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Waku Waku +NYC Announces Must-See Highlights for Debut Event


New York, NY, August 12, 2015 - Azix, Inc. is pleased announce the inaugural edition of Waku Waku +NYC, a festival rooted in Japanese pop culture that celebrates creativity and collaboration and seeks to break down the boundaries that divide different fields and cultures. Waku Waku +NYC will take place across Brooklyn's Greenpoint area at locations including the brand-new Brooklyn Expo Center, Brooklyn Bowl, and Verboten.


For this first edition, top talent and industry veterans from Japan in fields as diverse as anime, video games, fine art, fashion, cosplay, food, music, sports, and education are working together with emerging artists and performers from the New York area. Waku Waku +NYC launches with the aim to bring together fresh perspectives and foster pop culture experimentation and discovery.


Chikako Ichihara, founder of Waku Waku +NYC and CEO of Azix. Inc, developed Waku Waku +NYC as a space where guests and attendees alike can feel waku waku, a Japanese term that means "dream-like excitement." By bringing together top artists and crossing both industry and national divides within a euphoric environment of endless possibilities, Ichihara wants to introduce a new and exciting cultural event that goes "beyond anime," the likes of which New York has never seen.



For more information and for all the For more information on guests, events, and more, visit the official Waku Waku +NYC website at



Azix, Inc., is a Japanese events and marketing company with offices in New York and Tokyo. Azix has produced tourism exhibitions, culinary demonstrations, street fairs, and product launches for over 10 years. Azix is a well-known, hands-on creative-idea agency that produced the largest tourist event ever mounted: Japan Week ( earlier this year attracted over 400,000 attendees. Participating brands included Delta Air Lines, SEIKO, NHK WORLD, ITO EN, Beard Papa's, and Moshi Moshi Nippon, as well as other local businesses, multi-national brands, and Japanese governmental agencies. Azix's events have attracted local, national, and international media, generated millions of impressions, and—perhaps most impressively—sold over 1,000 bento boxes in a single hour! (