The sixth annual J-POP SUMMIT Festival was held in San Francisco’s Japantown over the weekend of July 19-20, 2014. It was fun and exhilarating and loud and crowded, and full of unexpected and wonderful things. Here are some of those things – and it’s not even all Hatsune Miku, but there’s a lot of her, too.
Think it’s hard to separate Japanese rock from the anime we so frequently associate it with? Well, forget all those stomach-turning pop jams and take a trip down this rabbit hole for some amazing J-Rock that you’ve very probably been overlooking!
Speaking as a guy who had to cover a Hatsune Miku panel at Otakon some years back, allow me to speak freely and say that Hatsune Miku, and the weird pop-cultural cult around her, is both fascinating and, well, weird.
Katsucon, in National Harbor, Maryland, was a cacophony of sights and sounds. We found the hidden gems.