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Cultural Ambassador Takamasa Sakurai passed away

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Tragic accident takes an ally of kawaii

NHK news reports that Takamasa Sakurai, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative and frequent anime con guest, has passed away from a trackside accident in Tokyo's Nishi-Nippori station on Thursday. He was 49.

Takamasa Sakurai was someone I could count on seeing every year, representing a human interest in all the anime, manga, music and fashion content that we celebrate at anime cons. Frequently titled as a cultural ambassador, Sakurai participated in many conventions and special events all over the world, in Asia, the Americas, Europe and even the Middle East. Sakurai was well known in the oversea lolita community as well as the convention circuit as a familiar face and a Japanese ally who promoted the same agendas as the oversea otaku.

Those who don't frequent so many cons might recall Sakurai's output as a writer for a variety of news and culture sites. As a published author in Japan as well, Sakurai would pen a lot of articles in English on the various interesting subcultures that his work represented. While we may agree or disagree with the perspectives or ideas, Sakurai provided a facet of communication between Japan and its fans overseas. Sakurai was most recently connected to the International Otaku Expo Association. He will be sorely missed, as someone who rolled up his sleeves in order to bridge the culture gap, bringing Japan closer to the rest of the world.

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Jeff Chuang
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Yet to be the oldest kid on the block, this East Coast implant writes cryptic things about JP folklore, the industry or dirty moe. Attend cons and lives the "I can buy Aniplex releases" life. ... more + disclosures


 


 



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