May Events Galore!

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Hey gang, this is Tony here. Just want to give a heads up that we’ll be attacking Sakura Matsuri in Brooklyn tomorrow. A lot of interesting stuff is planning to go down. I mean, goodness, a cosplay fashion show. Neato. Though I heard this year, the blossoms bloomed WAY TOO early because of the early heat we got this year in NYC. Oh, global warming, you rascal! The two things that are going to be interesting (in my opinion): Gypsy rockers, Kagero & the Gothic Lolita Tea Cafe.

And then there’s COSPLAY PARTY 2.0 at Japan Society on Saturday, May 15. Wow, I was wondering for the longest time when it will happen. I don’t think it will be as big as J-Cation was (and by God, it was big), but it will attract a good variety of folks. SBR will be covering the event as well. Look out for me in cosplay. I may pester you, ESPECIALLY if you’re one of the three winners of the cosplay competition. XD

Finally, there’s also the PJ Mini Pop Event in Harlem we just brought up. Yeah, we’ll probably go there too. The event was even featured on NY1. Seriously! The Dwyer Cultural Center is actually well-known around the Harlem community and it’s gotten a lot of media attention. Plus, it’s nice to see anime invade the area. Harlem has changed a lot over the years. I think this is a good first step. One of my favorite stores, Anime Castle, will be there as a vendor. Show them your support!

Oh yeah, Mother’s Day on May 9th. Remember, you wouldn’t be here without them. Celebrate it. See you guys all May long.

PJ ‘Mini’ Pop Event at Dwyer Cultural Center

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This just in. There will be a mini-anime convention at Harlem, NY on May 23rd.


Mini AnimeFestival in Harlem at Dwyer Cultural Center

Sunday, May23, 2010 

The Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem is delighted to announce that PJ Pop is hosting its first ever Mini Anime event ‘PJ “Mini” Pop’ Sunday May 23, 2010 from Noon to 6:00pm at the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem,New York.   

Anime began at the start oft he 20th century, when Japanese filmmakers experimented with various animation techniques that had been pioneered in Europe and the United States.  In fact, the oldest known anime dates back to 1917 and is a two minute clip of a samurai trying to test a new sword on his enemy. Today we know anime from Japanese cartoon television series or movies made in Japan. Although, the makers of anime each have a style of their own, generally anime includes characters with large eyes, big hair and elongated limbs. Its influence in this country dates back to Astro Boy and the first Pokemon games. The typical anime series often deals with complex issues and offers insight into Japanese culture and a diverse set of Asian myths and stories.  

The mission of PJ “mini”Pop is to convey the taste, sense and ambience of authentic Japanese culture including anime, games, pop culture and food, etc. – the PJ-POP experience (Premiere Japanese POP Culture). The PJ “mini” Pop in Harlem will introduce Japanese pop culture to local Harlem families,residents, and students.   

The planned event will feature a concert by Japanese pop singer Reni, a display of anime merchandises available in major anime stores in NY, panel discussions, a demonstration of robots and modern architectural and mechanical designs, and special screenings of anime for fans. 

The Dwyer Cultural Center, a state of the art 7,000 square foot multimedia cultural center, is a partnership of Community Works and International Communications Association and is devoted exclusively to the culture, traditions, and history of Harlem.

Admission to this event is $15.00. For more information and to RSVP, call the Dwyer Cultural Center at 212-222-8901 or e-mail:

If Cosplay Party 2.0 at Japan Society isn’t enough for you, then you might want to check out Dwyer’s event for more anime goodness. May is looking to be one crazy month for Japanese pop culture in New York City.