April 6, 2010
News for San Japan 2010:
San Japan announces third round of guests for 2010 convention
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – April 6th, 2010 – San Japan, San Antonio's major Japanese Culture and Anime Convention, has announced the third round of guests for its upcoming convention happening on July 9th-11th, 2010. San Japan, along with the cooperation of Cherry Blossom Productions, is proud to announce that Japanese Rock Band KESHIKI will making their Texas musical debut performance. Additional guests announced include an appearance by Something Positive webcomic artist R. K. Milholland, along with the return of voice actor Clarine Harp and cosplay group DigitalDimensionCosplay.
KESHIKI, which means 'landscape' in English, was formed in the spring of 2007. Their music contains the melodic and dynamic vocals of Jun, ex-vocalist of Camino, mixed with the sensual and powerful rock sounds created by guitarist Yu, bassist Kenta, and drummer Taka. Despite the band only being together for a few years, their musical background is quite extensive.
Texas-born R. K. Milholland is the creator of the webcomics Midnight Macabre, Classically Positive, Something Positive, New Gold Dreams and Super Stupor. His comics have so many fans, they managed to raise enough money to allow him to quit his day gig and become a full-time cartoonist. His work often covers topics related to gaming, geeks, goths and comics, which explains why his fans are so maniacally devoted.
Clarine Harp was first cast by FUNimation Entertainment in 2003 to give life to the character of Tweedledee in Kiddy Grade. Since then, Clarine's talents have been featured in a broad range of roles. Working behind the scenes, on behalf of both gaming and cosplay, DigitalDimensionCosplay has helped fuel, run, and promote projects such as A-kon's 2008 Guinness Record for "Most Video Game Cosplayers Gathered in One Area" and A-kon's "Video Game Cosplay Contest," plus helped bring Cosplay awareness to the dimly lit back rooms of gaming events.
San Japan will be happening on the weekend of July 9th – 11th, 2010 in the middle of the famous Riverwalk at the new convention location to happen at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, adjacent to the Rivercenter Mall. Pre-registration for the upcoming convention is at a discount rate of $35 for a discount 3-day weekend pass (At-Door registration will be $45). Hotel rooms will be available at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel for a special convention rate of $117 per night (normal nightly rate is $219). Pre-registration is open until June 10th and the discount hotel rates are available until June 17th, . For more information on registering for San Japan along with streaming music tracks of all the performing music guests can be found on the official San Japan website at www.san-japan.org.
ABOUT SAN JAPAN
San Japan, LLC, is a not-for-profit organization devoted to bringing an appreciation of Japanese culture "state-side" through a variety of high-quality educational activities and entertainment events. In addition to the planned annual convention, San Antonio's first major Japanese culture and Anime convention, San Japan also participates throughout the Alamo City in a number of events such as the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures Asian Cultural Fair.
ABOUT CHERRY BLOSSOM PRODUCTIONS
Originating in 2005 as a solo project by Jonny Yen, Cherry Blossom Productions has blossomed into a larger project providing booking and promotion for Japanese artists wanting to perform in San Antonio, Texas. The company's mission is to show just how much potential the Alamo City has to offer to a growing and popular industry. They have worked with artists such as Peelander-Z, THE EMERALDS, Stance Punks, TsuShiMaMiRe, BLOOD, DJ SiSeN, and quaff to name a few.