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J-POP Summit
Florence victory jpop summit 2012
Florence's victory dance in J-POP Summit 2012
Also known as J-POP Summit Festival
Start Date 09 August 2009
Status Active
Years active 2009-present
Country of origin USA
Host SUPERFROG Project
YT username

JPOPSUMMIT

Related events Japan Film Festival
Other activities Japanese music, fashion, film, art, games, tech-innovations, anime, food, niche subcultures, and trends


J-POP Summit, hosted by non-profit organization SUPERFROG Project, is a Japanese cultural festival held in San Francisco, California. Introduced in 2011, J-POP Summit hosts an annual Odottemita Dance Contest to celebrate odottemita culture. Entrants submit their audition videos online, and a set number of finalists (usually 7-9) are chosen to perform onstage at the event.

Featured celebrity judges over the years have been Kozue Aikawa and Ikura (2011), TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE (2014), and FES☆TIVE (2015).

ConceptEdit

J-POP Summit promotes Japanese pop culture and subcultures in Northern California featuring Japanese celebrities and interactive promotions.

"By introducing the latest in Japanese music, fashion, film, art, games, tech-innovations, anime, food, as well as niche subcultures, the festival has become a landing platform for new trends from Japan." -J-POP Summit[1]

HistoryEdit

J-POP Summit began as a small free festival in Japan Town. As its popularity rises, J-POP Summit has evolved into a larger paid event with featured Japanese music performances, interactive contests, and Japanese fashion pop-up shops.

From 2011 to 2014, the finalists performed on an outdoor stage. In 2015, the festival moved to an indoor venue, featuring an indoor stage equipped with various lighting and screens.

Date & LocationEdit

  1. 2011.07.19 San Francisco Japan Town Peace Plaza
  2. 2012.07.25 San Francisco Japan Town Peace Plaza
  3. 2013.07.27-28 San Francisco Japan Town Peace Plaza
  4. 2014.07.19 San Francisco Japan Town Peace Plaza
  5. 2015.08.08 San Francisco Fort Mason Center

Affiliated DancersEdit

Judges

  1. Kozue Aikawa
  2. Ikura

Finalists

  1. Kokoro No Ichigo
  2. Kayla
  3. Dear
  4. Cherry (2nd place)
  5. Jessica
  6. Simon
  7. Heidi
  8. Claire & Jessica
  9. Kat
  10. Hinamori
  11. Katrina
  12. Tiffany (1st place)
  13. Sydney
  14. Ami

Judges

  1. Tiffany
  2. VocalektVisions Tempo-P
  3. Mary Sano
  4. Kylee
  5. Michelle

Finalists

  1. Angela & Kat
  2. Heidi
  3. Sakura & Hannah
  4. Hinamori (2nd place)
  5. There Will Be Caek
  6. Zippy
  7. Niki & Simon
  8. Florence (1st place)
  9. Resa Chiic & Storoviluntis
  10. Yuuka

MC

  1. Stephen Chun

Judges

  1. Tiffany
  2. Florence

Solo Finalists

  1. Hinamori
  2. Charmie Kitty
  3. AoiKatori
  4. Lychii
  5. In-V3rse (2nd place)
  6. Butters (1st place)
  7. Axe
  8. friskie

Group Finalists

  1. Dream Cafe (1st place)
  2. Bitter Punch (2nd place)
  3. There Will Be Caek

MC

  1. Olivia Speranza

Judges

  1. TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE

Finalists

  1. Mugen Squid Squad
  2. Butters (1st place)
  3. eMpiRe
  4. Tokyo Extreme Choreography (3rd place)
  5. z.K
  6. CLUB LOLLIPOP (2nd place)
  7. Masq3rade
  8. Dream Cafe
  9. Eri

MC

  1. Stephen Chun

Judges

  1. Butters
  2. FES☆TIVE

Solo Finalists

  1. Florence
  2. BEE
  3. Jyuke (1st place)
  4. Eri

Group Finalists

  1. Jyuumily
  2. CLUB LOLLIPOP
  3. MasDream
  4. eMpiRe (1st place)

List of Winning PerformancesEdit

Notice: Sorted with oldest uploaded first. If you see something missing that needs to be here, please add it. If you find a deadlink, please edit or give further notice.
  1. "Strobo Night" feat. Tiffany -1st place- (2011)
  2. "Heart Beats" feat. Florence -1st place- (2012)
  3. "shake it!" feat. Hinamori -2nd place- (2012)
  4. "Freely Tomorrow" feat. Butters -1st place solo- (2013)
  5. "Tetrodotoxin Synth 2" feat. In-V3rse -2nd place solo- (2013)
  6. "Mr. Wonderboy" feat. Dream Cafe -1st place group- (2013)
  7. "Pomp and Circumstance" feat. Bitter Punch -2nd place group- (2013)
  8. "Weekender Girl" feat. Butters -1st place- (2014)
  9. "Beginner" feat. CLUB LOLLIPOP -2nd place- (2014)
  10. "Right Now" (audition) feat. Tokyo Extreme Choreography -3rd place- (2014)
  11. "Kami no Manimani" feat. Jyuke -1st place solo- (2015)
  12. "Koshitantan" feat. eMpiRe -1st place group- (2015)


GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • In 2014, the festival attracted 120,000 atendees two days

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Statement by J-POP Summit

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