What a great event this was. I went for only one day, Friday the 23rd, and I got to see lot of stuff when I was there. This convention is reasonably new to the stateside and it has great potential to be bigger, but it’s always nice to see that Japan Expo encourages you to go to Japan in the future more than your average anime convention.
Japan Expo 2013
Aug 23-25, 2013 – Santa Clara Convention Center
Pictured by Franco Miranda.
The weakest aspect of the convention was the reservation for two video programming rooms. They need more to make people interested by showing the Japanese landscapes and city lives. The main room was a combination of the dealer room, hall stage, cosplay stage, and artist alley. The show floor amazed me with so many panels and exhibits sharing the same space. The show floor seemed intimidating at first but I soon find myself walking through the show floor for two or more times. I saw everything that the convention had to offer.
I walked to the E-Gaming area where I saw five arcade cabinets. They were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time, The Simpsons, 52-in-One with Classic, Dance Dance Revolution Extreme, and Captain America & The Avengers. Console gaming was available as well, ranging from the NES to the Wii-U and an iPad with all kinds of rhythm games. I met up with few of my friends from college and I saw them play DDR because I signed up to be in a tournament for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 at 5 PM. I had to wait for a bit and just chilled with my friends. I followed them to the entrance and we chatted for a bit. Then, I had to head back to the gaming room and practice before the tournament. I lost in the first round by my friend and they got in 2nd place. He was beaten by a Japanese player. (Spoiler: There were only 8 entries.)
So, the first day of Japan Expo was awesome because my friend took a picture of Noriyuki Iwadare (composer of the Grandia, Lunar, and Phoenix Wright series) and Tatsuro Iwamoto (artist) along with me and we did the famous OBJECTION! pose from Phoenix Wright.
I like going to smaller conventions like Japan Expo and I hope this convention will do well in the States. It has a lot of potential since the Japanese culture is booming here. I’m looking forward to seeing this convention grow in the future.