By Diane Ako
Twice per month in October, November and December, Shirokiya at Ala Moana Center will have 'OHANA SUNDAYS AT SHIROKIYA, a fun, family-friendly, free* event at the popular department store. (*not including items for purchase)
The schedule of semi-monthly events is:
OCT 20 - ONI-CON HAWAII PREVIEW: GET YOUR ANIME ON!
OCT 27 - HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
NOV 10 - SHICHI-GO-SAN FESTIVAL
NOV 24 - KZOO FIVE-0: CELEBRATING KZOO RADIO'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
DEC 8 - HEALTH & BEAUTY FAIR
DEC 29 - OSHOGATSU: JAPANESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
All events will be from 1-4 p.m.
Here’s a detailed look at the first event on Sunday:
Enter the world of Harajuku, Anime and Sci-Fi as Shirokiya's first 'Ohana Sunday will put the spotlight on the 1st Annual Oni-Con Hawaii (www.oniconhawaii.com) November 1-3, at the Hawaii Convention Center), and feature the following activities:
"YU X ME MAID CAFE & HOST CLUB" will be serving you your orders from Kulu Kulu and BRUG. Play games at your table with our costumed maids and hosts, and get a taste of what Japan's famous maid cafes are like!
"COSPLAY RUNWAY" invites cosplayers to walk our runway and display their costumes and portrayal of their character.
"MINI MASQUERADE THEATER" will share a small sampling of musical numbers and skits from Oni-Con Hawaii's Cosplay Masquerade.
If you've never heard of "COSPLAY CHESS DEMO," the Cosplay Chess Brigade will show you what it's all about.
A SHIROKIYA EXCLUSIVE: The U.S. debut of "NINJYASIZE," the ultimate workout routine! DVDs of this fitness program will be available for purchase for the very first time in a store outside of Japan! Enjoy a "Ninjyasize" demonstration for the first time in the U.S.! (see www.ninjyasize.com)
ENTER CONTESTS AND WIN PRIZES like passes to Oni-Con Hawaii and Shirokiya gift cards! And, of course, you can purchase tickets for 3-day passes to Oni-Con Hawaii, as well as souvenir items, at Shirokiya on 'Ohana Sunday.
GET YOUR ANIME ON AND COME IN COSTUME - OR JUST COME AND BE DAZZLED BY THE COSTUMES AND ACTIVITIES!!! IT’LL FEEL LIKE A SUNDAY IN HARAJUKU!!!
Here is a detailed schedule of the day.
1-4 p.m. Oni-Con Hawaii Marketplace
Tickets and Merchandise Sales (retail area, mall level)
1-4 p.m. "Yu x Me Maid Cafe and Host Club"
Snacks and games (Brug Cafe at Meika Plaza, mall level)
1 p.m. "A Taste of Cosplay"
Presented by Oni Con Hawaii and Babel Entertainment
(stage, mall level)
1:10 p.m. Cosplay Runway #1
Attendees in family-friendly costumes may participate on the runway!
1:30 p.m. Prize Giveaways #1
1:35 p.m. Live Cosplay Chess
2:00 p.m. Mini "Masquerade" Theater #1
2:25 p.m. Prize Giveaways #2
2:30 p.m. Cosplay Runway #2
2:50 p.m. "Ninjyasize" - FIRST TIME IN HAWAII!!!
3:10 p.m. Mini "Masquerade" Theater #2
3:30 p.m. Prize Giveaways #3
4 p.m. Finale
“Lovers of Harajuku fashions, anime and sci-fi will not want to miss this exciting premiere event," said Kevin Kaneshiro, Shirokiya Asst. Store Manager. "We're expecting a lot of people to come in costume, but everyone is welcome to watch and enjoy - and even participate - in the fun activities throughout this unique, fantasy-themed day."
“We are so thrilled to partner with Shirokiya on this event,” said Oni-Con Hawaii Event Coordinator & Co-chair, Steve Okubo. “We hope to see a lot of folks who are new to the whole Cosplay culture, as well, so we can introduce them to the fun of this phenomenon that is growing by leaps and bounds around the world!”
For more information or to register, visit www.oniconhawaii.com.