Baltimore, MD (July 19, 2011) – Otakon is pleased to welcome singer Mikako Joho as Friday
night’s musical guest opening act!
Mikako Joho is a singer with a clear, smooth voice who began classical piano at the age of four
and then started jazz piano in July 2010. She has previously performed handling lead vocals and
piano as part of a band (DR, EB, G, KEY) and a trio (PERC, WB) as well as being a soloist.
Her original music showcases her piano featured stylings with jazzy Neo-soul R&B lines and her
own Japanese language lyrics. Mikako Joho's live performances are also highlighted by her take
on Jazz standards and Pop covers.
She is currently performing in the Tokyo area Live House scene and working on new original
material. Her first single to be released later this year, "Kimi ga suki datta" which means "I
liked you" was written based on her high-school memories. Her single will have 3 versions: an
uptempo electro sounding Original Version, a downtempo Acoustic Version and a Piano Version.
For Otakon 2012, she plans also plans to perform a selection of popular anime theme songs.
Otakon 2012 will be held July 27 – 29 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore,
ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its nineteenth year, Otakon is an
annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest
gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper
understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga,
video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore,
Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over
31,000 people for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 85,000 turnstile attendees).
Otakon is a membership based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based,
501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture,
primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid
staff – we are run by fans, for fans.
For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp
For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2012, see http://www.otakon.com/