Zenkaikon is happy to announce that members of Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) will be providing a variety of cultural programming at Zenkaikon 2012. JASGP members will be holding workshops on yukata and kimono dressing, as well as Japanese language workshops. Attendees will be able to visit their booth to try their hands at origami, and find out more about the Society’s efforts to increase understanding of Japanese culture in the Philadelphia region.
JASGP will also be collecting donations for the Philadelphia-Japan Disaster Relief Fund. Donations will support the Soma City Disaster Orphans Scholarship Fund, which provides stipends to primary and secondary school children and scholarships for college to child orphaned by the disaster.
“We’ve worked with JASGP for several years through sponsoring activities at their Sakura Sunday event. We’re thrilled that they’ve chosen to present at Zenkaikon,” says Zenkaikon’s Convention Chair Matilda Madden.
About the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia:
Established in 1994, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) is an association of individuals, corporations and organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region. Its mission is to bring the peoples of Japan and United States closer together in understanding, appreciation and cooperation by promoting and encouraging a better understanding of the business, cultural, social, educational and political practices and customs of Japan and the United States.
JASGP members gain access to educational, cultural and social programs focusing on US-Japan relations, which also provide opportunities for developing personal relationships with members of both the Japanese and American communities. Membership is extended to individuals, non-profit organizations and corporations.
JASGP is the primary organization in the Greater Philadelphia region devoted to fostering relationships between Japanese and Americans. From networking events to the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival and the Philadelphia-Japan Health Sciences Dialogue, from its Japanese Conversation Club to lectures and seminars, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia offers numerous ways to get involved in the Japanese and American communities in Philadelphia.
Since 2006, Zenkaikon has been bringing quality Japanese animation (anime), comics (manga), and popular culture themed events to the Philadelphia area. The convention is staffed completely by volunteers, who want to share their appreciation for these mediums with the Philadelphia region. Zenkaikon features a variety of activities including anime and live action screenings, educational panels and workshops, special guests, costume competitions, concerts, video and tabletop gaming, vendors, and more. Starting as a small one-day event, the convention has grown to welcome over three thousand attendees in 2011. Zenkaikon is run by the 501(c)(3) organization Zenkaikon Entertainment, Inc. which promotes knowledge and enjoyment of Japanese art, animation, and culture.