Day 1: Celebration Japan Begins!

Pablo Hidalgo | July 18, 2008

Star Wars Celebration Japan has begun! It’s Saturday morning in Japan right now, and at the Makuhari Messe convention center, crowds gathered early despite the oppressively humid heat, filling the hall outside the doors before Steve Sansweet, Head of Fan Relations, arrived in a dapper Rebel-sigil-printed robe to begin the ceremonies.

 Noting that Star Wars owes a debt to Japanese culture for many influences, from the wise Jedi Knights to the films of Akira Kurosawa, Sansweet introduced several VIPs — including Clone Wars director Dave Filoni, veteran modelmaker Lorne Peterson,  Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll, and a real life Ahsoka Tano in the flesh. To officially open the event, Sansweet and company brandished lightsabers to ceremonially cut the ribbon, opening up the hall to the assembled fans.

Keep checking this blog throughout the weekend for reports live from the floor of Celebration Japan.

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