The JPOP Summit Festival is an event held at the Japantown (and Union Square) in San Francisco California. This year marks their 5th year anniversary since the event started in 2009 every July. I got a chance to attend the event on a Saturday, it usually held for 2 days – Saturday and Sunday.
JPOP Summit started at around 11:00 a.m. and the first thing I noticed was, a huge line of people waiting – I think they were waiting for the famous ramen booths. Although I wanted to try the ramen at the festival, I heard that the wait was about 3 hours long! So I ended up just getting a sandwich somewhere around the area.
There were tons of activities going on, musical, fashion show, food, etc. And my must see was the Kawaii stage – this was the place where they held contests and fashion shows.
The festival went from 11:00 a.m. to 20:30 p.m. The later shows were held at the Union Square – performances by Una, DAICHI, Tomomi Itano, and Tokyo Girls’ Style.
Peace Plaza / Japantown
At the Peace Plaza, they had the Kawaii stage, different food and art booths.
New People’s Building
In the New People’s Building, this is where they hold press conferences for guests, VIP exclusives, and Cinema. They also have many Japanese fashion stores here too.
There were tons of guests for the 2014 JPOP Summit – Una, Akira, DAICHI, Tokyo Girls’ Style, Tomomi Itano, and many others.
Overall, the event was fun. But it was super crowded, it was difficult to hangout with friends and find food nearby. We had to walk 3-4 blocks before finding a place without super long lines. And can’t complain since the event was free.
Location: Japan Town and Union Square San Francisco, California
Dates: July 19 – 20, 2014 (Saturday and Sunday)