Santa Clara (near San Jose) -- "Japan Expo" happens August 23-25.
I got a notification on Facebook that Noriyuki Iwadare (Lunar, Grandia, Ace Attorney series) alongside a band that he formed will be performing ... probably some songs from the franchises I mentioned parenthetically.
If I lived within driving distance I'd use vaca time to go. Alas, I live on the east coast.
Getting the word out here in case any of you west-coast folk want to meet a living legend. Ex-staffers Damian Thomas, Dennis Rubinshteyn, and myself got to meet Iwadare last fall, and he's a ton of fun, loads of personality!