19th Annual Sakura-Con, March 25-27
Sakura-Con is a round-the-clock festival of Japanese media, cultural arts, education and entertainment. Members who attend Sakura-Con are treated to exclusive appearances from Japanese and American celebrities from the anime, manga, gaming and music industry.
Fans, Industry, Guests and Cultural Presenters put on educational and entertaining panels celebrating all aspects of Asian culture and media fandom. Highlights include concerts, theaters, dances, free gaming suites, exhibitors and much more!
Sakura-Con started with 313 attendees in its inaugural year and has grown to be among the top five largest nonprofit anime conventions in the nation and the second largest on the West Coast. Sakura-Con has significant economic impact in Seattle, bringing in an estimated 13 million in revenue for local businesses in just one weekend. Sakura-Con has consistently ranked as the second highest revenue generating event hosted in the Washington State Convention Center in terms of the local economy.
Members who attend Sakura-Con generally stay downtown for the entire event, utilizing hotels, restaurants and area services. With over 80% in cosplay costumes, Sakura-Con makes a colorful splash over Easter weekend!
Sakura-Con is now projecting over 24,000 individual member attendees (well over 60,000 in “turnstile” counting).
In 2012, ANCEA/Sakura-Con received an official commendation from the Japanese Foreign Ministry for contributions to friendship and understanding between Japan and the USA. Sakura-Con is one of only two anime conventions in the world to receive this honor.
ANCEA is a state and federal 501c3 non-profit corporation and entirely volunteer run. The corporation bylaws state that no one, even the board of directors, can be paid, so Sakura-Con is truly “for the fans, by the fans.”
100% of funds raised go toward supporting the ANCEA mission.