Pandakon 2019, the Asian culture convention will be held again this year in Zagreb, on the weekend of September 14, 2019, at Zagreb’s Močvara club.
The theme of this year’s conference is based exclusively on the Japanese culture, and it’s inspired by the Edo period of Japanese history. This period of Japanese history is mostly identified by samurai in the general public, and it lasted from 1603 until 1868. The most famous ruler (shogun) of the period was Tokugawa Ieyasu. The strong economic growth of Japan, strict social order, isolation from foreign influences as well as the stable population growth, no wars periods and enjoyment of arts and culture characterize the period. Tokugawa shogunate is also famous for the rulers, their soldiers (samurais), the tales that arose in that period of Japanese history and the Bushido way of life.
Makoto and Ichidan Associations will participate in this year’s convention, and they will help guide the public through certain aspects of the Edo period. They will give lectures on samurai, Edo period origami, and overview of the Japanese anime that deals with the topic of the samurai. Talus association will hold a board-game room, Crouch Guard will provide a multimedia game room, and KCE Events with very popular dance workshops will also participate.
The organizers of SKON from Sisak will throw a pub quiz on the Japanese topics. On Sunday two separate presentations of martial arts will take place: KIAI Japanese Swordplay Society, one of the sponsors of the convention this year, and Kyokushinaki Karate Masoyama Zagreb-Gajnice will promote their skills. In addition to two panel discussions and several interactive activities, the unavoidable cosplay competition will take place (which always attracts the biggest crowds), where the winners will be given prizes by the sponsors: “Here be Dragons“, “Evergreen Sushi”, “Time Restaurant and Bar”, as well as “Exit Games – Escape Rooms”.
The evenings will see karaoke and Just Dance workshops, followed by a dance party. The entrance fee for the Pandakon 2019 convention is symbolic 15 kuna (around 2 euro) per day, and you can find more info on the program and schedule at the convention website: http://pandakon.wordpress.com