Tati Cyran, a New York, NY resident, and about 34,000 fellow conventioneers descended on downtown Baltimore for the annual festival of all things anime: Otakon.
The convention, held Friday through Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center, also celebrates other elements of Asian pop culture, including manga, video games and movies.
The gathering has an economic impact of about $5.1 million, according to Visit Baltimore, the city’s tourism agency.
Now in its 21st year, Otakon has been held in Baltimore since 1999, but that run will end in 2017, when the convention will move to Washington, D.C.
Organizers attributed the move to the “state of the facilities in Baltimore and their uncertain future,” referring to far-from-concrete plans to replace the convention center and the Baltimore Arena.
The convention is organized by Otakorp Inc., a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit that promotes the appreciation of Asian culture.
(Photos: The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz).