Samurai Beat Radio Panel Giveaway at NYAF!

Hey fans, you excited about New York Anime Festival this weekend!? SBR would like to let you guys know about what we’re giving away during our panel this coming Saturday. For those who don’t know or forgot about our upcoming panel, here is the description from the NYAF website:

Title: Opportunities and Obstacles for Japanese Music in the US Market
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2009
Time: 01:30 PM   – 02:30 PM  
Room: Panel Room 3 – 1A22
Type: Panel
Description: How to break a J-Pop artist in the US? Let’s find the way for our favorite acts from Japan. Samurai Beat Radio is the multimedia project which brings the world the latest and hottest music directly from Japan. It is broadcast on and Japan FM Network in Japan.

You can click here for information on our panelists.

SBR will be encouraging the audience to sign up for our mailing list at the beginning of the panel. The first 39 people who sign up will receive their choice of either:

A 2010 Yokoso! Japan Project t-shirt. Yokoso! Japan is currently having a special contest entitled “Visit Japan Year 2010”, where you can win a FREE trip to Japan! For more details and how to enter, you can visit:

A Travel Bag courtesy of Continental Airlines.

A Thermal Mug from JTB (Japan Travel Bureau).  We would like to inform you that both JTB & Continental Airlines are currently offering the Continental Tokyo Package 2009. It is a special 6 days, 4 nights trip to Tokyo at the price of $899 (+ tax). For more details on this deal, feel free to visit:

That’s not all, folks! At the end of the panel, SBR will be giving away copies of  “The Otaku Encyclopedia”, published by Kodansha, via raffle!


You can get the raffle tickets at the Kinokuniya Bookstore booth (#203) at NYAF or from SBR crew members who will be handing them out through the Jacob Javitz Center the Saturday morning before the panel.

So what are you waiting for? Come on by and check us out! Remember, the SBR Panel “Opportunities & Obstacles for Japanese Music in the U.S. Market” will be at Panel Room 3, 1A22 from 1:30PM to 2:30PM!

We hope to see you all at NYAF this coming Saturday!!!!!

Samurai Beat Radio Panelist Information & Bios for NYAF!

Hey fans, SBR would like to give you guys a taste of what to expect from our upcoming panel, “Opportunities and Obstacles for Japanese Music in the U.S. Market”. So without further ado, here’s information about our three panelists who will be taking part in this panel.

David Hou is responsible for’s marketing, public relations, and audience development. Prior to DramaFever, David was a senior executive at social networking startup Mixr Media, best known for its Asian entertainment site Prior to that, David worked in film productions that premiered at prestigious film festivals such as Sundance (“Concerto” world premiere), Berlin (“The Exploding Girl” world premiere) and Tribeca (“The Exploding Girl” North American premiere). Prior to that, David worked at Japan Society in the Film Program during the creation of Japan Cuts, which is now North America’s premiere festival of contemporary Japanese films. David returned to Japan Society in 2009 to host the KRAZY! Cosplay Contest, held in conjunction with KRAZY!, New York’s first major exhibition featuring the Japanese phenomenon of anime, manga, and video games.
DramaFever Website:

As the co-founder of Karaterice, Hayden Brereton has played a very active role in assisting both international and local artists. He has organized, produced and promoted numerous events featuring a diverse selection of major and underground Japanese artists including Grapevine, Miho Hatori, Peelander-Z, The Spunks, The Captains, and Zan. As an event producer, Hayden is constantly working on presenting pushing the limits of the live music experience with the goal of introducing new and exciting music to audiences. Hayden is currently organizing the Far East To East Showcase, which is in its 2nd year, and recently launched a new production company: Superglorious. His goal is to open up new channels for a diverse array of artists to shine.
Hayden’s Website:

Keiko Shibata is the Senior Manager of Corporate Communications for Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ). Keiko joined the company in 1999, starting from International Business Affairs Department with a responsibility of international contractual issues, negotiations with oversea business partners and artists. In 2005, Keiko developed her career by joining Sony Music Japan International Label and played a key role as a publicist in marketing and promoting Sony’s stellar roster of artists that include Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Aerosmith, Billy Joel, The Offspring, Shakira, & Oasis. In 2007, she became a product manager for Sony’s international acts and was then transferred to the NY office. She is now representing all SMEJ acts in US for their marketing/releasing of their albums in North America. SMEJ’s successful artists in the US includes, but not limited to, Puffy Ami Yumi, KODO, DJ Krush, L’Arc~en~Ciel, and Polysics.
Sony Music Entertainment Japan Website:

Join us at N
YAF on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Panel Room 3, 1A22 for a lively and serious discussion about the state of Japanese music in America! Not only that, we’ll be giving away FREE goodies as well! We’ll be back with more information on what we’re giving away! See ya soon!