May 26, 2023
Good morning Nakama! It is Friday of Con and we are excited. Badge pick-up just opened for the day, we have a few hours until gaming opens it doors, and things really kick off at 4 pm with Opening Ceremonies.
What about everything else like vendor hall, registration, or prop checks? We now have our convention hours for different services available on our Convention Hours Page.
May 24, 2023
Nakama! Naka-Kon 2023 is just around the corner. You may pick up badges early tomorrow (Thursday, May 25) from 6 PM - 9 PM at Overland Park Convention Center Ballroom A1. Please note the change in the location of badge pickup compared to years past. Please bring your registration confirmation either printed or on your mobile device. Additional details on registration and badges can be viewed here.
May 24, 2023
This year Naka-Kon is excited to host a special exhibition in the Exhibit Hall, Traveling Kimono Exhibition: Kimono Through Time, presented by Tangerine Mountain. This exhibition will highlight antique and modern kimono fashions and items, and various panels on kimonos will be presented at the exhibit throughout the weekend. The exhibit is free to all Naka-Kon attendees. Please check it out during our shopping trip!
May 23, 2023
Nakama! The list of vendors, artists, and exhibitors attending Naka-Kon 2023 is now available on the website!
May 21, 2023
We look forward to Chiaki Mayumura performing this Friday and Saturday night at Naka-Kon 2023! Chiaki recently appeared on NHK WORLD-JAPAN music program J-MELO. You can view Chiaki's performance and interview free on-demand with English subtitles here at https://www.nhk.or.jp/j-melo/nhkworld/.
May 21, 2023
Nakama - a few updates from our main convention hotel Sheraton Overland Park. First, there has been a handful of room cancellations. Please call the hotel directly if you are looking for last-minute lodging.
For those staying at the Sheraton Hotel, the hotel is bringing back the cleanest room competition with prizes, including free nights and gift cards!
Finally, the Sheraton will be having special food at the hotel during the convention weekend!
May 19, 2023
Interested in going to one of our 18+ Wristband events?
Great! Just a quick reminder that you will need to pick up your 18+ Wristband PRIOR to the time of the 18+ Panels on the day of the panel you want to see. Friday wristbands count for Friday only.
Wristbands available in the Access Control office, Redbud, Sheraton 12pm-9pm Friday and 10am-9pm Saturday. Info desk will also have them available.
If you have an event ticket for Cos-lesque! Make sure you get a wristband too!
May 17, 2023
Cos-lesque is back, this year featuring performance from the talented Foxy By Proxy Revue! For those who don't know, Cos-lesque is Naka-Kon's very own cosplay themed burlesque show. While there will be no full nudity, there will be lots of 18+ fun! Check out our talented performers!
Eucalyptus Soft is a large ball of green slime and chaos just cos playing as a hot girl so she can absorb all the hooting and hollering to become an even larger ball of slime.
May 15, 2023
The Much Desired Schedule™ has finally arrived*! Check it out and start planning your weekend. Also remember to check the schedule before events begin for any updates.
* Our webmaster would like to apologize for the delay. They were trapped in Hyrule and lost track of time.
May 11, 2023
Nakama, ticketed events are now on sale. Visit the Ticketed Event page to see what special events we have this year and purchase the tickets. Please note that tickets will not be sold on-site and must be purchased online.
May 8, 2023
Nakama, we sincerely apologize, but we need to delay the sale of ticketed events a few more days to this Thursday, May 11. Please visit the Ticketed Event Page to learn more about each of the events that will be offered at Naka-Kon 2023.
May 7, 2023
Nakama! Ticketed events will be sold to the public this Monday, May 8. This year we have a total of five ticketed events: Byakko's Kimodameshi, Charity Ball, Cos-lesque!, Cosplay Brunch & Bingo, and Maid Cafe. Please visit our website to learn more about each event! See them all here.
April 28, 2023
Three Trails Taiko Ltd. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, currently consisting of approximately eleven volunteers. They have performed for local festivals, relief events, libraries, organizations, and business events in the Greater Kansas City area.
Their mission is to become better taiko players in mind, body, and spirit while sharing the tradition, culture and art of Kumi Daiko and Japan with the surrounding community.
April 28, 2023
Naka-Kon is excited to welcome Luna Flare as our host for some special events!
April 26, 2023
Naka-Kon welcomes Duff Cosplay as the other Hallway Cosplay Judge!
April 26, 2023
Update: Sheraton room block is now sold out!! Please call hotel directly to inquire any last minute cancellations.
Nakama convention room blocks at all of our 4 overflow hotels are now sold out. However, we have been informed that a limited number of convention rate rooms are now available at Sheraton. You can book rooms from the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel page here. Convention rates will be available until May 3.
April 25, 2023
Naka-Kon is proud to announce our first Hallway Cosplay Judge, Diana the Great!
Diana The Great is a multi award winning, master level cosplayer from the greater KC Metro. Self taught in a variety of mediums, Diana's efforts and cosplays are geared to empower others, educate, promote diversity and representation, and show that cosplay truly is for everyone, regardless of age and skill.
April 17, 2023
We're excited to announce our third judge for the cosplay contest, the amazing Diana Tolin!
April 16, 2023
We're excited to announce our next judge for the cosplay contest, the incredible Momo Kariño!
April 15, 2023
Philip Odango of Canvas Cosplay is an award-winning cosplayer and designer who has crafted costumes for celebrities such as Mindy Kaling and Danny Trejo, and whose videos have amassed millions of streams on YouTube. Philip began cosplaying in 2005 and has since been an invited guest, presenter and cosplay contest judge all over the world.
April 6, 2023
We are excited to announce that musical guests DANTZ and Ray Kirk will appear at Naka-Kon 2023! DANTZ is one of Japan's most influential DJs and producers and has performed in clubs and music festivals worldwide. Ray Kirk is a multicultural rapper, singer-songwriter, and producer who has worked with some of the top artists in Japan and the US. In 2019, DANTZ and Ray Kirk teamed up to launch the music label lemon soda music to help Asian artists cross over globally.
April 4, 2023
Happy Spring, Nakama!
Naka-Kon is less than two months away, and we’re excited to see you very soon! Today, we are giving you an update on our COVID/Mask policy for Naka-Kon 2023
March 24, 2023
Welcome Zeno Robinson! Zeno is an actor residing in Los Angeles, California. Zeno began his acting journey in middle school, and after taking a program called “All About Kids”, signed with CESD Talent. He would gain his professional voiceover start soon after as “Alan Albright” in Ben 10 Alien Force at 14 years old, and has since studied under industry pioneers such as Charlie Adler, Tony Gonzales, Kris Zimmerman, Phil Lamarr, Ginny McSwain, and Tony Oliver.