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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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Sakura-Con 2014

Sakura-Con 2014

Sakura-Con is a three day convention held in Seattle, Washington on April 18th to the 20th at the Washington State Convention Center.

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Sakura-Con 2014 by Katie Cunico

Sakura-Con 2014 by Katie Cunico

Sakuracon has a lot going for it; it's in the spring in Seattle, which even when it rains, as it did part of this year, is always nice and mild. It's very suitable for any type of convention activity, whether it be lugging purchases around or costumes of any type. The neighborhood the convention center and surrounding hotels are in is a fantastic one - I've mentioned the Gameworks across the street before, and it remains a favorite after-con activity for many congoers, especially on Thursday night - and there's no shortage of food or shopping or entertainment.

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