Japan Festival's Anime and Manga

Come and enjoy Anime and Manga with the vendors displaying your favorite Anime and Manga products. Follow the signs to experience Anime at its finest.

Vendor List
All Anime
Far East Emporium
Fir3h34rt Studios
Milky Minute
Page Mage Manga Library
Pew-Pew Studios
Sew-it-All Creations
Studio Tip Top

10 a.m.-6 p.m. – Carlsen Center Room 332

Come and play video games.

10 a.m.-7 p.m. – Carlsen Center Rooms 318

Come, relax and watch some Anime Movies, sponsored by Sentai Filmworks.

“Prop” Weapons Policy

Prop weapons of any kind are not allowed on the festival grounds at the Johnson County Community College during the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival. This includes plastic swords, knives, or other weapons including those used for Cosplay. If a festival volunteer observes any attendee carrying such a prop, they will be asked to take the prop off the festival grounds immediately.

The only exception will be prop weapons used by entrants in the Cosplay contest. These props may not be carried around the festival grounds during the day and may only be used during the Cosplay contest. Prop weapons used in the Cosplay contest must be carried directly backstage to the Polsky Theatre just prior to the Cosplay contest from 6:15-6:30pm. The Cosplay contest will be held from 6:30pm-7pm in Polsky Theatre. After the contest, the props must be removed from the festival grounds.

Weapons purchased at the festival must immediately be taken off festival grounds.

Failure to adhere to this policy in a timely manner will be lead to the attendee being escorted by Johnson County Community College Campus Security off the festival grounds with the possibility of not being allowed re-entry nor refund.


Cosplay literally means Costume Play. It is a performance art in which participants (cosplayers) dress up and pretend to be fictional characters (usually sci-fi, comic book, or anime characters). The rapid growth in the number of people cosplaying as a hobby since 1990 has made the phenomenon a significant aspect of pop culture. Cosplay events are common features of fan conventions and there are also dedicated conventions, local and international competitions, as well as social networks, websites and other forms of media centered on cosplay activities.

Cosplay Fashion Show and Contest

Presented by Motaku.

  • All entrants will be required to fill out a cosplay registration form, and must be a registered festival attendee.
  • If you wish to enter as a group, all entrants(maximum of 4) must be listed, and must sign the form.
  • Any entrants under the age of 16 must have a parent/guardian sign their entry form, and any entrants under the age of 10 must have a parent/guardian escort back stage.

Cosplay registration forms will be available at the cosplay registration table in Carlsen Center Room 325

Registration will be open from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS TIME. This allows us time to organize the entries and minimize chaos and confusion.

Costume Requirements

Japan Festival is by its nature centered on Japanese Culture. Therefore we do require all cosplay entries be related to Japanese Culture. However, the cosplay contest is not only for cosplay. All anime, manga, and Japanese video game characters(final fantasy, etc) are welcome, as is any Japanese fashion such as lolita or visual kei.

Due to the family friendly nature of Japan Festival, all costumes MUST cover necessary body parts. If it shows more than you would wear at a public swimming pool, alter it appropriately. Simulated nudity is unacceptable, this includes crossplay.

Green Room:
Entrants MUST gather in the Polsky Theater at a specified time that will be posted once confirmed. Failure to show up will result in disqualification. This allows us time to run through any information, look at the stage, and get lined up. Be there ON TIME and ready to go, please eat/drink/use the restroom before showing up.

Our judges will decide on 3 winners for the contest, who will receive prizes.

Additional Rules

  1. A maximum of 1 cosplay outfit will be allowed per entrant.
  2. All costumes must be completed before you register for the contest.
  3. All costumes must be primarily self-made. Costumes may be made by one person and modeled by another.
  4. All weapons/props must follow the general festival rules and weapons policy. No real weapons may be used, only props.
  5. No fighting. Any physical fights or loud/disturbing verbal fights will get you disqualified and removed from the festival.
  6. Motaku and Festival staff may enter a costume if they would like, but will not be eligible to win in the competition.
  7. Staff may take photography/videography of the contest. By participating and signing your entry form you agree to be photographed and videotaped.
  8. Shoes are required on the stage. Even if your character goes without them, you MUST wear them.
  9. Safety First!
    1. No throwing objects on stage or into the audience.
    2. No leaving objects on the stage.
    3. No flames or smoke effects.
    4. No jumping off the stage.
    5. No running on stage.
  10. Please DO NOT surprise the cosplay staff. Feel free to surprise the audience, but please speak to the cosplay staff at Cosplay Registration to notify us of any unusual requests.