Spring is all about the blossoms, sunny weather and anime! Especially if you’re in Seattle around the Easter Weekend when Sakura-Con brings Japanese and Asian culture together inside the Washington State Convention Center. This year, the convention ran from Friday, April 3rd through Sunday, April 5th with plenty of anime to watch, manga to buy and costumes to admire.
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It’s not spring without Sakura-Con! Thousands of people descended upon downtown Seattle, many in costume, for a three-day weekend party for all things Japanese. Were you there? Couldn’t make it? Browse through the Gallery and make it seem like it was the convention weekend all over again.
A sure sign of spring in Seattle is the Easter Weekend and Sakura-Con. For three days, April 18th through April 20th, 2014, a veritable army of costumed fans conquered a small portion of the Emerald City’s downtown, concentrated around the Washington State Convention Center. Didn’t get to attend? Check out my collection of photos from the event on Gallery.
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With another Sakura-Con behind us, it’s time to reflect on the gorgeous costumes and events over the three-day weekend. It’s always fun to see what people are wearing and some of the antics for those with a camera. And it was even more awesome being allowed to take still pictures during the ELISA concert on Saturday evening. If you couldn’t make it, there are pictures to make up for what you missed. As always, the collection is slowly being added to Gallery.
You know it’s springtime when the cherry blossoms are blooming with costumes posing outside the Washington State Convention Center. Sakura-Con is a celebration of Japanese pop culture with the pale pink petals not only providing part of the convention’s logo, but a picturesque theme of the three-day long party. As the Easter weekend was a little early this year, Sakura-Con ran from Friday, March 29th until 31st, 2013. Read the rest of this article…
Sakura-Con has evolved over the years, and in its 15th year the convention shows no sign of slowing down. This was my fifth time attending and I brought along a friend who hadn’t been before — I wanted to show him how things were done in the Pacific Northwest since he’s invited me down to a few conventions in Texas. I kept telling him how much I enjoyed Sakura-Con and that he would too. Needless to say, he did. Sakura-Con was held over the Easter weekend, April 6th though 8th, 2012 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in downtown Seattle, Washington. Read the rest of this article…
It was a bright and sunny Easter weekend which means one thing: Sakura-Con! And with Sakura-Con comes all the colourful costumes that flood Seattle with their dazzling detail and creativity. There are over 200 photos from the convention, so take a look around!
The complete collection can be found online on Gallery.
Over the years, Sakura-Con has increased in size and while the Washington State Convention and Trade Center is a large venue, it’s starting to show its limitations. In 2011, 19,040 people attended and that number is only going to keep on climbing.
This year, Sakura-Con has made some changes to maximize on the convention centre space and to improve the overall con experience.
- Individual dates can no longer be purchased for the convention — only full weekend (three-day) badges are available. Details behind this decision are available on the Sakura-Con Message Boards.
- Registration has relocated to the first floor of the Grand Hyatt Seattle Hotel. The hotel is one block north of the Washington State Convention and Trade Center at 721 Pine Street, Seattle, Washington.
- Pre-registration badge pick-up has relocated to the third floor of The Conference Center, a part of the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, on the corner of Pike Street and 8thAvenue. Pre-registration opens early at 12:00 pm PDT and closes at 9:00 pm PDT on Thursday, April 5th, 2012.
- Artists Alley has moved! It is now in the space that was occupied by registration in previous years. It will be next to the Exhibitors hall on the fourth floor over the Pike Street sky bridge.
Sakura-Con will take place on the Easter Weekend, April 6th – 8th, 2012 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.
With another Sakura-Con behind us, it’s time to reflect and remember how many Japanese cartoons one can cram into a three day weekend. Quite a bit, actually. This time around, I selected a hotel closer to the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, the Seattle Sheraton, primarily because it was really close (across the street) and had a slightly cheaper room rate. So here it is, my fourth Sakura-Con. Photos, as always, are available on Gallery. Read the rest of this article…