Kano Shimai (Kano Sisters) to Appear at Otakon© 2008

Jul 7th 2008
Tokyo, Japan and Baltimore, USA (3 July 2008) – Pony Canyon brings glamorous celebrity sisters for secret announcement

Appearing (courtesy of Japanese entertainment company Pony Canyon) are Kyoko Kano and Mika Kano, the gorgeous, glamorous celebrities famous for their "ultimate, perfect bodies." They're bringing their unique sense of style and sophistication to celebrate Otakon's 15th year – and to make a special announcement at their Saturday panel appearance.

They first appeared as fresh-faced models in high fashion magazines, where they quickly caused a sensation with their unbeatable combination of style, beauty, and extravagant lifestyle. They attracted a large fan base and have been highly sought out for TV show appearances, magazine layouts, and publicity appearances as "the most famous, high-fashion sisters in Japan." Younger sister, MIKA's photobook (which was shot by older sister KYOKO) sold over 200,000 copies, and became a pop-culture phenomenon.

The Kano Sisters are big fans of film and are well-known critics, writing for a variety of Japanese magazines. They've been spotted at many red carpet events and have made many friends in Hollywood. Recently, they lent their voices to the TV anime Time Bokan, where they guest-starred as "the sexy sisters."

KYOKO KANO is the "Lifestyle Producer," known for elegance and sophistication. A role model for many Japanese women, she's the author of many must-read books offering tips on beauty, exercise, and even love and sex advice.

MIKA KANO is known for charm and grace, as well as a winning personality that attracts both men and women of all ages. A former Miss Nippon Grand Prize winner, she frequently appears on TV dramas and variety programs, and has recently released a CD to showcase her vocal talents.

Together, the fabulous Kano Sisters are unbeatable!

Pony Canyon Inc., A Fujisankei Communications Company who releases DVDs of Dragon
Ball series, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Duel Monsters, etc. in Japan. They also license Vampire Princess Miyu, Sakura Wars, Steel Angel Kurumi, etc. overseas.

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its fifteenth 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 22,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 60,000 "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 2008, see http://www.otakon.com/

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