2nd J-Pop Festival

The 2nd J-Pop Festival was held at the Japan Information & Culture Centre on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The J-Pop Festival consisted of two main sessions: an anime movie screening and a Nodojiman & Cosplay Competition.

During the morning session, the anime movie “Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Dinosaur 2006” was screened. The movie is based on the manga series by Fujiko F. Fujio featuring a robotic cat named Doraemon who travels back in time to aid an awkward and often bullied pre-teen boy named Nobita Nobi.

The anime movie screening was attended by both children and adults.

A section of the audience watching the movie "Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Dinosaur 2006"

In the afternoon, a Nodojiman and a Cosplay Competition was held. Nodojiman is a singing competition while cosplay, which is short for costume play, involves dressing and acting as popular characters from anime, manga, video games, television series and film.

The Nodojiman & Cosplay Competition received generous support from Mitsubishi Motors, Marubeni Corporation, Toyota Kenya Ltd, Rohto Mentholatum (Kenya) Ltd and J-KUAT Nissin Foods Ltd who provided prizes for the winners and the participants of the two competitions.

The afternoon session was officially opened by Mr. Yoshihiro Katayama, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan. There were 15 competitors for the Nodojiman Competition and 5 for the Cosplay Competition.

Mr. Katayama, Deputy Chief of Mission giving his opening remarks

Some of the prizes on offer for the winners and participants of the competition

Two of the contestants cosplaying as Ryuko Matoi and Satsuki Kiryuin from the anime Kill la Kill

A contestant cosplaying as an AKB48 band member

A Nodojiman contestant singing a Japanese song

Nodojiman contestants singing a song while playing their own accompaniments

As the judges compiled their results, Mr. Sakanashi of Marubeni, who cosplayed as an English gentleman, sang a Japanese song. The J-Pop Festival closed with the announcement of the winners of both the Cosplay Competition and the Nodojiman Competition. Over 130 people attended the 2nd J-Pop Festival.

Mr. Sakanashi, General Manager, East Africa Marubeni Corporation performing a Japanese song

Group photo of the contestants, sponsors, judges and Embassy officials