The Asia-Northwest Cultural Education Association (ANCEA), is proud to present the twentieth annual Sakura-Con, April 14th to 16th, at the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle Washington.
Sakura-Con is celebrating a very special 20th Anniversary year! Attendance is expected to include over 24 thousand attendee members per day!
In honor of this special event, Mayor Murray has proclaimed April 14th to be Sakura-Con Day!
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! Full programming details, including guests of honor listings can be found at the Sakura-Con website.
Sakura-Con started with 313 attendees in its inaugural year and has grown to be among the top five largest anime conventions in the nation, second largest of its kind on the West Coast. Sakura-Con is also the event with the second highest local economic impact of any event hosted in the Washington State Convention Center.
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. In 2012, ANCEA received an official commendation from the Japanese Foreign Ministry for contributions to friendship and understanding between Japan and the USA.