The Anime Ambassador, Doraemon Came to Hawaii!
Doraemon is a main character from one of the famous Japanese which is also recognized as the Anime Ambassador of Japan by the Ministry of Foreign Affair of Japan which came to the Honolulu Festival.
The Honolulu Festival was held for 2-days on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 which the events began at the Hawaii Convention Center, where the mascot of Doraemon welcomed the visitors by the entrance. They were happy which many children gathered around. Also, Doraemon was waving hands and taking pictures with them.
Furthermore, there was a film screening area for the movie Doraemon: Nobita’s Dinosaurs 2006, where a lot of families and anime lovers gathered before it began. The audience were applauding and taking pictures when the mascot of Doraemon appeared during the welcome message. The guests from the Craft Fair were in the same venue and stopped to watch the movie which they were fascinated by the story.
It is true that every Japanese person knows about Doraemon. However, some of the local children were clueless which they became a fan through this event.
The First Maid Cafe at the Honolulu Festival!
The Maid Cafe was run by the students from the University of Hawaii with their professor Mr. Jason Chang. It was started as a part of their project to learn about the Japanese culture. Also, they said that they are raising money to visit Japan. The maids greeted their guests by saying “Welcome home, Master” or “Welcome home, Madam”. They also played games and took pictures with them. Sure enough the the Japanese Maid Cafe was recreated during the 2-days of the Honolulu Festival.
A lot of Anime Lovers in Hawaii Have Gathered!
Kawaii Kon is a group that consists of anime and video game lovers in Hawaii. Their booth offered manga library and illustration workshop. It was always crowded with the local anime lovers and students. The Japanese anime and video games became internationally known today which are also popular at the Honolulu Festival.
Furthermore, the fans from various countries gathered this year as well. There were people wearing a costume of anime character and they were taking pictures with other guests.
Momo-i, the Akiba-kei Idol Returns to Hawaii!
Haruko Momoi, also known as an Akiba-kei idol by the name of “Momo-i” appeared for the second time since last year. Her performance excited the audience with her fans from Japan and Hawaii.
Furthermore, her attractiveness as well as her ability is that she can excite everybody including those who never knew her. There was a scene where the local children came up on stage to dance with her. Also, she came off stage and sang with the audience. Momoi visited the Maid Cafe before her performance, which she also held an autograph session to serve her fans. Her hospitality is one of the reasons of her popularity. This event was a valuable opportunity for the fans of anime to interact with others and experience the Akiba culture.
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