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Monday 26th July – 16:00
LGBT+ JAPAN PANEL
Bill Reilly performs in Tokyo, Japan as Goma Dango with the Haus of Gaishoku, Tokyo’s premiere queer performance collective.
Masaki C. Matsumoto:
A Japan-based queer writer, speaker, and YouTuber who creates stuff mostly about and against heteropatriarchy. He/they. A UChicago grad school dropout (sociology).
Erica holds a Masters Degree in Library Science and a B.A. in Comparative Literature, and is a full-time researcher for a Fortune 100 company. She has lectured at dozens of conventions and presented at film festivals, notably the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. She has participated in an academic lecture series at MIT, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Harvard University, Kanagawa University, and others.
Erica has written about Yuri for Japanese literary journal Eureka, Animerica magazine, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Dark Horse, and contributed to Forbes, Slate, Huffington Post, Hooded Utilitarian, and The Mary Sue online. She has written news and event reports, interviews Yuri creators and reviews Yuri anime, manga and related media on her blog Okazu since 2002.
Ronald Taylor is a writer and podcaster for Arama! Japan. He also writes for The Japan Times.
Madame wasabi is a Japanese drag Queen, singer and stage performer based in France. She started performing in drag in Paris in 2017. Her name is inspired by the japanese horseradish used in sushi.
On the stage, she sings Japanese songs (Showa-kayo) and french songs (Chansons).
Wednesday 28th – 16:30
Kawaii UK Panel
Devon is a dedicated fan of everything kawaii! She loves kawaii characters, visiting cute places and wearing kawaii fashion.
As content creator for Tofu Cute (a UK-based kawaii shop), she loves sharing cute things with people all over the world.
Hi! My name is Kiri and I am part of the Tofu Cute and Dreamy Bows family~ You might also see me helping out our friends over at ARTBOX from time to time.
I have been fully immersed in Kawaii Culture for over 10 years, have explored many different sub-genres of Japanese Fashion, and am an avid collector of all kawaii goods!
I am proud to be a Kawaii ambassador through my work at Tofu Cute and Dreamy Bows and I hope to share a little kawaii love with all of you.
Addy is a Kawaii and J-Fashion creator based in the UK. She posts Kawaii and pro-mental health on Insta, TikTok and more.
AyeshaShaSha! is your kawaii crafting sister from Brighton, UK! She loves all things cute and adorable, and makes all sorts of kawaii accessories from detailed resin jewellery to massive Bling Bows!
Her mission is to share confidence tips about being kawaii at an older age (she’s 33 and a mother of a 5 year old), and to raise awareness and give encouragement for those with both mental and physical disabilities in the kawaii sector.
Ayesha’s YouTube Channel is filled with kawaii crafts, lookbooks and super cute unboxings! Her Instagram feed is full of the pastel rainbow aesthetic. A real happy place to be!
Tuesday July 13th – 18:00
Japanese Music Panel
Francisca Hagen is the content director of AVO Magazine, a Japan-related webzine with a focus on Japanese (indie) music and the manager of Japanese theatrical group Japone Artists. The passion for Japanese music was fueled due to several anime series that were shown on Dutch television – which also meant the start of AVO Forum in 2003, but it soon became more than that as she started to search for musical inspiration. She found out that there are many intriguing Japanese musicians visiting Europe for shows that almost nobody knew about and that directly kickstarted AVO Magazine, which was almost a decade ago. Almost at the same time, she jumped into the deep end and began organising concerts and festivals in The Netherlands (and Belgium). Francisca has had various collaborations internationally with tour organisations and (anime) conventions due to her work in the Japanese music scene. Since events were not possible due to the pandemic, she aims to inspire readers with a weekly article called “7 New Music Videos You Need To Check Out”.
Francisca on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Seraphinne
Kelly-Mae is a long-time fan of Japanese Idols and music, and continues to find joy in discovering or researching the various groups that she comes across. She is a host of the Beyond Senpai podcast and is involved in Japanese Music Promotion in the UK.
Creator of the Japanese Music Experience community on Facebook. My introduction to Japanese music came with Babymetal in early 2014, and my subsequent deep dive into the broader J-music scene came with Band-Maid in 2016.
After seeing Band-Maid in 2016 at London Comic Con I wanted to do something to bring J-music to a bigger audience while exploring the scene myself and so the JME was created. Together with small group of friends it has been made into one of the most successful groups on J-music on FB. And now we can be found on Discord as well.
Paul Browne is the founder of J-Pop Go, a long-running blog which provides news and reviews on the J-pop and idol pop scene with a UK perspective.
Paul has featured in a variety of press outlets, including the Metro, Japan Update Weekly, Electronic Sound, Anime Limited, Manga Entertainment, Japan Matsuri, Neo magazine and Otaku News.
With a keen interest in Japanese pop culture, Paul also writes about anime and has collaborated on many cultural events. This includes the Japan Matsuri (japanmatsuri.com), Japanese Art Festival (japaneseartfestival.com) and the charity Aid For Japan (www.aidforjapan.co.uk).