FREE Japanamerica Book Event

Japanamerica event photos are now online! Check them out here.


Roland Kelts (ALT Osaka-shi, 1998-1999) is the half-Japanese American author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US, published in the US and Europe by Palgrave Macmillan, and in Japan by Random House Kodansha.

Japanamerica has just been released in an expanded and updated paperback edition. To celebrate the new edition, Kinokuniya New York (on Bryant Park) and TokyoPop are teaming up for a big in-store event next Wednesday, February 27, starting at 6 p.m. Admission is totally FREE.

The event will take place on the 2nd floor near Japanese café Zaiya in Kinokuniya Bookstore, 1073 6th Ave (btw 40th & 41st St), New York NY 10018 (new main NYC store), +1-212-869-1700, open Monday–Saturday 10:00–20:30, Sunday 11:00–19:30

The evening will feature a cosplay event and contest for attendees, TokyoPop original manga creators James Barry (artist of Warriors) and Melissa De Jesus (artist of Sokora Refugees)–and possibly up to three other artists–a reading and manga panel, and a book signing by Roland Kelts. There are also plans afoot for discounts and prizes. Download the PDF flier here.

Please join us for a diverse and richly entertaining celebration of Japanamerica–Japanese Pop Culture and the Americans who love it.