Cute, Cute Kawaii! Japan's Pop Culture Movement

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Join us for the next featured exhibit in the Japanese Friendship Garden's Inamori Pavilion:
Cute, Cute Kawaii! Japan's Pop Culture Movement
June 23 - October 23, 2016.
Open daily 10am-5:00pm
(Summer Hours listed on website:
The exhibit delves into the extra-adorable world of kawaii (cute) culture to look at how phenomena such as Hello Kitty/Sanrio, Totoro/Miyazaki films, cat video games/Pusheen, anime, and Harajuku (just to name a few) have shaped contemporary life in Japan.

Kawaii is not only about expressing 'cuteness' or being cool, it is about how youth form meanings of self-expression and originality, rebel against or honor tradition, and establish Japan as a global distributor of goods and images. Kawaii is both simple and complex: it helps to form a national identity while also creating the opportunity to squeal "KAWAII!" at something or someone adorable and adorn ourselves with Hello Kitty and Sailor Moon.

Included in the exhibit will be: Group art show featuring 25 local and international artists including artists represented by Thumbprint Gallery, Japanese fashion magazines, kokeshi dolls, bento boxes, Hello Kitty ephemera, Japanese mascots (Yuru Kyara), photobooth, anime/manga art and posters and more!

Featured Artists:
Aricson Tarasova
Amanda Campbell
Caitlan Patrice
Cory DeYonker
Elwing Gonzalez
Gina Cannella
Hikari Shimoda
Jazz Tanedo
Jenna Bao
Jeremy Holden
Jessica Cross
Joan Diwa
Kimberly Hom
Kristin Tercek Cuddly Rigor Mortis
Leeza Martinez
Lyndon Kerse
Matthew Perez
Meghan Graham
Meghan Murphy
Melannie Aquino
Miggie Cake Wong
Monique Young
Natalie Greenwood
Tabitha Jensen AKA Pabkins
Venus Lumayag
Verona Chen

Kawaii is: cute writing, fashion, cartoons, love, imagination, anime, costumes, acceptance, magic, and friendship!

Curated by Jennifer Moreno and Christina Zakimi
Special Thank you to Thumbprint Gallery for joining forces with us on this project!

For more information about the Cute, Cute Kawaii! After Party during SDCC on July 22nd- please visit:
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By: Japanese Friendship Garden

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