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Status Active
Genre Anime, Manga, Japanese culture[1][2]
Venue Oregon Convention Center
Location(s) Portland, Oregon
Country United States
Inaugurated 2003
Attendance 6,426 in 2015

Kumoricon is an annual three-day anime convention held during October at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. The name of the convention comes from the Japanese word Kumori (曇り), meaning cloudy.[3][4] Kumoricon is run by a volunteer staff and was previously held in Vancouver, Washington at the Hilton Vancouver Washington/Red Lion Vancouver at the Quay.[5]


The convention typically offers board gaming, cosplay chess, cosplay competitions, dances (formal masquerade ball and informal), karaoke, music, music video contests, panels, tabletop gaming, video game tournaments, and workshops.[4][6][7][8][9]


The convention originated from the anime club at the University of Oregon.[1] Due to the convention's growth, in 2011 it was held in both the Hilton Vancouver Washington and the Red Lion Vancouver at the Quay.[1][8] Kumoricon expanded to four days in 2014.[5] Due to growth and lack of space, Kumoricon in 2016 moved to the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.[2][10] Demolition of Red Lion's Centennial Center and Kumoricon using six hotels also influenced the decision.

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
November 29–30, 2003 Clarion Hotel
Springfield, Oregon
419 Bakazoku[11]
September 4–6, 2004 Portland Marriott Downtown
Portland, Oregon
1,251 Bakazoku, Phuong-Mai Bui-Quang (PMBQ), Brad DeMoss, Jeannie Lee, and Dr. Antonia Levi.[12]
September 3–5, 2005 Doubletree Hotel Portland/Lloyd Center
Portland, Oregon
1,680 Bakazoku, Greg Dean, Brad DeMoss, Antonia Levi, Joshua Seth, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[13]
September 2–4, 2006 Red Lion on the River
Portland, Oregon
2,250 A-Key Kyo, Bakazoku, Greg Dean, Liz Dean, Michael Gluck, Tiffany Grant, and Kirk Thornton.[14]
September 1–3, 2007 Vancouver Hilton & Convention Center
Vancouver, Washington
3,133 A-Key Kyo, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, Ananth Panagariya, Sean Schemmel, The Slants, and Kirk Thornton.[15]
August 30 – September 1, 2008 Doubletree Portland-Lloyd Center
Portland, Oregon
4,610 Greg Dean, Liz Dean, Richard Epcar, Kaja Foglio, Phil Foglio, Carl Gustav Horn, The Slants, Ellyn Stern, Kirk Thornton, and Tommy Yune.[16]
September 5–7, 2009 Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
Portland, Oregon
4,761 Svetlana Chmakova, Kaja Foglio, Phil Foglio, Carl Gustav Horn, Last Stop Tokyo, Cynthia Martinez, Soul Candy, Jason Thompson, Kirk Thornton, Toshifumi Yoshida,[17] and The Anime Hunters.[18]
September 4–6, 2010 Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
Portland, Oregon
4,271 Tiffany Grant, Todd Haberkorn, Carl Gustav Horn, Kevin McKeever, Soul Candy, and Sonny Strait.[19]
September 3–5, 2011 Hilton Vancouver Washington
Red Lion Vancouver at the Quay
Vancouver, Washington
4,182 The Anime Hunters, Chris Cason, Todd Haberkorn, Slightly Anime, and David Vincent.[20]
September 1–3, 2012[21] Hilton Vancouver Washington
Red Lion Vancouver at the Quay
Vancouver, Washington
5,023 The Slants, Sonny Strait, and Lauren Landa.[22]
August 31–September 2, 2013 Hilton Vancouver Washington
Red Lion Vancouver at the Quay
Vancouver, Washington
6,206 Anina Bennett, Terry Blas, Ron Chan, Paul Guinan, Todd Haberkorn, Cassandra Lee Morris, Ninja of the Night, Chris Sabat, Jason Thompson, and David Vincent.[23]
August 29-September 1, 2014 Hilton Vancouver Washington
Red Lion Vancouver at the Quay
Vancouver, Washington
6,828 Chuck Huber, Bryce Papenbrook, Raj Ramayya, Chris Sabat, Patrick Seitz, Stephanie Sheh, and Karen Strassman.[24]
September 4-7, 2015 Hilton Vancouver Washington
Red Lion Vancouver at the Quay
Vancouver, Washington
6,426 Christine Marie Cabanos, Erica Mendez, Patrick Seitz, The Slants, Kieran Strange, and David Vincent.[25]
October 28-30, 2016[10] Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon
D.C. Douglas, Caitlin Glass, Shigeto Koyama, Neeko, Sonny Strait, Kieran Strange, Austin Tindle, Eric Vale, and Hiromi Wakabayashi.[26]
October 27-29, 2017 Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon
Josh Grelle, Todd Haberkorn, Jerry Jewell, Kra, Cherami Leigh, and Vic Mignogna.[27]


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  2. ^ a b Sargent, Donovan (November 3, 2016). "Exploring the niche of Japanese culture". The Advocate. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Williams, Lee (2007-08-31). "Adventure Weekend! Events". Portland Tribune. 
  4. ^ a b Middlewood, Erin (2014-08-30). "Cosplay is serious fun - Kumoricon festival attracts colorful, devoted fans of anime, costumes". The Columbian. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  5. ^ a b Vorenberg, Sue (2014-08-29). "Kumoricon draws thousands of animated fans". The Columbian. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  6. ^ Distefano, Anne Marie (2006-09-08). "Invasion of anime geeks turns hotel into Fantasy Central". Portland Tribune. 
  7. ^ Kern, Dave (2011-09-04). "Anime convention fans dress up, show character". The Columbian. 
  8. ^ a b Vorenberg, Sue (2013-08-30). "Come out and cosplay at Kumoricon". The Columbian. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  9. ^ Hewitt, Scott (September 4, 2015). "Kumoricon launches friendly invasion". The Columbian. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Matarrese, Andy; Fischer, Amy (September 4, 2015). "Kumoricon leaving Vancouver". The Columbian. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
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  12. ^ "Kumoricon 2004 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
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  14. ^ "Kumoricon 2006 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  15. ^ "Kumoricon 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  16. ^ "Kumoricon 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  17. ^ "Kumoricon 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  18. ^ "Kumoricon 2009". UpcomingCons.com. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  19. ^ "Kumoricon 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  20. ^ "Kumoricon 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  21. ^ "Kumoricon 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  22. ^ "KumoriCon Returns To Vancouver USA Over Labor Day Weekend". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  23. ^ "Kumoricon 2013 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  24. ^ "Kumoricon 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  25. ^ "Kumoricon 2015 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  26. ^ "Kumoricon 2016 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  27. ^ "Kumoricon 2017 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2017-04-22. 

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