All that is bizarre and wonderful from Japan is taking over Saigon on Sunday, Aug 25. Darts, Darts, Darts will host JAPCo, a full-day Japanese bash promising cosplay, Japanese song selection and some of the best anime art and sounds that our Asian neighbors have to offer.
Lurking just beneath dreamy smiles, the youth of Vietnam has whole worlds inside their heads. And — under the good stewardship of the Youth Culture House — these worlds will have a chance to make themselves known at the Manga Festival later this month. From anime singing competitions to cosplay tournaments to J-pop dance, there will be a lot for these kids to ponder, as they walk around in a world of their own crazy making.
The first time I met Erina — aka Yokusou Gyo (“bathtub fish”) aka Sakana-chan (“fish girl”) — she was dreamily twirling through spotlights at a body art exhibition at Saigon Outcast, with white paint and almost nothing else on, an ethereal, dream-like performance set to jazz vocals. Later on, she dressed in a schoolgirl costume and ran around from one person to another asking, “Do you have Facebook?” I did.