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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ReKon 2018: Silver Spoon Day at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead

ReKon is almost upon us! Expect the same great grill and gathering that gets you out into the Kansas weather, but in a fabulous new location, Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, Sunday, September 16 from 11 a.m.– 5 p.m., located at 13800 Switzer, Overland Park, Kan. The Deanna Rose Farmstead is a petting zoo with loads of adorable farm animals, native Kansas animals, and activities for all ages. Read more about Rekon 2018 here.

United Way Day of Caring Kicks Off Sept. 15

Naka-Kon is successful partly because of the community that surrounds us. While we celebrate Japan and all it has to offer, we do want to acknowledge the work that goes into making our local environment successful. In the coming years, Naka-Kon will be connecting our nakama with opportunities around the metro to get you more involved in your community. Our first endeavor is the United Way's Day of Caring, which will be held on September 15. Agencies across the six counties of Greater Kansas City will be hosting service projects that support their mission or help behind the scenes. These projects need volunteers. Read more.

Artist & Vendor Applications Open

Applications for Artist Tables and Vendor Booths in the Exhibit Hall for Naka-Kon 2019 are now being taken. Visit the Vendors & Artists page for complete guidelines, prices and links to the application form.

Join Naka-Kon at the KC JapanFest

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!

Have you been to JapanFest several times and want to get more involved? Check out their volunteer opportunities and see what it takes to run this amazing festival. Boost your resume and meet new people.

Visit the JapanFest website for more information.

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.

Sheraton Rooms Sold Out

There are two rooms remaining for Friday night at the Overland Park Sheraton Hotel. Otherwise, the convention hotel is currently SOLD OUT!

Thank you so much for your support! If you want to book the Sheraton, don't give up! Rooms may free up, so continue to check back!

Information about overflow hotel options will be coming very soon. All of the information will come at the same time for those options.


Naka-Kon Pre-Registration Sweepstakes

Grand Prize
Grand Prize

When you pre-register for Naka-Kon 2019, you're eligible to enter our pre-registration sweepstakes, with a chance to win one of five great prizes! It costs nothing to enter the sweepstakes. Read more here!


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