Japanese Pop Culture Lectures in Las Vegas

On Thursday, February 25th and Friday, February 26th, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, in partnership with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Ed W. Clark High School, held two lectures on Japanese pop culture delivered by Mr. Seiji Horibuchi entitled "Circulation of Culture: The History of J-POP Culture from the Eyes of America". Mr. Horibuchi was the first to publish Japanese manga in America and has since played a key role in the promotion and popularization of the format as well as other aspects of Japanese pop culture. He currently serves as president of New People, a media, promotion, and consulting company based in San Francisco. Around 170 people attended the UNLV lecture, and around 450 students and staff attended the Ed W. Clark lecture.
Speaking to predominantly Japanese language students at both schools, Mr. Horibuchi interwove his personal experiences and anecdotes while lecturing on the history of Japanese pop culture in the United States spanning the post-war period to current times. Mr. Horibuchi discussed the circular exchange of culture that exists between the United States and Japan, the appeal of Japanese pop culture, the recent rapid rise in popularity of J-POP Summit Festival in San Francisco, and the future prospects of J-Pop. Following his lecture, Mr. Horibuchi answered many questions from the attentive and eager audience.
When: Thursday, February 25th and Friday, February 26th, 2016
Location: Las Vegas

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