Museum Peelander-Z will perform as part of J-POP! at the Indiana State Museum Saturday; 232-1637
If you think Japanese culture is virtually taking over the U.S., you're probably right, at least as far as pop culture is concerned. Japanese animation style can be seen in shows like Teen Titans and Yu-Gi-Oh, and the biggest selling manga (Japanese comic book) in America, Shonen Jump, far outsells even the most successful traditional superhero fare. Now you can see the roots of this straight from the source. The Indiana State Museum will be hosting J-POP!, a day of Japanese pop culture events, Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; free with museum admission. The displays include examples of contemporary Japanese fashion, games, food and toys.
Events include a performance from Japanese punk band Peelander-Z and a Yu-Gi-Oh collectible card tournament hosted by local Japanese comics/video store Otakurama. And if you think pro football is competitive, you've never seen the sheer bloodthirsty determination of two 10-year-olds going for the throat in a round of Yu-Gi-Oh. There'll also be a competition of cosplay ("costume play"), the intensely competitive art of costuming based on historical, comics and animation figures. And as far as Peelander-Z, who have played numerous highly acclaimed shows at the Melody Inn, all we can say is you have to see them to believe them. With plastic wigs, goggles and outfits that make them look like Voltron rejects, it's hard to believe they're punk rock, but just trust us on this one. Consider yourself warned!
For more info: 232-1637, www.indianamuseum.org.