FanimeCon to kick off at San Jose McEnery Convention Center today

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Fans of anime will be in San Jose this weekend celebrating Japanese art and popular culture as well as raising money for a good cause at FanimeCon.

The convention, which hosted over 16,000 fans in 2010, kicks off today at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center and runs through Monday, organizers said.

The annual anime celebration will feature costumes, music, games, parties, panels and international guests.

This year’s convention will also feature a special event to raise money for the Japanese Red Cross Society in the wake of March’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Participants will be able to purchase a sheet of origami paper for a minimum of $1 to fold into a crane, a Japanese symbol of world peace and wishes for recovery, organizers said.

A charity auction is also scheduled for Sunday afternoon. Participants will be able to bid in silent and live auctions on items including original artwork, commemorative items, and a Nintendo Wii.

FanimeCon’s parent organization, Anime Resource Group, has pledged to match the amount raised by the auction and all proceeds will be evenly divided between the Cancer Support Community, American Red Cross of Silicon Valley, and APA Family Support Services of San Francisco.

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