News & Announcements

Gothic Lolita Programming Changes


Due to circumstances outside our control, the location of Gothic Lolita Programming has changed. While events will still be held at the DoubleTree hotel, the rooms used have changed. See the table below for the updated schedule.

Day Time Panel/Event Previous Room New Room
Friday 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Beginner Lolita 101 Ballroom–Dallas/Houston Kansas City Theatre
Friday 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Latest News and Trends in the Golthic Lolita Scene
Guest of Honor–Atelier-Pierrot
Ballroom–Dallas/Houston Kansas City Theatre
Friday 9:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. Kamikaze Girls Slumber Party Ballroom–Dallas/Houston Tuscan
Saturday 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Lolita on a Budget Ballroom–Dallas/Houston Kansas City Theatre
Saturday 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. An Introduction to Boystyle/EGA Ballroom–Dallas/Houston Kansas City Theatre
Saturday 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Lolita Swap Meet Ballroom–Dallas/Houston Flagstaff (Restaurant)
Sunday 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lolita Tea Party Ballroom–Seattle I/II Overland Park Ballroom
Overland Park Foyer

2018 Program Schedule Available Now!


The moment you've all waited for — Naka-Kon's full programming schedule is available now! Check out where and when to find your favorite guests, programming, and fan panels, and plan your weekend at Naka in advance!

Charity Ball Time Correction


Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Charity Ball's start time has been moved to 7:30 p.m. All other information should still be correct and current!

If you have other questions please, contact us at

Sheraton Holds Cleanest Room Contest


2018 Naka Kon Convention guests staying at the Overland Park Sheraton Hotel may compete to see who has the cleanest room upon their check out day. Three lucky rooms will win prizes. To participate, only those checking out on Sunday, March 18, 2018 will be considered. The winning rooms will be determined by the hotel housekeeping department. Winners will be contacted directly. For your own safety and security, we will not post the names of the winning guests.

The top three cleanest rooms will win the following prizes*:

  1. (Four) $25 Amazon Gift Cards
  2. (Four) $25 IHOP Gift Cards
  3. $100 Gift Card to OP1906—Sheraton Overland Park Hotel

In addition, we will have 12 Honorable Mentions available to win a $25 credit towards the 2019 Naka Kon.

Inside tips from previous winners:

  • Linens removed from the bed and placed with the towels in front of the closet.
  • All trash, (pizza leftovers, to-go boxes), into one trash bag.
  • All recyclables into a separate bag. (including RedBull Cans, Glass, Mountain Dew Bottles, Water bottles and all other recyclables.)

Guests can ask for extra-large trash bags at the Front Desk.

In order to qualify:

  • Guests must provide a valid email address prior to check out.
  • Guests must check out of their hotel room by noon (12 p.m.) on Sunday, March 18, 2018.

Cosplay Contest Prereg Opens


Pre-registration for the Naka-kon Cosplay Contest registration opens on February 15 at Midnight!

To prepare, make sure to check out the rules for the contest at!

Still haven't picked up your Naka-Kon 2018 membership? It's not too late! Go to

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Event Tickets On Sale


Naka-Kon 2018 event tickets are available now! Don't miss your chance to experience great events like our Charity Ball, Lolita Tea Party, Maid Cafe, & Food & Sake Tastings! Grab your tickets now! Note that all events require a Naka-Kon 2018 membership.

Deadline for Tier 3 Pricing Extended


The deadline for our Tier 3 Pricing for Memberships has been extended to February 11!

Don't delay! Make sure to register for your Naka-Kon 2018 membership as soon as possible to get the best pricing!

Plus, register by February 11, and you get entered into our Pre-Registration Sweepstakes, sponsored by Right Stuf Anime!

Read more on our Registration page.

Naka-Kon Hosts Finals for Kansas Collegiate Smash Circuit


Naka-Kon Gaming is proud to announce that Naka-Kon will be playing host to the final rounds of the Kansas Collegiate Smash Circuit, March 16, during the convention.!

Five member teams from KU, K-State, Wichita State University, and Johnson County Community College will face off in Super Smash Bros Melee and Super Smash Bros for WiiU/3DS for ultimate Smash Supremacy! Melee will be streamed for and Smash 4 will be streamed on .




OKGAMERS is one of the major hubs for gaming in Oklahoma. If it involves news, tournaments, e-sports, or other gaming events, these folks have the Sooner State covered. OKGAMERS will be graciously bringing their selection of the best Japanese Arcade Candy Cabs to Naka-Kon so you can live the full Japanese arcade experience. Check out the list of available games below:

  • DoDonPachi
  • Windjammers
  • Street Fighter EX
  • Sailor Moon
  • Tetris Plus 2
  • Buster Bros.
  • Tetris: Grand Master
  • Parodius
  • Tatsunoko vs Capcom
  • Soul Calibur
  • Sexy Parodious
  • Puzzle Fighter
  • Magic Sword
  • Raycrisis
  • Mars Matrix
  • Mr. Driller 2
  • Marvel vs Capcom 2
  • Street Fighter III 3rd Strike

*List is subject to change.

Tokyo Attack Brings Japanese Arcade Experience


Tokyo Attack brings the Japanese arcade experience back to Naka-Kon’s massive gaming space! Get ready to step up to the cabinet and show your skills!

What better way to spend the day than in a Japanese arcade trying to crush the high score on your favorite cabinet? Stop by the gaming space during Naka-Kon to experience the closest thing to an afternoon in Akihabara as Tokyo Attack return to Naka-Kon with more machines than ever! Check out their list below:

  • SOUND VOLTEX (2 Cabinets)
  • pop'n music (2 Cabinets)
  • jubeat (4 Cabinets)
  • DanceDanceRevolution
  • Initial D ARCADE STAGE 8 Infinity (4 Cabinets)
  • Taiko no Tatsujin
  • Pump it Up PRIME 2
  • Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Arcade Future Tone
  • maimai MURASAKi
  • DanceEvolution ARCADE
  • Cho Chabudai Gaeshi! (Super Table-Flip!)
  • NeonFM
  • BeatStream
  • Street Fighter V Arcade Edition (2-cab head-to-head)
  • Tekken 7: Fated Retribution (2-cab head-to-head)
  • DRAGON BALL FighterZ (2 Pair, 2-cab head-to-head)
  • Silent Scope Bone Eater

Suggest Songs for KABUKI's Playlist!


KABUKI is coming, and they need your help with building their set list! 
Suggest your favorite songs from anime and Japanese live action shows here!
Mikio Sakai, Tanimoto Takayoshi, and Murata Tam will use your suggestions to build their show!

Learn more about KABUKI at
Register for Naka-Kon 2018 at

Press Badge Applications Available


Applications for press badges will be accepted until February 9 for members of the press, including news reporters, student reporters, bloggers, podcasters, and more, to the convention. We also welcome content creators (including, but not limited to photographers and videographers) who want to include Naka-Kon in their projects.

Members of the press (including student reporters) are eligible for free press badges as well as free weekend badges. Creators may receive a free press badge so long as they purchase a weekend badge. Creators with press badges enjoy the same perks and privileges as members of the press, including access to guest interviews.

For more information and the link to the application form, visit this link.

ATELIER PIERROT Brings Fashions to Naka-Kon


Straight out of Harajuku, one of the hottest fashion centers in Japan, comes designer Yuko Ashizawa, representing her popular brand ATELIER PIERROT. Ashizawa carries a wealth of knowledge on Gothic Lolita, and she, along with fashion model and expert Mai, will be bringing plenty of smarts, savvy, and style to Naka-Kon 2018!

Read more here. »

Online Registration Open


Online registration for Naka-Kon 2019 is now officially open, featuring the lowest badge prices of the year and a chance to enter the RightStuf Anime Pre-Registration Sweepstakes.

Visit our registration page for complete information on the types of badges now available, more information about the sweepstakes, and a link to our Eventbrite registration form.