Akiba Fest: Pop the Rock Japan Music Showcase Presents Anime Singers to “Sakura Matsuri Japan Music Showcase” as an Official Participant at the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Mar 9th 2009

AKIBA FEST: PTRJMS ANIME THEME SINGERS AT NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

Akiba Fest: Pop the Rock Japan Music Showcase Presents Anime singers to “Sakura Matsuri Japan Music Showcase” as an Official Participant at the National Cherry blossom Festival

McClain, VA, March 9– TenBu Productions has announced that their annual event, Akiba Fest: Pop the Rock Japan Music Showcase (PTRJMS), will be an official participant of the National Cherry blossom Festival as an evening event feature and do partial participation in the Japan‐America Society of Washington DC's “Sakura Matsuri ‐ Japanese Street Festival's” J‐Pop Land on April 4,2009. Akiba Fest is presenting their PTRJMS attending artists, which includes the Anime theme Artists, Psychic Lover (Witchblade), unicorn table (School Rumble), Sister MAYO (Project R) (Master of Mosquito), Takayoshi Tanimoto (Project R) (Prince of Tennis), and Shing02 (Samurai Champloo), at the Sakura Matsuri ‐ Japanese Street Festival's J‐Pop Land to make a small appearance and be available to meet fans and sign merchandise. It is possible that there will also be a small preview performance.

Listed as an Official Participating Event during the National Cherry blossom Festival, this is the first time Akiba Fest has participated in the “Sakura Matsuri ‐ Japanese Street Festival.” Running from 11AM to 6PM on April 4, 2009, it is the most popular event at the Cherry blossom Festival and is the largest Japanese Festival in the United States. This huge one‐day event shuts down a one‐mile stretch of Downtown Washington, DC, with over 140,000 visitors from around the nation attending, giving Akiba‐ Fest its largest exposure to date. In recent years the Sakura Matsuri-Japanese Street Festival has been making strides to promote more Japanese Pop culture and include Anime and Manga related features. So far very successful and a dominant attraction at the 6 block, mile and a half stretch of the festival, the “J-POP LAND” area and stage where the PTRJMS entertainers will be featured has featured manga libraries, anime panels, and concerts by popular Japanese artists. More information on the Sakura Matsuri ‐ Japanese Street Festival can be found at www.sakuramatsuri.org.

On the same day, at 5PM, the Akiba Fest: Pop the Rock Japan Music Showcase will begin their feature Concert event at the University of Maryland's Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center featuring all of the PTRJMS artists mentioned plus Asian pop music DJ, “DJ ASU” and local entertainment illustration group “Super Art Fight”. In addition to the music, there will also be giveaways, vendors, entertainer signings, and other entertainment. The event is open to all ages and begins at 5PM and will be hosted by the popular Rob Lance. More information on the entertainers and the show can be found at www.akibafest.com

Akiba Fest: Pop the Rock Japan Music Showcase is sponsored by: Jalpak/ JTB Global Travel, Otaku USA magazine, Funimation, Go Media, Star Trek/ Paramount, Yunmaoayakawa.com

National Cherry blossom Festival
The National Cherry blossom Festival is DC's signature springtime event. The 2009 Festival is March 28 – April 12, and features daily cultural performances, sporting events, arts & crafts, demonstrations and other special events. The National Cherry blossom Festival celebrates the 97th anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the citizens of the United States and Japan.
www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Akiba Fest
Akiba Fest is a Japanese event platform designed to give a rapidly growing American fan base access to authentic Japanese Pop Culture by ways of music concerts and other events that feature live entertainment directly from Japan. www.akibafest.com

Pop the Rock Japan Music Showcase (PTRJMS)
Pop the Rock Japan Music Showcase is Akiba Fest's new annual Springtime concert event that presents a variety of Japanese Pop Music to a growing American Fan base. PTRJMS features Japanese artists who sing Rock, Pop, Anime and Game themes, Hip Hop and R&B. Audiences are treated to live concerts and other entertainment from the Japanese pop entertainment world. www.akibafest.com

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