Iron Chef Morimoto at NYAF

NYAF reminds us in a colossal way this year that the festival is more than your average anime convention. Rather, it's a celebration of the entirety of Japanese pop culture. While anime may be at the epicenter of the festival, NYAF Guests of Honors show the wide range of Japanese culture. We've got illustrator Yoshitaka Amano, author Hideyuki Kikuchi, voice actress Rie Tanaka, and fashion designer Baby, The Stars Shine Bright. And to add to the mix, NYAF has just announced that Chef Masaharu Morimoto -- star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America -- will attend NYAF 2008 as a Guest of Honor.

Chef Morimoto will hold a question-and-answer session and a book signing. Festival attendees are also invited to visit Chef Morimoto's eponymous restaurant -- Morimoto -- from 7 to 9 PM on the last day of the New York Anime Festival for NYAF's Official After Party. Morimoto Restaurant is located at 88 10th Avenue in Manhattan. The New York Anime Festival's After Party will take place in Morimoto's downstairs bar and is open to all NYAF attendees, exhibitors, professionals, and press.

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