Japan Expo USA 2013 (August 23-25)

Japan Expo USAThis weekend the JPHiP press team will be bringing you full coverage of Japan Expo USA, including event reports, photos, and more! Last year JPHiP got the chance to interview Kikkawa You before her trip to Europe for last year’s Japan Expo conventions in Orleans and Brussels. This time we will do our best to bring you JPHiP-exclusive interviews with as many of the guests as possible!

Japan Expo is known as the largest Japanese popular culture event of its kind in Europe, and one of the largest in the world with 219,614 certified attendees in 2012. Since the creation of this event in 1999, the Japan Expo brand has expanded to include a number of events across Europe and is now expanding to include North America as well. “Japan Expo, 1st Impact” is their first event in the United States and takes place in Santa Clara, California from August 23rd-25th, 2013.

Currently announced guests include:

Kikkawa You
Solo idol singer, former member of Hello! Project, and “Official Reporter” for Japan Expo USA
Kikkawa You

Otaku-idol group based in Akihabara

1000say (A THOUSAND SAY)
Electo-rock band with “twin man/woman electro-vocal fusion”

Sadamoto Yoshiyuki
Famous character designer, manga artist, and cofounding member of Gainax anime studio

Minami Masahiko
President of BONES Inc. and producer of such shows as Escaflowne, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Cowboy Bebop

Iwadare Noriyuki
Composer known for his work on the video games Lunar, Grandia, CAPCOM’s Ace Attorney series, and Nindendo’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Kozaki Yusuke
Manga artist, illustrator character designer, known for his work on the video games Osu! Tatakae! Oendan and No More Heroes

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Japan Expo USA official site
Japan Expo USA Schedule