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Forsooth, as I have returned from the crazy masses of pop culture fans that attended New York Comic-Con this past October 11-14. I can definitely say that it was a blast to be at as I have gotten to see almost all the Japanese guests that attended the event. The spirit of Tokyo was definitely thriving (albeit a small one) in NYCC.
The only problem I have is that the Jacob Javits Center (the building it’s hosted in) is still not the greatest convention center for a pop culture convention. When you have an organization like JManga complaining about the building, you know there are problems. As NYCC continues to grow and become even more like San-Diego Comic-Con, will there be any extra room for more than 116,000+ folks? Compared to San Diego, you have to travel a bit far to get to the good restaurants/bars around NYC and the Jacob Javits Center is much smaller than the San Diego Convention Center. However, NYCC seems to have more anime/manga-related content than SDCC.
Another thing I realized after attending NYCC was how much I missed New York Anime Festival. While the likes of Danny Choo, Yu Asakawa, Yoshitaka Amano, Moyoco Anno, Masakazu Ishiguro, and Masakazu Katsura are very notable guests, how can NYCC top Danny Choo? Though we should leave it in the hands of folks like Japan Foundation to bring notable Japanese talent overseas. New York definitely deserves another anime convention as there are notable differences that make Japanese pop culture stand out compared to American pop culture.
In any case, Japanese pop culture was still alive in the East Coast’s premier pop culture event thanks to the efforts of the Japan Foundation, Vertical Inc., SUNRISE, Viki, Dark Horse Comics, and JManga. すべてのありがとうございました！
Enjoy the photos below!
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Hey, hope you guys didn’t miss me too much! Here are some photos of Japantown and J-Pop Summit Festival 2012 that I took while I was at the Bay Area. I can definitely say Japantown is truly an awesome area to be around and J-Pop Summit was a lot of fun. Cosplayers, Vocaloids, Japanese fashion, lolitas, musicians, food trucks, EVA ahoy!
JAPANTOWN, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL 2012 (DAY 1)
J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL 2012 (DAY 2)
It pains me to say that New York has nothing like Japantown (I don’t know if St. Mark’s Place counts) and I can see why the Japanese prefer being on the West Coast than on the East Coast. Makes me want to move over to California if I didn’t get a sunburn like I did on the 2nd day of J-Pop Summit. Kylee, the main headliner for J-Pop Summit, was amazing on the 2nd day though.
Maybe I should be like Jim Morrison and break on through to the other side.
Hope everyone enjoys the photos! Wouldn’t it be nice to have more Japanese towns/festivals like this around our areas?
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Found this old photo of me with a Sailor Moon cutout back in 2003 at the Big Apple Anime Festival (Anyone in the East Coast remember that?). Looking at this picture makes me realize how old I am. Good grief. Funny thing is that I still look the same after all these years too. This was my first anime convention.
I joked about Sailor Moon being my “first love” in this picture. It’s a tie between her and Chun-Li.
So, to you males out there, which of the Sailor Scouts you had a thing for?