JAAF Anime/Cosplay Benefit Show with JAM Project Wrap-up!

The crowd enjoys “SKILL” from Anime superstars JAM Project

The JAAF is very pleased to say that our very first fundraising event on August 18th was widely considered to be a huge success with 350 Anime fans in attendance.

We were able to raise over $10,000 in sponsor/donor funds, ticket and merch sales, all of which will go towards our mission of supporting contemporary Japanese culture and arts in the US.  Everyone had a great time, and we made so many good friends along the way.

Very special thanks go out to all our friends at Anime Jungle, who offered tremendous assistance by providing our fantastic MC (Tommy Tran) and our esteemed cosplay judges: (Tetsu Shiota, Risa Light and Greg Hignight).

Thanks to Anime Expo, 2013 Nisei Week Festival, FUNimation, Lantis, UTB Hollywood, Dao of DragonBall, Musicians Institute, and our incredible JAAF board of directors!!!!

We heard that the pre-show line of our very excited fans started at noon…wow!  Here’s a sampling of some of the great costumes and performances we enjoyed during the first part of the event:

Cosplayers checking in before the show: Stella Fiorello as Fredrika Bernkastel Photo credit: Laurie Crogan

Cosplayers checking in before the show: Stella Fiorello as Fredrika Bernkastel Photo credit: Laurie Crogan

Cosplayers checking in before the show: Alice Li as Farah tales of Eternia Photo credit: Laurie Crogan.

Cosplayers checking in before the show: Alice Li as Farah tales of Eternia Photo credit: Laurie Crogan.

Cosplayers checking in before the show: Waleed Rahim as Batman Photo credit: K. Clark

Cosplayers checking in before the show: Waleed Rahim as Batman Photo credit: K. Clark

Cosplayers checking in before the show: Qinyou Wang as Flower Girl. Photo credit: K. Clark

Cosplayers checking in before the show: Sirian as Flower Girl. Photo credit: K. Clark

Amy Kiss (Cutie Honey) and Amy Singer (Cat's Eye). Photo credit: K. Clark

Cosplayers checking before the show: Amy Kiss (Cutie Honey) and Amy Singer (Cat’s Eye). Photo credit: K. Clark

Let's get ready to go...

Let’s get ready to go…

The feeling was electric!

The feeling in the crowd was electric! Photo credit: B. Marlis

MC Tommy Tran introduces the show! Photo Credit: Shana Hagood

MC Tommy Tran introduces the show! Photo Credit: Shana Hagood

Mario Bueno performs as Son Goku. Photo credit Shana Hagood

Mario Bueno performs as Son Goku. Photo credit Shana Hagood

Aiyana Jenkin performs as Luka from Vocaloid. Photo credit: Shana Hagood

Aiyana Jenkin performs as Luka from Vocaloid. Photo credit: Shana Hagood

Jessica Tiu performs as Minmay from Macross with Timothy Ho as Nekki Basara. Photo credit: Shana Hagood

Jessica Tiu performs as Minmay from Macross with Timothy Ho as Nekki Basara. Photo credit: Shana Hagood

Mark Todd performs as Cloud. Photo credit: Shana Hagood

Mark Todd performs as Cloud. Photo credit: Shana Hagood

Alice Li as Farah tales of Eternia. Photo credit: Shana Hagood

Alice Li as Farah tales of Eternia. Photo credit: Shana Hagood

Leia Rahim performs as Erika Furudo. Photo credit: Shana Hagood

Leia Rahim performs as Erika Furudo. Photo credit: Shana Hagood

Qinyou Wang performs as Flower Girl with Peter Huang as Nekki Basara. Photo credit: Shana Hagood

Sirian performs as Flower Girl with Peter Huang as Nekki Basara. Photo credit: Shana Hagood

Amy Kiss (lt) as Cutie Honey and Amy Singer (rt) as Cat's Eye. Photo credit: Shana Hagood

Amy Kiss (lt) as Cutie Honey and Amy Singer (rt) as Cat’s Eye. Photo credit: Shana Hagood

The TOP FIVE winners of cash prizes and Anime Expo 2014 passes were (lt to rt)- 5th prize: Melissa Benitez and Megumi Toyama as Fushimi, 4th prize: Mark Todd as Cloud, 3rd prize: Aiyana Jenkin as Luka, 2nd prize: Mario Bueno as Goku, 1st prize: Amy Kiss (lt) as Cutie Honey and Amy Singer (rt) as Cat’s Eye. MC Tommy Tran. Photo credit: Shana Hagood.

The TOP FIVE PERFORMERS!

The TOP FIVE PERFORMERS!

After a huge raffle giveaway of at least a dozen DBZ DVDs from FUNimation….it was time to get really excited!   The crowd was on their feet for EVERY JAM Project song!

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The audience already knew all the moves and lyrics, too!

The audience already knew all the moves and lyrics, too!

The "stars" were everywhere in Hollywood that night!

The “stars” were everywhere in Hollywood that night!

We plan to post some short video clips on this blog soon…and you’ll see how much fun we all had raising money for a worthy cause.  Thank you to everyone who attended our event!

…Same time next year??

from JAAF President, Beth Marlis

Cosplay Gathering, Anime Costume Contest with Special Live Performance by JAM Project August 18th in Hollywood!

Special Cosplay/Anime fundraising event benefits the non-profit JAAF!

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Enter our Anime / Cosplay costume contest for your favorite anime characters and you could win the $300 first prize, second prize of $150, third prize of $50, plus free passes to Anime Expo 2014 for all of the top FIVE finalists!

Please visit our ticket website for full contest rules.

Cosplay contestant tickets are now SOLD OUT!

See anime superstars JAM PROJECT live in HOLLYWOOD TONIGHT!! Tix available @door $20 one hour before showtime.

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Featuring an exclusive live performance by 

Anime superstars JAM Project!!!

JAM Project (Japan Animation-Song Makers Project) will perform live in a rare Los Angeles show! 

Hironobu Kageyama  Masaaki Endoh  Hiroshi Kitadani  Masami Okui  Yoshiki Fukuyama

As seen on the Official JAM Project Website!

As seen on the JAM Project Official Website!

 

August 18th, 2013 at 8-10pm

Musicians Institute Concert Hall

1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood 90028

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*TICKETS AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE HERE

OR AT THE DOOR ONE HOUR BEFORE SHOWTIME*

General Admission Tickets: $20

General Admission Tickets with Contest Entry: $25= SOLD OUT!

JAM Project has announced that they will perform “Cha la Head cha la” and One Piece opening theme song: “We Are” + several JAM project group songs, and songs/solos by the individual group members!

You will be able to purchase official JAM Project T-shirts, DVDs, CDs, and more!

 

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Design by Sean D’Anconia

We’re extremely proud to be associated with the 73rd Annual Nisei Week Foundation Japanese Festival, and this year’s theme of “Celebrating “WA” The Spirit Of Harmony, Peace, and Community”! Please visit their festival website HERE

live-at-mi-ch1The MI Concert Hall entrance is located at: 1655 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood; at the corner of McCadden and Hawthorn.

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Parking is available nearby in paid public lots on McCadden Place, Hawthorn or one block away on Selma Ave. Limited street parking is available.

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As seen on Inside Anime Expo Website!

As seen on Inside Anime Expo Website!

Thanks to Anime Jungle Special Collectors Shop for their support!

Thanks to Anime Jungle Special Collectors Shop for their support!

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Thanks to Funimation for their support!

We are the JAAF

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The JAAF is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization promoting contemporary Japanese cultural art forms in the United States. The JAAF also sponsors scholarship opportunities for US college students to study Japanese culture via educational exchange programs. We were founded in 2012, and are located in Hollywood, CA. Our Federal Tax ID is EIN: 45-3933940

  • Our Mission

The JAAF brings artists from Japan to the United States who represent the broad array of Japanese art forms (e.g., art, music, theater, dance) for exhibitions, concerts, and educational programs. The JAAF also sponsors scholarship opportunities for US college students to study Japanese culture via a two-week educational exchange in Japan.

  • Board of Directors

Robert Hori - Tea Master Urasenke Tea Ceremony Organization, Huntington Gardens

Yoshihiro Sano – Founder and President of Pacific Alliance Group, international investment banking/consulting

Keith Wyatt - Vice Chairman of Campus Hollywood, Inc.

  • Honorary Board of Directors

KAORU KAWATA – CFO, IMURAYA USA, INC., JAAF President emeritus

  • Officers

Beth Marlis, President -  Vice President Musicians Institute, Vice Chair Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

Tak Sakimoto, Secretary – Vice President Campus Hollywood, Inc.

Norman Bullock, Treasurer - Director of Accounting, Musicians Institute

Email bmarlis@jaafhollywood.org
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6752 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood CA  90028   (323) 860-1161