Sakura-Con Northwest Anime Convention 2017 Show Memories…

Last weekend marked the 20th year of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest and most well-known anime convention, the annual Sakura-Con Northwest Anime Convention.

The three-day event brought much joy to lovers of not only the Japanese anime and related styles, but those of the manga, gaming and close cousins of geek culture entertainment. Over time, this convergence brought fans of all ages to experience the joy in various forms and presentations through theater, competition, cosplay, discussion panels, dances, concerts, and much, much more.

For 2017, the Sakura-Con had some great guests. Those of honor included anime director Hiroshi Nagaham (Mushishi), character designer/illustrator Kenichi Sonoda (Bubblegum Crisis, Riding Bean, Gall Force), anime director Yasuhiro Irie, (Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood), character designer/illustrator Shiki Douji (Full Metal Panic). Many more guests were present and were present for panels and autographs.

Meanwhile, I explored much of the Sakura-Con. Here are some personal notes and observations of my adventure…

Many people in costume, far more than the recent Emerald City Comic Con just weeks ago held in the same location.

Indoors and in the Exhibit Hall is often the first place I go to find many collectibles. Good quality figurines everywhere!

Many plushes of all shapes and sizes, familiar and unfamiliar, all huggable!

Sakura-Con,  for your cosplay and J-pop fashion wig accessories!

Here comes the Catbus (from My Neighbor Totoro)!

Some of the featured figures at the Good Smile booth,

One of many cheerful faces in the Exhibit Hall, this one representing the city of Hyōgo

It’s what’s inside that counts..

The work of Jackie Lo, who makes indie comics and ramen bowl heads (customized to fit upon Nenderoid figures). Follow her on Twitter – @pennydox

The Artist Alley at large, on two floors this year.

A place for the best headwear. I regret not buying the Mimikyu.

P-shinobi at the Boomslank Booth, an amazing artist and cool guy to chat with. Check out his work and high-quality merch at

The Neon-Genesis Evangelion panel gave a hilarious introduction for fans and Nerv aficionados.

Another panel featuring the best and worst of vintage Korean bootleg anime. Here’s Golden Bat!!

Games everywhere on the upper floor. All free to play, including the Jubeat rhythm chines.

A group dance tutorial, with an emphasis on K-Pop.

A drawing session, where the crowd gives ideas on what to draw and votes on the best! Lots of fun!

A costume contest on the Main Stage. Lots of amazing display. I would have captured more, but my camera battery died.

There was so much more to the Sakura-Con, pretty much impossible to experience it all in just a few days. A wonderful time was had, with much also missed (next year, for sure!!).  I have more pics and notes to share, especially with the cosplay. Look for bonus Sakura Con postings up soon, here at Stranger Worlds!

Cosplay fun outside the 2016 Sakura Con, Seattle


Last weekend in Seattle, was a fantastic time for local fans of anime, manga, comics, gaming; to get together and mingle in their colorful attire and fandoms.

That time being of the 2016 SakuraCon, the Pacific Northwest convention for the mostly import Japanese geek culture. Not everyone (including myself) held tickets to join the fun inside. Yet outside and behind the convention floors, plenty of public space under the for attendees and whoever else share interest. The cherry blossom trees still had much bloom left after the recent harsh weather, to give that extra special atmosphere.

I did mingle for much of the day, seeing friends new and old. While here, I took pictures of some highlights I noticed, with notes from observations..


Saturday was best for the most part giving daylight and light to the cheerful gathering..


A yearly tradition continues here, involving a large hug circle game.


The Naruto fandom still remains strong, and  very colorful.


From Final Fantasy X,  Yuna and Tidus share an awkward laugh


The cast of the popular Five Nights at Freddys horror game. I’m a bit surprised at its popularity.


A Malboro creature from the Final Fantasy games. Watch out for it’s poison gas attacks!


Not sure what this is from, but thought it was cool.


Ganandorf (not sure, haven’t really played those games) selfies with many Links!


Links on guard!


Steven Universe, I was told..


Megamind in real life!


Morphing time against Predating time!


Fantastic Rage of Bahamut presence


Time for some J-Pop style dancing!


Homestuck fans gathered up.


Nintendo Power!


The closing of a hug circle.


Mercy from Overwatch.


Porco Russo takes a break


Alphonse Elric shows us the real person inside


Vi from League of Legends is ready to bring the pain


Some Pokémon, reminding you need to catch them all!


From Naruto, much later in the series I am told..


Not sure who this is, but I love the colorful colorness


No-Face chills..


That’s all for this year!

Orion T

All pictures taken by me (Orion Tippens), please ask permission and give source credit to before sharing elsewhere