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KuroKiiro Festival Brings Japanese Culture, Dancing Maid Cafe, Kyle Hebert to Pittsburgh November 16-18

KuroKiiro Festival Brings Japanese Culture, Dancing Maid Cafe, Kyle Hebert to Pittsburgh November 16-18

November 2, 2012 - PITTSBURGH, PA - Those anxious for a vacation from Pennsylvania's autumn weather can experience an escape to Japan at Pittsburgh's KuroKiiro Festival. This year's festival will occur November 16-18, 2012 at the Boyd Community Center in O'Hara Township. Throughout the weekend, interactive workshops, vendors, and a video gaming area bring elements of classical and modern Japanese culture to life.

The full weekend program targets fans of Japanese animation and pop culture. Featured activities such as a talent show, a dance, and a Japanese fashion show infuse the event with the feel of a school festival. Additionally, Guest of Honor Kyle Hebert will attend on Friday and Saturday to share insights about the localization of Japanese media and the career of voice acting. Hebert is best known for his roles in Japanese animated series "Dragon Ball Z" and "Gurren Lagann" and video games such as "Street Fighter". Recently, he reprised his "Street Fighter" role for Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph". The annual KuroKiiro Cafe, a dancing maid cafe, also returns for two sessions on Saturday morning to introduce guests to the flavor of Tokyo's Akihabara district. This year's featured performing troupe is the Maid of Hearts Cafe.

On Sunday, November 18, the event welcomes the community with a carnival from 11 AM-4:30 PM. The carnival features free giveaways and performances by local cultural groups throughout the day as well as games, crafts and activities for all ages. Other highlights include a Japanese manga reading area and a swap meet.

Day passes for the KuroKiiro Festival are available at the door. Full weekend passes can be purchased in advance at the discounted rate of $20.00 through the event's website at http://www.kurokiiro.com. Admission is free for children 6 and under.

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