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 fourth year. This event happens 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:

Creation Station

The creative programming you want to see– drawing, cosplay, DIY crafts, and other panels with a focus on hands-on work. 

Panels & Programming

focusing on your favorite Anime, Characters, Games, Cultural content including reviews and histories as well as Japanese cultural programming.

Interactive Contests

Join in on our Cosplay Contest, Lip Sync Battle, Game Shows, Cards Against MiyakoCon,  and other interactive panels!


Hosted by Borderlands Games, drop in on Magic the Gathering and other card and board games, and this year we’re adding a whole room of videogaming hosted by Salem Smash Fests!