Linus Lam Network News
convention coverage report of
Japan Expo 2014!
 

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2014!  This news report covers our trip to Japan Expo 2014 for a huge weekend of anime and manga enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds in San Mateo, California over the weekend of August 22-24, Japan Expo 2014 saw lots of attendees ready to party on with a bunch of dedicated artists, live performances, gaming events, cosplay fun, and plenty of opportunities to hang out with fellow anime and manga fans. Our exciting trip to Japan Expo 2014 starts here!  Coverage you can count on, here at Linus Lam Network News!

Highlights: Various live programming events kept the attendees well-covered throughout the weekend. Guests included A For-Real, Akai Sky, Amie Lyn, DJ Kage, Hero Hiroka, Ilu Grace, Mayuko, Living Ichigo, Team Hideo, Akihiro Kanayama, Akira Yamaoka, Daigo Ikeno, Sho Murase, Gen Urobuchi, Izumi Matsumoto, and Shinji Aramaki. Main events included concerts, game shows, cosplay contest Masquerade, J-Fashion Show, Awakko-ren Traditional Dance, Ikebana Demonstrations, Theater of Yugen, Bachido, Kendama, Stanford Taiko Drum Performance, Shoyukai Calligraphy Demonstration, Okinawa Dance and Drums, Shoko Hikage Koto, and more. Panels and workshops included Weekly Shonen Jump podcast, Greggo's Game Shows, Viz Media, Anime Hazard, Digital Art 101, Aikido, Tameshi Giri, History of Anime in the USA, Scratch Building Cosplay Props, Cosplayer's Guide to Surviving Conventions, Introduction to Armor-making, Evolution of Godzilla, Karate, Judo, Aikido, Naginata, and more.
Cosplay: This year's trip to Japan Expo saw lots of inspired costumes from numerous anime and manga characters and more! Chart-topping displays for this year included characters from Attack on Titan, Free!, Vocaloid, Final Fantasy, Magica Madoka, League of Legends, Gundam, Kiriko no Basket, Sailor Moon, Sword Art Online, and much more! 
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our Japan Expo stock convention archives!
Report: Japan Expo was a pleasant experience across Saturday and Sunday. Now in its second year in Northern California, it appeared to correct many of the confusing problems that occurred last year. Focusing mostly on Japanese cultural arts and entertainment, it does a pretty good job at that instead of being just another anime convention.

Located in the San Mateo County Fairgrounds, the Festival Area was fenced off so every attendee really had to buy a badge instead of ghosting around. Picking up a pre-reg badge was a breeze, hardly a line when arriving in around noon. Parking was easy and only costed $10/day.

All of the dealers were located inside the main events hall and featured plenty of traditional Japanese exhibitors and art shows, booths offering kimonos and pocky, as well as the usual anime and manga merchandise popular at anime conventions. Artists Alley was combined with the dealers, although not as much as expected. Traditional martial arts were located in another building and featured plenty of demonstrations like Aikido, Karate, and Judo. Two main stages occupied the outdoor area and featured traditional Japanese instrumental performances along with cosplay and concert performances. Gaming was located in a third building and had plenty of arcade and PC games to satiate the gamer crowd. Booths were set up outside for the very popular Guest autograph sessions.

A decent mix of indoor and outdoor events and food trucks made the Japan Expo experience fairly pleasing under the warm summer weather. There was constantly some outdoor live performance going on so the long food lines didn't seem to matter too much. The food trucks included curry, ramen, desserts, and more. The curry really did for me, I gave into two bowls because it was just that yummy. Plenty of tables set outside for the large number of attendees needing a rest.

Stay for the food and beverages, relax with the outdoor musical events, browse the shopping area, and enjoy what the local Japanese-Americans have to offer. That pretty much sums up Japan Expo and I look forward to attending the next one.

Come check out more cosplay and events photo coverage from our Japan Expo stock convention archives!

Be sure to visit the next Japan Expo!

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