Oh Jessica Nigri!

Jessica Nigri's Mad Moxxi

Cosplay is increasing in popularity, and with increasing attention towards the hobby, there are a quite a few that are standing out amongst their peers. One such cosplayer is Jessica Nigri, who shot to fame with her sexy Pikachu cosplay and her spots on Kassem G’s California on Comic-Con series.

1000say New Single “SPECTRUM” and 5th Anniversary Tour!

1000say is BACK! NON gave us the HEADS UP! dropped a new track SPECTRUM and it’s SO CHILL! Have a listen, FREE Download: (just login with twitter):http://ototoy.jp/_/default/p/37389

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This all coincides with their 5th Anniversary Tour across Japan:
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11/17 (sun) Tokyo – Koenji HIGH
11/24 (sun) Osaka – Kitahorie club vijon
12/1 (sun) Nagoya – Osu ell.SIZE

For more details and tickets hit up: http://1000say.main.jp/live

Edmonton Expo 2013 – BACK! And BIGGER BETTER THAN EVER!

Edmonton’s show for everything pop culture returned bigger and better than ever with more exhibitors artists writers performers packing the weekend.  The fans did not disappoint as cosplay was taken to the next level, and who better to share the experience than OH! Jessica Nigri who appeared on behalf of the fine folks at Cherry Sauce Clothing!!

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The panels were the main feature. JPHiP caught up with the festivities on Sunday and we were blown away. First we had cult hero Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite fame. He admitted that he felt right at home at conventions such as Edmonton Expo.  “I love geeky stuff,” he said imitating his character. The Zelda fan entertained the crowd with his dance moves and interpretation of what it would be like if he was cast as Batman’s sidekick Robin.

JPHiP Interview: J☆Dee’Z @ Japan Expo USA

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The four-member junior dance group J☆Dee’Z is made up of Meik, Nono, ami, and leader MOMOKA. These four girls are ridiculously cute and JPHiP got to interview them at the first Japan Expo USA, held in Santa Clara.

JPHiP Interview: 1000say @ Japan Expo USA

The members of 1000say (from left to right) keyboardist MICHELLE, bassist API, guitarist MAN, and drummer NON

The members of 1000say (from left to right) keyboardist MICHELLE, bassist API, guitarist MAN, and drummer NON flash the JPHiP sign.

The Japanese indie band 1000say (A THOUSAND SAY) made their US debut at the first Japan Expo USA, held on August 23rd-25th in Santa Clara, California. Undoubtedly the coolest musical guests in attendance, 1000say has been featured at Japan Expo since 2011’s Japan Expo Paris. JPHiP’s Tris-chan and Slack caught up to the band on the last day of the convention to interview their members, vocalist/guitarist MAN, vocalist/bassist API, keyboardist MICHELLE, and drummer NON.

JPHiP Interview: Kikkawa You @ Japan Expo USA

Kikkawa You at Japan Expo USA

Solo idol and former member of Hello! Project Kikkawa You, a.k.a. Kikka, was chosen to be the official reporter for the very first Japan Expo USA held from August 23rd to 25th in Santa Clara, California. After JPHiP interviewed Kikka at Anime Weekend Atlanta andJapan Expo in Brussels last year, Tris-chan and Slack got another chance to catch up with the beautiful young songstress.

Introduction to Japan Expo USA 2013: The Festival Made for Us

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This festival was made for us.

One only has to look at the guest and panel lineups for other larger cons in the San Francisco Bay Area to see that. Anime conventions are made for anime people. Guests are voice actors, writers, directors, etc., and panels are discussing various aspects of anime. Sometimes you’ll get a music act, but the trend is towards US-based acts, usually rock bands. The closest to idol culture you get are vocaloid, anisongs, and the occasional idol anime.

LPGA Returns to Edmonton as Lydia Ko wins again, makes history

LPGA’s best golfers from across the world returned to Edmonton this past weekend August 22-25, 2013 at Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton.

photo via Bernard Brault http://bernardbrault.com

photo via Bernard Brault http://bernardbrault.com

Just one year after becoming the youngest player ever to win an LPGA Tour event, New Zealand’s Lydia Ko once again made history at the CN Canadian Women’s Open on Sunday. Up against the likes of I.K. Kim and Paula Creamer:

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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!

JPHiP Exclusive! Interview with Hidekazu Ohara!

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JPHiP was fortunate enough to have an interview with Hidekazu Ohara, a popular animation director, during J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL 2013. Not only has Mr. Ohara worked as a key animator on such titles as Akira, Kogepan, and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, he also directed the music video for seiyuu idol group Sweety’s collaboration with Toyota and the PES project, “My Line.” Read on for our exclusive interview!

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