Western Carolina University’s Japanese Pop Culture class took an exciting field trip to Atlanta, Ga. for JapanFest on Sept. 16. JapanFest is a convention that houses all things Japanese culture. Themed “Experience Japan,” JapanFest hosted interactive performances and demonstrations. Authentic Japanese merchandise was sold including clothing, artwork and anime material. In addition to shows and merchandise, the venue held a massive food court that served different Japanese vendors and cuisines.
Music has a long tradition of inspiring fanaticism within fanbases. Consider the babybooming-pensioners at any Jimmy Buffet concert, the Parrotheads. Consider the smelly burnouts who follow around The Grateful Dead, the Deadheads. Even “Weird Al” Yankovic has a legion of rabid fans called “Close Personal Friends of Al.”
Now consider the Juggalos.