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Recently we were lucky enough to sit down with 'Mark' from Animangapop Management to find out their role within the event, what it takes to put on these shows and try to get any juicy gossip!

[AMP]:
Hi there, hope you have been enjoying yourself over the past few months, I know you have been very busy working behind the scenes. Could you please tell us what your role is in the Animanga Pop team, please?


[Mark]:
Hi Lucy, yes it has been a strange year so far for everyone but we have been trying to make the most of the down-time to enjoy the sunshine (when it’s out) along with family time and working with Kim, Claire and the others to prep for new and exciting shows.

My role within Animangapop is “General dogsbody” and you can find me at most events darting from one end to the other. In all seriousness though, my role would be “Executive Show Producer” and it is my job to make sure that our management team have everything they need to produce an awesome show for everyone.



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[AMP]:
Thank you very much, how long have you been running these events? and what was it like trying to start up a convention for the first time?


[Mark]:
Well… it’s History lesson time everyone. Animangapop “Officially started” in February 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Plymouth (now the Crowne Plaza). However, before that event took place there were 2 smaller events in Plymouth which were a collaboration between our retail company Keep it Secret and a Show Producer called “Mike Allwood” who had been running comic conventions since the 1990s.

We decided to create a show called P.A.C.E which stood for ‘Plymouth Anime & Ccomic Expo’ and was held at the Copthorne Hotel, Plymouth in December 2012. It did so well we decided to run another one in April 2013. Off the back of these little shows, we took the plunge, moved venues and rebranded the show ‘Animangapop’.

With regards to starting a Convention back then, it was tough. No one in Plymouth knew who we were and we were relying on a lot of local connections within the Comic book industry Mike had to get our first traders. After that, it was a case of advertising, advertising and more advertising to let people know we were here! Once we jumped into a bigger venue it meant bigger costs and more networking than you could ever think was possible to find guests, traders, panellists, etc, etc.



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[AMP]:
What gave you the inspiration to even begin thinking about running Animanga pop? What lead you to the successful event you have today?


[Mark]:
I think the inspiration came from the fact that our retail company ‘Keep It Secret’ which specialises in Japanese and Asian POP-Culture had been on the road at different events up and down the country for a few years. We soon realised there was nothing down here in the South West for local people to attend. We decided to change that. The success of the event I would say incorporates a few factors and they are the following:

  • Listen. - Listen to feedback from traders and attendees. Change what you can where you can within reason and make people feel valued.
  • Communication. - Communicate thoroughly with traders and attendees. Answer as many questions as possible. Never leave anyone hanging or not knowing where to find the answer.
  • Professionalism. - Always remember to conduct yourself in a way that people can see you know your industry. This does not mean lie though. If you do not know something the best thing you can do is be honest and learn from it.
  • Courtesy. - Always, always, always… treat the attendee’s, guests and traders how you would like to be treated yourself.


  • *Bonus* - The 6 P's. - This one is for our internal team. Ha-ha! They are probably sick of hearing it but they understand the value of it and the fruits of its labour. For those of you who know the “6 P’s” you will understand. Others will have to guess.

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[AMP]:
I'm sure you have witnessed all sorts of things hosting an event like this, do you have any stories from past events that you remember most? Any funny ones, inspiring ones where you had to overcome something?


[Mark]:
Wow… some of the stories I could tell! Most of which would not be safe for this interview and I could end up being sued by some people ha-ha!

Some tame ones include a memory of Animangapop 2015 where Myself & Mike Allwood (The 2 show producers at the time) ended up sweeping the floor in the middle of the convention after a performance by Kelsey Ellison on Stage. Even though we had plenty of helpers around. Just goes to show, you should never ask someone to do something you are not prepared to do yourself.

Another is about a hotel bedroom which was used as our show producer Mike's actual bedroom as well as a changing room. I remember Mike walking back into the convention with a look of shock on his face… When I asked him “what's up? He replied… “Well, I’m glad the wife is not here... I’ve just had 4 maids changing into their live performance outfit in the room whilst a Japanese POP Singer brushes here teeth in my bathroom”!

With regards to overcoming issues. There are hundreds! Nothing ever goes 100% to plan and I think it’s learning how to adapt and change quickly and efficiently so that people who attend the show don’t even know the difference.



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[AMP]:
We all know you have secrets for the next events which are now being held in different cities, for our readers do you have any info you may be able to share with us? A little teaser almost?


[Mark]:
Ah yes, even though Animangapop is having a year out (no shows in 2021) this does not mean we are not working hard in the background. As we speak we are discussing venues, Costs, traders, special guests, pricing, Panelist, advertising and a huge amount of other things to make sure these new events go off with a blast!

Hmm… a teaser… well, if you don’t already know. We have 4 x Shows up and coming. These show dates are based around the Japanese 4 Seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Animangapop 2022 for Plymouth is not moving date and is already locked into the diary so that is ‘Winter’ taken care of. You will have to keep guessing which season the new shows will appear.



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[AMP]:
Out of all the years you have been doing this, do you have a particular favourite? One that just sticks out to you compared to the others?


[Mark]:
We are immensely proud of all of our shows and extremely thankful to everyone who attends the event. Without them, we would not be able to do any of this. If I had to pick one which stands out it would possibly be our first Weekender event in 2019! After 5 years of doing single-day shows, this was a big gamble for us to move into a 2-day event as we had seen local events scale back from 2 days to 1 day. However, we believed we had great content, guests, traders, amazing atmosphere and somewhere people would like to spend the weekend with friends and family. The show was a success and that fuelled us for 2020 which was another smash hit!



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[AMP]:
Outside of Animanga Pop, what kind of hobbies do you have? What do you like to do when you want to take your mind away from planning?


[Mark]:
Ah yes... well, my mind is never really not working. Animangapop is only part of our business. It is the events arm of the company. The parent company ‘POP Nippon’ also runs a retail business and Japanese Fashion show consultancy business. As well as looking after top Japanese Street Fashion brands and managing many famous Japanese Artists, Influencers and DJ’s. It’s a non-stop POP Culture roller-coaster ride!

However, when I do get time to rest, we like to travel usually to places like Hong Kong and Japan to see family and friends. As well as enjoying time with our new-born daughter (a.k.a. 会長 !)

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[AMP]:
Finally, on a scale of 1-10, how proud are you with how Animanga Pop has grown over the years? You have seen every little thing that's happened to it, How it's changed over the years, and should we expect new things to be happening over the next few years too?


[Mark]:
Again, we are immensely proud of Animangapop. It was just an idea which grew into what you see today. I am super proud of everyone who has worked with us on this project. From those who have been with us since day 1 (Kim). Right through to people who have only joined us recently (yourself Lucy) All of which show a dogged determination and a real pure interest in what we are about and the quality of events we aim to produce. We are proud to also say that we 100% promote from within our team. Everyone has started as a runner at an event and some are now in charge of some pretty hefty work-loads.

The show has evolved over the years for sure. You have to always be on the move and adjust to the latest trends, latest fashions, latest everything within our Niche of Japanese POP-Culture whilst still keeping the roots of what we wanted to do in the first place. It’s a tough balancing act but we like to think we get it right most of the time.

With new venues and new cities comes lots of great opportunities so you can look out for collaborations, even more, awesome special guests and some fresh new branding at our new shows.



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Website: https://www.animangapop.co.uk/
Need Support?: https://support.animangpaop.co.uk/
Email me direct: mark@popnippon.com


Recently we were lucky enough to sit down with the super-talented and inspiring Japanese Artist MITSUME to discuss the current situation in Japan, his newly launched e-commerce store and advice on becoming an artist!

[AMP]:
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, It is a real privilege.


[AMP]:
First of all, How are you doing? How is it going during these difficult times??


[MITSUME]:
I haven't been in a corporate job for many years, and I've always been an artistically inclined painter, so my life hasn't changed much. I haven't gone out much, to begin with, and I've always lived my life by staying in my room and painting. I don't have any actual events any more, and I can't even go abroad, so it’s very boring and sad. It's frustrating that I can't make the most of the free time I have because it was a great motivation for me to present my paintings in an unknown place.

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[AMP]:
For anyone trying to have a creative career as you have, What were the inspirations that guided you to where you are now?


[[MITSUME]:
Always be aware of what’s not visible to the eye. Such as the news, advertisements, common sense, education, inspiration, everything that comes into my life. What exists behind it all?
To feel that, I cut it from different angles and look at its cross-sections. Something only I can see it, feel, put it into words. That kind of energy becomes a strong piece of work that is unique to me. In the true sense of the word, I feel that if I want to find my own unique inspiration, I shouldn't look to anything else for guidance.

Understand yourself deeply and try to find your own unique way of doing things.

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[AMP]:
A lot of your artwork seems to be heavily-based around Women. Is there any reason why this is your preference?


[MITSUME]:
My artwork depicts an existence that is neither female nor male, but it indeed looks more like a woman. It's because of the curves. The curves are feminine, and I look for delicacy in those curves. They are strong and fragile, delicate and bold, and I try to make them beautiful and fragile. I try to express a beautiful and ephemeral existence in my work.

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[AMP]:
There is so much detail in each artwork you create, how long does it take to create one piece?


[MITSUME]:
When I get engrossed, I tend to forget the time so I’m not sure exactly how much time passes. If I were to say only my labour time, maybe around 30 hours…? What is important is not how many hours it took me to complete a piece, but the time from when an idea comes to mind and explodes and expands into such big energy that I cannot help myself from painting. This comes suddenly, hits me like a lightning bolt. No matter what I am doing, I must not let this moment go. I’ll do this later. I can do this sometime else. If I feel like this, it’s too late...

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[AMP]:
Do you have any new and exciting projects you are working on soon which you could tell us about?


[MITSUME]:
It is difficult for me to tell you specifically at this moment, but I am striving for a new way of expression. To do that, I need a new art piece. Please follow my social media accounts for my latest info.

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[AMP]:
How does it feel being allowed to take part and appear as a guest at local events and even overseas?


[MITSUME]:
I feel that I am given wonderful opportunities that I cannot express in words. It is possible to see pictures and videos of the world on the internet, but the experience of actually going and being there holds infinite possibilities.
I would like to go anywhere in the world.

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[AMP]:
So you have a webshop where you can sell merchandise containing your art, and very quickly it seems they were VERY popular with your customers and sold out completely. Well done by the way! How did you feel when you saw your T-shirt design be sold out?


[MITSUME]:
I am relieved... My creativity is not something that “I want everyone to like.” For me, it’s more of “I really like it myself.”

Many times, one researches the market, looking for what kind of items sell. However, I do not like that. That is why my items may not sell well. However, I am sure that there are fans around the world that really like my work. I produce items that are addressed to them, something that is just mine, something only I can produce, something that is like no other.

This is something that will not change, so I feel that the people who buy my merchandise and I are connected through our consciousness.


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[AMP]:
Finally, Where would you like to see your work go in the future? Or do you think you have reached your goal now?


[MITSUME]:
The direction I am heading will never change. I put everything I have in something that only I can do. If someone else can do it, I will be useless. I must deny even myself, always look for new possibilities, and question common sense.

My goal is tremendously big, and sometimes it will be impossible to achieve during my lifetime. One thing I like about art is the point that “my artworks will live longer than myself.” Even after I am gone, my artworks will still be here. If I were to die, maybe, my artwork will connect with somebody, and further connect to that person’s goals and dreams.

An artist has many goals when they are active, but I think that this is the ultimate goal.

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[AMP]:
Once again, thank you for taking the time to talk to us, and we really hope and look forward to seeing you soon.





You can find out more about MITSUME and his amazing artworks by following his social media and/or visiting the website. All listed below.

Website: https://www.mitsume.co/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/3eyes_takahashi
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/3eyestakahashi/

Check out some of MITSUME work on YouTube below...



Recently we were lucky enough to sit down with 'Kim' from Animangapop Management to find out their role within the event, what it takes to put on these shows and try to get any juicy gossip!

[AMP]:
Hi there! How have you been? To start this interview please could you give us a brief description of your role at Animanga Pop?


[Kim]:
I am the Stage and Content Manager for Animangapop! I sort out the Timetable, what kind of panels/workshops and performances are going on around the Event.


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[AMP]:
Perfect, How long have you been going to the event and how long as a team member?


[Kim]:
Since the very beginning of Animangapop! back in 2014.


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[AMP]:
What made you want to be part of the team helping run the Convention?


[Kim]:
Long long ago, the nations lived in har- wait... Wrong story. In 2013, I met Mark, at a small charity convention, and we started talking, and he mentioned he might be hosting a convention. I'd wanted to volunteer at a con for quite some time, so 2014 came along and well... I am still here.


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[AMP]:
Recently it was announced that Animangapop is on the road and attending in new Cities, out of the new 3 locations, which ones are you most looking forward to and why?


[Kim]:
Easy... all of them!


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[AMP]:
It can be difficult running such a large event with such a small team, but what do you find the most challenging part of the whole of AMP?


[Kim]:
I don't think there is anything too challenging, I do wish I could clone myself sometimes though, as the things I need/want to be done, are in my head and it is hard to get someone to do this VERY specific thing without using a lot of words, it's normally just easier to get it sorted myself, as, by the time I've explained what I needed doing, I could have just sorted it by then.


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[AMP]:
Do you help out at any other Conventions? Or at least attend to any others?


[Kim]:
I do not help out at any other events, however, I do attend the local ones, show masters Cardiff, Exeter, MCM Birmingham, MCM London, I have also been to Raicon and I am looking at going to some other big ones.


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[AMP]:
Outside of Con work, you cosplay a lot, What has been the favourite Cosplay you have worn? And what one is your most recognisable? (One that everyone associates with you)


[Kim]:
That is a hard one, probably Goblin slayer from the anime, Goblin Slayer. however it is about 5 different layers, including chainmail, it is probably my favourite as I am a Historical Fencer and I love how Blunt he is. different people associate me with different cosplays, some will probably say Godot From Phoenix Wright, Goblin slayer, Alphonse Elric ( Armour Form ) or even Rangiku from Bleach.


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[AMP]:
I’m sure some people may have noticed in some of your Social Media posts, but you have been busy behind-the-scenes on new things for the upcoming events, are you able to give us a little hint on what you have been doing?


[Kim]:
Me personally? Project Totsugeki Love Heart.
Ore no Uta o Kike,
music is love
music is hope
music is life
music is mystery
music is energy.



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Website: https://www.animangapop.co.uk/
Need Support?: https://support.animangpaop.co.uk/
Email me direct: kim@popnippon.com



Recently we were lucky enough to sit down with 'Groups Manager' from AiDOLOXXXY to discuss the current situation in Japan and their goals for the year ahead.

[AMP]:
Thank you, 'Ragi', 'Yumu', 'Minami', 'Nana' and of course their manager for taking time to answer a few questions for our fans and followers.


[AMP]:
First of all, how is everyone? How are things in Tokyo at the moment with regards to the current COVID situation?


[AiDOLOXXXY]:
Tokyo is currently facing a 2nd wave of the COVID epidemic situation, so everyone pays significant attention to social activities. Therefore, so many events have been mostly cancelled, including many idol live concerts. Its seriously tough time. Some historical live houses already closed down businesses in Tokyo.

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[AMP]:
People from the UK in recent years have started getting into the idol scene and started following a lot of different groups. For those who have yet to hear AiDOLOXXXY can you introduce yourselves?


[[AiDOLOXXXY]:
It is so nice to know people in the UK have started following Japanese idol groups! AiDOLOXXXY is a Japanese idol group produced initially by Japanese fashion brand Galaxxxy in 2019. (Now managed by BORDERLESS MUSIC PRODUCTION with Galaxxxy support in part of creative, such as costumes)

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[AMP]:
AiDOLOXXXY has such a distinct feel to it and looks to have full creative support from the fashion brand “Galaxxxy”. How would you describe your sound and look?


[AiDOLOXXXY]:
AiDOLOXXXY places a lot of importance in its creative sound. Unlike other idol groups, AiDOLOXXXY changes its music composer for each new song. That gives a variety of sound to AiDOLOXXXY and acts as one of its core concepts which are “Diversity”. Similar to the Fashion brand Galaxxxy’s concept.

Like the first M.V “Galaxy Quest”, the sound is unique compared to other idol group sounds. It has a unique mixture of a pop sound and electro sound. You can also find the outstanding graphic printed costume in MV. The artist who produced the graphics is called MITSUME.

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[AMP]:
I loved ‘Galaxy Quest’ as it has such an upbeat tempo as well as super-catchy. What has your favourite song been so far to date?


[AiDOLOXXXY]:
I do love ‘Galaxy Quest’ the best so far. Music producer CHI-MEY has made a great gift to AiDOLOXXXY with this. However, I like others too.

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[AMP]:
As we are now half-way through 2020, Do you have anything exciting planned for the 2nd half of the year?


[AiDOLOXXXY]:
Sorry... that is a secret for now. He-he!

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[AMP]:
What do you think about the current wave of streaming of live stage events that are happening in the world at the moment? Do you think they will have a place in the future and might coexist with real events?


[AiDOLOXXXY]:
Continuous cancellation of live stage events has been causing severe financial damage to most of the live performers. Some say 30% of idol groups in Japan will vanish because of this. To keep them alive, streaming live stage is one kind of solution for sure.

An increasing number of artists are streaming live stage, with better quality and more ideas of the streaming live stage will boost up compared to before COVID world. So...yes! It will have a place in the future.

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[AMP]:
Apart from your Social media links and website. Is there anywhere that international fans will be able to see AiDOLOXXXY live-stream?


[AiDOLOXXXY]:
Sorry, not at the moment no. We hope in the near future.

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[AMP]:
Once the world is out of this current situation, will AiDOLOXXXY be looking to perform at events nationally and internationally?


[AiDOLOXXXY]:
We are definitely looking forward to performing at overseas events in the future!

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[AMP]:
Once again, thank you for taking the time to talk to us, and we really hope and look forward to seeing you soon.


[AiDOLOXXXY]:
We are so glad to have opportunities to introduce AiDOLOXXXY ourselves here. We strongly hope to see you all soon. Thank you so much!



You can find out more above Aidoloxxxy and their awesome songs by following their social media and/or visiting their website. All listed below.

Website: https://www.aidoloxxxy.com/
Twitter: https://www.aidoloxxxy.com/





Recently we were lucky enough to sit down with 'Yu Katayama' from Listen Flavor to discuss the current situation in Japan and their goals for the year ahead.

[AMP]:
First of all, how are you? and how are things in Tokyo at the moment with regards to the current situation?


[Listen Flavor]:
I'm good thank you. I'm even busier than before the COVID situation.
The situation in Tokyo is somewhat weird. Although we were once relieved from the state-of-emergency declaration, the number of patients is still increasing day by day and it became even more than before the declaration! For that reason, people are avoiding coming to Tokyo.

The shops and restaurants are re-opened as before, but the customers are not coming back as they used to be. Most people are still keeping staying at home and afraid of being infected. On the other hand, the people who got tired of staying at home are going out a lot.

It is a kind of ironic that the people going out are spreading the threat of infection but also helping the shops not to go bankrupt.

Nobody can tell which is right and which is not.

Everything seems to be unpredictable as the situation changes every day much faster than our expectations.
However, we are struggling to find a way to ‘live together’ with the virus.

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[AMP]:
Everyone is dying to know how did one of the most famous Harajuku Brands in fashion start out? When was the beginning of the road for you?


[Listen Flavor]:
Before we opened the store in Harajuku, the founder of the company started his business as a T-shirt speciality brand for retailers. It was nothing special at the beginning. We started as a small company with a small business.

Shortly after a while, I (a designer) and Yu-san (a director of the brand) joined the company.
From that point, the way our brand should go became much clearer. The name of the brand ‘LISTEN FLAVOR’ came from the graphic of the T-shirt that I designed which became the first small hit from the brand founded before LISTEN FLAVOR. At that time, the former brand name was not officially registered yet, so we changed it to... LISTEN FLAVOR.

It was a kind of funny story that one day in the morning, the founder of the company went out, and when he came back after a few hours, he said he found a good location for a new store in Harajuku. I didn't even know what he went out for!

For a small company which had just launched its business, finding the vacant property in Harajuku, especially around Takeshita street, is almost like a miracle as we all knew how hard it is. However, it happened by chance.

That is how we started ‘LISTEN FLAVOR’ as in the shape of the brand you may all recognise today.

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[AMP]:
Listen Flavor has such a distinct feel to it, a lot of UK-based fans of your brands would love to know where the inspiration for the collections comes from?


[ListenFlavor]:
This is a frequently asked, yet ‘hard to answer’ kind of question because the source of inspiration comes from everywhere.

It is like gathering particles of raw culture floating around the streets of Harajuku. We mix, mash and stir them up together and extract the essence from it.
The extracted essence is always containing what people are interested in right now, what is striking their hearts, and how they adapt it to their lives. What we do is to bring that to the shape of fashion. The most important thing is to catch up with the ‘real’ and ‘raw’ culture born just now in the street of Harajuku.

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[AMP]:
As with most companies, the current situation has made people think about diversification in certain areas of their business. We can see you have moved into the production of masks. Is this a product line you think will be a trend that you will keep moving forward after the pandemic? Would Listen Flavor also look at potentially diversifying into Bags and Footwear?


[ListenFlavor]:
About the masks, we are not sure, to be honest. Because the world we want to live in is the world we can live without masks. But until that day comes, yes, we will keep producing them as it is becoming a part of fashion, at least for now.

Regarding Bags and Footwear, we always have been thinking about producing them. To tell you the truth, we were making them in the past. However, the product line has been suspended for many reasons but it is always in our minds. So it will be coming someday in the future.

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[AMP]:
As we are now half-way through 2020, Do you have anything exciting planned for the 2nd half of the year?


[Listen Flavor]:
I really hope so. We had to change all the schedules for this year. And some ‘surprising’ plan was also postponed. We are still re-scheduling all the plans, including new collaborations. I can't tell if they can be announced within 2020 or will be 2021 but it is definitely coming in the near future. Besides that, the forthcoming regular collections will be exciting as well as the other surprising plans. So please expect that too.

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[AMP]:
As we know, Listen Flavor has sponsored on many occasions our event ‘Animangapop’ for which everyone is truly grateful. Up till this point did you know much about the Japanese POP-Culture Scene in the UK?


[Listen Flavor]:
We knew that Lolita Fashion is quite popular in the world, especially in Europe. However, when it comes to the POP-culture, I never knew it is that much popular until we collaborated with ‘DANGANRONPA.’I then realised how much The Japanese POP-Culture is loved by so many people when I was invited to the Anime convention in the US.

So I am very much looking forward to seeing the Japanese POP-Culture fans in the UK someday. Personally, the UK is a very special place for me because London is the place where I studied Art for four years. I am expecting to ‘come back’ to the UK one day.

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[AMP]:
What do you think about the current wave of streaming Conventions that are happening around the world at the moment? Do you think they will have a place in the future and might coexist with physical conventions?


[Listen Flavor]:
In a way, Yes, I think it depends on what they provide. For instance, the subject which can go well with internet-based technologies like Games and Music that can provide the ‘experience’ would succeed in that way too.

However, for the subject in which you can get more information from physical contacts, such as Cameras, Cars, Musical instruments, and Fashion! The proper place to touch and try them will be required. But even for these subjects, the streaming Convention is attractive enough to draw people's attention.

Therefore, I think the coexistence of streaming and physical Conventions is rather preferable for the future.

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[AMP]:
We know that Listen Flavor has attended some conventions in the US before. Do you attend local Japanese events to showcase your brand?


[Listen Flavor]:
I have to say NO to that question.

In fact, there are not many events related to fashion held in Japan except for the so-called 'High-Fashion.' Meanwhile, well-known events like 'Design Festa' are mainly open for individual artists and designers. The other famous events for fashion are only open for companies. So there are not many chances to introduce our collection in a particular event.

Instead, as some of you might have already noticed, Social Media has become the greatest place to introduce the brand. Recently we are pouring more energy into it. So please check out if you haven't.

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[AMP]:
We understand that our parent company ‘POP Nippon’ had organised 2 x Fashion Shows for Listen Flavor this year in Spain and Germany but due to the Pandemic these had to be cancelled. Are you looking forward to meeting some of your European fan-base when we are through this current crisis?


[Listen Flavor]:
Of course! By all means! Almost everyone around me who had a plan to attend the overseas event had to cancel their participation this year.

I can imagine how much they were disappointed with the situation as I was disappointed so much. Even though nobody can predict what the situation is going to be like next year, most of us are believing things will be settled in a good way. No matter when it will be, we will be there for sure.

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[AMP]:
Thank you for taking your time to talk to us and we really hope and look forward to seeing you soon.


[Listen Flavor]:
Thank you! I hope I will see you all soon.



You can find out more above Listen Flavor and their awesome range of products by following their social media and/or visiting their website. All listed below.

Website: https://listenflavor.com/
Blog: https://ameblo.jp/ilovelistenflavor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/listenflavor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/listenflavor_harajuku/
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