About

KuroNeko Cultural Association presents KuroNekoCon: an anime, gaming, and Japanese culture convention based in Spokane, WA.

Mission

 As a non-profit corporation KuroNeko Cultural Association seeks to promote the understanding of Japanese and other Asian cultures with not just through the use of contemporary media such as animation, comics, games and their related subcultures, but also celebrating the traditional and modern culture. We are staffed by a group of dedicated volunteers who desire to see other people experience the same joy that we found in anime, manga, and video games. No one here gets paid, so 100% of our funds go directly into the budget for the next year’s activities and events. 

Community Involvement

Throughout the year we try our best to stay involved in our community. We host events such as our Otaku Prom, Whose Line is it Anime? Improv Shows, and Cosplay Fashion Show. Each of these events helps us raise awareness for our convention so that we can continue to offer our attendees more and more each year. We also host free events throughout the year such as the Manga Social and Bi-Monthly Cosplay Contests in conjunction with the Spokane Comic Book Shop. These events are to help spread the word about our convention and to encourage our fans to meet up and share in the interests that bring us all together. In recent years we have been marching in the annual Gay Pride Parade hosted by OutSpokane, participating in the Spokane Obon Festival and Perry Street Fair, and volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank to help feed families in need throughout the Northwest.

Attendance History

Year Attendees Exhibitors Guests Volunteers Staff TOTAL
2009 300   3   4 300+
2010 500+   8   15 500+
2011 600+   8   15 600+
2012 600+   12     600+
2013 850 39 Booths 10   25 900+
2014 1300 41 Booths 23 55 32 1451
2015 1640 42 Booths 48 36 33 1789
2016 2085 58 Booths 38 64 43 2394
2017 2308 61 Booths 82 40 37 2635

FAQ

If you have questions that have not been answered here please send them to info@KuroNekoCon.com 

What is an anime convention?

An anime convention is a gathering of people who are interested in Japanese animation and a broader understanding of Japanese media and culture. These gatherings usually take place at large venues such as a convention center, hotel, or a college. There are common events such as contests, dances, and concerts; panels which are excellent for learning about many aspects of anime and Japanese Culture; an exhibitor’s hall where you can find anime-related merchandise from both the United States and Japan; RPG (Role Playing Games), Console and PC LAN gaming rooms; and anime theaters which show anime for the duration of the con. You can also see people dressed in costumes of their favorite anime characters. An anime convention is a memorable and sometimes life-changing experience. 

What is KuroNekoCon?

KuroNekoCon is a three day convention in Spokane, WA based around anime, Japanese culture and gaming. It started in 2009 as OtakuCon, and became KuroNekoCon in 2011. 

What is the three-strike policy?

KuroNekoCon’s three strike policy is how we moderate inappropriate behavior and disorderly conduct. We do our best to maintain a safe and friendly environment at our convention and sometimes this means delivering warnings to some of our attendees. Three strikes on your badge could mean nonrefundable ejection from the convention as well as some other more serious penalties. For more information please visit our Policies page. 

What is peace bonding and why do I have to do it?

Peace bonding is the process of having a prop or item that may potentially be used as a weapon examined by a member of staff and flagged, usually with a colored ribbon or tie. This tie is a physical contract stating that you understand never to brandish or use this item as a weapon in the convention space and are solely liable for any consequences from breaking this contract. If you are unsure if your item or prop needs to be peace bonded, please visit the peace bonding table to have it examined. 

Why don’t you allow outside food inside the Convention Center?

This is a policy of the Spokane Convention Center. As renters of their venue, KuroNekoCon and its attendees must follow this rule. 

Why don’t you offer any Japanese food or snacks?

The Spokane Convention Center has an exclusive contract with their food vendor. Because of this, we are unable to offer any outside food or drink. If you have suggestions for food and beverages you’d like to see the convention center offer, send us an email at info@KuroNekoCon.com. 

How can I help?

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How can I become a member of KuroNekoCon’s staff?

To learn more about volunteering for KuroNekoCon, chec out our Get Involved page

Why is the convention named KuroNekoCon?

Kuro Neko means “Black Cat” in Japanese, and KuroNekoCon takes its namesake from its mascot, a little black cat named Tsuki. Tsuki’s favorite pastime is taking cat naps and attending events with KuroNekoCon staff. In the meantime, you may be lucky enough to find her browsing Facebook. Her other hobbies include: playing with yarn, watching anime, crawling under blankets, laying down on manga, and catnip.

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