Mascot Contest 2023

Sakura-Con is excited to announce our mascot contest for 2023 is officially open!

From now until May 13th 11:59 PST submit your artwork for a chance to see your artwork represent Sakura-Con 2023!

For rules and how to submit visit the Mascot Contest page!

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GUEST CANCELLATION: Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn –

“Dear Sakura-Con attendees, I’m so sorry, but due to my overwhelming work schedule I won’t be able to attend Sakura-Con this year. I was really looking forward to coming to Seattle to be with you all and I know you’ll have an amazing con together. It breaks my heart that I can’t be there. Hopefully I’ll be able to see you at some future event. Stay safe, have fun and keep supporting each other. I love this community and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.”

Cosplay Contest Judges

Here are the 2022 Sakura-Con costume contest judges, we encourage everyone to read the autograph and photography policies and guidelines regarding Guests.



Eli Ebberts is a cosplayer from the Pacific Northwest with over 10 years of experience and a degree in Theater Arts. Eli has a passion for dazzling performances and sparkling fabrics. When she’s not at conventions she’s reading YA Fantasy,…

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Emilee, also known as Our Shield Maiden, is a Pacific Northwest cosplayer who loves competitive cosplay, genderbending, and cosplaying for under $100. She believes that cosplay really should be for everyone and that inclusivity makes the cosplay…

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Pannon (The Pannonator’s Pan-Tastic Cosplays) has been cosplaying since 2001. Over the past 21 years, she’s refined her craft and competed all over the United States and abroad! Pannon has won over 60 awards nationwide and represented the US twice…

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Charity Auction

Sakura Con partners with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and every year at con, we host a charity auction to raise money for their organization! If you’d like to be involved with this work and volunteer with Charity Auction, please email with an introduction. 

  • Must provide proof of full vaccination 
  • Must be 18+
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Arts and Crafts Announcement

Dear Sakura-Con attendees,

For the 2022 convention we are unfortunately unable to have our beloved Arts and Crafts room this year due to circumstances beyond convention control. We appreciate your understanding and anticipate that Arts and Crafts will return for 2023 and apologize for this turn of events.

For staff that have been a part of the Arts and Crafts department in previous years, we are deeply sorry for this turn of events and the Live Programming department is happy to help find you another position. Please reach out to for details.

Covid-19 Update

Sakura-Con is aware of the recently announced upcoming changes to Washington State’s Covid-19 mandates. At this time, we are maintaining the Covid-19 safety guidelines we currently have. Masks, as well as proof of vaccination or a laboratory issues negative Covid-19 test continue to be required. Any changes in those guidelines will be announced on our website and social media channels.

Please visit our Covid-19 safety page here!

Fashion Show Model Application

Always wanted to be in a Fashion show? 

Well here’s your chance!!!!

MINT NeKO Tokyo Fashion is holding an open call for models. 

Selected applicants will model in the MINT NeKO Tokyo Fashion show held Saturday on main stage!

To enter, please send an email to with the following:

  • Two Photos (One headshot, One full body)
  • Measurements (height, weight, bust/hip/waist)
  • A brief statement telling why you want to be apart of the fashion event

All applications must be submitted by Monday March 28, 2022

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Guest Announcement: MINT NeKO

MINT, the designer of MINT NeKO, was born in Shimane in 1984.

After graduating Bunka Fashion College, he became an assistant designer of h.NAOTO and made his debut as a designer of Sixh. in 2006.

While part of a fashion duet with the brand Sixh., MINT has created his own line called MINT NeKO. MINT NeKO uses oriental silhouettes inspired by mode style with cat character graphics. There are actually more than 250 original kitty characters that are created and used in the garments.

MINT has created cats to collaborate in the world of fashion. MINT has collaborated with many Japanese artists and is becoming one of the leading young designers in Japan.

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Manga Library Staff

Manga Library is looking for people who love manga and have great customer service skills. While we’d love to have people who can read Japanese, it’s not necessary to help us out! You’ll be helping set up the library on Thursday, helping attendees check in their bags at the library and reshelving manga after it’s been read during the convention, and taking the library down on Sunday.

Manga Library Staff Requirements:

  • Work at least 16 hours over the course of the convention, including Thursday set-up
  • Be on time to all assigned shifts.
  • Be responsible and helpful
  • Able to stand and walk for your shift 
  • Able to lift up to 35 pounds 

Not required, but helpful: 

  • Customer service experience
  • Knowledge of manga series and manga genres
  • Some knowledge/proficiency with written Japanese 

If you are interested, please email

Guest Announcement: ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D

Vocalist/Guitar: SHiNNOSUKE
Drum: U
Guitarist : Yu-SaySupport

The four-piece band based in Shibuya exploded onto the music scene in June 2010 with their very first single, “Complication.” The single quickly reached number one in downloadable tracks, ranked 11th on the Oricon Weekly ranking, and was featured as the opening theme for the animated series “Durarara!!” ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D went on to have songs featured in the anime series Bleach with “song for…” and “IN MY WORLD,” the second opening theme for Blue Exorcist.

ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D attracts Rock and J-Pop fans through their unique sound which includes Rock, Punk, and Emo. They have performed for their fans over 100 times in a single year and every time, the audience was hungry for more.

In 2011 the band collaborated with the creators of Durarara!! to release their first album “DRRROOKiEZ!! ・ ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D respect for DRRR!!” featuring “DROP,” the opening theme for the PSP game Durarara!! 3-way Standoff.

The band is gathering attention from Anime industries as well. In 2012 the band collaborated with Animate, the largest retailer of anime, games, and manga in Japan, on their NicoNico Live channel,“ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D TV.

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Guest Announcement: STEVE BLUM

With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of “Spike Spiegel” from Cowboy Bebop, “Wolverine” from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men Anime and more), “Orochimaru,” “Zabuza,” and others from Naruto, “Green Goblin” from the Spectacular Spiderman series, “Heatblast,” “Vilgax” and “Ghostfreak” from Ben 10, “Grayson Hunt” (Bulletstorm) “Grunt” (Mass Effect 2 and 3),”Zoltan Kulle” from Diablo 3, “Abathur” from Starcraft 2:Heart of the Swarm, “Tank Dempsey” (Call of Duty), “Killer Croc” from Arkham Asylum, “Oghren” (DragonAge),“Vincent Valentine” (Final Fantasy VII), “Leeron” (Guren Lagann), “Jamie” from Megas XLR, “Storm Troopers” and many others in most of the Star Wars games, The voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film.

In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games – appearing in almost 300 games (now approaching 400!) 

Most recently, he appeared on the Emmy award-winning Transformers: Prime, playing the iconic, deadly and sometimes delusional Decepticon “Starscream.” Also as “Devil Dinosaur” on HULK: Agents of SMASH, “Sub-Zero,” “Reptile and “Bo’Rai Cho” in Mortal Combat X, several characters on Wabbit, Ultimate Spider Man, Ben 10: Omniverse, The Regular Show, Doc McStuffins, Uncle Grandpa, Wander over Yonder, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tenkai Knights, and as the terrifying anti-bender “Amon” on the hit series Avatar: The Legend of Korra!

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Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice over actress, writer, singer and director. As an actress, she portrayed Major Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost In The Shell Innocence, Solid State Society and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the American Anime Award for Best Actress.

You can also hear her as the Female Crusader in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Kurutsu in Ghost in the Shell Arise, Mrs. Maheswaran in Steven Universe, Sei in Alpha Protocol and Nora in Final Fantasy XIII. Some of her other popular roles are Cornelia in Code Geass, Kurenai from Naruto, Julia from Cowboy Bebop, Zanpakuto from Bleach, Helba and Bordeau from .hack, Jagura from Wolf’s Rain, Nuriko in Fushigi Yuugi and Caroline from Vampire Hunter D. She recurs on Geek & Sundry’s Critical Role as Zahra Hydris, a tiefling warlock.

Mary is directing Penn Zero: Part Time Hero for Disney XD, starring Thomas Middleditch, Adam Devine, Alfred Molina and Larry Wilmore. She also directed Naruto Shippuden. She has directed the six Naruto movies, Naruto and Naruto Shippuden (the series), for which she received the 2008 SPJA award for best director.

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