August 22, 2015, -S. Barton
Waku Waku +NYC, a new Japanese pop-culture festival taking place next weekend in Brooklyn, held a special event at Kinokuniya.
Haven’t heard of Waku Waku +NYC? This festival is a fusion of Japanese pop culture and Brooklyn culture. It brings together the worlds of anime, manga, music, food, film, and fashion inside Brooklyn’s Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods. Featuring exhibits, panels, screenings, and interactive events across multiple locations. The name itself, “Waku Waku” (わくわく) is a Japanese word for “excitement”; along with strong sense of anticipation for a marvelous occurrence.
The festival may only be a week away, nonetheless, the Kinokuniya event was indeed exciting. It included last minute ticket sales and a raffle for weekend passes and puzzles from the popular anime/manga series Sword Art Online and Magi The Labyrinth Of Magic.
The raffles were held every 1/2 hour from 1-4 pm, there was even a last chance raffle at 4:30 pm. Over 10 lucky winners went home with weekend passes, (a $65 dollar value); and even this reporter got lucky and won a Sword Art Online puzzle. Anticipation is already in the air with a strong sense for a marvelous occurrence next weekend.
Waku Waku +NYC is Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30 from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, please visit: http://wakuwakunyc.com/