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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 membership@naka-kon.com.

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!

Wagashi — Japanese Sweets

Wagashi traditional Japanese sweets have evolved over centuries, influenced first by Chinese culture and later by Western confections. While adaptation of new ingredients and techniques from other cultures was an important aspect of the development of Japanese sweets, the Japanese have incorporated their own artistic sense, creativity, and sensitivity to seasonal changes into their confectioneries and refined them as wagashi. Today, wagashi continues to be an integral part of Japanese culture and has begun to draw more interest and attention from overseas. This presentation introduces various types of wagashi produced in Japan and discusses their cultural meanings and significance. We also explain what makes wagashi distinct from Western confections by focusing on ingredients, cooking methods and techniques, and their designs as expressions of natural beauty and seasonal changes. Participants may taste samples of summer-themed wagashi and tea made by Bimi Bakery, LLC during the presentation.

Location: Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center, Meeting Rooms A-B
Session Time Price
Introduction to Wagashi—Japanese Sweets 4:00 p.m. $15.00
Introduction to Wagashi—Japanese Sweets 5:30 p.m. $15.00
Introduction to Wagashi—Japanese Sweets 7:00 p.m. $15.00

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