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Working with the Sheraton Hotel, Overland Park Convention Center, and the City of Overland Park, it was decided to not hold Naka-Kon 2020 the weekend of March 13-15, 2020.

Due to scheduling constraints, we have decided rather than postpone until later to instead cancel Naka-Kon 2020, and concentrate our efforts on developing Naka-Kon 2021. This decision is based on the information we have regarding logistics and availability of our facilities.

This decision was very difficult to make, but we feel is the best course of action for continuing our mission of providing a quality celebration of Japanese popular culture.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact

However, due to the extenuating circumstances presented by the current COVID-19 outbreak, we are waiving our refund policy. We are also providing the option of rolling 2020 Memberships over to the 2021 convention in lieu of a refund. Please complete this form to let us know what you wish to do. If no reply to the form is given by March 27, 2020, then purchased badges will be automatically deferred and valid for Naka-Kon 2021. Badge refunds will start processing shortly but please be aware that due to the number of refunds involved it will likely be a couple weeks before all refunds are processed.

We appreciate your support for Naka-Kon and we will see you in 2021!

Karaoke Contest

Break out the music and find the microphones…our karaoke contest is back! The time has come to show off your mad singing skills and rock your favorite Japanese songs.

Registration Location & Hours:

Willow room, Sheraton lobby level
Friday: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. until 30 minutes before the karaoke contest. (Check the schedule for times.)


  1. Songs must be of Japanese origin. These include songs from anime, songs sung by a Japanese band, songs with Japanese lyrics, etc. If the song has an official English version, it may be permitted.
  2. Songs may be no longer than 5:30. A leeway of 15 seconds may be given if requested.
  3. Songs must contain lyrics in at least 75 percent of the song.
  4. Songs may not contain swear words in any language.
  5. Backup music must be karaoke (instrumental) only. We will not remove vocal tracks from any songs. Contestants are responsible for finding karaoke versions of their chosen song, or removing the vocal tracks. You may sing a capella if appropriate for the song.
  6. Songs must be brought on CD or USB drive to Contest Registration prior to the contest.
  7. If you have not memorized your song, you must bring your own lyrics, as we will not provide them.
  8. Contestants must use sound equipment and the microphone provided by Naka-Kon. No outside A/V equipment will be allowed.
  9. Awards will be announced at the end of the Karaoke Contest.