Kayarath’s Adventures On 91.8 The Fan- In Street Festivals! with @Kayarath!

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Every April the sakuras fall and the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphiahosts the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. I’ve been covering that for years but this year I’m gonna to do something different! There’s more then one sakura celebration in the Mid Atlantic region. The Japan-America Society of Washington D.C. hosts the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival; and this year I’m covering that.

Due to the short-lived nature of the sakura season, these two events find themselves crammed into the same weekend. The Matsuri is held on Saturday while the Blossom Festival hosts Sakura Sunday. While both share the goal of celebrating Japanese culture, each have their own take on it that varies them enough to render then nonidentical. It’s basically like how Sword Art Online and Log Horizon relate to each other.

The most obvious difference is that Sakura Sunday is in Philadelphia while the Matsuri is in Washington D.C. I’m a Septa ride away from Philadelphia but D.C. is a bit of a trip for me. I would have to drive there, which wouldn’t be too bad until I had to enter D.C. proper. Luckily, you can park in the Greenbelt stop and take the Metro the rest of the way.

I emerged from the subway station and made my way to the Matsuri. I tried to explore it but quickly became worn down. The journey to get there no doubtingly has taken its toll on me. It was quite difficult to get a second wind due to how oppressively hot it was. The weather itself wasn’t that bad but the location made it unbearable.

On less street corners then taco trucks...

The Matsuri was being held in a giant parking lot under construction! That’s not exactly a sakura festival friendly environment if you ask me. I heard that the area was supposed to be transformed into a nice park by the date of the festival but construction delays prevented that. The concrete attracted heat like Hetalia attacted yaoi fangirls. Attempting to hydrate proved futile as both the price and the temperature of purchasable beverages proved too high for me. It was expected but still unpleasant.

I was a second away from writing off this whole trip when I heard a familiar sound; I heard J-Rock. Pulse pounding, stylized, kinetic J-Rock. The Matsuri had at least five different bands spread across over three different stages. If you wanted, you could have spend the whole day just enjoying live Japanese pop music. It was like being given a large assortment of random sushi. It’s hard to describe the individual pieces but it was all good.

One group I can remember is the Poku Poku Boys. What made them standout is the addition of jazz to their sound. I like them so much I brought one of their CDs. It was okay but the sound engineering was weak and some instruments were missing. Did they record it the night before just to have something to sell during the festival? After inspecting the CD; it turns out that’s exactly what it was. I should have gotten an actual CD that had actual art on it. Buyer beware I guess.

Another band I noticed is c. Their a local band whom I never paid mind to. However, they were killing it that day. Like, really killing it. I was shocked by how much I was enjoying their show. The fact that it still sticks in my memory four moths afterwords (curse you backlog!) is certainly proof of that. I really should make more of an effort to go see them at cons.

Don't forget cosplay.  Can't ever forget that!

Thanks to the bardic boost (and plenty of cheap drinks at a nearby CVS) I was able to actually explore the Matsuri festival. My guts tells me the whole festival is about the same size as Otakon’s dealers hall. While there were stalls there selling plushies and merchandise, there was also many other things the average Otaku won’t find at a con.

One things I was lucky enough to bump into was JUMP; as in Japan U.S. Military Program and not Shonen Jump. I can only imagine the confusion that can create. It’s basically an alumni association for military/government people who were/are stationed in Japan. Further poking reveals that JUMP is apart of the Sasakwasa Peace Foundation USA. Sasakwasa is a non-profit dedicated to strengthening US-Japanese ties. Further research is required to fully understand this.

UNIQLO was easy to understand. Not easy to pronounce but easy to understand. It’s a Japanese clothing brand. I think they’re one of those high tier type things but I’m not sure. Good thing they got stores in the U.S. I do have to check them out one of these days. As well as NHK. I knew that there’s a NHK channel on Japanese T.V. What I didn’t know is that there’s an NHK smartphone app as well an online stream. NHK had a big booth as the event which even included a giant Domo statue! I couldn’t really look at it since it attracted quite the crowd.

What I described is really just scratching the surface though. The Central Japan Railway Company, the governor of Tokyo, and Chef Rika from NHK’s “Dining with the Chef” were also in attendance. There was a lot of stuff to check out that I didn’t get the chance to. I saw a sake pavilion too but I didn’t partake because I had to drive that day.

Hey look, it's Justin Bieber!

There were a few food that I just had to try though. Most of us don’t get to try Taijaki everyday. To save you the google search, Taijaki is a fish shaped pastry (usually) filled with a sweet red bean paste. It’s easy to hold, nice to look at, and tasty to eat. I also got a bag of Himemaru, or Japanese Rice Crackers. They’re basically rice cakes, but with flavor added to them.

Soon enough, it was time to wrap things out. Kaori Comedy came on to finish the day. She kept to the low hanging fruits of making fun of Justin Bieber and Dragon Ball Z and drew some chuckles from the crowd. Though I imagined she had to keep things simple because comedy doesn’t always translate well from one language to another. I bet she’ll be funnier on her Youtube channel.

I also bet that I won’t be returning to the Sakura Matsuri. Not because it’s bad; it’s just too far away for me to day trip. Seriously, I was out for two days afterwords. If going to Washington D.C. isn’t a huge hassle for you, I strongly recommend going. Anime con regulars will be able to plunge deeper into Japanese culture. J-music fans can rock out all day and discover some new bands. And people looking for something new can definitely find it here; and that’s a big plus in my book.

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91.8 The Fan-Kana’s Korner Interview with @Youmacon Tabletop Gaming and @kananetwork

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Are you going to Youmacon this year? Don’t forget to check out table top gaming section! We got the people who run it to stop on by and tell you about all the fun you have!

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Waverly Tigers Falls To Valleyview!

Valley View came in with a goal and were determined to reach that goal from the very beginning of the game, eventually beating Waverly 34-0.

The Spartans came off with some big plays in the first quarter. Six minutes into the first quarter, Valley View lit up the scoreboard, following it with a second touchdown in the first quarter when Collin Genslinger ran the ball 60 yards to goal followed by a pack of Tigers and scored with only seconds remaining in the first.

The Waverly Tigers have brought a tough game all season, but their most talented players couldn’t break through a team of Spartans and couldn’t stop the Genslinger led domination.

The Tigers held harder in the second quarter but still couldn’t stop Genslinger from breaking through with 20 seconds in the second, ending the first half Valley View 27, Waverly 0.

The Tigers started the second quarter with a significant gap to close, but the Spartans weren’t going to let that happen. Genslinger would take his touchdowns yard but yard if necessary, but he wasn’t being stopped. A running clock started with five minutes remaining in the third quarter and a score of 34-0. The Tiger packed stands started to empty and frustrated fans said they just couldn’t watch the brutal loss any longer.

With Tigers disappointment and frustrated a loss fumble ended in a brawl as a fight ensued between a Tiger and Spartan. Both teams started to rush the field as the announcer warned everyone to stay off the field. The fist fight ended with a personal foul for both teams and a player being ejected from each. It was a very physical game from on out with the Spartans getting a 15 yard penalty for excessive roughness and less than two minutes remaining in the game.

Still, the Waverly Tigers had an awesome season with a lot to be proud of. There’s no shame in losing in the playoffs against a powerful competitor.

Tiger Coach Chris Crabtree confirmed that this is the first time Waverly has been to the playoffs since 2007, almost 10 years. He stressed how happy his team is just to have made it into postseason games.

“They have a great football program up there in Germantown, Valley View. Unfortunately, they were the better team,” Crabtree stated after the game. “I’m just proud of all we’ve accomplished. Hats off to our seniors, who came out and gave it all they had all season. They have nothing to hang their heads about.”

Among those seniors is Drew Harris; however, next season The Tigers will hang on to some great players including Drew Kritzwiser.

Though the night brought a bitter loss for the Tigers, Waverly fans are celebrating a season unlike any they’ve seen in years.

Box Score

1 2 3 4 F
Valley View 14 13 6 0 34
Waverly 0 0 0 0 0

Holy Cow! Let’s Celebrate the 2016 World Series Chicago Cubs: Mayor Emanuel Announces Details for Parade and Rally to Celebrate Team’s Storied Season

November 3, 2016

Holy Cow! Let’s Celebrate the 2016 World Series Chicago Cubs: Mayor Emanuel Announces Details for Parade and Rally to Celebrate Team’s Storied Season

Fans Encouraged to Use Public Transportation and to Celebrate Responsibly
Mayor’s Press Office    312.744.3334
press@cityofchicago.org

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago will celebrate the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs at a celebration rally in Grant Park on Friday, November 4, at noon, preceded by a downtown parade beginning at 11 am.

“The City of Chicago could not be more proud of the Cubs, and we are going to throw them – and their fans – a celebration worthy of the history the team made last night,” said Mayor Emanuel. “2016 is the year for the Cubs and the generations of fans who have been waiting to the fly the World Series W. Go Cubs go!”

PARADE ROUTE
The official parade route will start at approximately 11 a.m., leaving Wrigley at approximately 10 a.m., and will travel along Michigan Avenue between Oak St. and Ohio St. and then along Columbus Dr. between Monroe St. and Balbo Ave. Fans who want to catch the downtown parade are encouraged to see them along this route.

Fans are encouraged to view the parade at the following locations:

  • Addison from Sheffield to Pine Grove
  • North Michigan Avenue from Oak St. to Ohio St.
  • Columbus Dr. from Monroe St. to Balbo Ave.
  • There will be zero tolerance for drinking on the public way.

RALLY
A Celebration Rally will take place at Lower Hutchinson Field in Grant Park at approximately noon, when the motorcade arrives in Grant Park. The team will be joined by American Airlines, the presenting sponsor who is providing financial support for the day’s activities, and other Cubs Legacy Partners.

The rally is free and open to the public. All attendees must pass through security screening at entrances at Michigan Ave. and Jackson Blvd. and at Michigan Ave. and Congress Pkwy.

Closed water bottles will be allowed into the rally and food vendors will be on site.

IMPACTED STREET CLOSURES

The public should expect street closures surrounding the parade route starting as early as Friday at 4 am.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Officials are encouraging fans to use public transportation.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will offer additional service to customers traveling into the Loop on Friday Monday. Riders are advised to allow plenty of travel time due to street closures, traffic congestion and reroutes. CTA’s Red and Blue subway lines and Brown, Green, Pink and Orange elevated lines are the best option for Cubs fans heading downtown for the parade and rally.

Additional service will be provided on all eight rail lines following the morning rush period through midday. CTA buses will be detoured in the downtown area during the parade and as a result of street closures for the rally. Detailed service information is available at www.transitchicago.com.

To speed travel and reduce lines, customers are encouraged to buy fare cards in advance with sufficient value or to add enough value to their existing Ventra cards for their return trips later in the day.

Metra will use all available resources to add extra train service and capacity. Trains are expected to reach capacity on all lines and delays are expected. Metra is offering a one-day $5 unlimited ride ticket for tomorrow’s celebration and encouraging all passengers to purchase it in advance. Beginning this afternoon, the ticket will be for sale from ticket agents at all ticket windows, including all downtown and outlying stations, and through the Ventra App, available for download in the App Store and Google Play.

Media seeking credentials to the celebration rally should send an inquiry to dcasepr@cityofchicago.org

91.8 The Fan Youmacon 2016 Coverage This Weekend!

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It’s That Time Again! It’s Weekend For with / / and the Crew will be calling all weekend! The Anime Radio Station will be back at Youmacon for the fifth straight year! That is an awesome time for 91.8 The Fan and Jackie Florian! Man I wish I was going to Youmacon but I have to stay home and do some stuff this weekend here in Lucasville Ohio! 5 Straight Years To Youmacon For 91.8 The Fan! WOW! That Legendary There! I will be posting pictures for fun from my house and keep you updated throughout the weekend!   We’re excited to have join us for Guests Don’t Know Jack(box) this year via ! Make Sure To Stop By Their Booth and Say Hi To The 91.8 The Fan Crew at Youmacon in Detroit MI

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