Japanese Pop Culture

Otaku Expo Anime and Manga Drawing Special 2023

Appealing to the thousands of fans of cosplay, anime and art, Otaku Expo made its exciting live return as one of the first major community events of the year. Otaku Expo Anime & Manga Drawing Special 2023 happened last January 28-29, 2023 at SMX Convention Center Manila Function Rooms 1-2. With lots of exciting activities and art-related attractions plus special guest cosplayer Miu from Vietnam, this year’s Otaku Expo was an enjoyable event for our many fandoms.

Upcoming Event: Japan Fiesta 2023

Getting to know more about the majestic sights, culinary wonders, and delightful pop culture of the Land of the Rising Sun has never been so much fun with the much-awaited live, on-site return of Japan Fiesta, happening this February 18 and 19, 2023 at the Glorietta Activity Center and Palm Drive Activity Center.

POPTV Bento Anime Festival

A fresh new anime streaming channel, POPTV Bento, geared to excite and satisfy the Filipino taste, gave a casual screening of simulcast episodes of their latest highly anticipated anime titles to the local anime content media last January 22 at their headquarters. arkadymac.com was thrilled to be invited to the event, and our Correspondent Nina got to experience what POPTV Bento is all about.

Japanese Film Festival 2023 Opening Night 

The grand return of on-site screenings of award-winning and highly regarded films from Japan began this weekend at with the opening night of the Japanese Film Festival 2023. The festival kicked off with a spectacular ceremony at the Grand Atrium of Shangri-La Plaza which featured esteemed guests from the local film community, keynote speeches by esteemed dignitaries, as well as engaging displays of Japanese culture by the organizer, The Japan Foundation, Manila, followed by the with the screening of the featured film “Belle” at the Red Carpet Cinema. 

Cosplay Re:Connect “A Year to Remember”

While our website has covered more than 500 events in ten years, we all appreciate events organized by the community itself. This is why we really admire the feelings behind Cosplay Re:Connect A Year to Remember”, held last January 15, 2023, 1pm-7pm, at Jackman Emporium in Caloocan City. As a cozy and friendly event that invited fans of cosplay, anime, J-music and pop culture to reconnect this new year, this event by YoUnite Production was a welcome change of pace for the community.

Japanese Film Festival 2023 Opens on January 20

The grand return of on-site screenings of award-winning and highly regarded films begins this weekend at the opening night of the Japanese Film Festival. Avid fans of Japanese cinema and culture will finally get to celebrate as The Japan Foundation, Manila brings 10 incredible must-see full-length films from January 20 to February 2022 at various venues in the Philippines.