KFF Festival brings Japanese pop culture to Cal U

Leah Clark

Leah Clark

Anime, cosplay, and video games, oh my!

These entertainments and more will be offered August 29-31 at California University of Pennsylvania when the KFF Festival brings a taste of Japanese pop culture to Little Cal.

KFF, short for Kurokiiroo Festival, is brought to you by The Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society (JASP), an association of Pennsylvania individuals, corporations and organizations. Established in 1986, the society provides formative, innovative programming to encourage a better understanding of business, cultural, social, educational and political practices between the United States and Japan.

The festival first took place in 2009 and, according to the festival’s official site, 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, and enjoy traditional performances, while attending a lecture that may make you see your favorite anime in a whole new way.”

The festival offers attendees a variety of fun activities including screenings of new and class Anime films, carnival games and more. This year marks the first time the event will be held at Cal U. The festival will take place in the campus’s large scale Convocation Center, which first opened in December 2011 and has previously featured performances by Kenny Rogers, Bob Dylan and The Harlem Globetrotters.

Tyson Rinehart

Tyson Rinehart

Special guests slated to appear at the Kurokiiroo Festival include Tyson Rinehart, voice actor for FUNimation Entertainment. Some of Mr. Rinehart’s voice credits include Georg on Eureka Seven Ao, Baker, Byard, (as well as additional voices) on Fairy Tail, and Bobby, (as well as additional voices) on Fullmetal Alchemist:Brotherhood, among many other roles.

Also on the guest list is Leah Clark, voice actress and ADR scriptwriter/director for FUNimation Entertainment. Clark has voiced various roles in Japanese anime and video games including Blair in Soul Eater, Minatsuki in Deadman Wonderland, and Nora in Spice and Wolf.

The festival will also offer guests a video game room with offerings for casual gamers, as well as tournaments for competitive and casual players alike. A talent show is planned along with cosplay costume contests, a variety of anime and music related panels and workshops and more.

For additional information, visit www.kurokiiro.com.
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Story by Chuck Brutz for Pennsylvania Bridges

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