Anime & Cosplay Festival Comes to SF Japantown in July

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EMW Partners and Japan Center Malls Announce an Expanded Lineup with Japanese Cosplayer REIKA, rock band Valkyrie Kiss and others

This year, we are happy to collaborate with Japan Center Malls on this festival. We want Anime lovers and Cosplay fans to find a home in San Francisco's Japantown and have access to overseas cosplay stars like REIKA.

Japan Center Malls and EMW Partners, Inc. are proud to announce that the 2015 Anime & Cosplay Festival will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Anime & Cosplay Festival , in its fifth year, will be held at San Francisco's Japantown celebrating the anime and cosplay theme and is FREE to attend. The festival in its fifth year, expands its events with a special guest, popular Japanese cosplayer, REIKA.

EMW Partners Founder, Ryan Iwasaka said "This year, we are happy to collaborate with Japan Center Malls on this festival. We want Anime lovers and Cosplay fans to find a home in San Francisco's Japantown and have access to overseas cosplay stars like REIKA."

Events at this year's festival will include music performances by Valkyrie Kiss, anime song dance group Ti@Mi and Bay Area comeback performance by local idol, Yukie Dong.

Activities will include:

  • Anime Pose Contest - Attendees in dress are able vie for a prize if they have the best Anime pose.
  • Cosplay Senpai - The Cosplay Senpai booth area is a place for local cosplayers to meet and share knowledge of Cosplay.
  • Beach Themed Cosplay Contest - Beach Cosplayers will compete in front a panel of Judges.
  • Maid Cosplay Display - All Maid Cosplayers are welcome to participate on stage.
  • Scavenger Hunt - All are welcome to join the scavenger hunt which will feature sites in Japantown.
  • Cosplay Photo Gallery and Workshop - Observe and learn about the art of cosplay photography by Muze’s Photography
  • After-Party - In collaboration with Yaoi Con, SF Anime Festival is hosting an low entry admission after-party featuring special guest REIKA, at Pa’ina Lounge & Restaurant in SF Japantown.

The festival also offers a VIP package to ensure that fans can interact with REIKA and get some of her exclusive merchandise. For more information on this package, visit sfanimefestival.org.

About SF Anime & Cosplay Festival

The SF Anime & Cosplay Festival is in its 5th year and its goal is to be the home for Anime lovers and Cosplay enthusiasts in SF Japantown. Our festival is organized through the hearts of many volunteers, partners like EMW Partners, Inc., Japantown Merchant Association, SF Recreation & Park Department, Japan Center Malls and festival supporters like Crossings TV, Hobbyfan.com, Coskami and Yaoi Con.

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