The staff of Zenkaikon is pleased to announce their participation in two upcoming local events. On April 11, 2010, Zenkaikon will be running a booth at the annual Sakura Sunday event of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia. They will also host the 2010 Sakura Sunday Cosplay Contest. On April 14, 2010, the Zenkaikon staff will also be hosting a booth at Saké Fest, an event benefitting the Japanese American Society of Greater Philadelphia.
Zenkaikon Booth at Sakura Sunday
Sakura Sunday, sponsored by the Japanese American Society of Greater Philadelphia, celebrates the blooming of the sakura trees in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. For a five dollar admission fee, attendees can enjoy musical performances, martial arts demos, crafts, vendors, food, and more. Visitors to the Zenkaikon booth will be able to play Japanese video games, watch anime, participate in a cosplay contest, and purchase Zenkaikon-themed merchandise. Sakura Sunday takes place on April 11, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information about Sakura Sunday is available at http://www.jasgp.org/cherryblossomfestival/.
Sakura Sunday Cosplay Contest
Zenkaikon and the Delaware Anime Society welcome attendees to dress as their favorite characters to participate in the 2010 Sakura Sunday Cosplay Contest. The contest will be open to cosplayers of all ages and skill levels. Sign ups and judging will take place at the Zenkaikon booth from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Judging will be limited to cosplay with designs that originate from anime, manga, and video games. Reference material consisting of character images is highly recommended and lack thereof will greatly affect a participant's score. Judging will be based on craftsmanship and the ability to recreate the character's likeness. Awards will be announced and given out at 3 p.m. at the Zenkaikon booth. Those with any questions may e-mail cosplay@...
About Saké Fest
Saké Fest offers the opportunity to experience dozens of saké varieties from both U.S. and Japanese brands and learn how to pair saké with any food. The event takes place at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on April 14, 2010 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Zenkaikon staff hopes to meet many of its older attendees at this event celebrating Japan's traditional liquor. More information is available at http://www.sakefest.com/.
About Zenkaikon: Since 2006, Zenkaikon has been bringing quality Japanese animation (anime), comics (manga), and popular culture themed events to the Philadelphia area. The convention is staffed completely by volunteers, who want to share their appreciation for these mediums with the Philadelphia region. Zenkaikon features a variety of activities including anime and live action screenings, video and tabletop gaming, special guests, costume competitions, panels, concerts, vendors, and more. Starting as a small one-day event, the convention has grown rapidly to welcome nearly two thousand attendees in 2009. The Zenkaikon staff wishes to thank all the attendees who have supported and helped it grow over the years. They look forward to building an event that will be an integral part of the region's culture for many years to come. More information on Zenkaikon is available at www.zenkaikon.com.