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Team Sakura

Team Sakura, formerly Tour Otaku, was originally formed in an effort to publicize Sakura-Con within the fan community. Its members could be found at conventions across the Northwest handing out fliers, recruiting dealers, and generally getting the word out about the Northwest's premier Anime convention.

Team Sakura has expanded its role and become actively involved with the larger fan community. Team Sakura is still publicizing Sakura-Con, but it is now also about supporting fellow non-profit cultural events by announcing them to our members and in some cases collaborating with them as participants and/or sponsors.

By increasing our role at cultural and community events, and other fan conventions, an addition to anime-specific events, we are more fully honoring the Asia Northwest Cultural and Education Association's mission as well as more effectively promoting Sakura-Con.

A brief summary of the basic Team Sakura activities is provided below:

General Team Sakura Event Categories

  • National Anime Conventions
  • Local Asian Cultural Events
  • Local Media and Gaming Conventions
  • Local Fairs, Music & Film Festivals, and Other Large Events
  • Local Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions

Team Sakura Activities

  • Wearing a Sakura-Con T-Shirt
  • Handing out Fliers
  • Running a Sakura-Con Table
  • Assisting in the distribution of Sponsor and Exhibitor's Packs
  • Being an ambassador of "Sakura-Spirit"-supporting cultural education by making friends and learning new things about the broader world of Asian culture.

Team Sakura Calendar of Events

What is Team Sakura? Team Sakura is our effort to promote Sakura-Con while supporting educational community events and fellow non-profit fan run events, in keeping with our mission and our "for the fans, by the fans" ethic.

(Please stay tuned for our appearance schedule coming soon.)

Everfree NW
July 4-6, 2014
Seattle Hilton Airport & Conference Center

Everfree NW is a great local non profit event celebrating all things My Little Pony.

Team Sakura will be there with a booth (#66) selling registrations for $35.00 ($5.00 dollars off the soon to be launched online registration price.) Team Sakura can accept cash or check. Come get your reg or just come say "hello" while you are enjoying Everfree NW.

Dragonfest (Cosplay Contest!!)
July 12-13, 2014
International District Seattle Washington

Team Sakura recommends you check out this annual local festival, featuring Asian cultural arts. Team Sakura will be here selling registrations for Sakura-Con 2014 at a $5.00 discount. Cash and Check only. Featuring a cosplay contest with prizes including free memberships for ANCEA/Sakura-Con!

If you would like to participate in the costume contest, send your application (below) to Contest will be on July 13 from 4:00-6:00 (check in is by 4:00 pm at the Sakura-Con booth).

Dragonfest Cosplay Contest Application:
Cosplay Character and origin (example: Sailor V from Sailor Moon)
Sakura-Con and Dragon fest request that all costumes are family friendly and suitable for all audiences. Thank you!!

Chinatown Seafair Parade (AKA the Cosplay Parade!)
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Seattle International District
A highlight of the cosplay year, come show Seattle how awesome cosplay is!
If you want to attend, send your name and costume choice to and you will be sent the time and meeting place instructions. Please remember to bring water, sunscreen and to wear an appropriate cosplay to this family event.

Please reserve your spot in the parade! Send name and planned costume to so we have a headcount for how many will be participating!

August 29-Sept 1
Hilton Vancouver Washington and Red Lion Hotel at the Quay

Join Team Sakura in supporting this fellow non profit fan event. We will be selling registrations for Sakura-Con 2015 at a $5.00 discount.

Aki Matsuri
September 6-7
Bellevue Community College

Join us in supporting this amazing non profit cultural event. Free to the public all weekend long. Team Sakura will be there selling registrations for Sakura-Con 2014 at a $5.00 discount.

Geek Girl Con
October 11-12
Conference Center at the Washington State Convention Center

Team Sakura will be there supporting this excellent non profit fan event. We will be selling registrations to Sakura-Con at a $5.00 discount.

If you have any events to suggest to Team Sakura or just a great Japanese cultural festival or performance you think we should put on the calendar for members, please contact us at

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