iruyo” and “REALISM” were used in the anime series “Valvrave the Liberator” as the second and third ending themes, respectively.

Her soon to be released single “Millenario” will be featured as the ending theme for the anime series “The Irregular at Magic High School.”

ELISA kicks off her international activity at Sakura-Con 2014, which will be her first appearance at an anime convention in North America.

Official Website:
http://www.elisa-smile.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/elisa.smile.official

Twitter :
@ELISA_0414

[Sakura-Con 2014]
April 18~20
Washington State Convention Center (Seattle, WA)
Registration and more info @ http://www.sakuracon.org/

 

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