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Sakura Con 2017

Sakura Con 2017

Sakura-Con has come and gone once again, but this year was an extra-special occasion. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the convention since its debut in 1997 as Baka-Con. Back then, it only consisted of a few hundred people bringing traded VHS fansub tapes and TVs into hotel rooms to watch anime and hang out, but it's certainly come a long way from there.

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Sakura-Con Photo Gallery

Sakura-Con Photo Gallery

Photos from Sakura-Con 2017 in Seattle, Washington during the weekend of April 14th - April 16th, 2017.

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Sakura-Con 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Sakura-Con 2014  by Caitlin Moore

I got there at around 10:45, just in time to wander around hopelessly lost in the labyrinthine convention center for a half an hour before finding my way to the “Crossdressing for Fun and Profit in Anime and Manga” panel. The title made me skeptical, but the description sounded good - there’s a lot of ignorance about gender-related issues in anime fandom as well as a good deal of ethnocentrism and things can get ugly pretty quickly.

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