Sakura-Con is the northwest's oldest and largest anime, manga (comics), gaming, and Asian culture convention. Hosted by the Asia Northwest Cultural Education Association, a 501(c)(3) non profit, Sakura-Con began in 1998 as a small, three-day event . a party for anime fans at the Double Tree Inn, in Tukwila Washington. The convention has grown dramatically over the years in terms of size and mission. Operated by a 100% all-volunteer staff, our main goal is for everyone to have fun and to foster learning more about the cultures that bring us our favorite media.
We started Sakura-Con because we missed the fun, multi-level anime conventions where something was always happening and you were afraid to eat lunch for fear of missing something you really wanted to see. We were tired of the professionally run conventions that herded you into a room to see a speaker for one hour, than herded you into a line for an autograph and closed in time for you to be home for supper! Some of our fondest memories were of gulping down a salad in 10 minutes so we wouldn't miss a panel we wanted to see or spending hours in the hotel bar with the cast and crew of various shows, comic books, authors, etc. We missed the friendly guests who really liked meeting their fans and having as much fun as we were having.
So we decided to start a convention. We returned to the older-style 24-hour convention with dances, karaoke, panels, anime theater rooms, great guests, and a staff that really knows and cares about the fandom because we are part of it too! You may have a hard time finding time to sleep!
YEAR ATTENDANCE Total Attendance Growth Exhibitors Guests Staff 2014 22K+ (final data coming soon) 2013 22,419 11% 240+ 10J 4NA 920+ 2012 20,214 6% 160+ 15J 8NA 900+ 2011 19,040 5% 120+ 8J 18NA 750+ 2010 18,002 9% 120+ 11J 19NA 660+ 2009 16,500 21% 100+ 8J 15NA 1EU 480+ 2008 13,600 30% 100+ 11J 16NA 420+ 2007 10,500 40% 100+ 11J 19NA 400+ 2006 7,500 56% 92 7J 10NA 250+ 2005 4,800 (cap) 8% 40+ 8J 7NA 250+ 2004 4,425 47% 40+ 9J 8NA 250+ 2003 3,000+ 29% 26 5J 3NA 60 2002 2,328 53% 29 2D 3J 5NA 55 2001 1,519 75% 21 1D 2J 4NA 46 2000 866 57% 12 8NA 34 1999 553 77% 8 3NA 23 1998 313 --- 12 6NA 15 :::Guests::: D = Dignitary, J = Japanese, NA = North American, EU = European
YEAR PROGRAMMING Theaters Live
Gaming 2014 (data coming soon) 2013 4A / 1AMV 7P 1R / 1C / 1PC / 1AR / 1CC / 1G 2012 4A / 1AMV 7P 1R / 1C / 1PC / 1AR / 1CC / 1G 2011 4A / 1AMV 7P 1R / 1C / 1PC / 1AR / 1CC / 1G 2010 4A / 1AMV 7P 1R / 1C / 1PC / 1AR / 1CC / 1G 2009 6A / 1AMV 5P 1R / 1C / 1PC / 1AR / 1CC / 1G / 1M 2008 6A / 1AMV 5P 1R / 1C / 1PC / 1AR / 1CC / 1G / 1M 2007 5A / 1AMV ... 1R / 1C / 1PC / 1AR / 1CC / 1G / 1M 2006 4A 3P 1R / 1C / 1PC / 2AR / 2CC / 1G / 1M 2005 3A 3P 1R / 1C / 1PC / 1AR / 1CC / 1G / 1M 2004 3A 3P 1R / 1C / 1PC / 1AR / 1CC / 1G / 1M 2003 3A 3P 1R / 1C / 1PC / 1AR / 1CC / 1G 2002 3A 3P 1R/1C/1PC/1AR 2001 3A 3P 1R / 1C / 1PC 2000 3A 3P 1R / 1C 1999 3A 2P 1R / 1C 1998 2A 2P 1R :::Key::: A: Anime, P: Panel, R: RPG, PC: LAN, C: Console, AR: Arcade, CC: Collectible Card Gaming, G: Go and Asian, M: Miniatures
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