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Welcome to Pop Asia
Where? Rooms 420-421
When? All weekend!
Calling all fans of Anime, Manga, K-pop, Japanese culture, and everything kawaii! 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!
What’s happening in Pop Asia?
We have interactive experiences, gaming, Japanese cultural groups, as well as anime and manga retailers for you to explore from sun up to sun down. Consider Pop Asia your little anime convention haven! Read on to see what’s in store…
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!
Panels and Interactive Programming
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!
Travel the World…
…without leaving Seattle! 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!
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 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 library! Go on, take a little break and dive into something new or revisit an old favorite!
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 watch them perform Japanese style dances.
Who will be in Pop Asia?
The Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle
Learn about the culture that inspired some of your favorite pop culture as well as how to visit, study or work in Japan from the official representative of the Government of Japan in Washington, Northern Idaho, and Montana.
The Hyogo Business & Cultural Center
An organization devoted to facilitating the sister-state relationship between Washington State and Japan's Hyogo Prefecture. Since opening in 1990, they have served thousands of people furthering mutual understanding and international relations between these regions. They build connections between Washington and Hyogo by supporting language education, offering cultural workshops, hosting a Japan-related library open to the public, 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, and much, much more.
Oom Yung Doe Northwest
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.
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!
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.