Press Releases

July 5, 2011

News for Otakon 2011:

Masumi Kano and Mitsuba will be hosting a fashion show at Otakon 2011

Baltimore, MD (June 30, 2011) - Masumi Kano from Baby, The Stars Shine Bright and Mitsuba from Alice and the Pirates will be hosting a Fashion Show at Otakon 2011.

Masumi Kano graduated from Bunka Women's University. After graduation, she started working for Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, working as a designer.

"Baby, The Stars Shine Bright" is a Japanese clothing boutique chain that specializes in Lolita fashion, with their main focus in the subcategory Sweet Lolita. Baby, The Stars Shine Bright opened their first international retail store outside of Japan in Paris, France, and opened their first North American retail store in San Francisco, California, USA on August 15, 2009.

After graduating from a shop-staff of Alice and the Pirates, Mitsuba worked/experienced in Sales. Later, Mitsuba turned to the position of designer. She currently works as the Chief Designer of Alice and the Pirates.

"Alice and the Pirates" is a line of the Baby, the Stars Shine Bright clothing boutique chain. The Alice and the Pirates line has a strong pirate and pirate-punk theme. A store devoted to this line opened in Harajuku on the 25th of August 2006.

Since Masumi Kano and Mitsuba will be hosting a Fashion Show for Otakon 2011, once again we are calling out to all aspiring makeup assistants, hairdressers, and models (female models only) to help them show off their designs.

Follow the link for more information on how to apply to be a volunteer in the fashion show. Due date is July 11th.

Otakon 2011 will be held July 29 - 31 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its eighteenth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over 29,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 80,000 turnstile attendees). Otakon is a membership-based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff - we are run by fans, for fans.

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