New for 2014: Childrens’ Events!

This year, we’re pleased to add a new track of programming and events geared toward children! We’d love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think at

Japanese Doll & Toy DisplayCome see a selection of Japanese dolls and toys showcasing traditional craftsmanship and costumes in our Art Show all weekend long.
Japanese Doll WorkshopsJoin Japanese doll instructor and enthusiast Anne Cox for three hands-on classes throughout the weekend, each focusing on a different type of Japanese doll. Attendees will be able to make a traditional doll to take home with them. Space in these free classes is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Anne will also have a drop-in hall station for doll making throughout the day. Children attending these panels will need an adult to assist them.
Washcloth Ninjas
Hina, Kaede, & Anesama DollsSee various doll displays throughout the weekend!
Childrens' Activities with the Japan-America SocietyThe Japan-America Society will bring their popular Japan in a Suitcase children’s programming to Anime USA with a selection of fun games and activities for children of all ages.
Japanese GamesJoin some of our maids to learn several traditional Japanese games. Great for children, but fun for members of all ages!
Childrens' Aikido DemonstrationJoin DC Aikido for a demonstration of Aikido specifically geared towards children and young teens.

Anime USA 2014 Schedule Coming Soon

We’ve been working hard to finalize our full schedule of events for Anime USA 2014. Stay tuned. We’ll be posting it soon!

A sneak peak of panels and workshops you can expect to see at Anime USA 2014:

Fashion 101

Explore our 2014 theme with a brief look at the four areas of our themed programming—traditional Japanese fashion, contemporary Japanese fashion movements, cosplay and fan fashions, and character design. Preview the myriad panels and workshops offered, and learn about some of our fashion guests.

The History of Cross-Cultural Fashion Borrowing with Kass McGann

Ever seen those 18th century paintings of French women dressed as harem girls? What about the craze for all things Japanese in the 1890s? Did you know there was even a brief trend for ruffs and breeches in 16th century Japan? Cross-cultural fashion borrowing has been going on for as long as humans have had other cultures to borrow from. This lecture will explore the interesting and weird borrowings throughout history.

Character Design to Costume

Join one of Anime USA’s popular art guests Kevin Bolk and popular cosplayer and long-time Anime USA mascot Chiara Scuro for a look at how we’ve brought our mascot Kaede to life over the years. Learn what goes into the themed character designs each year, and how that is transformed into a costume for our convention.

Make It Work: Exploring Japanese Street Fashion on a Thrift Store Budget

Explore ways to make your own street fashion looks on a thrift store budget, including tips and tricks on finding the best deals. This panel will include some in-person demonstrations on easy ways to modify thrift store finds and refashion them into the look you want. Each outfit presented will be made for $20 or less. We’ll cover cutting, sewing, dyeing, repurposing, and many other ways to refashion discarded clothing into something fun and exciting. Let’s explore limitless creativity on a limited budget.

Anime USA Welcomes Cosplay Enthusiast, KO Cosplay!

KO Cosplay

And she makes a great Wartortle!

We are excited to announce KO Cosplay as our second Cosplay Guest! KO Cosplay is very well known for her video game, anime, and comic book cosplays; especially her trademark Crimson Viper from the Street Fighter series. She is very excited to attend Anime USA this year as one of our cosplay guests and share her knowledge of modeling for cosplay photography, gijinka cosplay designing, and building confidence through cosplay. Learn more about her by visiting Who To See.

Join Kaya for Private Tea Party at Anime USA 2014


Kaya of Schwarz Stein is hosting a private tea party for you!

Kaya of Schwarz Stein will be hosting a exclusive authentic Japanese-style tea party for attendees of Anime USA 2014. This tea party will include various teas, delicious pastries and other edibles, and an karaoke-style mini performance in an intimate setting. Only 60 slots will be available for this event. Join Kaya’s Tea Party by visiting our Registration page.

Model in the MIKA TAKEUCHI Fashion Show

Mika Takeuchi

Mika Takeuchi

Mika Takeuchi is the new upcoming Japanese fashion designer inspired by Japanese sub-culture. Her creation of Neo Gothic collection is a mixture between gothic, Lolita and her own individual style.

Takeuchi used to work under h.NAOTO for 10 years and was in charge of designs for FRILL, h.jelly, Melt etc.
A balance between the world of gothic, lolita, and punk come together to make distinctive, chic, and elegant designs.

Takeuchi has specially been invited to show case her 2014 AUTUMN/WINTER collection world of Neo-Gothic in Anime USA in Washington D.C. It will be her very first international show in the US!

This is a chance to participate in the very first show of the brand MIKA TAKEUCHI. Selected models will be able to wear the newest AUTUMN/ WINTER 2014 collection!

All models participating in this show will receive a 20% discount off any MIKA TAKEUCHI items collection after the Anime USA show at Jhouse-Rock booth.

Don’t miss this amazing chance to have fun and experience the new world of Neo-Gothic and feel free to invite your friends or even apply to be a model in the fashion show with your friends!

Click here to learn more and apply!

Meet Fashion Designer, Mika Takeuchi, at Anime USA 2014

Mika Takeuchi

Meet acclaimed fashion designer, Mika Takeuchi, at Anime USA 2014!

Japanese fashion designer Mika Takeuchi will be coming to the US Washington DC 2014 ANIME USA convention!

10 years of working under h.NAOTO and designer for h.jelly, FRILL, Melt etc. The MIKA TAKEUCHI is both distinctive and unique with a balance of gothic, lolita, and punk aeshetics coupled with a touch of masculinity.

The MIKA TAKEUCHI brand will have a booth at the Dealers Room with the new 2014 AUTUMN/ WINTER collection along with limited edition items that will be sold only in the US!

Designer Mika Takeuchi will also be at the Jhouse-Rock booth so you can ask her questions on coordination, creation or any thing else you have in mind and also get to know her. Customers who purchase any item at the booth will be able to take a Polaroid with the designer.

This will be her first attendance in the US conventions, she have been invited to show case her newest Neo-Gothic 2014 collection in Washington DC and it will be her very first international show!

In addition, the MIKA TAKEUCHI line will be on display in a Fashion Show, held on a large stage on October 4th (Saturday) in the afternoon so make sure you come and see this amazing show!

Models are also wanted for this very special show and people who are selected will be able to experience her world of Neo gothic-ness and will get a special 20% discount at the booth! Click here to learn more about the modeling opportunity.

Video Transcript: Hello everyone, I am Mika Takeuchi, designer of MIKA TAKEUCHI. This is actually our first fashion show that will be done in America at Anime USA. It will be an amazing show, so please come by! The items that will be used in the show will later be sold in the booth, where you can try them on and I will also be able to assist you. I hope to see you there!

Schwarz Stein Makes Their Debut Overseas Appearance at Anime USA 2014

Schwarz Stein

Kaya and Hora of electronic Visual Kei duo, Schwarz Stein

In February 2014, legendary duo, Kaya and Hora, reunited as Schwarz Stein! Schwarz Stein will be making their debut U.S. performance at Anime USA 2014 and we couldn’t more excited to host them! They will be performing on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Learn more about Schwarz Stein by visiting Who To See. More information on VIP Schwarz Stein passes (add-ons to new and existing 2014 Memberships) will be available soon!

Fashion Designer, Kristin Costa, attends Anime USA 2014

We’re excited to announce Kristin Costa as a Fashion Guest! Kristin is a talented alternative fashion designer, costumer, and artist based in the New York metro area. Her works are often based around a theme and draw upon everything from historical fashion to psychological concepts to create eye-catching and dramatic designs. We can’t wait to see what she has to share with our attendees!

Rhythm games take over at Anime USA 2014!

Bemani Invasion brings games like Dance Dance Revolution to Anime USA 2014

Bemani Invasion brings games like Dance Dance Revolution to Anime USA 2014

Attention rhythm-game lovers! Bemani Invasion will be bringing their collection of music-based arcade machines to Anime USA for members to play all weekend at #AnimeUSA2014! Games include classics such as Dance Dance Revolution and Pop’n Music, and new games like Jubeat.