Fly Me to the Moon

I’ve never been to the Peace Pagoda in Japantown, and in fact, before I moved to San Francisco, I didn’t know anything about it. Apparently it was a gift from Japan to symbolize peace and friendship with the US. I can’t help but compare this gift, shrouded in obscurity, with the gift of the Statue of Liberty, which has become a symbol of America. I wonder why?

All that aside, the Peace Pagoda is a five story, thousand foot really tall monument, so it should be an easy marker to help you find your way to Japantown’s Anime Faire, on Saturday, September 11th, and Sunday, September 12th. The opening ceremonies, a live concert and the information center are all located at the Peace Plaza, while other events, such as panel discussions and a dealer room are being held in the Radisson Miyako Hotel. There are also tabletop and arcade gaming rooms in buildings and malls around Japantown.

Of course, no convention would be complete without a guest attendees! Like, Matt Greenfield, co-founder of ADV films, and writer, director and actor of many English versions of anime favorites like Evangelion, Golden Boy and Gunsmith Cats. Go ask him about this mysterious Evangelion project he’s working on due out in 2006! Or, go talk to Tiffany Grant, who voiced Asuka in Evangelion, Madame President in Golden Boy and Becky in Gunsmith Cats. Or, who hasn’t dreamed of hearing the sultry voice of Faye Valentine in their ear? Wendee Lee voiced Faye in Cowboy Bebop, Kagero in Ninja Scroll, Kaolla Su in Love Hina and just about every other English version of any anime you can think of. Yup, that one, too.

There’s an armload of other guests, too, from performers to comic writers. There will also be a Cos-play costume show, screenings of films (including fan-subtitled anime) and an all night dance party.

When: All day Sept. 11-12

Where: Japantown, information booth at Peace Plaza

How Much: $15 for one day or $25 for both. Some events cost extra.

More info: www.jtaf.com

4 Comments so far

  1. cd (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2004 @ 6:16 am

    If you wanted to tour the US via offers of friendship from other countries, you could add to the list the Friendship Bell, a gift from Korea, located in San Pedro, CA (down south, the harbor area of LA. ever seen the Usual Suspects? it’s in there – i think they reference it as being Chinese, though. Maybe not).
    I’m guessing the Statue of Liberty gets all the press because it’s big, in the middle of NY harbor, and EVERYONE just LOVES New York City more than anything else. Ever.
    (much love to our NY Metbloggers, though)


  2. AlexK (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2004 @ 8:02 am

    I’ve seen that movie, and I know what you’re talking about! Your post got me interested to see what other overlooked gifts the US has received that most people don’t know about. I couldn’t find any more monuments after a quick search, but I found this:
    http://wgordon.web.wesleyan.edu/dolls/media/magazine/amgirl.htm


  3. cd (unregistered) on September 4th, 2004 @ 7:51 am

    There are cherry trees all over from Japan. I believe I just saw some in Beantown a few weeks ago (maybe we’ll have to ask the boston bloggers for confirmation). And, of course, DC’s tidal basin is ringed with cherrry trees . . . .
    Perhaps a city wide call for international-gift-sightings is in order. . . .


  4. The Committee (unregistered) on September 7th, 2004 @ 6:07 am

    Not to pick nits, but the Peace Pagoda can’t be 1000 feet tall. The Transamerica building is only 853 feet tall. My guess is that someone on the webpage you linked added an extra 0 when they converted 30 meters to 100 feet.
    I haven’t ever actually journeyed to its foot, but it doesn’t look like it’s in a 900 foot hole.



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