Japan's hottest export, WagakkiBand has been announced as the Anime Expo 2015 Guest of Honor. They will perform their first U.S. show as part of the “Anime Expo Presents Cool Japan Festival” on Saturday, July 4th, 2015 at Club Nokia L.A. LIVE. Anime Expo is the largest Japanese cultural event in North America with over 220 thousand attendees over the course of the 4-day event.
Have I really been doing this for around 15 years? Well, aside from the year 2000, yes, yes I have. In all this time I've typically gone to this convention with the same group of people; even going so far as to increase our participation in the conventions we go to by going as press under the auspices of Dragon's Anime and TFA Cosplay. That didn't happen this year. No, this year I was on my own in regards to being press as the core group couldn't make it this year due to various factors. Still, I wasn't totally on my own, as there were others who we've known for all this time who graciously invited me to room with them this year. This worked out a lot better than I'd have thought, because even though the Vagabond Inn up the road from the convention center was more expensive than we'd wanted, they had bunk beds of all things, which were far more comfortable than the Coleman Cots we're usually used to using when we stuff ourselves into these rooms. I'll have to admit though, this year put it into perspective on just how much I've come to rely on Gensao, Pio, and Mayhem for all sorts of things little and big when it comes to covering this convention as press which caused me to miss out on a lot more than I'd have liked. This doesn't count all the other disasters outside of everyone's control that wound up occurring.
Celebrate This Year’s Theme – “POP Is Our Tradition” – With Special Guest Of Honor, Live Music Concerts, “KAWAii!!” Fashion Events, Film Premieres, POP Gourmet & RAMEN Street And Much More!!
San Francisco, CA, July 10, 2014 – The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival, San Francisco’s premiere celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion and film, commences next weekend – Saturday & Sunday, July 19th and 20th – and will be open from 11:00am - 6:00pm on both days across the city’s entire Japantown District.