Press Releases

January 23, 2008

News for Sakura-Con 2008:

Sakura-Con hosts US debut of Ali Project and welcomes musical guests Scandal

Sakura-Con 2008, March 28-30th at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center will host the Japanese band Ali Project for their first ever US appearance. Also confirmed for Sakura-Con 2008 is the Japanese, all girl band SCANDAL. Both are presented with special thanks to NEU BAUHAUS.

ALI PROJECT is a highly accomplished Japanese band with 19 albums to their credit and songs on over 14 anime soundtracks-including series beloved in the US- such as: .hack//Roots (TV), Clamp School (TV), Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (TV), Noir (TV) : Theme Song Performance (OP), Rozen Maiden (TV, Ouvertüre, Träumend), Wish (special) : Theme Song Performance.

Their success in Japan has led to invitations to play all over the world, as their fan base continues to expand, but due to native popularity and an intensely busy schedule, they have declined to play outside their homeland until now. Sakura Con will boast the overseas debut of ALI PROJECT, featuring their first appearance, performance and interview ever held outside of Japan!

Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience ALI PROJECT right here in the USA!!

SCANDAL was formed with four bright and talented high school girls in Osaka, Japan. Quickly moving from doing local live performances, to gaining recognition across Japan, SCANDAL is embarking on a full fledged US tour in 2008-including a special appearance at Sakura-Con.

This year is proving to be Sakura-Con's most musically diverse ever! With special thanks to JapanFiles.Com, as previously announced, Japanese band ketchup mania, the winners of the Shojo Beat 2007 award for "Best Japanese Punk Band", will be performing on our main stage with Ali Project, fresh from their performance at the prestigious SXSW music festival!

Also appearing at Sakura-Con, as previously announced, are The Slants, the popular "Shojo Beat approved" Asian dance/rock band from our own Pacific Northwest.

If you like music, chances are we'll have something for your tastes at this year's Sakura-Con!

Pre-Register now and save substantially versus at door prices. Remember that pre-registration helps ANCEA, a state and federal non-profit organization, put on the best Sakura-Con possible! For more information please visit our website at

$45 until 3-2-2008
$60 at the door
Children age 6-12 are half-price
Children under 6 are free

ANCEA is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about popular and traditional Asian media and culture.