San Francisco Bay Area-based otaku have it pretty good, despite not being on the main US convention circuit. I attribute this fortune almost single-handedly to San Francisco's Japantown neighborhood. They put on a ton of super-interesting events with an eye towards pop culture.
The latest? Something called a "Stamp Rally" endorsed by (of all things), Neon Genesis Evangelion. The stamp rally is apparently a popular Japanese summer pastime involving participants traveling to collect special stamps from all manner of locations about Glorious Nippon, to redeem them for prizes or simply for a bit of collecting bliss. Japanese still use stamps. How quaint!
This time, though, the rally is going super long-distance, with would-be rallyists traveling all the way to Paris, Beijing, and now, San Francisco. Thankfully for fans hesitant to go international, the San Francisco portion of the rally is part of Japantown's yearly J-POP Summit, and attendees, be they stamp-fiends or nay, can enjoy live concerts, celebrity guests, film premiers, and other fun events.
I know that nothing is sacred when it comes to pimping out that franchise, but this is frankly a bit weird even by those standards. Ah well, it's something to do, and I'm sure someone will be into it. Go to this site for more information.
How about you? Do you live in the Bay Area? Are you interested?
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