Free Holiday Anime Event from Valley Gakuen and Pacific Media Expo Warms Sun Valley, CA

SUN VALLEY, CA - Pacific Media Expo partners once more with Valley Gakuen Japanese School to offer a free anime screening and swap meet on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at the Valley Japanese Community Center in Sun Valley, CA. This free event will feature a screening of the popular Pokemon and Naruto movies and a vibrant swap meet of hard to find anime and Japanese pop culture items. Door prizes will be generously provided by Viz Media.

"The Valley Japanese Gakuen and the Japanese Valley Community Center is excited to host another event that benefits the students and youth in the ar ea and in the school in a positive way during the holidays. We are honored and appreciate the wonderful volunteers from Pacific Media Expo who are back for the a second year in a row to help us with this event. It's great to know that the attendess and students have such a great time at the Valley Gakuen Holiday Swap Meet,” Ms. Oba and Mr. Kanashiro of the The Valley Gakuen PTA and the Japanese Valley Community Center said.

Door prizes from Viz Media are limited to the first 200 people in attendance. Community service hours will also be available for high school volunteers who help before, during, and after the event. Proceeds of this event will benefit Valley Gakuen Japanese School and the events held at the Valley Japanese Community Center. A similar event in Northern California is scheduled on December 11, 2010. More information is available at

About Valley Gakuen:
The Valley Japanese Gakuen is part of Kyodo System (Japanese Language School Unified System) and was established in 1948. Unlike Japanese language school for Japanese students, the basic policy of our school is “Teaching Japanese as a second language.” Our doors are open to all students, regardless of race and national origin, who wish to learn the Japanese language and to understand Japan. The students at Kyodo System who are in the 9th grade or above in public or private high schools are eligible to take credit tests in Japanese and can earn foreign language credit in Japanese. Kyodo System has five affiliated schools in and around Los Angeles area . Every Saturday, students learn not only the language and culture of Japan but also engage in various activities throughout the year. The main events are academic achievement exhibits and speech contests.

About Pacific Media Expo:
As America's first major media trade show dedicated primarily to Asian-Pacific popular culture and entertainment, Pacific Media Expo (PMX) is an industry event sponsored by the Pacific Media Association. Pacific Media Expo was recently held on November 12-14, 2010 at the Pasadena Hilton. The convention featured honored guests, live performances, panel discussions, autograph sessions, Asian cinema and animation video rooms, and art exhibitions at one of the country's only exhibit halls dedicated solely to Asian media and pop culture. The date and location for PMX 2011 will be announced soon.

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