Japan Culture+Hyper-culture Festival
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Posted 2/24/08 , edited 2/24/08
Did anyone else go to the Japan Culture+Hyper-culture Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. during the week of Feb. 7-17? It was really great, with Jpanese bands, robots, people, products and other things coming to the U.S. and demonstrating how great Japan really is!
Some of the main performances/atractions were:
1. Manga Cafe & Reading Lounge with manga-ka Robin Nishi drawing daily manga showing goings-on around the fest and doing daily manga lessons for ages 10+.
2. Robotopia Rising, demonstrating J-Bots (I made up that word myself...) incuding:
Honda Asimo
Toyota Partner Robot
Mitsubishi's Wakamaru
Kokoro's Actroid DER2
Paro (Robot Therapy Seal)
and other smaller robots controlled by remote.
3. Maywa Denki is a performing art group who invents many wonderful (and mostly useless/nonsense) toys/machines/instruments. I can't remember who leads the group, but he is the inventor of the series of Knockman toys.
4. YMCK is an acclaimed pop-trio, using only 8-bit sound and pixel animation for music like old Nintendo video-games.
5. A Marathon of Anime Premieres was shown (sadly I did not get to see this) consisting of (*groan*...dubbed*) North American premieres including:
5 Centimeters Per Second
The Piano Forest
Appleseed: Ex Machina

I would like to know if anyone else went!
Posted 2/24/08
no I live on the other side of the country
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Posted 2/24/08
I've never even heard of it >>I live in Colorado so that's not very surprising. Sounds like it was fun though.
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Posted 3/1/08
dear mods,
i admit, this is a bump. but i REALLY think that people will be interested in the festival. if you dont think so then im srry i bumped the thread.
Posted 7/18/09
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