There are so many reasons to attend Waku Waku +NYC, a new Japanese pop culture festival taking place in Brooklyn this weekend! One of the event’s sponsors is NHK, Japan’s independent public broadcaster, which will feature several premier NHK WORLD celebrities and personalities.
Over the course of two days, Brooklyn’s Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods will celebrate Japanese anime, music, food, film, and fashion. In NHK WORLD’s largest U.S. involvement this year, the broadcast giant will be hosting various star-studded events during the festival, including a Domo meet-and-greet at Brooklyn Expo Center, cooking demonstrations and Q&A sessions with Chef Tatsuo Saito and Yu Hayami of Dining with the Chef, a concert featuring J-Melo stars DJ☆Taku Takahashi and Yun*chi, and a fashion show with NHK Kawaii International host Misha Janette.
The international fashion icon was recently named one of the most influential people shaping the global fashion industry by the Business of Fashion and is bringing her fashion expertise to New York City. Misha’s fashion show, Tokyo Above-Underground, will provide a taste of Japanese fashion with a New York City feel. The event will showcase brands such as Sebastian Masuda, Seto Ayumi, Neb aaran do, Swankiss, Grimore, Tsukikageya, MYOB, Nude N’ Rude, and Hayatochiri.
This blend of Japanese subculture will take you on a one-of-a-kind journey through the evolving Tokyo trends that are glorified by prominent celebrities across the globe, such as hip hop artist Nicki Minaj. Tokyo Above-Underground is a never-before-seen opportunity where two realms of fashion will collide and New York, for the first time, will witness Japan’s inspiring fashion creativity at its finest.
Japanese artist and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu art director Sebastian Masuda, founder of 6%DOKIDOKI, will bring his exhibition “Time After Time Capsule” to Transmitter Park in Greenpoint. Fans will be able to see his Miami Bear at Waku Waku +NYC and ride a bus from Transmitter Park to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near Japan Society as Masuda takes kawaii memorial items from guests to add to his Hello Kitty statue on Sunday, August 30.
Whether you’re into anime, fashion, food, or all things kawaii, Waku Waku +NYC and NHK’s presence makes this an event that fans of Japanese pop culture can’t miss!
For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit Waku Waku +NYC’s website.