Anime Explode and Tune in Tokyo Take Over Little Tokyo with a Night of Art, Cosplay and J-Pop

Los Angeles, CA (September 30th, 2013) – Anime-inspired art, cosplay, live music and J-Pop come together in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles on Saturday, October 12th, with Anime Explode 1.5 and Tune in Tokyo presents HEMISPHERE!

Anime Explode! 1.5: Samurais and Geishas, presented by Deathpop and NinjaArts, is a gallery show featuring Japanese and American artists at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC). The event will also feature a cosplay contest and live performances from Candy Bomber, Midnight Shinigami and Lolita Dark!

The event runs from 11 AM – 8 PM, with an artist meet & greet from 4 PM – 6 PM. Admission is free. Art will be available for purchase.

Participating artists include Zekie Cho, Sasha Palacio, Kevin McBee, Paprika Mari, Pinguino Kolb, Stefanie Warner, Ogeeku, Christian Angel, Ayami Oikawa, Yume Ninja-Sovereign, Alcuin Gersh, Diego Paz, Deryke Cardenaz, Catherine Yi, Leslie Strock, Jin Mof Oh, Dave Baker, Chizorom Izeogu, Jason Moloney, zero, Alain Norte, Robert Negrete, Sabrina Deigert, and Jennifer Han.
Anime Explode 1.5 is presented as part of SAMURAI GEISHA FEST, a mixed cultural event that will introduce Japanese Arts and Entertainment to the world. For more information, please visit

The official afterparty will take place at HEMISPHERE presented by Tune in Tokyo at Nirvana Bar & Grill. DJs Greg Hignight, Del, Tora and Ally deliver the best in “global music for the masses” with a captivating setlist that spans the best in Asian pop and dance beats from across the world. Crafted for fans of Japanese and Korean pop, and accessible to music fans looking for something new and different, HEMISPHERE is a new kind of dance club experience.

Nirvana Bar and Grill offers a cozy, comfortable environment with dinner and drinks, conveniently located in the heart of Little Tokyo. HEMISPHERE at Nirvana runs from 9 PM – 2 AM, cover is $10, ages 21+ with ID.

About Tune in Tokyo

DJs and promoters Tune in Tokyo founded the first monthly event in Los Angeles for Japanese and Asian pop in 2008, weaving together the vibe of Indie dance clubs with Harajuku and Shibuya-influenced fashion parties. Tune in Tokyo's residencies have included Little Tokyo's legendary live house 2nd Street Jazz and the renowned maid cafe Royal/T, in addition to appearances at KCON, Pacific Media Expo, Japan: Endless Discovery and other events. For more information, visit or

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Midnight Shinigami

Lolita Dark

About the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

Founded in 1971, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center is one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers of its kind in the United States. The mission of the JACCC is to present, perpetuate, transmit and promote Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture to diverse audiences, and to provide a center to enhance community programs. The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center is the preeminent presenter of Japanese and Japanese American, and Asian American performing and visual arts nationally. The JACCC also provides office space to a wide variety of nonprofit cultural, educational and community-based organizations in Los Angeles. Located at 244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For more information, visit

About Nirvana Bar & Grill

Nirvana is a Sports Bar and Grill offering a variety of sport broadcasts, karaoke, live music, and special and private events. Happy Hour is Monday – Friday though 7:30 PM. Located at 314 E 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Phone 213-625-0066. Contact: [email protected]

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