Kaede Kimura by Tanuki-Tinka-Asai

People often talk about the divide between traditional and pop culture, although there is no such division actually. More than that, some people have built walls in pop culture, too, such as one between idol culture and anime culture.

The two-day Japan Pop Culture Carnival 2014’s theme was “akogare” (adoration).

Entertainment is not a minimum requirement in our life. We can live without music or anime. But we are moved by them, even shed tears and are revived by them. Many artists who are active today have such experiences with music. Due to that experience, they have started their careers and have been able to hang on to their dream.

There are artists who can support people in some ways and artists who have influenced these artists. What if they perform together for the first time? I began dreaming of coordinating such an event.

Coming to like somebody makes people very positive. Japanese artists who enthrall people overseas and even heal their sufferings have somebody to adore, too. If the Japan Pop Culture Carnival 2014 in Matsudo was a concert wherein artists, spectators, people backstage and organizers could come together as one, then it’s a success, and I’m very happy as its producer.

LOOKING EAST / Tearing down cultural walls, Yomiuri Shimbun, Takamasa Sakurai, November 26, 2014

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