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New Meetup: Japonawa 2010 this weekend

From: Tokyo Jim G.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 11:34 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for San Diego International/ English as a Second Language Meetup!

What: Japonawa 2010

When: Saturday, May 22,[masked]:30 AM

Museo del Trompo
Tercera y o San Vicente 1095 Zona Rio

Meeting points: 4898 Convoy St. and Otay Mesa border crossing

Japonawa is a cultural event that takes place each year in the city of Tijuana with the main purpose of promoting the Japanese culture and Japanese subcultures through a series of activities based on the culture of the land of the rising sun, with an emphasis on manga, anime, cosplay, video games, and music. This year the featured musical performer is Japanese singer-songwriter Kiryu.

Kiryu is a Japanese artist with a unique sound that moves beyond basic rock, exploring what an artist can do for music, instead of what music can do for an artist. With a distinctive style and keen awareness as a vocalist, Kiryu creates music that sets him apart from other musicians. As a singer/songwriter, his perseverance in the Japanese music industry has led to an eventful and successful career. Now focusing on his solo career with his self-described ?sexy? music, his considerable experience and influences integrate many genres, from pop to rock and from electronic to hip-hop and the result can be heard in his sound.

In 2009, Japonawa had a total attendance of 11,000 people of which 7,000 people were between the ages of 15 and 30 years old.

Japonawa is organized by the efforts of Manga Club TJ that has spent years spreading the culture of manga in Tijuana.


- Outside stage where the national and international artists perform
- The traditional COSPLAY competition
- 25 Stands for sale or display of goods and services
- Drawing contest to promote local artists
- Yu-gi-oh! Tournament
- Conferences
- Workshops

Video Games Tournament:

- Super Street Fighter IV
- Blazblue Calamity Trigger
- Super Smash Brother Brawl
- Halo
- Guitar Hero
- Gears of War 2
- The King of Fighters 2002
- Tatsunoko vs Capcom
- Pokemon Battle Revolution
- Mario Kart DS

This year?s Special Guest:

Yunnale and Linamoon, cosplayers who won first place in the World Cosplay Summit 2007 in Mexico and third place in Nagoya, Japan.

Cosmakers and promoters of the cosplay art throughout all of Mexico in various media such as television, magazines, newspapers, etc.

They have given workshop lessons and conferences about cosplay, they have collaborated in conventions as judges in more than 10 states of Mexico and in the Centro Nacional de las Artes (National Arts Centre) and the Embassy of Japan in Mexico City.

Although the conferences and workshops will be in Spanish, this should still be a fun event for those who only speak English or Japanese. And good practice for those studying espa?ol. Admission to the festival is 50 pesos, or about 4 USD dollars. I'm sure US dollars will be accepted. This should be a great dual cultural experience for North Americans, providing a peek into the otaku community in Tijuana.

The event runs from 10:00 to 20:00. We will meet at the Starbucks on Convoy St (4898 Convoy Street). at 09:30 and carpool from there to the Otay Mesa border crossing, where we will park. Those who live farther south and wish to meet us at the border, meet us just in front of the pedestrian entrance to Mexico at Otay Mesa about 10:45. We will share taxis to the museum where the event is being held and arrive between 11:00 and 11:15. Those who wish to drive directly to the venue should have Mexican insurance and use the Otay Mesa border crossing, as the venue is only about 3 km from there. Several dirt lots will be available for parking. Members in Mexico can also meet us at the event. We will probably leave somewhere around the time the event ends or earlier by general consensus. Taxi (probably $5 each way per car) and parking (ditto) costs will be shared. Also, you should each pay your driver $3 for auto and petrol expenses.

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