MiyakoCon is home-grown.
First-time convention goers and veteran attendees agree that MiyakoCon is a great event for any anime or Japanese culture fan. We’re here for you. For a long time, there’s been an active community of geeks 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 third year. This event happens in 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 publicly-accessible 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’. You can read more about this here!