Welcome one and all, otaku of all ages, to Otakon's Annual Matsuri!
Once again, we bring you an amazing show for you to kick off the Otakon weekend right, with music, games, awesome food, some of our local anime clubs and groups, even a Yukata contest, as well as a few surprises for all of our attendees, but best of all, it's free to attend! You don't even need your member badge. You can avoid the lines and come hang out with your friends and Otakon family at the Matsuri, then get your badge later, since we run the Matsuri from noon til 9PM.
The Otakon Matsuri will be held on Thursday, August 7th, 2014, at the Baltimore West Shore Park, down by the Inner Harbor and the Maryland Science Center, just a few blocks from the Baltimore Convention Center at the point marked on the linked map. We'll have staff and signage for everyone to get to the Matsuri, so keep an eye out for them.
The Yukata contest will be held at the Otakon Matsuri for attendees of all ages to compete in. Signups will be held at the Matsuri at the Otakon help booth. We will have spots for up to 35 contestants. The contestants will be judged on the following categories:
USA SUMOFeaturing Sumo Champions Kelly and Yama
Think sumo is just big dudes in loincloths? Broaden your cultural horizons and witness the powerful athletes of USA SUMO in action! Otakon Matsuri will feature real live sumo matches as well as educational demonstrations. There's even a bit of audience participation.