A Weekend at Sakura-Con in Photos

11 Apr

This past weekend I made the short trip up to Seattle to attend Sakura-Con which is one of the largest annual anime conventions in North America. I’ve never been into anime (with the exception of Trigun) but my significant other is, and this was a birthday present to him. So we happily packed our bags and headed North for a weekend of anime antics.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Initially, I thought we’d just be watching anime all day, or attending discussion panels led by the creators of the various shows, but it included a lot more than just those things. They also had: cosplay chess, autograph signings, costume contests, a few dances and a rave, gaming, karaoke, exhibition hall, charity auction, fashion shows and Japanese culture workshops. There were literally things going on all day long, and it was unlike any convention I had gone to before.

The thing I loved the most were the costumes people came dressed in. I was amazed by the inventiveness and dedication to staying in character that some people had. There were obviously people who slapped together a quick Mario and Luigi costume, but there were others who spent hours putting together what they wore, or carefully applying their makeup. I overheard one girl say she spent three months and over $700 in fabric making her costume which was a large full-body wildebeest jumpsuit complete with mascot head. Seriously impressive, especially to someone like me who has a hard enough time hemming my pants.

A few of my favorites:

Le Sexy French Toast Clown
Credit: Me & Le Clown

Credit: Me

Credit: Me

Credit: Me

Credit: Me

I intend to do a write up on my overall impression of the anime crowd, but thought I’d put up a quick post to share a few pictures from the event. If you want to see all of the photos, hop on over to my Flickr page.

Watashi no hobākurafuto wa unagi de ippai desu!

21 Responses to “A Weekend at Sakura-Con in Photos”

  1. Viciously Sweet 04/13/2012 at 11:15 am #

    Oh my gosh… I just found out I have a new dream… I want to dress up like a toast!
    It looks like you had a fun time!

    • Jen and Tonic 04/14/2012 at 1:46 pm #

      You would make the cutest piece of toast! I expect a doodle!!!

  2. Main Street Musings Blog 04/12/2012 at 11:43 am #

    Had never heard of it! So enlightening!

    • Jen and Tonic 04/12/2012 at 10:15 pm #

      Really, these types of conventions are so cool. Just people dressed up and ready to have fun.

  3. Janene 04/12/2012 at 8:39 am #

    Jen, you are one cool girlfriend. Love the costumes, too. I can’t wait to hear more about the anime crowd. They are an interesting breed worth study. ;)

  4. clownonfire 04/11/2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Jen,
    You know I love you. But to not recognize me as “Le French Toast Clown” was a real blow.
    I didn’t really cried for my father on Monday. I cried because of you.
    Le Fuck You Clown

    • Jen and Tonic 04/11/2012 at 4:40 pm #

      I realized the errors of my ways, and rushed to fix my HORRIFIC mistake.

      Lovers again?

      • clownonfire 04/11/2012 at 4:43 pm #

        Jen,
        Only if you butter up Le French Toast Clown real good.
        Le Getting Better Clown

        • Jen and Tonic 04/11/2012 at 6:10 pm #

          How about now?

          • clownonfire 04/11/2012 at 7:29 pm #

            Jen,
            We’re best friends. You’re a honorary member of A Clown on Fire.
            Le Sexy French Toast Clown

          • Jen and Tonic 04/11/2012 at 8:17 pm #

            My life is now complete.

  5. daterofboys 04/11/2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Very cool! I’m guessing the Deadmau5es were mostly just there for the rave… :)

  6. El Guapo 04/11/2012 at 10:57 am #

    That’s great! Glad you had fun, and more pictures please!

  7. sweetmother 04/11/2012 at 10:34 am #

    loved this. and can’t wait to hear more about it… and did you say something in japanese at the end there? wtf? lol. i always knew you were cool. this post seals the deal. ;) moms

    • Jen and Tonic 04/11/2012 at 11:42 am #

      I don’t speak Japanese, but when I do, I copy and paste crazy phrases from the internet.

  8. TJLubrano 04/11/2012 at 10:27 am #

    Aaah SUGOI! I love anime and I’ve heard many stories about these types of events :D So cool to see some pictures! I also read that in Japan you have many sub cultures with their specific extravagant clothing style, from super girly and doll-like to more gothic/emo-ish. Names that pop in mind now are, Gyaru, Lolita, Ganguro…I believe Ganguro is a orangey make up look? *mind goes blank* I really want to fo to Japan one day, just to stare and observe them haha.

    • Jen and Tonic 04/11/2012 at 11:42 am #

      I didn’t know you were an anime fan! Although, not surprising :)

      I really want to go to Japan one day too. I’ve heard that seeing the Harajuku and Lolita fashions roaming the streets is wild!

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  1. Toasty Fashions « Viciously Sweet - 04/17/2012

    [...] But whilst perusing some of the internets I particularly love I found that Jen from Sips Of Jen and Tonic made a fabulous post about Sakura-Con. And where I have not Con’d in a while I still appreciate it. Read her post here. [...]

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