Manga/Anime Artist Donates Works for Exhibit and Disaster Benefit

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SAN FRANCISCO — New People, the San Francisco entertainment destination bringing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture to North American shores, presents “Yoshitaka Amano: For Japan,” a special pop art exhibition and auction event to fund ongoing Japanese disaster recovery and reconstruction efforts.

The exhibition opens inside New People’s Superfrog Gallery, located at 1746 Post St. in San Francisco, on Saturday, June 18, and runs through Saturday, July 9. An auction event and closing party are scheduled for the final day of the exhibit from 7 to 9 p.m. Guests must RSVP to attend. Additional details are available at www.newpeopleworld.com/arts/yoshitaka-amano-for-japan.

Amano has donated three striking new brush works on canvas (pictured) to be auctioned for the tsunami and earthquake victims of Japan. All proceeds will be received by the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund (www.jcccnc.org).

“For Japan” will exhibit a range of the acclaimed artist’s works that were originally created as a testament to his childhood love for American pop culture, comics, and automobiles. Reinterpreted with his signature manga- and anime-influenced graphic style, these vibrant pieces are boldly coated in auto paint and metallic glitter.

On-site as well as text bidding will begin at 12 p.m. (PST) on July 9. Bid amounts will be updated live on New People’s Twitter page. The final bidding event is scheduled to be held during the closing party at 7:30 p.m.

All bidders must pre-register to participate, either online or at the Superfrog Gallery. Credit card information will be obtained via phone after registration, along with a bidder number that will be used for identification during the auction.

“Japan still faces many challenges as it works to rebuild its infrastructure and house tens of thousands of people displaced by the earthquake and tsunami,” says Seiji Horibuchi, president and CEO of New People. “Yoshitaka Amano is an internationally acclaimed artist in the anime and pop art world and we’re honored to offer the Superfrog Gallery as the venue to unveil three of his latest works that will help with such a critical cause. This is a rare opportunity to acquire work by one of the most celebrated pop artists of the last 20 years and one not to be missed!”

Amano is widely acclaimed for his work in animation and video games. He designed the characters for the hit video game “Final Fantasy,” as well as for the films “Vampire Hunter D,” “Guin Saga,” “Final Fantasy,” and “Front Mission.”

The Superfrog Gallery is a bright and spacious 2,000-square-foot exhibit space that is located on the third floor of New People’s striking contemporary building in the heart of San Francisco’s historic Japantown. It is a permanent outlet for established as well as emerging artists that draw inspiration from Japanese and Asian pop and modern culture.

New People opened in 2009 at the former site of the Hokubei Mainichi and has become a must-see attraction of San Francisco’s cultural landscape. The 20,000-square-foot contemporary venue features the latest examples of Japanese popular culture expressed though film, art, fashion, and a variety of specialty boutiques and ongoing monthly events.

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