Sakura Sunday‘s official area focused on anime, manga, and other forms of contemporary Japanese culture will return this year in a new location. Now located at the rear of the Horticulture Center building, Little Akiba is bigger and better in 2016. Named after one of Tokyo’s most famous districts – Akihabara, casually referred to as Akiba – it is the place to be for all things otaku! In addition to vendors of anime/manga type goods, the area will also include:
Karaoke & J-Core Music
DJ Kurono will be providing the soundtrack and setting the mood for the area with anime inspired music and karaoke performances. You can get in the act too by stopping by to sing your favorite Japanese song. Feel free to bring your music on CD, USB drive, or MP3 player to guarantee your chance to showcase your pipes!
Cosplay Fashion Show
Eastern Pennsylvania’s largest anime convention Zenkaikon will return to bring a sampling of their annual festivities. Arrive early to see their Cosplay Showcase on the Main Stage at 11:15 AM. In addition to their Anime/Manga swap meet, they’ll be leading the cosplay fashion show! Click here to sign up early (closes April 15). Follow Zenkaikon on facebook, tumblr, or twitter to stay up to date on details and for news on their convention.
We’ve got a double dose of Fashion in 2016. The Art Institute of Philadelphia will be showcasing Harajuku-inspired fashions on both the main stage and Little Akiba’s runway!
If you’re not satisfied with the stage line up, tour the many vendors, visit Minnow the Mermaid, or grab some bubble tea from J-Dogs or a hot bowl of noodles at Ai Ramen.
How do I get to Little Akiba?
Once you get off your plane to Tokyo take the Hibiya line to… just kidding. Little Akiba is located behind the Horticulture Center. Just follow the road coming in from the Main Gate. Check out our map. Check out the full Sakura Sunday schedule here.