Japan Expo LA will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall: K, 1201 S. Figueroa St. in Los Angeles.
“Our purpose has always been to promote and strengthen the ties between the United States and Japan,” event organizers said. “The Japan Expo LA had its start in the 1980s and we return to celebrate our 30th anniversary this October. We will be doing so this year with the theme of ‘O-Mo-Te-Na-Shi,’ traditional Japanese hospitality, and a strong emphasis on Japanese pop culture. It is a must-see and we hope you enjoy what we have to offer.”
Guest artists from Japan include Sizuku, Cheeky Parade, Solidemo, Raion, Jaweye, 564, Jeanist, Rio Hiiragi, Link STARs, Eri Osanai, Ahya, and Parallel Dream.
The Kenjutsu Stage will feature stage combat by the cast of “Burai” and a stunt action show by Samuride. The Naruto Stage will feature the Kigurumi Show with costumed performers.
Ikebana shows will be presented by Midori Obara and the Sogetsu School. There will also be a display of Japanese traditional armor and arms.
A pre-party with live performances will be held on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at the Musicians Institute Concert Hall, 1655 N. McCadden Pl., Los Angeles. Tickets are $40.
Note: Figueroa Street will be closed on Oct. 17 from 6 to 11 a.m. between Chick Hearn Court and Adams Boulevard due to the American Cancer Society 5K and Breast Cancer Walk. There will be a rolling closure at Figueroa and Pico, so vehicles will be allowed to cross the intersection when safe for runners/walkers.
Expo tickets are $20 general, $10 for children 6 to 12, free for seniors over 65 and children under 5. Advance tickets are $15 general, $7.50 for children. Tickets for the pre-party and expo are available online. For more information, visit http://japanexpousa.org.
Rio Hiiragi, Ahya