Asian Fest 2012

Posted: March 22, 2012 by Michelle in Special Event

Asian Fest 2012
May 20, 2012 ~ 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Philippine Cultural Center
4857 Baxter Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Join the Asian Pacific American Heritage Organization for a celebration of Asian Culture.  Enjoy cuisine and cultural displays, including arts and crafts from each of the representative countries.  Students of Asian heritage from the Hampton Roads area will have the opportunity to receive a scholarship for their continuing education.


$20 for Adults
$10 for ages 3 to 18
Under 3 years are free

For tickets, please send a message to


CNU Convention 2012

Posted: March 20, 2012 by Michelle in Special Event
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CNU Convention 2012
March 24, 2012 – 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
March 25, 2012 – 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Christopher Newport University
1 University Place
Newport News, VA 23606

Christopher Newport’s one and only anime convention back after being in hiatus for a few years.  CNUCon, which is held in the Freeman Center and David Student Union, will have vendors, panels, videos, video gaming, AMV contest, cosplay contest, cosplay chess and of course a Saturday night dance!


$10 for the weekend or $5 for only the Saturday night dance.

Hours of Operation:

Pre-Registration Badge Pickup/Purchase:  Friday 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM
CNU Anime Club Screening of Redline & Sword of the Stranger:  Friday 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM
CNU Con Hours:  Saturday 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM, Sunday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday Night Dance Hours:  Saturday 10:00 PM – Sunday 2:00 AM


CNU has one parking garage located nearby the Ferguson Center where you may park for the event though they ask if you park overnight Sunday to leave before 6:00 AM.  Those who choose to brave parking in “labeled” parking spots are warned that CNU PD can and will fine violators.  For more parking options, please view the parking map.


CNUCon Registration
Event on Facebook 

A Taste of India

Posted: March 15, 2012 by Michelle in Special Event

A Taste of India
April 22, 2012 ~ 11 AM – 7 PM
Ted Constant Convocation Center
4320 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23529

This is one of the largest Asian Indian Festivals in the Commonwealth of Virginia celebrated annually. This event will provide residents of Hampton Roads, with a population of about 1.6 million, with significant cultural, political, historical, and economic information about India. There will also be exciting opportunities to experience Indian food, shopping and art. Each year the event attracts over 10,000 people.

International Children’s Festival

Posted: March 14, 2012 by Michelle in Special Event

International Children’s Festival
April 21, 2012 ~ 10 AM – 5 PM
Mill Point Park
100 Eaton Street
Hampton, VA 23669

Discover the world during the 2012 International Children’s Festival. Enjoy the rich array of sights, sounds, and tastes of distant lands that will captivate the senses of children and adults alike. Experience the beauty and wonder of exotic places as over thirty countries and cultures showcase their unique heritages.



Virginia Beach Cherry Blossom Festival

Posted: March 12, 2012 by Michelle in Special Event
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Virginia Beach Cherry Blossom Festival
April 1, 2012  ~ 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Red Wing Park
1398 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA

Celebrate Virginia Beach’s international sisterhood with Miyazaki City, Japan, at the 8th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. This event offers the rich culture and beauty of Japanese music, martial arts, creative activities and various demonstrations.

Admission and parking is free. Food and beverage are available for purchase. You are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chair for the performances.

ODU International Festival

Posted: March 12, 2012 by Michelle in Special Event

ODU International Festival
April 1, 2012 ~ 12 pm – 5 pm
Ted Constant Convocation Center
4320 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23508

ODU will host the 4th Annual International Festival. WTKR News Anchor Kurt Williams will serve as the official host. This global extravaganza will highlight magnificent performances that will guide all on an exciting and engaging international journey.

At the Global Food Court, you will enjoy authentic Thai, Turkish, Southern, Creole, Moroccan, Israeli, and Mexican cuisine. Also guests can visit an outdoor tropical paradise for homemade ice cream and desserts. You will able to shop at the International Bazaar featuring jewelry, arts and crafts that reflect international artistry.

The International Children’s Activity Arena will feature global activities and interactive educational stations. The little ones can also hang out at the Big Blue Inflatables Room and the outdoor petting zoo.

All activities are free and open to the public; ethnic foods and other items will be on sale. For more information call the Office of Intercultural Relations at 683-4406

TAO: The Art of the Drum

Posted: March 11, 2012 by Michelle in Special Event
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TAO: The Art of the Drum
March 15, 2012 ~ 7:30 PM
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
201 Market Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

TAO was formed in Aichi, Japan, in 1993. TAO’s home base “Grandioso” was established on the 40,000 square meters of land surrounded by beautiful nature. TAO created the perfect environment for its music creation with three different rehearsal halls.

TAO decided to first lay their roots in the southern Kyushu region and focused on performances in Kyushu only until they achieved one million ticket sales. Their originality as a core idea of TAO had to be well established to be recognized as “a world class entertainment.” TAO attainted its original goal of million tickets sales in seven and a half years and then took their shows to the world. Since the creation of the show 10 years ago, TAO has been seen more than 4 million spectators in 17 countries and 400 cities. Their success in the world gathered talented creators from across the globe, which broadens the infinite possibility of TAO.

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 into law which allowed local military commanders to set up areas called “exclusion zones.”  Approximately 110,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese were sent to these “War Relocation Camps” from the West Coast and other areas of the country (though all of the West Coast were relocated).  This internment lasted until January 2, 1945 when the exclusion order was rescinded.  The last camp was not closed until 1946.

There were a small group of Japanese-Americans who refused to go to the camps, and Gordon Hirabayashi was one of them.  For his refusal, he was sent to prison for over a year.  Although the government sentenced him to prison, they had no money to get him from his home in Washington state to Arizona, so he hitched his way there often sleeping in ditches on the side of the road.  When he arrived two-weeks late, he was told his paperwork wasn’t in order and to go see a movie and have dinner.  Once he returned his paperwork was in order.

Years later, Hirabayashi fought all the way to the Supreme Court to overturn his conviction.  In 1987, his conviction was overturned by the 9th District Court of Appeals.

In 1999, in the Coronado State Forest in Arizona the Catalina Honor Camp was renamed the Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Site in his honor.

Gordon Hirabayashi Links

Gordon Hirabayashi – Wikipedia 

Gordon Hirabayashi Has Died; He Refused To Go To WWII Internment Camp – NPR 

Japanese-American Hero Dies at 93 – Video from San Francisco’s KGO-TV

Bandai Entertainment will no longer produce and distribute new titles beginning in February 2012.  Instead, they will be focusing on licensing their titles with other companies especially for broadcasting and digital distribution.  All is not lost as they will continue to distribute their current catalog lineup.

Some of the forthcoming titles have been canceled.  They are as follows:

Nichijo (My Ordinary Life)
Turn A Gundam

Code Geass: Renya
Gurren Lagann, Volume 7
Kannagi, Volumes 4-6
Lucky Star Boo Boo Kagaboo (Spinoff)
Mobile Suit Gundam 00I
Tales of the Abyss: Jade’s Secret Memories, Volumes 1 and 2

You are still able to purchase Bandai titles at any local retailer or online.  Bandai Entertainment closed down their online store (THE STORE) on December 29, 2011.  They do have an Amazon Storefront that lists their current catalog offerings to purchase through Amazon.

Anime News Network will be posting their interview with Bandai Entertainment President and CEO Ken Iyadomi on Tuesday.

Bandai Links

Bandai Entertainment 

Bandai Entertainment – Amazon Storefront

Bandai Entertainment – Right Stuf

TEKKEN:  Blood Vengeance 3D (2011)
AMC Lynnhaven 18
Cinemark Norfolk
Mac Arthur Center 18
July 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Tekken: Blood Vengeance 3D Copyright 2011 Digital Frontier and Bandai Entertainment

Namco Bandai Games, Bandai Entertainment and NCM Fathom are partnering to bring TEKKEN Blood Vengeance 3D to movie theaters for a One Night Only event on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm. This special event is based on the game TEKKENTEKKEN Blood Vengeance 3D will give fans a look into history and motivations of the fighters who join the King of Iron Fist Tournament.

Following the presentation to TEKKEN Blood Vengeance 3D will be a 20 minute special featuring interviews with the TEKKEN Project Director and Screenwriter.


For more information about locations and to buy your tickets, check out the link below.

Tickets and Locations