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Japantown, San Francisco, California, USA, on Any Given Sunday: Frilly Dresses Everywhere

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Post Street, San Francisco:

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When Werewolves Attack: Wacky Japanese “Real Escape Game” Comes to Japantown March 23-25 – Escape From Werewolf Village

Friday, February 24th, 2012

All the deets below. Get your tickets here.


Join Other Players At The Bay Area’s J-Pop Culture Venue To Solve Puzzles And Collect Clues To Escape A Mysterious Village Before Werewolves Attack!

San Francisco, CA – NEW PEOPLE, the dynamic San Francisco entertainment destination showcasing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture, brings the newest Japanese live game sensation to the United States for the first time ever with a special installment of “The Real Escape Game: The Escape From The Werewolf Village,” beginning Friday, March 23rd thru Sunday March, 25th.

“The Real Escape Game” is an inventive live game event that requires players to cooperate and use their detective skills to solve multiple mysteries to locate a hidden key in order to escape from a locked room within a limited time. The U.S. edition, “The Escape From The Werewolf Village,” will be staged inside the venue’s spacious 3rd Floor SUPERFROG Gallery at NEW PEOPLE, which will be remade as a mysterious village where werewolves have been known to attack people by night. As villagers disappear one by one, players must work together and use their deductive skills and gather clues to escape before the werewolves attack! The game setting will be accentuated with the use of actors, music, sound effects and lighting elements to add ambiance and immerse players in the environment.

NEW PEOPLE Game Times For “The Real Escape Game”

Friday, March 23rd: 6pm, 9pm
Saturday, March 24th: 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Sunday, March 25th: 11am, 2pm, 5pm

Advanced tickets are now available for $20.00; Tickets at the door are $25.00. Each game session lasts about 90 minutes. Advance tickets and complete game details are available at:

**Note: The Game puzzles require no special skills or knowledge to solve; all puzzles can be solved with use of intuitive logic and deductive reasoning. All aspects of The Game will be conducted in English.

“The Real Escape Game” was first played in Tokyo in 2007 and since then, more than 100,000 participants have played in multiple cities across Japan, China, and Singapore. “The Real Escape Game” was the brainchild of Takao Kato, the founder of the Kyoto-based publishing company, SCRAP. Over 2,300 sessions have been staged to-date with as many as 10,000 participants taking part simultaneously. The Game was recently played by several hundred participants at massive arena venues including the Tokyo Dome and the city’s Jingu Baseball Stadium. The San Francisco session at NEW PEOPLE will be the first time “The Real Escape Game,” has been played in the United States.

“The Real Escape Game has become a big sensation in Japan and is a fun way for people to meet and work together to solve ingenious puzzles,” says Seiji Horibuchi, president and founder of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. “The Real Escape Game is often staged in eclectic settings ranging from small theatres to large sporting arenas to cathedrals. NEW PEOPLE will be transformed into a foreboding village beset with werewolves and ingenious hidden puzzles that players must solve in order to escape! Come meet new friends and try out the latest live game phenomenon from Japan with this fun event happening in March!

About NEW PEOPLE, Inc.
Based in San Francisco, California, NEW PEOPLE, Inc. ( offers the latest films, art, fashion and retail brands from Japan through its unique entertainment destination as well as through licensing and distribution of selective Japanese films. NEW PEOPLE Entertainment (, a film division of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. strives to offer the most entertaining motion pictures straight from the “Kingdom of Pop” for audiences of all ages, especially the manga and anime generation, in North America. Some titles include DEATH NOTE, GANTZ, KAMIKAZE GIRLS, and THE TASTE OF TEA.

J-POP Summit Festival 2011 a Huge Success Today – Continues Tomorrow, Sunday August 28th, 11:00 to 6:00 PM

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Well, it’s time for another J-POP Summit Festival in Japantown:

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The whole place looks like one big Gwen Stefani video.

So grab your bunny and get over there:

Say hi to Ross Mirkarimi, District 5 Supervisor and candidate for Sheriff:

But don’t overdo it:

Everybody’s waiting for you:

See you there!

The 54th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Award Winners – “On Tour” Tonight at the Castro

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Well it’s Closing Night already at our 54th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival, so they’ll have a ton of films in the Japantown area and, at the big Castro Theatre, they’ll have On Tour, an “unsentimental homage to the burlesque show.”

Check it out.

“Closing Night
Attend this fabulous new film and enjoy a Closing Night party with special guests to celebrate the wrap of another great Festival. Mix and mingle with a movie-loving crowd at the Closing Night party at the legendary party space the Factory. Dance the night away to music inspired by the Closing Night film and indulge in delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. You must be 21+ to attend the party.

Acclaimed French actor Mathieu Amalric directs and stars in this unsentimental homage to the burlesque show and outsized female personalities barely contained by the proscenium stage. This chatty, bawdy entertainment reminds us that women have real bodies—and they want to run the show. All the women in On Tour—winner of last year’s jury award for Best Director and FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival—are authentic American performers of what is dubbed the New Burlesque. Their acts are not only comic, theatric and erotic but also hypnotic, draped knowingly in feather boas, in a wink to audiences who think they’re watching just a striptease.

Keeping the acts and the narrative flowing is the troupe’s manager, Joachim (played by Amalric, in a performance that recalls his lovable alienated misfits in Arnaud Desplechin’s films). A former French TV producer who left France for the United States after some untold disgraces, Joachim has found renewed purpose with a bevy of burlesque queens. He accompanies them to France for a tour of the countryside that will be either a journey of redemption or an utter failure. For the sassy brassy ladies, it’s a different story. They’ve been promised Paris, but they are willing to give their all in the seedy theaters Joachim books for them in backwater towns along France’s west coast. They are pros after all and, in the end, the show must go on. —Beverly Berning”

All right, see you there!

And here are your winners, announced yesterday. Congratulations!

Golden Gate Award Documentary Feature Winners

Investigative Documentary Feature: 

Crime After Crime, Yoav Potash (USA 2011)

· Winner receives $25,000 cash prize

Documentary Feature: 

Better This World, Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway (USA 2011)

· Winner receives $20,000 cash prize

Bay Area Documentary Feature: 

Better This World, Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway (USA 2011)

· Winner receives $15,000 cash prize and $2000 laboratory services from EFILM Digital Laboratories.


New Directors Award: 

The Journals of Musan, Park Jung-bum (South Korea 2010)

· Winner receives $15,000 cash prize



The Salesman, Sébastien Pilote (Canada 2011)


Golden Gate Award Short Film Winners

Narrative Short: Blokes, Marialy Rivas (Chile 2010)

· Winner receives $5,000 cash prize

Documentary Short: Into the Middle of Nowhere, Anna Frances Ewert (Scotland, England 2010)

· Winner receives $5,000 cash prize

Animated Short: The External World, David O’Reilly (Ireland 2010)

· Winner receives $2,000 cash prize and Maya animation software provided by Auto Desk

Bay Area Short, First Prize: Tourist Trap, Skye Thorstenson (USA 2010)

· Winner receives $2,000 cash prize

Bay Area Short, Second Prize: Young Dracula, Alfred Seccombe (USA 2010)

· Winner receives $1,500 cash prize

New Visions: Lost Lake, Zackary Drucker (USA 2010)

· Winner receives $1,500 cash prize and 1,000 feet of Kodak film stock

Work for Kids and Families: Specky Four Eyes, Jean-Claude Rozec (France 2010)

· Winner receives $1,500 cash prize

Youth Work: Z-Man, Nat Talbot (USA 2010)

· Winner receives $1,500 cash prize

Youth Work Honorable Mention: The Snowman Kelly Wilson, Neil Wrischnik (USA 2010)

Youth Work Honorable Mention: The Math Test, Sam Rubin (USA 2010)


“Mifune x Kurosawa” Film Festival Playing at VIZ Cinema in Japantown Through January 6th 2011

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

VIZ Cinema in the New People Building on Post is playing host to an Akira Kurosawa / Toshiro Mifune film fest these days.

All the deets here and after the jump:

“Seven Films Playing Thru January 6th At The Bay Area Theatre Showcase Iconic Director Akira Kurosawa And Actor Toshiro Mifune

San Francisco, CA, December 20, 2010 – VIZ Cinema, the nation’s only movie theatre dedicated to Japanese film, concludes 2010 with Mifune x Kurosawa, a special new festival celebrating the work of iconic director Akira Kurosawa and actor Toshiro Mifune beginning Saturday, December 18th and running until Thursday, January 6th.

Escape holiday doldrums with seven films including Red BeardThe IdiotThe Lower DepthsHigh And LowStray DogDrunken Angel, and the classic action masterpiece, Seven Samurai, which will be presented with a New Year’s reception party on January 2nd. Tickets to all screenings are $10.00 each; screening times and more details are available

Mifune x Kurosawa : A Beautiful Man

Toshiro Mifune graced Japanese cinema with his good looks, fierceness, and charisma. VIZ Cinema brings you Akira Kurosawa’s films featuring Mifune at his finest moments.

VIZ Cinema brings you Akira Kurosawa's films featuring Mifune at his finest moments in his career! Saturday, 12/18 - Thursday, 12/30

Photo courtesy of Toho Co. Ltd.
Red Beard
(1965, 185 minutes, 35mm, English Subtitles)
12/18 (Sat) @ 2:45pm

12/20 (Mon) @ 7:15pm
12/21 (Tue) @ 3:00pm
12/23 (Thu) @ 7:15pm
12/26 (Sun) @ 1:45pm

Red Beard (Akahige) chronicles the tumultuous relationship between an arrogant young doctor and a compassionate clinic director. Toshiro Mifune, in his last role for Kurosawa, gives a powerhouse performance as the dignified yet empathic director who guides his pupil to maturity.

Tickets $10

Six more, after the jump

“New People Talk” Debuts at Our New People Building in Japantown – Toyota Exec Gives Lecture, More Coming in 2011

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Here’s what’s new at the New People Building on Post Street:

NEW PEOPLE TALK Series NEW PEOPLE is hosting a talk series by inviting guest speakers whom we think are ‘new people’, whom will introduce new and original hybrid values into this world and exchange philosophy and ideas across different cultures.”

This series kicked off Wednesday night with Tetsuya Kaida from Toyota Motors. He talked about the “Business Revolution Corporate Value Project


It all happens at the cinema downstairs:

Check and see who’ll they’ll have speaking next month

Bollywood Comes to Japantown – See Indian Romance Film Outdoors Saturday Night – A Free Showing at the Peace Plaza

Friday, November 12th, 2010

You know the Bollywood movies, right? They’re like soap operas + romcoms + Janet Jackson videos all in one tidy package. So you all ought to show up at the Japantown Peace Plaza this Saturday night:

“Saturday, November 13, 2010 – 7 PM FREE FOR EVERYONE!
Peace Plaza in Japantown, Post Street at Buchanan Street
Early arrival highly suggested. Seating is first-come, first-served. Rain or Shine”

Then you can see if Nerdlinger gets the girl. And, bonus, they’re also going to show Tokyo Godfathers and Shaolin Soccer before winter’s over. And there’s a Karaoke Contest or two coming up as well. Deets below.

We are a part of the Rhythm Nation:

Sat Nov 13

Free Outdoor Screening in Japantown Peace Plaza

Bollywood Classic RAB NE BANA DI JODI (A Match Made by God, रब ने बना दी जोडी)

Have you ever stopped to wonder if the most ordinary, uninteresting, unobtrusive man you know might have a love story to tell?

Join us for a free outdoor screening of Bollywood Classic RAB NE BANA DI JODI in the Japantown Peace Plaza. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll want to dance!
Film Overview: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Have you ever stopped to think if the most ordinary, uninteresting, unobtrusive man you might see on the road or around you might have a love story to tell?

Maybe not! How can an ordinary man have a breathtaking, goose flesh igniting, awe inspiring love story of all things to tell?

But guess what – love does not differentiate between the ordinary and exceptional, the uninteresting and interesting, the unattractive and attractive. Because love knows no distinction. It can happen to anyone and once it does it engulfs us into it completely and gives us those miraculous experiences that only love can yield.

This is what happened to Surinder Sahni (Shahrukh Khan) – a simple, clean hearted, honest man working for Punjab Power, leading a humdrum life, when he meets his total opposite and finds love in the flamboyant, fun-loving, vivacious – Taani (Anushka Sharma) for whom the whole world is her canvas and she paints her own life with the colours of rainbow all until unforeseen circumstances changes it all and brings them together. What follows is a journey filled with laughter, tears, joy, pain, music, dance and a lot of love. A journey that makes us believe that there is an extraordinary love story in every ordinary jodi.

Saturday, November 13, 2010 – 7 PM
Peace Plaza in Japantown, Post Street at Buchanan Street
Early arrival highly suggested. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Rain or Shine

Ever more deets, after the jump


J-Pop Summit 2010 a Huge Success in Japantown – Styrofoam Hockey Pucks Repeatedly Bitten

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

J-Pop Summit 2010 went off without a hitch in Japantown yesterday, with lots of attendees.

The slideshow.

Here’s your Best in Show, a man biting Styrofoam hockey pucks smack dab in the middle of Post Street. Details below. 

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The day dawned cold and grey…

…but blue skies and high humidity were the order of the day: 

It was as you might expect

The Pocky-eating contest at the New People stage was a highlight.

It was right next to the ill-fated 1600 Webster condo building– these loud, loud JBLs might have disturbed the residents but no one has complained yet, AFAIK:

Oh, here we go:

Ken Hamazaki aka The Red Man, fresh off a turn at Burning Man, will demonstrate the art of teeth-making in a performance titled: “Get Bit: HAGATA-MAN.”

See you next year!

J-Pop Summit 2010 Runs from 11:00 to 6:00 PM this Saturday in Japantown

Friday, September 17th, 2010

J-Pop Summit 2010 runs from 11:00 to 6:00 PM this Saturday in Japantown.

6% DokiDoki is finishing a world tour up during this J-Pop Summit Week. They’ll be at the Harajuku Kawaii Experience 2010 starting at 4:00pm on the New People Stage:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 – J-Pop Summit 2010 at San Francisco Japantown and New People

Japantown comes alive with music, art, fashion and fun, from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm and beyond. Check out Girls Rock Explosion 2010 at the Peace Plaza, with performances by Jinny Oops, SF’s own Excuses for Skipping, and hiphop style from Hopie Spitshard. Artists Mori Chack (creator of Gloomy Bear), “Red Man” Ken Hamasaki and Bay Area aerosol artist Estria will have autograph sessions and live art demos. Sega will be presenting live video game demos, and a “live” concert by Vocaloidvirtual idol Hatsune Miku. There’ll be a “Vinyl Village” featuring cool collectible toys, a cosplay contest and a Pocky-eating contest and much, much more. Check out the full schedule of events.

All the deets, after the jump

Godzilla Invades Japantown Tonight – TokyoScope Talk Vol.3: War of the Giant Monsters

Friday, May 7th, 2010

To kick off Godzillathon at the New People Building in Japantown, why not check out TokyoScope Talk Vol.3: War of the Giant Monsters tonight at 7:00 PM?

How UCSF looks whenever you-know-who invades:

See you there!

VIZ Cinema Hosts Kaiju Shakedown! Godzillathon! And TokyoScope Talk Vol. 3 Features War Of  The Giant Monsters Discussion And Prize Raffle Of New Gamera DVD
San Francisco, CA – NEW PEOPLE and VIZ Cinema welcome the 3rd and latest installment of TokyoScope Talk – War of the Giant Monsters – on Friday, May 7th at 7:00pm. Join Otaku USA Editor-in-Chief Patrick Macias, Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters author August Ragone, and Japanese film critic Tomohiro Machiyama at the Bay Area’s hottest film venue for a fun and lively discussion on the “kaiju” (monster) movies featuring rare images and clips of Godzilla, Mothra, Gamera and other iconic creatures from classic Japanese sci-fi cinema. General admission tickets are $10.00.
TokyoScope Talk – War of the Giant Monsters will feature a special raffle giveaway of premium monster collectables including the brand new DVD release from Shout! Factory of Gamera: The Giant Monster (1965). The revered classic features the original Japanese version of the film presented with fresh English subtitles and anamorphic widescreen produced from an all-new HD master created from original vault elements.
VIZ Cinema is located inside the NEW PEOPLE building at 7146 Post St. in the heart of San Francisco’s Japan-town.
More details at
VIZ Cinema also invites Bay Area monster fans to a 5-day Kaiju Shakedown: Godzillathon!, running Saturday, May 8th thru Thursday, May 13th. Featured will be rare screenings of the Big G’s 4 most-loved films including Godzilla vs. Hedora (1971), Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972), Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974).
Don’tmiss a rare chance to see the beauty and enormity of Godzilla in stunning 35mm prints with English subtitles and a premium THX®-certified sound system!
These events may sell-out. Ticket prices: General Admission: $10.00; Senior & Child: $8.00. Advance tickets on sale at:
VIZ Cinema is the nation’s first movie theatre devoted exclusively to Japanese film and anime. The 143-seat subterranean theatre is located in the basement of the NEW PEOPLE building and features plush seating, digital as well as 35mm projection, and a THX®-certified sound system.