Anime Zou

Anime Zou First annual Anime Event hosted by Gardena Buddhist Church. We will be talking about the relationship between Anime and the Buddha Dharma Anime Zou, the Anime Conference @ GBC, will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 10:00am - 4:00pm.

Registration is $20. Registration will be available from January, 2016. Special Temple discounts will be available.

Operating as usual

Our Fuji (Wisteria) has an "aho-ge"
06/13/2019

Our Fuji (Wisteria) has an "aho-ge"

09/12/2017
Konnichiwa

Konnichiwa

How many songs that you can recognize?

Credits: LilyPichu

08/06/2017

Thank you everyone for your support of Anime-zou. Unfortunately, because we were not able to reach our target numbers we regret having to cancel the August 19th event. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please check back again for updates on Anime-zou.

Elephants at the temple
08/01/2017

Elephants at the temple

07/29/2017

Thank you to everyone who has already ordered Anime-Zou tickets!

what's your favorite Anime? Let us know!
07/20/2017

what's your favorite Anime? Let us know!

07/19/2017

Early registration will end on August 13

Anime Zou's cover photo
07/12/2017

Anime Zou's cover photo

07/12/2017

We are glad to announce that Pop Monster has agreed to join us again this year as our Anime-goods vendor!

We are also bringing back one of our best attended events from last year Chigiri-e (Japanese Tearing Paper Art) this year!

We will also have a special lecture on the history of Manga and in particular it's relationship to Japanese Buddhist Art.

We are also very excited about creating our Matsuri area where we will create a special and authentic matsuri experience for everyone. We will also be featuring taiko and are confirming the addition of other musical offerings!

Anime-Zou Art Show
07/10/2017

Anime-Zou Art Show

Timeline Photos
07/10/2017

Timeline Photos

07/10/2017

something new for this year is on-line registration and the art show!
on-line registration is on-line now at: Animezou2017.brownpapertickets.com

On-line registration opens on 7/7/17 at 12:00 am!
07/05/2017

On-line registration opens on 7/7/17 at 12:00 am!

07/05/2017

After AX it's AZ: Anime-Zou the Buddhism and Anime Event!

07/04/2017

What's the next big anime event after AX?
Could it be Anime-zou?

Anime-zou Community Art Show
06/29/2017

Anime-zou Community Art Show

The New Anime-zou 2017 Poster with actual date of August 19, 2017!
04/27/2017

The New Anime-zou 2017 Poster with actual date of August 19, 2017!

02/05/2017

anime-zou 2017 has a new date! The new date is August 19, 2017!

04/10/2016

Thank you everyone for helping us to have such a wonderful event! Please share your photos with us!

04/09/2016

Anime-Zou is finally here! We are looking forward to seeing everyone today!

04/08/2016

Anime-Zou is tomorrow! Please note that from 12:00 noon registration will move into the temple office.

04/08/2016

Anime-Zou is only 2 days away! Looking forward to seeing everyone then!

04/08/2016

Main Event:
Amy Umezu and Ryan Odagawa will be presenting a broad overview of how a manga is put together from a visual storytelling point of view. The presentation will include topics such as:
differences between anime and manga, difference between American comics and manga page/panel composition and character design development.

A hands on, in-class, step-by-step “draw along” of the character Hatsune Miku will also be a part of the event!

Please also check out the web-sites of our presenters: amyumezuart.com
odagawa.com

03/27/2016

CODE OF CONDUCT
Please wear your Event badge at all times during the Event. Please be prepared to show proof of age and identification when entering the Event or any program at the Event. We will only accept the following forms of identification: government-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards, passports, or military identification.
PROHIBITED ACTIONS
The following are not permitted at the Event or its surrounding perimeters, including the parking lots and structures:
Failure to be appropriately clothed, the sole discretion of Gardena Buddhist Church (GBC). Please follow local laws, rules, and regulations when selecting your costume.
Assaulting, threatening, or behaving inappropriately to another person, in GBC’s sole discretion.
Lewd or offensive behavior, such as profanity, obscene language or conduct, profanity, or racial, religious, or ethnic slurs.
Commercial or business transactions conducted without the GBC’s prior written consent, whether in the form of an exhibitor agreement, sponsorship agreement, vendor agreement, facility rental agreement, or otherwise. This includes, without limitation, the solicitation of money or other contributions or donations, or distribution of commercial advertising or promotional material of any kind, or offering samples of items which are sold, available for sale, or available in exchange for a donation or contribution.
Unlawful conduct or failure to comply with the policies, rules, or instructions of GBC, the Event staff, the Event facility, or the hotel affiliated with the Event.
Possessing any open can, bottle or other receptacle containing any alcoholic beverages.
Possessing any illegal substance. The GBC DOES NOT tolerate illegal substances in or around the Event.
Smoking, other than in designated areas.
PROHIBITION AGAINST THE USE OF SIGNS
All signs, whether for a costume prop or not, are prohibited unless approved in writing for specific use by Event Staff. Unapproved signs will be confiscated and repeat offenses may lead to individuals being asked to forfeit your attendee badge and may result in being banned from the convention.
PHOTOGRAPHY/RECORDING POLICY
You agree that you may be recorded during the Event without compensation and you hereby grant to GBC the rights to reproduce, display, distribute, perform, create derivative works from, and otherwise use any still photographs and moving sound and audiovisual recordings (“Recordings”) of you in any media and in any manner throughout the world in perpetuity, including on the internet, broadcast, satellite and other transmissions.
You are generally allowed to make Recordings in all common areas of the Event, with the exception of restricted areas. If you are unsure, please check and follow the instructions given.
Please obtain permission first to make Recordings of any individuals or costumes. If someone asks or otherwise indicates that they do not wish to be recorded, do not record them. GBC will make reasonable efforts to enforce this policy, but given the proliferation of recording devices and the ease with which Event attendees may conceal their recording devices, it is understood and agreed that GBC shall not be liable for violations.
Recordings of the Event or its employees, staff, or attendees for the purpose of sale, and/or publication to the press is expressly forbidden unless written permission has been obtained from GBC, as well the policy of any venue in which you are recording. Individuals may make Recordings for private listening/viewing, provided that such Recordings clearly identify the Event, date, and location at which they were recorded.
ALCOHOL POLICY
GBC is committed to providing a safe and family-friendly environment for everyone attending its events. GBC expects its employees, staff, directors, and each of their guests or representatives, to follow all applicable laws and regulations and to refrain from consuming alcohol in the presence of minors, serving alcohol while at the event, or bringing outside alcoholic beverages onto the event premises.
GBC does not serve alcohol. GBC’s employees, staff, directors, and all GBC representatives are prohibited from serving alcohol. GBC does not encourage drinking.
Alcohol is prohibited on GBC grounds.
Violation of this Alcohol Policy is grounds for immediate expulsion from the event and/or termination of your position with GBC.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
During the event, the office will be available for questions, concerns or inquires.
If you need immediate assistance, please don’t hesitate to approach anyone on the Event staff.
GBC reserves the right to modify and/or update this Code of Conduct at any time.
Violation of the Code of Conduct policies is grounds for immediate loss of your event badge and serious violations are grounds for banning you from coming to future events.
WEAPONS POLICY
Your participation in the Event means that you agree to comply with this Weapons Policy. The “Event” means any event held by the Gardena Buddhist Church (“GBC” or “we”), such as Anime Zou.
You further understand and agree that, for your own safety and the safety of everyone at the Event, GBC has the absolute and immediate right to inspect your costumes, prop weapons, and any other item you bring to the Event. We may temporarily or permanently remove any attendee at any time for violating this Weapons Policy — because your safety, and every attendee’s safety, is so important.
No real weapons are allowed at the Event.
This includes fi****ms, knives, curio, relic, and antique fi****ms, and every form of ammunition, whether carried openly or concealed and even if the weapons are inoperable or unusable. Even items that may be legal for you to own or carry are not welcome at our events if they violate this Weapons policy. The following are examples of weapons that you CANNOT bring to the Event:
FI****MS, AMMUNITION, RIFLES, SHOTGUNS, HANDGUNS, BLOWGUNS, TAZERS, LASER POINTERS, LASER-AIMING DEVICES OR SIMILAR LASER DEVICES, EXPLOSIVES OR OTHER INCENDIARY DEVICES, KNIVES, LIVE BLADES/SWORDS (INCLUDING KATANA AND OTHER MARTIAL ARTS STYLE SWORDS), DAGGERS, SWORD CANES, SWITCHBLADES, BALI-SONG (BUTTERFLY) KNIVES, AXES, HATCHETS, METAL POLE-ARMS, CLUBS, WOODEN/METAL BATS AND PADDLES, HUNTING BOWS, ARROWS, NUNCHUCKS,BRASS KNUCKLES, WHIPS, PEPPERSPRAY/MACE, POWER TOOLS, STILTS, VUVUZELAS, OR ANY ITEM THAT IS ILLEGAL IN THE CALIFORNIA OR THAT APPEARS, IN GBC MANAGEMENT’S DISCRETION, TO BE DANGEROUS OR WHICH WOULD PLACE OTHERS IN IMMEDIATE HARM AND OR EXCEED A DECIBEL LEVEL OF 85.
Prop Weapons are allowed only if they are Peace Bonded by Weapons Check.
Prop weapons are inoperable weapons that support the overall look of your costume or character. For example, Airsoft guns, Nerf guns, water guns, dart guns, disc guns, pellet guns, and cap guns are prop weapons.
Prop weapons must be submitted to “Weapons Check” for Peace Bonding. GBC has the sole discretion to approve prop weapons. Anime Zou’s Weapons Check location will be located by registration.
We may revoke Peace Bonding at any time in our sole discretion. For example, we will revoke approval if you use or brandish the item in an inappropriate fashion (like play-fighting or swinging the weapon around). We will also revoke approval if we receive complaints about the way you are using or displaying your prop weapon or futuristic device, or if you tamper with the device that Weapons Check uses to show that your prop weapon has been Peace Bonded.
Peace Bonding Rules
If a prop weapon is, or was, at any time capable of firing anything, it must be rendered permanently inoperable in order to qualify for Peace Bonding. You can do this by, for example, permanently plugging the barrel with glue, caulk, or any non-removable substance. You must be able to prove that the gun is permanently decommissioned upon inspection. Bring tools if necessary. In addition, permanently inoperable guns must have a brightly-colored tip (ex. orange).
In addition, to be Peace Bonded, your weapon must meet the following criteria:
Your prop weapon can’t be more than 7 feet (2.13 meters) long or weigh more than 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms).
Prop explosives cannot be made out of metal.
All swords or bladed martial arts weapons must be blunt-edged and cannot have any sort of cutting or sharpened edge (no live steel). Metal swords must have a sheath and must remain in the sheath for the duration of the Event. Whenever possible, for the purposes of keeping metal swords in sheaths, we recommend anchoring the sword to the sheath. We also reserve the right to anchor bladed weapons shut.
All prop bows must be unstrung or have a low-tensile thread.
All prop arrows must have non-metal, blunted tips.
Metal chains must be less than 12 inches long and no more than one inch thick.
Non-metal chains must be under a reasonable length so as not to pose a safety or fire hazard.
If your prop weapon looks realistic, then federal law requires that it either be translucent enough to see inside, or be at least half covered with solid white or bright red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, or purple. 15 CFR § 1150.3.
Peace-bonded weapons at the Event.
You may display your prop weapons only as costume pieces. Do not swing or brandish your prop weapon in any way that could be considered unsafe or threatening.
You may pose with a prop weapon in a brandishing manner, so long as no reasonable person would interpret it as anything but a pose for dramatic effect. Event staff or management may stop your posed brandishing in their sole discretion.
Please put your prop weapons away when leaving the Event site so that you don’t get the attention of local law enforcement. GBC cannot be responsible for any actions taken by local law enforcement – such as detention and questioning – if you decide to display or brandish your prop weapons at or outside of the Event.
Uniformed Costumes
COSTUMES THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OR OTHER EMERGENCY RESPONSE PERSONNEL UNIFORMS ARE NOT PERMITTED AT THE EVENT.
It’s just not safe to impersonate local law enforcement or other emergency personnel. GBC has the absolute right and sole discretion to decide whether your costume looks too much like one of these uniforms, and to request the removal or modification of that costume. If you don’t cooperate, we may expel you from the Event in order to protect the safety and welfare of everyone there.

03/21/2016

Special Temple Registration Rates will end on Monday, March 28, 2016.

03/17/2016

The planning committee would like to thank Pop Monster for coming as our vendor, the GBC Fujinkai for helping to provide food services, the GBC ABA for providing administrative support, the Japanese Language School for allowing us to use their rooms and access to equipment, the GBC Community Projects Group for helping with costuming for cosplay, the GBC Dharma School for their support and allowing us to help with Hanamido decorations, and the GBC for allowing us to host the event!

03/17/2016

Events during the day will include:
・Hanamido decoration, help decorate an altar that will be used as part of a major Buddhist service
・Tea Ceremony
・Chigiri-e, Japanese Paper Tearing Art
・Learn to draw Manga

Discussion Sessions will include:
・Buddhism in Anime
・Buddhist themes found in Casshern Sins
・Buddhism in One-Piece

There will also be a taiko performance during the day!

Other events are also being scheduled. Please check back again in the near future for a full schedule of events!

03/14/2016

Discussion Session:
One-Piece and Buddhism
has been added!

03/11/2016

Anime-Zou is pleased to announce that Pop Monster will be attending!

03/01/2016

Three tea ceremony sessions (Omote senke) have been scheduled for Anime-Zou. Space is limited. Reservations are $10.

03/01/2016

Registration for the event is $20. A special rate for our younger participants (between 5 and13 years of age) is $15.

Address

1517 W 166th St
Gardena, CA
90247-4737

Telephone

(310) 327-9400

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