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



Do They Celebrate Halloween In Japan?


It’s October! The month of spooks and scares, all hallows eve approaches and all over the world children prepare to go trick or treating dressed as whatever takes their fancy (I was a ninja turtle I seem to remember). But the question on everyone’s lips is… do they celebrate Halloween in Japan?


Idol band AKB48 hawking Halloween costumes

The answer is yes…and no. Halloween is a relatively recent concept in Japan that has slowly been working its way into the mainstream for many years now. A celebration that was once relegated to Tokyo Disneyland with their annual Halloween parade has been gradually leaking out into the rest of Japan since the late 80s. Now most major cities in Japan have some form of Halloween parade, highlighted by the Kawasaki Halloween Parade and the ‘Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade’ in Harajuku, Tokyo. However Japan has plenty of its own festivals, including ones honouring the dead such as Obon, and as a result Halloween is more of a co-opted Western festival rather than a national event. Few Japanese know of the actual origins of the holiday and only know it from the mass of American pop culture that arrives on Japans shores by the day.


As a result Halloween in Japan in recent years has become a marketing goldmine, with pumpkins, candy and Halloween decorations being sold by the bucket full. This would make you think that Japan was celebrating Halloween en masse, but that’s not really the case it seems. As one Japanese friend described to me when I was researching this article “We celebrate Halloween, but not so much”. The parades are there, the decorations are up, the costumes are worn if you go to the right places and pumpkins are carved but the majority of the population outside of the major cities are don’t partake in any Halloween activities. Trick or treating is practically unheard of in Japan too for the most part, one area that is on the rise though is dressing up as Japan’s youth is seeing a rise in cosplaying for Halloween, however cosplaying is on the rise year-round, so maybe it’s just another excuse to do it!


Sadako, an Onryō (怨霊) spirit as portrayed in The Ring.

It’s not that Japan doesn’t like scares, Japanese culture has a long history of horror starting with Kaidan (怪談), traditional supernatural tales often associated with the Edo period. These Kaidan tales were told either through storytelling, Kabuki and Noh theatre, books and later films. Nowadays everyone all over world is familiar with J-Horror introduced to the West in the late 90’s with the festival appearances or The Ring and Audition, a plethora of other J-Horror films soon flooded the Western market place and it seemed like a different English language remake was due every other week. Let’s not forget either that Japan popularised the survival horror video game genre with the debut of Resident Evil (coincidentally the rather terrible Resident Evil films do better in Japan than in any other market in the world) and Silent Hill amongst others. So it’s not that Japanese culture is adverse to the concept behind the holiday, it’s just that it hasn’t quite caught-on on a national scale yet.


To answer the question then, does Japan celebrate Halloween, the answer has to be yes but just not on the national scale that we do here in the UK or that other countries do. One thing is for sure though, Halloween is increasing every year in Japan and looking at what they already do to celebrate it…the future is sure to be packed with scares.
Expect more Halloween articles this month, until then check out this video of the Kawasaki Halloween Parade!



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

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.