Emerald City Comic Con
March 2-5, 2023
Seattle Convention Center


Pop Asia

Are you a lover of Anime, Manga, K-pop, Japanese culture, and all things kawaii? Welcome to your sanctuary! If you’ve ever wanted to dance like BLACKPINK, become a Pokémon trainer for a weekend, indulge your curiosity about Japanese culture, or just gush over your new (or old) manga obsession, Pop Asia is the place for you! We have interactive experiences, gaming, Japanese cultural groups, as well as anime and manga retailers for you to explore. Consider Pop Asia your little anime convention haven!

Location: TCC Tahoma (Level 3)

What’s Happening at Pop Asia

Local Cultural Groups

Do you want to learn more about Japan without traveling there? Look no further! Pop Asia is home to some of the best local cultural partners! We have lots of fascinating things for you to check out, from Japanese martial arts presentations to Taiko drum performances. Pop Asia offers experimental activities to give you an immersive cultural experience!

Oom Yung Doe – Oom Yung Doe Northwest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Traditional Martial Arts school with locations in Kirkland and Lake City. Our mission is to bring health and wellness to our community through Traditional Martial Arts training. In addition to developing self-defense ability, Traditional Martial Arts helps practitioners attain longevity and maintain a superb quality of life by achieving harmony of the mind, body, and spirit.

The Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle is the official representative of the Government of Japan in Washington, Northern Idaho, and Montana. Learn about the culture that inspired some of your favorite pop culture as well as how to visit, study or work in Japan.

The Hyogo Business & Cultural Center is an organization devoted to facilitating the sister-state relationship between Washington State and Japan's Hyogo Prefecture. Since opening in 1990, we have served thousands of people furthering mutual understanding and international relations between these regions. We build connections between Washington and Hyogo in the following ways:

  • supporting language education
  • offering cultural workshops
  • assisting student and teacher exchanges
  • hosting a Japan-related library open to the public
  • providing businesses with development services
  • supporting sister-city relationships between Washington and Hyogo cities
  • collaborating with a number of community organizations on events that increase awareness of multicultural issues, Hyogo Prefecture, and Japan as a whole

Manga Lending Library

Need a break from the Show Floor? Why not relax and immerse yourself in a manga of your choice? We’ve got you covered! This year we’ve launched a brand-new manga lending library! We have over 500 volumes of manga for you to dive into! All you need is to present your badge and you’re welcome to our manga lending library! Go on, take a little break and dive into something new or re-visit an old favorite!

Maid and Butler Café

Our maids and butlers would like to graciously invite you to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience! Come relax in a cute, themed environment at our Maid Café and enjoy some tea and delicious, sweet snacks! You can also play interactive games with the maids and butlers and watch them perform Japanese style dances.

Interested in being part of the maid café?

Hands-on Activities

Ever wanted to learn how to swing a sword like Tanjiro or dance like you’re a member of BTS? At Pop Asia, you can do that and so much more! We’ve got plenty of activities from Samurai sword training to viral dance lessons and anime themed school yard games. Come let out some steam and partake in the fun at our interactive area!

Samurai Sword Sparring - Join us to learn some basics of samurai sword sparring! Ancient samurai lived and died by their swords, called katana or kom do. Sparring and cutting practices were key parts of their training, and you too can learn some of these techniques! The lessons include several blocks and attacks with practice swords in a safe setting. No experience is required. Bring a friend to practice with! Ages 10 and up.

We’ve got things to do from Sun Up to Sun Down

Come on by and enjoy panels with your favorite anime voice actors, trivia, weird and wild Japan panels, sing-a-longs, anime screenings, and late night programming- Pop Asia is your home base for all things anime, manga, k-pop, Japanese culture and more!

Nerds Know – Your go-to group of nerds who know things! Nerds Know is an entertainment group from South Florida consisting of convention veterans, college professors, and convention professionals who have pooled their collective talents to bring you the knowledge that every geek, nerd, and otaku craves! Come join in on one of their many panels and be prepared to participate!

K!Junkies – Come join Amanda and Nathalie a K-pop loving youtuber couple from Miami, Florida as they share their passion for all things K-pop! Their mission is to share their knowledge and love for underrated and senior artists, along with their love for all new artists joining the K-pop world.

City Pop DJ Nights – Van Paugam is a vinyl DJ and designer specializing in 70’s and 80’s Japanese City Pop. His aesthetics often play with nostalgia as an element to fuse retro-futurism with neo-vintage moods. 

He has DJ’d in Miami, Brooklyn, Paris, Tokyo, and more! Van will be performing live in the Gaming ballroom Friday & Saturday playing the greatest in City Pop, J-Pop and Lofi Hip Hop!

The Kompany – The Kompany is the University of Washington’s first and only K-Pop dance crew. They specialize in dance cover videos, performances, original choreographies, and dance workshops! Come on down and catch an amazing dance performance, join in on a dance workshop, or take part in a game of K-Pop trivia!

8 Martial Arts Demos - Join students and instructors of the School of Oom Yung Doe for demonstrations of eight traditional martial arts! Movements will include katas, kung fu, aikido/hapkido, jiu-jitsu, bagwa, tai chi, and Chinese and Japanese weapons... and of course self-defense! Come and be inspired by the strength and beauty of traditional martial arts movements. What you see is what you can achieve!