J-POP SUMMIT Festival 2016

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On Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, J-POP SUMMIT Festival 2016 was held at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.

J-POP SUMMIT 2016 Opening Ceremony (Saturday, July 23)

On Saturday, July 23, Consul General Yamada attended the opening ceremony of J-POP SUMMIT 2016. Consul General Yamada greeted the audience, expressed the great opportunity they had to experience the latest in Japanese pop culture firsthand at the festival, and thanked the organizers for creating such a large and impressive avenue to locally explore modern Japan.

Greeting by Consul General Yamada

At the opening ceremony

J-POP Idol Karaoke Contest Finals (Sunday, July 24)

The Consulate jointly sponsored the J-POP Idol Karaoke Contest to encourage Japanese language education amongst local youth interested in Japanese. Finalists selected through online video preliminaries participated in onstage finals and impressed the audience with their high caliber talents which nearly surpassed the professional singers whose songs they covered. Though the competition was quite close, the duet Marco and Simone were selected as the overall winner, with Dibur and Yanovi coming in at a near second. Consul Ichioka, Director of the Japan Information and Cultural Center, participated as a judge during the competition and awarded certificates of merit to the first and second place winners.

A contestant performs in the finals

Consul Ichioka, Director of the Japan Information & Cultural Center presenting the certificate of award to the winner

Tea Ceremony Demonstrations (Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24)

On a special stage as part of Nippon Travel Agency’s “Travel Pavilion”, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco partnered with local chapters of the Urasenke Foundation (July 23) and Omotesenke Domon Kai (July 24) to present tea ceremony demonstrations to introduce the charms of Japanese hospitality.

Tea Ceremony Demonstration by Urasenke Foundation

Tea Ceremony Demonstration by Omotesenke Domon Kai

Japan Information Booth (Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24)

The Consulate held an information booth with materials and staff to promote Japanese culture, tourism, the JET Program and study abroad. The ever-popular robot seal, Paro, also helped to greet attendees.

The Japan Information Booth at the festival

The Japan Information Booth at the festival

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