Lolita fashion, cosplay, virtual idols, and Internet culture. No, it’s not Adultcon; think stranger. It’s San Francisco’s J-Pop Summit Festival!
This week-long celebration of all things Japanese and eccentric (yes, those things can be separate sometimes) kicked off yesterday in Japantown. Until September 18th, the neighborhood and New People Entertainment Center will be host to a series of film, art, music, and fashion showcases from one of the most unique popular cultures on the planet.
Of particular note during the week is a Noise Pop-organized presentation of 77 Boadrum, a document of the live Boredoms show in which the Japanese noise-rock band played with 77 drummers. Bring your own drumsticks to join the chaos! (Kidding: All Shook Down will not be held responsible for money lost due to being kicked out of VIZ Cinema).
The week’s events culminate in the J-Pop Summit Festival on Saturday and Sunday, where a variety of Japanese musicians (lineup here) from genres such as girl-fueled rock, electronica, and even rap will perform at Japantown’s Pagoda stage. Various other multimedia and artistic festivities will ensue as well. Prices for events range from free to $20, which is nothing compared to the amount of money you’ll spend when your new fandom becomes an addiction.