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5 Centimeters per Second and Voices of a Distant Star Screening

The Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan in collaboration with DC Anime Club Present screenings of 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND and VOICES OF A DISTANT STAR on Friday May 29, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. as part of inaugural showing for a film series based on both anime and manga.

5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND is a 2007 Japanese animated feature film by Makoto Shinkai. The film was finished on January 22, 2007. The first part of the film was debuted on Yahoo! Japan as streaming video to Yahoo! Premium members in February 2007. On March 3, 2007, the full length featured film had its theatrical premiere at Cinema Rise in Shibuya, Tokyo. The film consists of three segments: CHERRY BLOSSOM, COSMONAUT and 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND, totaling about an hour of runtime. As in Shinkai's previous works, Tenmon composes for this film's soundtrack.

VOICES OF A DISTANT STAR is a Japanese anime OVA by Makoto Shinkai. It chronicles a long-distance relationship between a teenage couple who communicate by sending emails via their mobile phones across interstellar space. It was originally released to DVD on February 2, 2002, and has since been broadcast across Japan on the anime satellite television network, Animax.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. RSVP to

Seating is limited and granted on a first come, first served basis. For more information, visit the Japanese Information and Culture Center website at or visit the DC Anime Club website at

Friday, May 29, 2009 - 11:00am to 7:00pm
Submission Deadline 
Friday, May 29, 2009 - 12:00pm