Event Report: Okashicon 2022
I can't believe it's been over a year since I've written a blog post. It's been so difficult for me to sit down and write these days that I keep putting things off. I'm sorry for my absence, everyone!
I hope 2022 was kind to you, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that 2023 has been even better. For me, everything has gone by so quickly that I can't believe we're halfway through the year already!
I wanted to get this post out much earlier, but since Okashicon 2023 is *this* weekend, there is certainly no time like the present! Okashicon is an anime convention in Pflugerville, Texas, a suburb located on the outskirts of Austin, Texas, our state's capital!
Here's a little bit of info about them, directly from their website: "Okashicon is a non-profit group that celebrates J-Fashion, Anime, and Women in the industry. We believe in celebrating our differences and enjoying the things that bring us together. Okashicon loves to give back to the J-Fashion, Anime, and local communities. At Okashicon you can find International guests, Jfashion, Anime, Gaming, Vendors, and much more!"
|Okashicon's cute logo!|
I was invited to Okashicon last year as a Featured Panelist, which meant I got to enjoy the convention somewhat like a guest. This was my second official "guesting" opportunity at a convention, but I had less responsibilities. Since it's just me and my blog posts, I don't have a booth or merch to sell, which definitely made it easier to pack for the con! Still, I'm always grateful to see events from a new perspective, and I appreciate the Okashicon J-Fashion Team for granting me the opportunity!
Please note that at that time, Okashicon staff had asked all attendees to wear a face mask when they weren't eating or drinking. As such, you'll see lots of people wearing masks in each picture. If I'm not wearing one, that means I was by myself or in a space where I was eating (or had just eaten).
|The con hotel and venue.|
It's important to note a few things with the Okashicon venue. For one, it is both the official con hotel and the con venue. That's a good thing if you don't like to (or are unable to) walk long distances, as the travel time from your hotel room to the Dealer's Hall is the length of an elevator ride from the third floor to the first. That being said, if you plan to visit other sites in Austin while attending the con, you will most certainly need a car, or at the very least, the Uber/Lyft app. Unfortunately, our Lone Star State isn't the best at offering public transportation, and the city of Austin is no exception. At the time of my writing this, there aren't any buses or trains that can get you to the con venue.
There's not much around the con venue either, so if you want food or drinks outside of what's available at the hotel, your options are delivery or, once again, hopping in the car. I delivered my meals most of the weekend (thanks to discounts on delivery apps), but there is a restaurant and bar right beside registration so you won't have to leave the venue if you don't want to. There was also an adorable little market next to the hotel check-in desk that was stocked with some basic necessities and late-night snacks!
|Okashicon Artist's Alley.|
On the first day of the con, I came down from my room in the afternoon, as I was still working the night shift at the time, and slept like a rock, XP
The Dealer's Hall was in a separate room. There were tables for each of the guest brands featured in the Fashion Show (more on that later), along with a handful of other vendors and designers. Though the room was smaller than I anticipated, there was a good mix of items, and a great number of fashion vendors compared to what you'll find at most general anime conventions. I was happy to see my friend from Starcrossed Lovelies in there as well!
|The Starcrossed Lovelies booth!|
After taking my time in Dealer's Hall, it was time for my panel. I hosted a makeup panel (as if anyone was surprised), but I didn't get any pictures; sorry about that! After my panel, I got some food, took some time to rest a little, and then I hung out with friends until it was time to see the Fashion Show.
|Candy Trap's model line-up!|
|PJs and clothing swaps, oh my!|
JSK - Metamorphose Temps De Filles
Shoes - Bodyline
|Flower wall with tea set.|
|I was over the moon to take pictures with this moon!|
|Lolita Lotería game cards.|
|My day 3 selfie!|
|The table set-up!|
|So many prizes!|
|JSK is Angelic Pretty Diner Doll.|
All in all, Okashicon is a small, but mighty convention with a cozy, close-knit feel, especially in regards to J-Fashion programming. You'll be sure to meet other people from the Texas fashion communities, and maybe a few folks from out-of-state that are able to drive up to Austin. I would caution anyone that is interested in attending to not expect a massive crowd as the venue and the location simply aren't able to hold so many people. Still, I absolutely enjoyed my experience at Okashicon, and I'd love to go back if I'm able! I love that J-Fashion is so important to them, and they make sure to give ample opportunities to everyone that wants to participate!