Pop Asia

Pop Asia is a show feature new to C2E2 this year dedicated to all things anime, manga, K-pop, and Asian culture. Chock-full of fun exhibitors, activities and things to do – this area of the show floor is a can’t-miss stop for Otaku of every level!

Check out some of the things in Pop Asia this year!

Featured Events:

Nerds Know

From Florida, to New York, and now Chicago, Nerds Know is bringing you amazing Japanese and Anime content, including the Anime Name Game, Japanese for Kids, and Insults and Cursing in Japanese (18+). Check out 

Genshin Impact Spotlight

Featuring Zach Aguilar (Aether) and Cristina Vee (Bennet, Xingqiu) this voice actor Q/A will give a glimpse into how some of our favorite Anime voice actors have translated their skills into their roles within the world of Teyvat. Learn about how they prep for their roles, their thoughts on the latest updates, and what they’re most looking forward to in version 2.3.

Cosplayers and costumers, stick around after the panel for a Genshin-themed photo op!

SAT, DEC 11 at 5:00PM – S404

Late Night City Pop Party

A live DJ City Pop party, celebrating music built on the 1980's promise of a bright future, naïve optimism, and glamorous Japanese lifestyles.

SAT, DEC 11 at 8:00PM – 10:30PM S503

Anime Talent

This year, we’ve got talent from My Hero Academia, Dr. Stone, Attack on Titan, and more. Check the schedule to see when your favorite Anime Talents are appearing. 

Japanese Culture Center

The Japanese Culture Center was established in 1977 in Chicago by Aikido Shihan (Teacher of Teachers) and Zen Master Fumio Toyoda to make some of the martial arts, crafts, and philosophical riches of Japan available to the public.

Today the JCC continues this tradition, offering classes in over a dozen martial and cultural arts.

Find the JCC right next to Pop Asia at booth 895 for some pop-up demonstrations in Akido and Iaido, Haiku writing, origami and more.

Throughout the weekend, the JCC will be bringing you the following:

  • Origami Workshop - ALL DAYS - 3:45pm at Family HQ Workshop
  • The Art of Ikebana – Friday – 11:30am at S403
  • Japanese Tea Ceremony – Saturday – 11:15am at S504a
  • Large Brush Calligraphy – Saturday – 4:30pm at Family HQ Interactive
  • Aikido and Iaido Demonstration – Saturday – 6:30 at S402
  • Shurikenjitsu: The Japanese Martial Arts of Shuriken Throwing – Saturday – 8:00 pm at S405b

… and more!

Photo Backdrops

Round up your squad for an epic shoot because Pop Asia is home to some epic photo sets for you to flaunt that killer cosplay you’ve been working on! Stop by and strike your best Plus Ultra pose!

Kitaku Maid & Butler Café

We’re excited to announce that C2E2 is bringing the Kitaku Café right onto the show floor – booth 796.  

Join the maids and butlers all weekend for cute dances, fun board games, and a good time for people of all ages and interests!

This is a separately-ticketed event at $5 per attendee, and seating is limited per session. We encourage purchasing tickets for your session in advance.

All ticket purchases are done directly through Kitaku Café and are available for purchase online prior to the event at https://kitakucafe.yapsody.com/ for some sessions, and outside of the cafe during the show. 

Available Sessions

Friday and Saturday:

  • 10:30-11:30am
  • 12:00-1:00pm
  • 2:00-3:00pm
  • 3:30-4:30pm
  • 5:00-6:00pm


  • 11:15am-12:15pm
  • 12:45-1:45pm
  • 2:15-3:15pm
  • 3:45-4:45pm