MiyakoCon is LOCAL!
First-time convention goers and veteran attendees agree that MiyakoCon is a great event for any anime, cosplay, or Japanese pop culture fan. We’re here for you. For a long time, there’s been an active community of fans in Salem and Keizer– and few events that give you a place to enjoy yourselves. Welcome home!
Miyako (Me-yah-koh) Con is a small but growing anime and Japanese pop culture convention in our fourth year. This event happens annually in (or near) Salem, Oregon’s capitol, also known locally as the “cherry city”.
Why “Miyako” Con? Well…
In Kyoto, Japan’s old capitol city, the largest annual public Geisha festival is the “Miyako Odori”, often called the “Cherry Blossom Dances”. ‘Miyako’ means capital city, and ‘Odori’ means dance, so ‘Miyako Odori’ translates literally as ‘Capital City Dances’, which makes sense when you consider that Kyoto used to be the capital of Japan, and that ‘Kyoto’ is still written with characters meaning ‘capital city’. In English the dances are often referred to as ‘The Cherry Blossom Dances’, because they take place in April when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, or sometimes just as ‘The Kyoto Dances’. Click here to check out a cool article about it!
Things that happen at MiyakoCon include, but are not limited to:
The creative programming you want to see– drawing, cosplay, DIY crafts, and other panels with a focus on hands-on work.
–focusing on your favorite Anime, Characters, and Games, as well as some cultural programming.
Join in on our Cosplay Contest, Lip Sync Battle, Sweet Improv Dance Challenge, Game Shows, Cards Against MiyakoCon, and other interactive activities!
See old and new favorites, movies, and more in our Screening Room!
This year we’re adding a whole room of video gaming hosted by Salem SmashFests! Or, drop in to play Magic the Gathering and other card and board games!
We have a robust selection of admirable artists and vendors this year for your perusal! Vending hours are 11 AM to 6 PM both days.