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

NECON

Music: FACT

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Band: FACT (Supporting ‘Your Demise’)

When: Wednesday 20 February – 6.30pm Doors

 Where: Newcastle O2 Academy (Directions)

Price: £11.25 ( Buy Tickets Here)

Website: http://www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk/event/46815/your-demise-tickets

Other Support: ‘Heights’& ‘Counterparts’

 

The masked Japanese punk rock six piece return to the UK as part of their ’FACT World Tour 『burundanga』2012-2013′. Formed in 1999 FACT has gone on to great success in the Japanese punk scene and fresh on the heels of both gaining a new member (Adam on guitar, who is British) and releasing their 4th album the band are ready to hit the UK once again for the first time since 2010.

Exhibition – Tsunami: Archaeology of a Disaster

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Event:  Tsunami: Archaeology of a Disaster (Photography Exhibition)

When: Now – Saturday 16 March. Gallery Open Tue – Sat, 11am – 5pm (Thurs until 7pm)

Where: Side Gallery (Directions)

Website: http://www.amber-online.com/sections/side-gallery/pages/current-exhibition

Price: Free

A new exhibition of work from Photographer Dean Chapman documenting the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami in Japan. This ongoing event is free and highly recommended.

“On Friday 11th March 2011, as the end of the working week moved to its close, many people in Japan would have been looking forward to a late winter’s weekend. Then, at 2:46 in the afternoon, a colossal earthquake struck deep beneath the Pacific Ocean some 45 miles off of Japan’s northeast coast. Tsunami sirens wailed along the length of Japan’s eastern seaboard and local announcements repeatedly implored people to flee to higher ground: it wasn’t an exercise and that a “major tsunami”, was heading their way. It is reckoned the first tsunami reached the coast some 26 minutes later. Within an hour thousands had drowned, towns and cities had been destroyed, and a major nuclear accident was unfolding.

Three months after the catastrophe, Dean Chapman traveled down the northeast coast of Honshu, Japan’s main island, photographing devastated communities that he had previously documented in the summer of 1999. This journey was repeated in the autumn of 2011. Then in the autumn of 2012, eighteen months after the disaster, Dean traveled north through the devastated region, again documenting the widespread damage and loss, as well as the slow methodical clean-up, and the beginnings of the reconstruction of infrastructure, communities and businesses. The documentation concentrates on the ‘Sanriku’ coast of Honshu, from Ishinomaki to Taro, and does not cover Fukushima.

The downstairs component of the exhibition will feature monochrome photographs of locations ‘before and after’ the tsunami, that are complemented by single and multi-print images of locations, objects and people. Consisting of colour images, the upstairs component of the exhibition will extend the narrative; featuring landscape, interior and portrait photographs, as well as images of fragments of everyday lives, and copy photographs of unclaimed snapshots slowly dissolving because of exposure to the elements. The exhibition seeks to examine the representation of catastrophe and loss, and perceptions of ‘the Japanese’ and their unique cultural heritage. The photographer’s travel map will also be on display in the upstairs space.

Dean Chapman is an award-winning photographer who has work extensively in Asia for over twenty years, and is the winner of the 1998 European Publishers’ Award for Photography for his documentation of the Karenni insurgency in Burma. Based in Newcastle and represented by Panos Pictures Agency in London, his photographs have been exhibited internationally and widely published. He has photographed in Japan periodically since 1993.” – Side Gallery

Film: Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

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Film: Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

When: Monday 11 & Thursday 14 February, Time TBC

Where: The Tyneside Cinema (Directions)

Website: https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/whats-on/films/view/jiro-dreams-of-sushi

 

Finally the Tribecca selected documentary comes to Newcastle! We’ve been hearing buzz about how great this documentary is for a while now and if it’s Rotten Tomatoes score (99%) is anything to go by we are in for a real treat!

“85 year-old Jiro Ono, is considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a ten-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar. At the heart of this story is Jiro’s relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro’s legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father’s shadow. An elegant and tasty tale that will even satisfy people who aren’t fans of this little delicacy.” – Tyneside Cinema

20 Facts About Astro Boy

 

This Friday at the Star and Shadow Cinema, the film The Echo Of Astro Boy’s Footsteps will play, about the sound designer for the anime ‘Astro Boy’ who  effectively created the soundtrack for all anime to follow and his sudden retreat from the public eye in the 1980’s.

But what is Astro Boy? And what should you know about it before you watch the film? Well luckily for you Geordie Japan is back with another in our 20 facts series; with 20 fun facts about Astro Boy!

 

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Event: Chinese New Year

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Event:  Chinese New Year

When: Sunday 10 Feb 11am – 5pm

Where: Stowell Street (and surrounding area) Newcastle City Center

Website: http://www.newcastlegateshead.com/chinese-new-year

Price: Free

Okay so it’s not Japanese, but it’s probably the biggest Asian celebration in Newcastle so we would be silly not to promote it! 2013 is the Year of the Snake and to celebrate there will be a parade and a host of events in Chinatown.

The events are as follows;

Chinatown Map

  1. Parade, Chinese Arch, Stowell Street, From 12.30pm approx –Traditional dragon, lion and unicorn dances.
  2. Chinese Exhibitions, North East Chinese Association, Stowell Street, 12.30pm – 4pm – The North East Chinese Association presents an exhibition of Chinese costume, food, arts and crafts.
  3. Chinese Market & Fairground, Bath Lane & Thornton Square – 11am – 5pm – Funfair and stalls featuring traditional arts and crafts and Chinese food.
  4. Various Events At The Bath Lane Stage – Bath Lane11.30am: Speeches – Speeches from key representatives of the Chinese Community and Newcastle City Council from 11.30am.
    1. b.      12noon: Eye Dotting CeremonyA unique opportunity to witness the auspicious Eye Dotting Ceremony of the new Chinese Dragon as he is awoken from his slumber to the sound of firecrackers.
    2. c.       12.30pm – 5pm: Performances An exciting spectacle of performances and demonstrations, with the lion dance arriving to distribute Lucky Money at 4pm approx.
  5. Chinese Activities, The Chinese Centre, Westgate Road,11am – 5pm – Chinese zodiac, calligraphy, foods, card and calendar making, fortune telling, lucky draw and games.
  6. Children’s Marquee, Thornton Square, 11am – 5pm –Traditional Chinese arts and crafts and fun for all the family.
  7. Chinese Activities and Games, Dance City, Temple Street, 11am – 5pm – The Chinese Students and Scholars Association and Newcastle University invite you to understand the real Chinese culture; come along and take part in Chinese activities and games old and new.

You can download the brochure with all the information in here.

Film: The Echo Of Astro Boy’s Footsteps

 

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Film: The Echo Of Astro Boy’s Footsteps (アトムの足音が聞こえる)

When: Friday 11 January, 19:30pm

Where: The Star and Shadow Cinema (Directions)

Website: http://www.starandshadow.org.uk/on/film/1105

 

Once again Zipangu Fest is bringing another fantastic film up to Newcastle’s Star and Shadow cinema and once again we can’t wait for this!!

 

“In 1963, Japan’s first ever animated TV series began broadcasting, Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy. The series itself has entered the realms of legend, with its main character a cultural icon across much of the world. But outside of the adventures of its little boy robot star, the series is also remembered for its futuristic sound effects, the creation of the pioneering sound designer Matsuo Ohno.

 

“Once you grasp a sound, it becomes part of this world. I’m not interested in sounds that already exist,” this trailblazer of electrical experimental music is quoted as saying, and indeed, Ohno can be attributed as creating whole new sonic worlds. His aural alchemy found itself deployed in the works of such ground-breaking filmmakers as Hiroshi Teshigahara and Toshio Matsumoto, and the spatial sound systems for the pavilions at the Expo ’85 in Tsukuba.

 

And then, in the 1980s, Ohno suddenly disappeared from the public eye. This riveting documentary follows his career through the eyes of those who worked with him and the experimental musicians whom he inspired, through a combination of hypnotic sounds and extraordinary images as those left by the Astro Boy’s footsteps leads us to a revelation that is as moving as it is unexpected.

 

With narration provided by the world-renowned Pizzicato Five vocalist Maki Nomiya, and the film’s own sound design by the electronic musician Pardon Kimura, Mochinaga’s film features rare scenes and sounds from animated films such as Lupin the 3rdSpace Battleship Yamato and Mobile Suit Gundam.” — Zipangu Fest

 

[Kids Club] Arrietty

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Film: Arretty (借りぐらしのアリエッティ)

When: Saturday 15th December – 10:30am

Where: Tyneside Cinema  (Directions)

Extra Info: This screening is dubbed in English, only for children or adults accompanying children

Price: £3.20 (all ages)

*Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. adults only admitted to Children’s Film Club screenings when accompanying children.

“Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all. From the legendary Studio Ghibli (“Spirited Away,” “Ponyo”)  comes “The Secret World of Arrietty,” an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series “The Borrowers.”

Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (voice of David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger.” – Comingsoon.net

Arrietty is a sweet and beautiful film that will be great viewing for children (and us adults). I caught the film when it was first released a few years back and honestly I can’t recommend the film enough.  If you’re sad that you can only attend with a child but still want to see the film, why not pick up a copy at HMV? Either way, let us know what you think by tweeting us @GeordieJapan — GJ