Event: N.E. Convention Manga and Anime II

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Event: North East Convention Manga and Anime II

What: Anime convention, cosplay, art, competitions

Where: The Moon Gallery & Newcastle City Library

When: Sunday 17 March 2013

Tickets: £10 in advance, £15 on the day (Buy Here)

Website: http://www.necon.co.uk/
“NECON in her second year will be hosted in The Moon gallery and Newcastle City Library with lots of guest, artists, competitions and music . The registration process start in January and will last till 2nd March.

Just like last time, we’ll have Manga! Music! Anime! Pokky! Ponies! Artsszs! Cats! Cosplay! Onigiri! Books! Tentacles! Lolita! Chillin’ space! Figures! Ayumi Hamasaki! Goodies! MANGA!! MOE!!! ANONS!! NYANCATS!!! PONIES!!!! COSPLAY!!!! ROBOTS!!! KYARY PAMYU PAMYU!! NEKO MIMI MODE!! JAPAN!!! SPACE!!! PLATFORMS! LENSES!! ALL THE CAPS!!!! GET GETTING ALL OF YOUR AWESOME READY!! BECAUSE WE’RE ABOUT TO HAVE ANOTHER OF THE BEST DAYS EVER!!!

Anybody who bought a ticket for the event can participate in the cosplay. You have to register for this competition when you arrive showing your ticket.

For the Art Competition: Send your work by email or post to 19 Saville Row Newcastle, NE1 8JE by 10th March 2013.”  – Text Courtesy of NECon



Film: Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme



Film Event: Once Upon a Time in Japan- Reinventing the Past Through the Eyes of Japanese Contemporary Filmmakers

When: Sun 3 March – Sun 24 March

Where: Tyneside Cinema  (Directions)

Extra Info: Buy tickets for four films in the programme and get the fifth FREE! (Only at the Tyneside Box Office in person)

Website:  Please click on the film titles below


We are very pleased to announce that Geordie Japan is working closely with The Tyneside Cinema to promote this exciting touring film festival! Once Upon A Time In Japan aims to explore the past through the eyes of modern Japanese film makers and includes some gems that have never been screened in the UK before! We can’t wait for this event, it’s been hard to keep it under wraps until now! But we will be providing you will all the information you will need leading up to and during the programme. See you there!


The films are as follows;

(Please find synopsis of the films further down the page)


Bubble Fiction: Boom Or Bust (Tasuo Baba) – Sun 3 March, 3.30pm

Please note, Bubble Fiction is listed in the Tyneside brochure as SAT 3 MARCH, but it is Sun 3 March

Castle Under Fiery Skies (Mitsutoshi Tanaka) – Wed 6 March, 5.45pm

Kaidan Horror Classics (Various) – Sun 10 March, 3.30pm

Rebirth (Izuru Narushima) – Wed 13 March, 5.45pm

Mai Mai Miracle (Sunao Katabuchi) – Sun 17 March, 3.30pm

Zero Focus (Isshin Inudo) – Wed 20 March, 5.45pm

Ninja Kids!!! (Takashi Miike) -Sun 24 March. 3.30pm


“Since 2004, the Japan Foundation, London has organised a Japanese film programme in close partnership with distinguished film venues and programme advisors in the UK. Each year, a programme of six to seven, largely contemporary, Japanese titles are put together under a carefully chosen theme to highlight trends in Japanese cinema and showcase the versatility and uniqueness displayed by Japanese filmmakers. The programme also showcases directors and works which, while being worthwhile, may have slipped under the radar of other film festivals or programmes.” – Japan Foundation


Bubble Fiction

Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust (Baburu e go!: Taimu mashin wa doramu-shiki)
Dir. Yasuo Baba
Cast: Ryoko Hirosue, Hiroshi Abe, Hiroko Yakushimaru
2007 / 116min / Colour / English Subtitles
With the Japanese economy on the blink of collapse with 80 trillion yen in debt, government bureaucrat Shimokawaji (Hiroshi Abe) conjures the crazy idea of going back in time to 1990 in an attempt to prevent Japan’s financial collapse. Luckily, Shimokawaji’s ex-lover Mariko (Hiroko Yakushimaru) has a created one of the most unusual time machines; a DeLorean-esque washing machine, transporting anyone who dons a wetsuit and climbs into the drum some twenty years back in time. Having lost Mariko somewhere in the past, Mariko’s daughter (Ryoko Hirosue), a ditzy bar hostess, spins back to 1990 to the height of the bubble economy, teaming up with a 17 years younger Shimokawaji to look for her mother and prevent Japan’s ‘bubble’ economy from bursting. Yasuo Baba’s 2007 time-travel comedy is a hilarious satire of bubble-era Japan, filled with nostalgic gags, retro fashion and music, guaranteed to lift your spirits and cast away any recession blues!


Castle under Fiery Skies (Katen no shiro)Castle Under Fiery Skies 2
Dir. Mitsutoshi Tanaka
Cast: Toshiyuki Nishida, Shinobu Otake, Saki Fukuda, Isao Natsuyagi, Renji Ishibashi
2009 / 139min / Colour / English Subtitles
In the Age of the Country at War, peasant carpenter Motaemon Okabe (Toshiyuki Nishida) renowned for his ‘divine hands’ is summoned by Lord Nobunaga to oversee the mammoth task of the construction of the fabled 7 story fortress Azuchi Castle, a huge castle to be built on Mount Azuchi overseeing and guarding the then-capital Kyoto. However Motaemon must overcome some persistent obstacles on the path towards its completion. This film introduces a fascinating insight into the world of traditional Japanese architecture. Mitsutoshi Tanaka’s well-crafted spin on the period drama genre is a heart-warming tale of one ordinary man’s skill and determination, and journey towards success beyond his normal capabilities.


Kaidan Horror Classics (Ayashiki bungo kaidan)Kaidan Horror Classics
Dir. Shinya Tsukamoto, Sang-il Lee, Hirokazu Kore-eda
2010 / 121min / Colour / English Subtitles
Three haunting stories written by Japanese literary masters, reinterpreted and revived by some of Japan’s greatest directors, Kaidan Horror Classics is a collection of beautiful yet terrifying tales of the darkness of the human heart.

The Whistler (Hazakura to mateki)
Dir. Shinya Tsukamoto
2010 / 36min / Colour / English Subtitles
Yuko (Aoba Kawai) spends her days caring for her terminally ill younger sister Itsue (Eri Tokunaga), however upon finding a bundle of anonymous letters addressed to Itsue, Yuko is determine to find out from whom and why have they been sent. Based on the original story by Dazai Osamu, Shinya Tsukamoto’s distinctive cinematic style portrays the inner rage of adolescents towards those dear to them.

The Nose (Hana)
Dir. Sang-il Lee
2010 / 34min / Colour / English Subtitles
A monk named Zenchi (Yutaka Matsushige) attempts to save a child from drowning in a river, but when the child sees the enormous nose he was concealing the monk impulsively pushes him away. Racked with guilt, Zenchi becomes fearful of silently watching eyes. Inspired by an early short story by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, this loose interpretation retains the protagonist’s predicament, and includes elegant cinematography, reminiscent of classic period films.

The Days After (Nochi no hi)
Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda
2010 / 51min / Colour / English Subtitles
A child appears before a young couple who lost their beloved son at an early age. Is he the reincarnation of their son, or a ghost? This strange and serene story of a family’s days spent with the son who seems to have come back to life, is adapted from the fantasy stories by Murou Saisei.


Rebirth (Yokame no semi)Rebirth
Dir. Izuru Narushima
Cast: Mao Inoue, Hiromi Nagasaku, Konomi Watanabe, Eiko Koike, Hitori Gekidan
2011 / 147min / Colour / English Subtitles
Kiwako (Hiromi Nagasaku) runs away with her married lover’s baby, spending four years on the run and bringing up the child as her own until one day she is arrested. The child abductee Erina (Mao Inoue) is returned to her birth parents, but is never able to come to terms with what happened in her childhood. Now grown up, Erina travels to the town where she grew up to discover the truth about her past. Based on the popular novel by Mitsuyo Kakuta, Izuru Narushima’s acclaimed drama questioning nature over nurture scooped an astounding 11 awards at the 2012 Japanese Academy Awards 2012, including best film and best director. A huge hit both critically and commercially, the film also ranked first in the Readers’ Choice awards in Kinema Junpo 2011.


Mai Mai Miracle (Maimai shinko to sennen no maho)Mai_Mai_Miracle
Dir. Sunao Katabuchi
Cast (voice): Mayuko Fukuda, Nako Mizusawa, Ei Morisako, Manami Honjo
2009 / 93min / Colour / English Subtitles
Inspired by her grandfather’s stories, nine-year-old Shinko journeys into the past through her magical method of time travel, conjured entirely by her vivid imaginings of the past. Upon making a new friend with the upper class Kiiko, they quickly discover they both have a fascination with history and what happened in the past, and transport back to the town a thousand years before, almost as if their dreams could become a reality. Adapted from Nobuko Takagi’s famous novel, Mai Mai Miracle is a beautifully animated nostalgic tale of friendship in post-war Japan. A former assistant of the great Hayao Miyazaki, director Sunao Katabuchi recreates 1950s south western Japan in its full-animated glory, inviting the audience to embark on a miraculous journey into the past with young Shinko.


Zero Focus (Zero no shoten)Zero Focus
Dir. Isshin Inudo
Cast: Tae Kimura, Ryoko Hirosue, Miki Nakatani
2009 / 131min / Colour / English Subtitles
Teiko (Ryoko Hirosue) has her life thrown into turmoil when her newly wed husband of only a week leaves on a business trip and never returns. Brought together by an arranged marriage and knowing little of her husband’s past, Teiko embarks on a journey to discover the dark truth of her husband’s sudden disappearance. Uncovering evidence to suggest her husband was not who she had thought, Teiko learns that her husband was close to two women: elegant aristocrat Sachiko (Miki Nakatani) and receptionist Hisako (Tae Kimura); two mysterious women who may know more than they protest. Isshin Inudo’s gripping Hitchcockian murder-mystery set in the beautiful location of post war Kanazawa features an all-star female cast in an adaptation of the celebrated crime novel by Seicho Matsumoto and revival of the classic 1961 Yoshitaro Nomura film.


Ninja Kids!!! (Nintama rantaro)NINJA KIDS!!!
Dir. Takashi Miike
Cast: Shindo Nakamura, Naoto Takenaka, Susumu Terajima, Hiroki Matsukata, Mikijiro Hira
2011 / 100min / Colour / English Subtitles
Set in the early 16thcentury, the story follows little Rantaro (Seishiro Kato), a young aspiring ninja born into a family of farmers in disguise. Blessed with opportunity to leave his family’s farm and enrol into a Ninja Academy run by Denzo Yamada (Susumu Terajima), Rantaro plunges into a crazy school packed full of explosive and dangerous tasks and madcap teachers. However, when a rival clan arrives, the school’s future is thrown in jeopardy and it’s down to Rantaro and his loveable classmates to save the day. This wacky live-action adaptation of the long-running children’s cartoon Nintama Rantaro is full of slapstick gags and comic schemes from the warped mind of the ever prolific director Takashi Miike, guaranteed to entertain kids and big kids alike! 


Synopsis courtesy of The Japan Foundation


SunnyCon 2013

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Event:  Sunnycon 2013

When: Saturday & Sunday 23rd-24th March 2013

Where: Seaburn Center (Directions)

Website: http://www.sunnycon.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SunderlandConvention

Price: £30 VIP, £25 13+, £10 Under 12’s

Tickets: available online here

Returning to Sunderland for it’s second year SunnyCon looks to take over the city once again, a must for anyone in the region interested in Anime, Manga or Japan in general.

“After the roaring success from last year’s SunnyCon, on Saturday & Sunday 23rd-24th March 2013 we will be back and bigger than ever hosting SunnyCon2. Our guest list so far includes Vic Mignogna, Ginny McQueen & Colleen Clinkenbeard.

Over the two days there will be new and exciting demonstrations, panels, Martials arts, shows & more as well as retail stalls, artist stands & a gaming area. We will have some delicious Japanese cuisine, so go on spoil yourself! Keep an eye on the events page to see what will be happening.

The event will be taking place in the Seaburn Centre situated on Sunderland’s coast line. Nearby we have a large Morrison’s supermarket. The event is from 9am for V.I.P ticket holders and from 10am for everyone else until 6pm. Keep it here and on our social networks for the latest updates including guests, events and other convention announcements.

Treat yourself! Come a long and immerse yourself in fascinating Japanese tradition.” – SunnyCon

Club Night: Harajuku



Event: Harjuku Anime Attacks Club Night

When: Friday 5th October – 7pm-1am

Where: Gateshead Old Town Hall (Directions)

Website: http://www.asaplive.com/whats-on/events/harajuku–gateshead-central-library

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/258836280889407/

Price: £6/£5 if in Cosplay

Restrictions: 18+ Only

Tickets: available at Gateshead Central Library (tel 0191 4338420), Reflex Records in Newcastle City Centre or online


In association with the GCL Japanese Festival, Anime Attacks presents a very special Japanese themed club night named Harajuku!


“HARAJUKU! is the UK’s notorious Japanese themed club night! This cosplay and dress up event features a big Japanese theme, plus Karaoke Zone, Multiplayer Gaming, Indie, Jpop, Geishas, Origami and Live Bands!
As the latest installment, Harajuku! travels to Gateshead. The event celebrates Japanese wonders like Geishas, Lolita’s, Comics, Gaming, Origami, Karaoke, Manga, Art with a mix of Live Bands, plus indie and Jpop DJs thrown in for good measure.

This is definitely one unique event which is not to be missed. Party goers mix together different styles and influences of Harajuku! fashion in a celebration of Japan, so make sure you’re ready with bold colours and wicked style.

Master decorators bring Japan closer to you. Sing along in the Karaoke Zone, enjoy Retro Gaming, or bring along your handheld console and hang out in true Japanese style.Prizes for the best dressed Cosplayer are supplied by none other than Harajuku! girl enthusiast, Gwen Stefani.

Escape to Japan!


Featuring Live Performances From:

A Winter’s Education
Toronto Sun
Machina Shogunate
Death to Indie

Guest DJ Sets:

The Kut
DJ Danov Valravn
DJ Joseph Latham” – Anime Attacks

GCL: Japanese Festival



Event: Gateshead Central Library Japanese Festival

When: October 1st – 8th

Where: Gateshead Central Library (Directions)

Website: http://www.asaplive.com/whats-on/events

Price: Varying (See Events Below)


Gateshead Central Library is holding an in house festival celebrating Japan consisting of art, cultural, language, and film events. To book tickets for any event please call 0191 433 8420 or email the library over at tic@gateshead.gov.uk.


1/10/12 – 2-4pm – Beginners Japanese Taster Session [£4 Per Ticket]

Get a flavour of Japan with these basic, beginner Japanese language taster sessions, anyone is welcome!

1/10/12 – 7-9pm – Japanese Beer and Whisky Tasting (18+) [£4 Per Ticket]

Take a journey through Japan with a tour of beer and whisky, and enjoy an authentic sushi buffet.

2/10/12 – 6-10pm – Anime Attacks Autumn Social (11+) [£3 Per Ticket]

Join us for Anime Attacks’ special Autumn get together with renowned manga artist Yishan Li. There will also be cosplay, art competitions, Japanese video game tournaments and more! From 8.30pm to 10pm there will also be a club night with live DJing from Peff, presenter of the award-winning ’We Must Warn Tokyo’ on Newcastle Student Radio.

3/10/12 – 6.30pm – Film: Adrift in Tokyo (15+) [£3 Per Ticket]

Offbeat Japanese comedy. The film follows the unusual bond that develops between a demotivated student and a debt collector for the loan shark to whom he owes money. Directed by Satoshi Miki (Turtles Swim Faster Than Expected, Instant Numa).

4/10/12 – 6.30pm – Film: Kamikaze Girls (12+) [£3 Per Ticket]

The film is based on the novel by Novala Takemoto and is about the friendship between 2 very different girls. There is sweet, frilly-dress-loving Rococo fan Momoko (Kyoko Fukada) and spitting, head butting biker chick Ichiko (Anna Tsuchiya). Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima (Confessions, Memories of Matsuko).

6/10/12 – 10am-12noon – Origami Session [£2.50 Per Ticket]

Make origami birds, boats and animals and create your own designs with visual artist Kate Eccles. Kate will teach you how to decorate your origami with Japanese symbols.

8/10/12 – 6.30-8pm – Talk: Japan, Geishas and Courtesans [£5 Per Ticket]

Enter the world of the geisha with this talk by bestselling author, Lesley Downer. In order to carry out research for her book “Geisha: The Remarkable Truth Behind The Fiction”, Lesley spent 6 months living among the geisha and gradually found herself being transformed into one of them. Consequently, she is able to give us a unique insight into this aspect of Japanese culture. Lesley is also the author of a number of fiction titles including “The Last Concubine” and her latest novel, “Across A Bridge of Dreams”. Pre-booking essential!


Stay tuned to Geordie Japan for more details in the coming weeks.

Anime Event: Anime Attacks

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Anime Event: Anime Attacks

When: June 13-14 2012 – 7-late (13th) All Day (14th)

Where: Gateshead Central Library (Directions)

Price: £5 For Both Days

(Buy on the door or at Travelling Man/Gateshead Central Library from April)

Restrictions: 16+ for the Friday evening club event and 12+ for the Saturday daytime event

Website: Here

This June Gateshead Central Library will be hosting its second Anime Attacks event; the convention will include film screenings, cosplay sessions, art sessions, ‘live geekshow’, artist’s corner, gaming tournaments and more.

Anime (アニメ- Japanese Animation) has become one of Japan’s most popular cultural exports since the mid 1980’s, and has amassed a large cult following around the world. In the West Anime is often used as a term to separate the animated cartoon from the printed form which is commonly referred to as manga. Cosplay is the act of dressing up as characters from media, often anime and manga, this is closely connected with the ‘otaku’ or ‘fanboy’ culture.

More information will be available closer to the date.