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Official website: http://sakuracon.org/
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What to Expect
Regardless of when you attend, it's important to note that Seattle is a very laid back city that, despite being almost entirely powered by caffeine, moves at its own unique pace. While there are always going
to be a few bad eggs who are out to ruin the fun of others, for the most part the people and businesses
in Seattle are very welcoming of SakuraCon attendees.
To see SakuraCon history: http://www.anglcon.com/sakurahistory/
What to Bring in Order to Enjoy Oneself
little contingency or emergency that might arise. Luckily SakuraCon is pretty experienced and do their best to help their attendees out with whatever little emergency they might encounter during the course of the weekend. When you're within the walls of the convention, you are well protected from wardrobe malfunctions thanks to the Cosplay Repair Station and any injuries that might occur thanks to the First Aid station. For things that the convention can't cover, there are a number of drug stores near the convention center which will be happy to sell you whatever you need to get through the weekend.
There are a number of essential items that you'll want to pack before you leave to attend SakuraCon but
there are two things in particular that are an absolute must beyond any other thing (besides maybe clothing): some form of currency and some form of Vitamin C. Between food, drinks and the merchandise room there are many, many different ways to break your bank account at this convention so be sure to show up with money as well as a budget for you to stick to.
Additionally, protect yourself from con plague by bringing along some kind of Vitamin C to take over the course of the weekend. If your hotel has a refrigerator in each room, bring along a bottle of juice. If your hotel doesn't have that amenity, bring along some vitamin powder. Do not let yourself forget to take your vitamins though, otherwise you might find yourself sick and miserable by the end of the weekend and that is never fun. Luckily, spring weather in Seattle is generally fairly pleasant. You might get rained on a little but most years the sun will be shining and the temperature will be comfortable.
What to do While There / What is Available
there is no easy answer to the question. No matter what form of anime, manga, or Japanese culture you're interested in there is always something to do! If you're interested in learning about the industry and finding out about the latest news, there are a number of industry panels that you can attend. If you're more interested in meeting voice actors and creators from both the United States and Japan, SakuraCon invites a large number of them every year and they always host interesting panels. If you just want to talk about your favorite anime with other fans, SakuraCon hosts some pretty fantastic fan panels every year.
One of the best kept secrets of the convention lies on the second floor of the convention center and that would be the Kimono Workshop sponsored by the Kabuki Academy. In this room, attendees of all ages can get dressed up in authentic kimonos and snap a few photos of the experience which always ends up being a memory that will last you for a lifetime.
If you're a cosplayer, be sure to sign up for the annual Cosplay Chess event which is always a blast for both the audience and the participants. In this annual event, cosplayer’s step onto a giant chess board and take the place of chess pieces. Two experienced chess players then move the cosplayer’s around the board in a real life game that always results in hilarity.
As you might have guessed, SakuraCon is very big on cosplay. There are a variety of reasons why people cosplay at this con. Some people do it just for fun and to show off their love for a particular series or character. Some people take it a bit more seriously and want to show off their skills. Regardless of the reason, this is a great convention to take photos at.
Overall Review / Experience / Final Thoughts
For over a decade now, SakuraCon has been my home away from home. It is my oasis from the stress of real life. Some people will tell you that SakuraCon is a convention that only teenagers and kids can enjoy but every year that I attend I see people of all ages having a good time: teenagers, kids, seniors, middle aged parents, adults... no one is excluded from the fun! No matter what age you are or what your experience level with anime is, there is something for everyone at SakuraCon.