Join Us for Naka-Kon 2019

Naka-Kon is an annual three-day convention, celebrating anime, manga, cosplay, music, fashion, gaming, and more!

Every year, we bring your favorite voice actors, musicians, cosplayers, artists, designers, and industry experts to the Overland Park Convention Center. Catch guest panels and performances, be part of our cosplay competitions, enter contests, and learn about working in the anime, manga, and music industries. Read More »

In Japan, Spring is a time of new beginnings. With the end of a cold winter, the start of a new school year, cherry blossom festivals, and more, Spring is a time to start anew.

Naka-Kon has seen many changes over the years, allowing us to evolve and grow in our fifteen years of existence. Some long time members of our community might remember that we started out as a small tabling event held by the University of Kansas Anime Club. In the last five years alone, Naka-Kon has become a 501(c)3 non-profit, joined the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, established a scholarship for local residents in Japanese studies, and brought in over 10,000 attendees for a whirlwind weekend. Much like Spring, Naka-Kon is springing into a new year, and a new beginning.

With this in mind, Naka-Kon is pleased today to announce the convention theme for 2019.
Naka-Kon: 青春 -aoharu- in bloom.

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Nakatoberfest 2018 Features Halloween Fun

A brand new event for the Naka-Kon community will debut Sunday, October 28 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Pawn and Pint, 613 Walnut Street, Kansas City, Mo.

Come together with your friends during Halloween week, try out some new games, and have some good food and drink while you do!

Plus! Naka-Kon is excited to pair up with Pawn and Pint for a spooktacular Halloween contest! Are you really proud of your Halloween costume for this year? Did you spend hours crafting something to dazzle the masses? Are you a casual costumer who put together a great look? Regardless of your skill set, craftsmanship, or area of interest, this is the show for you! Additionally, you stand a chance to win some great prizes, provided by Naka-Kon and Pawn and Pint!

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Join the Naka-Kon Team!

Staff Applications are Available Now!

Naka-Kon is an entirely fan-run convention that takes place every March in Overland Park, Kansas. Everything you see is a labor of love, from the concert and dances to the game room, panels, and contests!

We can’t do it alone, and that’s why we need you. We have openings at every level of commitment, whether you just want to get your feet wet or throw yourself headlong into the fun, crazy world of convention planning.

Read more about joining the Naka-Kon Staff and submit your Staff Application.

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VIP Memberships Sold Out

VIP Memberships for Naka-Kon 2018 are now sold out. We would like to thank everyone who signed up for supporting Naka-Kon as VIP Sponsoring Members.

Weekend memberships are still available at $45  for individuals, and $40 each for groups of seven or more. Children badge (ages 6–12) are $17, Children under six are admitted free.

The prices listed above include all administrative and credit card fees, and are in effect until Jan. 6, 2019.

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Join Naka-Kon at the KC JapanFest, sponsored by the Heart of America Japan-America Society, Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas.

Naka-Kon and dozens of organizations from the Kansas City metro will celebrate Japanese culture and traditions. Naka-Kon will be in Room 325 and offering 2019 convention badges at a discount, prize giveaways, photo and video montages of our convention, Matsuri games, and of course, our original manga buttons! Come for the buttons, stay for the festival!

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Support us when you do your holiday shopping. #StartWithaSmile and Amazon donates to Naka-Kon Japanese Cultural Education Association.