C2E2
March 31 - April 2, 2023
McCormick Place

Are you a lover of Anime, Manga, K-pop, Japanese culture, and all things kawaii? Welcome to your sanctuary! If you’ve ever wanted to dance like BLACKPINK, become a Pokémon trainer for a weekend, indulge your curiosity about Japanese culture, or just gush over your new (or old) manga obsession, Pop Asia is the place for you! We have interactive experiences, gaming, Japanese cultural groups, as well as anime and manga retailers for you to explore. Consider Pop Asia your little anime convention haven!

What’s Happening at Pop Asia

Do you want to learn more about Japan without traveling there? Look no further! Pop Asia is home to some of the best local cultural partners! We have lots of fascinating things for you to check out, from Japanese fashion presentations to Taiko drum performances. Pop Asia offers experimental activities to give you an immersive cultural experience! 

K-Pop Dance Covers

This year, K!Junkies will be hosting a dance cover contest!  “Hit The Stage” is making its debut at C2E2 2022. Witness all the talented K-Pop coverists as they battle it out on stage for a chance to be on top! Cash prizes plus tickets to C2E2 2023 to be won.

Interested in taking part? Follow the link below to check out the competition rules and fill out your application!

The Japanese Culture Center

The Japanese Culture Center or JCC was established in 1977 in Chicago by Aikido Shihan and Zen Master Fumio Toyoda to make some of the martial arts, crafts, and philosophical riches of Japan available to the American public. Today the JCC continues this tradition by offering classes in over a dozen martial and cultural arts. The JCC is a true “Dojo” or “House of the Way” where living skills are passed down from generation to generation, those who take part become participants in arts that have been around for hundreds, if not thousands of years!


We’ve got things to do from Sun Up to Sun Down

Come on by and enjoy panels with your favorite anime voice actors, trivia, weird and wild Japan panels, sing-a-longs, anime screenings, and late night programming- Pop Asia is your home base for all things anime, manga, k-pop, Japanese culture and more!

City Pop DJ Nights

Van Paugam is a vinyl DJ and designer specializing in 70’s and 80’s Japanese City Pop. His aesthetics often play with nostalgia as an element to fuse retro-futurism with neo-vintage moods. He has DJ’d in Miami, Brooklyn, Paris, Tokyo, and more! Van will be performing live in the Gaming ballroom Friday & Saturday playing the greatest in City Pop, J-Pop and Lofi Hip Hop!

K!Junkies

Come join Amanda and Nathalie, a K-pop loving youtuber couple, as they share their passion for all things K-pop! Their mission is to share their knowledge and love for underrated and senior artists, along with their love for all new artists joining the K-pop world.

Nerds Know

Your go-to group of nerds who know things! Nerds Know is an entertainment group from South Florida consisting of convention veterans, college professors, and convention professionals who have pooled their collective talents to bring you the knowledge that every geek, nerd, and otaku craves! Come join in on one of their many panels and be prepared to participate!