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July 12, 2021

For those who have requested their 2020 badges to be rollovered to Naka-Kon 2021, please read carefully the following updates. We have laid out the steps needed to be taken to finalize the rollover and provide you with a new confirmation message to pick up the Naka-Kon 2021 badge. For those who requested rollover to Naka-Kon 2022, we will send a follow up email by August 10, 2021 notifying you that we have received your request.
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July 2, 2021

Greetings - for those who are looking for badges to our upcoming Naka-Kon 2021, we have good news. We will have 500 badges available for purchase starting on Friday July 9, 2021 at Noon (12PM CST).

Additional information on registration can be found here:

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June 5, 2021

We would like to inform everyone that our current allotment of badges have sold out. We will have more badges available by August as we receive responses from Naka-Kon 2020 pre-registrants on whether to roll over their badges to 2021 or not. We will make an announcement as soon as we have more badges available for purchase.

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June 4, 2021

We have been blown away by your enthusiasm, and we regret to inform you that the Sheraton hotel room block is now sold out.

We would like to provide you all with additional details on why it sold out quickly. As we noted, our hotel room block was limited this year. This was due to other private groups having their own room blocks during the Labor Day weekend, and Sheraton is also scheduled to undergo room renovations this coming summer.

June 4, 2021

Tickets and hotel rooms are now available for Naka-Kon 2021! Get your tickets here and check out hotels here! Space is limited so get them fast.

Want to know more about Naka-Kon and how we are handling Covid-19? Please check out our 2021 Convention FAQ.

We hope to see you in September.


May 26, 2021

Hello all - today we have several major updates pertaining to Naka-Kon 2021. We are still on course to have an in-person convention during Labor Day weekend (September 3–5, 2021). There are several important details and changes regarding this event that we ask attendees to pay close attention to. Please note the information below is subject to change as we continue to monitor the pandemic.
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March 31, 2021

We at Naka-Kon are deeply saddened by the rise in violence toward the Asian and Pacific Islander communities here in the United States. As an organization whose mission is to celebrate and educate the general public on Japanese art and culture, incidents that directly impact our marginalized communities hit home. Diversity, equity and inclusion are part of our core values, and we charge ourselves and our community to actively fight against discrimination.

March 15, 2021

Thank you to everybody who joined our Naka-Kon 2021 virtual convention (星の祭、Star Festival), and thank you to all the panelists, artists, vendors, guests, and volunteers who provided great content over the weekend!

We will share panels that will be available through video on demand these coming weeks and our virtual exhibit hall will be continued to be open through Sunday March 21.

March 12, 2021

Howdy ho, everyone!

Good morning and welcome to Day 1 of Naka-Kon Online! 

The party kicks off at 5:30pm central with Opening Ceremonies, so we wanna make sure you guys know where to go.

Be sure to check the schedule to see where the panel is: Schedule

Since Naka-Kon Online is happening over two different places - make sure to save these links:

March 11, 2021

Welcome to day 0 of Naka-Kon Online! The NEW Naka-Kon store opens tomorrow during opening ceremonies for Naka-Kon Online! You'll find it at over here

Now’s the chance to finally try to catch that elusive Inari-kun plushie and all the other goodies that missed their 2020 debut, including signed (and unsigned) copies of the 2020 badge and program book.

We can't wait to see you at opening Ceremonies tomorrow at 5:30pm (cst)!

March 10, 2021

Hello hello again!

Coming at you with the most anticipated Naka-Kon Online schedule! This was posted early on the Offical Naka-Kon discord, so if this isn't old news - join our discord!

You can find the schedule along with panel descriptions here!

Be sure to check it out - see you guys Online!

March 9, 2021

The beloved artist, Amelie Belcher, is back! A Guest of Honor with over a decade of gracing Naka-Kon’s panels and vendor hall, it wouldn’t be the same without her. When not making the convention rounds, you can find her streaming on Twitch at!

March 4, 2021

Hello Naka-Fam!

We've got an update video for you guys today, with Virtual Naka-Kon happening next weekend (!!!!) we have this video for you to answer any common questions you might have.

January 22, 2021

Get hype Naka-Kon Cosplayers! Introducing the Naka-Kon Mask-erade! For the March 2021 cosplay contest, instead of a traditional cosplay contest, we’re celebrating personal protection, and the creativity of our contestants to make a mask that pairs well with a cosplay. Get creative and craft a mask that is functional, fashionable, and is themed from a Japanese media or culture source!

January 3, 2021

Happy New Year everyone!

As announced during our New Year's Eve event, the panel application for Virtual Naka-Kon, March 12th-14th, is open!

Because we are so close to the actual event, we do ask that you submit the form no later than February 1st. If you are hosting a panel with friends, only one of you needs to submit the form with all of your names on it.

Here is the application form:

November 23, 2020

Hey there, everyone! We know things have been kinda quiet on our end and we appreciate everyone’s patience. It's no secret that things are a little rough right now, especially with the ongoing pandemic. We want everyone to be safe and healthy, and we've been working closely with the convention center, hotel, the city, and local health officials to figure out ways to still hold the convention that you love while doing our best to protect everyone's health. After months of deliberation and reviewing the recent trends of the pandemic, we are finally in a place to start sharing our path forward. So here's what we're looking at right now.

October 31, 2020

Today is the day ghosts, ghouls, and other Halloween horrors! We've got a whole afternoon of spooky panels, fashion walks, idol performances, and so much more.

The Twitch-or-Treat event kicks off today at 3pm over at

Peak below for our planned schedule. But beware of tricky spooks and other gremlins, they love to cause trouble!

October 15, 2020

Naka-Kon's Twitch or Treat will be hosting a cosplay horror stories panel to share some of the spookiest cosplay experiences! Our panel of seasoned cosplayers will be sharing their own stories of cosplay horror, but we'd love to hear from you too! Share your kookiest, most bone chilling cosplay-related mishaps below and they might be shared on air during the panel. Stories will be shared anonymously.

October 9, 2020

Naka-Kon is asking you to bring your pumpkin decorating skills, but with a Japanese culture twist! From carving, to painting, to decoupage we want you to flex your artistic abilities. Bring us your Shoujo Squash and your Plus Ultra Pumpkins. Your artistic creations will be shown throughout the Twitch event for all to enjoy and admire. Post your pumpkin creations on the Facebook event page with the name you’d like displayed!

October 9, 2020


Join us for a day of spooky programming and creepy fun on our official Twitch channel! Programming starts at 3:00pm CST on Halloween. More details to follow!

2020 - Halloween Teaser

October 5, 2020

Something Twitchy this way comes! Naka-Kon is brewing up some Halloween fun! Haunt us on our social media channels for more information coming soon!

Twitch, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Black Lives Matter

June 3, 2020

We stand in support of our Black community. It is our belief that it is the responsibility of conventions, organizations, community members -- all of us -- to speak out in support of those from our community when they are treated unjustly. In the words of Desmond Tutu: "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor", and as such, we cannot ignore the injustices the Black community is facing.

Listen, learn, and act.

Naka News

May 12, 2020

A message from Ryuzou Ishino, our seiyu guest from last year.
Naka News

May 4, 2020

A video message from Ayumi, designer from Emily Temple cute, and gallery of outfits.