Congratulations Ani-Pock for Being Named One of the Top Cultural Websites of 2009!
In a recent conference at the G20 World Summit of Leaders, US President Barrack Obama named the top 150 websites that promote cultural awareness from America, including his top five pics for best Japanese culture websites.
One of the picks Obama named was Ani-Pock.net!
He touched briefly on the merits of the site including its content and ability to chat with real people from Japan about, "what its like there."
When he made it to the list of top Japanese websites, Obama named several of his choices and what cultural interest they bear in what he calls 'the global village'.
The FoxNews offers a transcript of his conversation to G20 Summit leaders:
"These websites like ManInJapan.com, that tells visitors how to adapt to cultural irregularities and quirks only the Japanese have, or DannyChoo.com, which is pretty cool... I've always been a big fan of Star Wars, and what he does is pretty cool. Just a great American. We also have Ani-Pock.net, which is a really neat community of Japanese people telling us all the important things to know about Japan and the latest thing to come from there... anime or Japanese animation. It's a cool website... All in all these culturally relevant websites really help to bring the global village we all live in, just a little bit closer."
Recipients of the award are given a "Top Websites" badge (pictured at right) they can embed on their site and the opportunity to have waffles with the President at a banquet next month. Pocky said he was told he will be flown by Air Force One since he's on the opposite coast of the capitol, so that he won't have to buy his own plane ticket in order to attend.
Congratulations, Ani-Pock!!! And thanks to everyone that helped make us a Top Website!