Ani-Jam is Proud to Announce the Return of Mari Watanabe as Guest of Honor

Fresno, CA - May 1, 2013 - Ani-Jam, Fresno's premiere anime convention is proud to announce that singer Mari Watanabe will be returning as a Guest of Honor to Ani-Jam 2013 this summer.

The two-day event will be held on August 17-18 at the Valdez Hall (at the Fresno Convention Center).

Mari Watanabe is a Sailor Moon performer whose main role is to create bridges of friendship between countries by doing anime related concerts and presentations. Having performed in the U.S., Japan and Mexico, Mari Watanabe captivated the audience with her performance at Ani-Jam 2012, that fans wanted to see Mari return for a second consecutive year.

Mari has appeared in Japanese TV as well as American media. She received an honor award from the city of San Francisco for her volunteer work as Sailor Moon and her dream is to be a friendship ambassador between many countries.

Mari Watanabe joins previously announced Guest of Honors: DJ Lord Katsuhiko Jinnai, music producer Richie Branson, anime voice talents Greg Ayres, Cynthia Martinez, Chris Patton and veteran animator/ author, Aimee Major Steinberger (“The Simpsons” and “Futurama”).

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About Ani-Jam

Ani-Jam is a two-day convention held annually that celebrates Japanese animation and East Asian pop culture. The two-day convention brings in over a thousand people from the valley and throughout the state to participate in cosplay and costuming events, panels featuring our special guests of honor, concerts, screenings, game tournaments and more. In 2013, Ani-Jam will be celebrating its 10th year anniversary. Ani-Jam is a local business owned by businessman Antonio Airoso and is an event that is directed by an all volunteer, unpaid staff.

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