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August 29 @ 8:00 am - August 31 @ 12:00 pm
KKF is a festival that strives to incorporate Japanese pop culture with traditional culture. It’s a place where you can learn a new skill through hands-on workshops, enjoy traditional performances, attend a lecture that may make you see your favorite anime in a whole new way, watch anything from the newest anime to classic Japanese cinema, play a carnival game, or eat at a maid cafe. And it’s all brought to you by the Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society, the organization responsible for Tekko each spring. Join Michele Staffen, of Silk Screen’s Programming Committee, for some interesting topics:
The Worldwide Domination of Hello Kitty: The Globalization of Cute
Hello Kitty is as recognizable around the globe as Mickey Mouse, and in recent years, her creator Sanrio has been expanding her brand everywhere, including into the realm of high fashion. This panel will look at some of the developments of her global empire and the exporting of Japan’s “kawai culture.”
Leadership & Heroism in “The Twelve Kingdoms”
This panel is the second in a series on Japanese author Fuyumi Ono. The anime “The Twelve Kingdoms” is a high fantasy, Lord of the Rings style story set in a world resembling ancient China, where high school girl Yoko Nakajima is stranded after a strange group of creatures attack her school and takes her across the sea. This panel will look at Yoko’s journey through the lens of Joseph Campbell’s monomyth and Valerie Estelle Frankel’s framework for the heroine’s journey as well as look at the strong references to Confucian theories of leadership that appear in the story.
Check the schedule for times the weekend of the festival.