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SaikouCon is a three day, anime and cosplay convention located in the heart of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains with several side events held in the Lehigh Valley (Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton) area. SaikouCon, which means "best convention", boasting a dedicated staff of longtime Japanese anime and manga fans. SaikouCon builds programming made to make memories every year, always striving for panel diversity and a balance between Japanese Pop Culture, Classical Japanese Culture, Cosplay, fun and games, original music, original music, and more original music!



The convention will always feature some of the best live entertainment themed to Japanese culture as well as the best in J-Rock, J-Pop, Nerdcore, and straight up Rock n' Roll musical acts from all over the US and beyond. All of this plus top creators, writers, artists, distributors, industry insiders, English dub and original Japanese voice talent, some of the best cosplay talent, shows, dances; and so much more!



If you love Anime, you'll love SaikouCon, and SaikouCon will love you!




Welcome to the Golden Seven, SaikouCon's seventh year! Good Fortune, Friendship, Community, and more Fun than ever before await you at the anime convention that has defied  the odds time and time again. Join us for a year of celebration, shared good fortune, lasting friendships, and ever growing yet tight knit community at the underdog con that never says die! SaikouCon 2019 will take place at The Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa located at 81 Treetops Drive, White Haven PA 18661 on August 2, 3, and 4 of 2019.



Be our guest at SaikouCon 2019, you won't regret it! Witness the true evolution of SaikouCon!




Driving Directions:

From Allentown, PA:

Take Route 22 West to Route 476 North to Pocono Exit 95. After toll, make right onto Route 940 West. Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa is on the right. Estimated travel time is 1 Hour, depending on highway and local traffic.



From Bethlehem, PA and Easton, PA:

Take Route 33 North to Interstate 80 West to the Lake Harmony Exit 277. At light make a left onto Route 940 West. Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa is on the right. Estimated travel time is 1 Hour depending on highway and local traffic.



From Philadelphia, PA:

Route 76 West to Route 476 North to Pocono Exit 95. After toll, make right onto Route 940 West. Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa is on the right. Estimated travel time is 2 Hours, depending on highway and local traffic.




From Harrisburg, PA:

Take Interstate 81 North to Interstate 80 East to the Lake Harmony Exit 277. At light make a left onto Route 940 West. Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa is on the right. Estimated travel time is 1 Hour and 30 Minutes depending on highway and local traffic.



From New York City, Long Island, and Northern New Jersey:

Take Interstate 80 West from George Washington Bridge to PA Exit 277. At light make a left onto Route 940 West. Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa is on the right. Estimated travel time is 2 Hours, depending on highway and local traffic.



From Trenton, NJ and Central New Jersey:

Route 31 North to Interstate 78 West to 476 North to Pocono Exit 95. After toll, make right onto Route 940 West. Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa is on the right. Estimated travel time is 2 Hours and 15 Minutes depending on highway and local traffic.



From Brooklyn, NY, Staten Island,and Northeastern New Jersey:

Take the Verrazano Bridge 278 to the Goethals Bridge. Follow signs to NJ Turnpike North to Exit 15W. Route 280 to Interstate 80 West to the Delaware Water Gap, folow to PA Exit 277. At light make a left onto Route 940 West. Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa is on the right. Estimated travel time is 2 Hours and 30 Minutes depending on highway and local traffic.



From Atlantic City, NJ and Southern New Jersey:

Route 42 West (Atlantic City Expressway) across Walt Whitman Bridge. Take first exit after bridge for Interstate 95 South. Follow to Route 476 North to Pocono Exit 95. After toll, make right onto Route 940 West. Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa is on the right. Estimated travel time is 3 Hours and 15 Minutes, depending on highway and local traffic.



From Syracuse, NY and Binghamton, NY:

Take Interstate 81 South to Exit 194 Clark Summit. Take Route 476 South to Pocono Exit 95. After toll, make right onto Route 940 West. Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa is on the right. Estimated travel time is 2 Hours and 30 Minutes depending on highway and local traffic.



From Maryland and Washington, DC:

Take Interstate 95 North (495 in Washington and 695 in Baltimore) to Route 476 North to Pocono Exit 95. After toll, make right onto Route 940 West. Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa is on the right. Estimated travel time is 4 Hours, depending on highway and local traffic.





Codes of Conduct 

General Rules

  • SaikouCon memberships (attendance badges) must be worn at all times in plain sight and facing forward.  Any attendee that loses their badge must repurchase a membership in order to gain access to all SaikouCon events, no exceptions.  However, if you do lose your badge you may check with con staff and/or security to see if someone turned it in to the registration counter staff before purchasing a new badge.
  • SaikouCon is a family friendly event (13 +) and attendees are asked to dress accordingly. SaikouCon staff reserves the right to ask an attendee to change clothing if it is deemed inappropriate, or if the venue demands that we do so. We at SaikouCon do not wish to stifle the creativity of our cosplay community, but we must think of the codes of conduct for our hosting venue  as well as minors in attendance. 
  • Cosplaying is NOT permission to touch or invade the personal space of a cosplayer, but there are people out there who will take candid shots of girls in skirts among other more serious infractions on the personal space, safety, and sexual autonomy of other people. This is NOT okay and is considered by the organizers of SaikouCon as sexual harassment and/or stalking. If you want a photograph with somebody, ask permission, if you want to put your arm around them or touch their body in any way, ask permission. Some people are less okay than others with having people randomly throw their arms around them. Sexual harassment and stalking are not taken lightly at SaikouCon, our security team will attempt to sort out if there has been an innocent misunderstanding before involving the authorities, as personal space can be infringed upon in crowded spaces with no malice intended, but if the accused party or parties is found to be guilty of malicious intent, threats, stalking, harassment, sexual harassment, unwanted sexual advances, inappropriate sexual language etc. they will be reported to the authorities immediately and detained by SaikouCon security until the police arrive and handle the situation to the fullest extent of the law, should the victim(s) of the guilty party or parties wish to press criminal charges against them. The guilty party or parties will also be permanently banned from future future years of SaikouCon and SaikouCon sponsored events.
  • Children 12 and under may attend the convention free of charge, but must be accompanied by a chaperone, age 18 or older, that has purchased a badge (ticket), to attend the convention. Teenagers 13 - 17 must purchase a Teen Registration to attend SaikouCon, this negates the need for cumbersome Parental Consent Forms, speeding up Pre-Registration Badge Pick Up as well as being more environmentally sound by cutting down on use of paper and printer ink.
  • For everyone’s safety: roller blades, skateboards, scooters, wheely shoes, and roller skates are prohibited in all areas of SaikouCon unless worn by professional stunt personnel and/or other talent in the employ of SaikouCon to perform at the convention.
  • Helmets, masks, and make-up are permitted to be utilized and worn as part of your cosplay, but at badge pick up your face must be visible to ensure badges are released to the proper badge holders.
  • SaikouCon, and the venue hosting the convention, are not liable for any missing belongings. If you should lose something please contact SaikouCon staff or security to assist in helping you find your missing item(s) or check with the venue's Lost and Found at their front desk.
  • For all 18+ and 21+ events, SaikouCon Attendance Badges WILL be checked, no exceptions. Valid photo ID such as a passport or drivers license should be on hand to attend age-restricted events. Photo ID will be checked by SaikouCon staff should there be suspicion or con staff recognizes an attendee as being a minor with an invalid, fake, or of age friend's badge.
  • Acceptance of membership (purchasing of a badge) indicates that the attendee (or parent in the case of minors under the age of 18) has read the rules of conduct outlined here and consents to the use of the attendee’s image or likeness in any recording, transmission, or reproduction thereof for the purpose of promoting SaikouCon. Attendees may at any time refuse to have their photograph taken by non-con staff photographers, members of the press covering the convention, and other attendees.



Sign Policy

  • No signs are permitted at SaikouCon except for those signs that are an established part of a costume (i.e. the sign must be part of the standard “look” of the character, such as the sign carried by Genma the Panda from Ranma 1/2), or is attached to a merchant booth for purposes of identifying and/or advertising the merchant's presence at the convention.
  • Signs with offensive content (including hate speech regarding race, religion, ethnic background, gender, preferred gender identity, sexual orientation etc.) are not allowed at SaikouCon. Please remember that this is a family event that accepts all walks of life equally, this holds for merchants as well. Political signs and banners are also prohibited and will be removed by SaikouCon staff and/or security.
  • Any attendee that breaks the sign rules will be asked politely to remove the sign and if any attendee continues to break the rule or does so belligerently will be asked to leave and/or be escorted out of the convention by con security without refund. NO EXCEPTIONS.



Weapon & Prop Rules

  • NO LIVE STEEL WILL BE ALLOWED at SaikouCon. Live steel is defined as: Swords, bayonets, and knives (regardless of whether or not they are sheathed); star knives, butterfly knives, Bowie knives, shuriken, and all other throwing knives are also prohibited at the convention. Other objects made of metal which can take an edge are also banned at SaikouCon. This holds true regardless of whether the object is actually sharp or not.
  • Props are not to be used in an unsafe manner.  This includes, but is not limited to: mock-fighting (posing is fine for photos, but not actual mock-fighting), swinging, throwing, hitting.
  • Firearms are not permitted at the convention. All gun reproductions MUST have an orange tip at the end of their muzzles. If the plastic reproduction has a firing capacity (i.e. air guns and pellet guns) it must be empty of all ammunition and/or magazines.
  • NO LIVE AMMO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND will be permitted, no exception ever. Examples include, but are not limited to: real firearms, any and all kinds regardless of whether they are functional or not. Crossbows, dart guns, blowguns, stun guns, and tasers are all banned at SaikouCon as well.
  • NO EXPLOSIVES, CHEMICALS, or INCENDIARY DEVICES of any kind including, but not limited to: smoke powder, sparklers, flash paper, confetti poppers, snappers, bombs, flash-bangs, or fireworks of any kind are permitted at SaikouCon.
  • No prop over 6 feet 5 inches tall will be allowed to enter into the convention space without special dispensation/inspection from SaikouCon staff and/or security at the registration counter.
  • SaikouCon reserves the right to deem any prop dangerous to the general public, regardless of size, and ask for the prop(s) to be removed from the convention space immediately and without resistance. Failure to comply may result in termination of membership to the convention without refund, there is also a strong possibility of being completely banned from future years of SaikouCon.
  • All weapons purchased from the merchant area, should we have merchants with us that sell weaponry, must be boxed and taken immediately to a car, hotel room, or home after purchase; they will not be allowed to taken around the Merchant Hall nor to panels, screenings, concerts, or other special events at the convention. No exceptions.



General Convention & Cosplay Etiquette Guidelines

Special Thanks to Apphia Yu of sakevisual for her help with our Con Etiquette Guidelines

  1. Please do not glomp cosplayers (or even non-cosplayers)
    It HURTS and could ruin their costume! Instead of glomping them, ask them politely for a hug. If permission is granted, hug them gently enough not to break their costume or hurt them. If they decline, a simple compliment will suffice to show them how much you like their cosplay.This especially goes for CHILDREN IN COSPLAY. We know they’re cute, but think of it like seeing a child out at the mall or the store. You wouldn’t run up and grab them because it’s rude and downright creepy and can be construed as predatory behavior. Ask their parent or guardian if it would be alright for a hug and/or picture. Otherwise, hands off the children.
  2. Ask politely for pictures and don’t be creepy about it
    Cosplaying is NOT permission to touch or invade the personal space of a cosplayer, but there are people out there who will take candid shots of girls in skirts among other more serious infractions on the personal space, safety, and sexual autonomy of other people. This is NOT okay and is considered by the organizers of SaikouCon as sexual harassment and/or stalking. If you want a photograph with somebody, ask permission, if you want to put your arm around them or touch their body in any way, ask permission. Some people are less okay than others with having people randomly throw their arms around them. Sexual harassment and stalking are not taken lightly at SaikouCon, our security team will attempt to sort out if there has been an innocent misunderstanding before involving the authorities, as personal space can be infringed upon in crowded spaces with no malice intended, but if the accused party or parties is found to be guilty of malicious intent, threats, stalking, harassment, sexual harassment, unwanted sexual advances, inappropriate sexual language etc. they will be reported to the authorities immediately and detained by SaikouCon security until the police arrive and handle the situation to the fullest extent of the law, should the victim(s) of the guilty party or parties wish to press criminal charges against them. The guilty party or parties will also be permanently banned from future future years of SaikouCon and SaikouCon sponsored events.
  3. A cosplayer is not their character 
    If someone is cosplaying someone you don’t like, this does NOT give you permission to attack them verbally and definitely not physically. These cosplayers are REAL PEOPLE, that are pretending to be a fictional character, and physically or verbally attacking them will be the same as attacking someone in general public out on the street. You will be escorted out of the convention by con security and permanently banned from SaikouCon, and the victim(s) can and should press criminal assault charges if they deem necessary. 
  4. Country flags are not capes
    Wearing them as such is incredibly disrespectful. In most countries, wearing a flag as an article of clothing and/or letting it touch the ground is considered insulting and sometimes a very serious crime. Please think of our friends from other countries, and respect their flags as well as our own. Remember, just because a character does something in an anime does not make it acceptable or polite to do in real life. 
  5. Just because your character does/says certain things does not make it okay to do in public
    No screaming the “F” word or other profanities in public. If you would not do or say it out of costume or in front of your parents, grandparents, children and/or friend's children, don’t do it at a convention. There are children present at these functions, and it is best to act like a responsible adult and set a good example for them. 
  6. Hands off other peoples’ props 
    This seems like it should go without saying, but there have been instances where people have actually run off with a friend’s prop or grabbed it and started playing with it, resulting in a break. Props can take a very, very long time to make as well as cost a lot of money to make and most tend to be fairly fragile. If a cosplayer says you can handle it, handle it with care. You wouldn’t want your props broken, so don’t do it to someone else. 
  7. If something about someone’s costume is inaccurate or poorly made, do not berate them for it
    There's no need to elaborate on this, since it’s a fairly straightforward guideline, let's all be nice and have fun together. 
  8. Do not throw objects at other cosplayers
    This falls under the you can hurt someone tidbit. This means even plushies, or any sort of projectile, soft or not. Not everyone shares the same sense of “lolithrewsomethingatyou” humor, so err on the side of caution and don’t throw things. Like most of the other things, this can get you thrown out of cons (SaikouCon included) and have criminal charges pressed for assault. 
  9. Personal hygiene is a must
    Being at a convention can result in a lot of dirt and sweat accumulated on your body over the day. Be mindful of other con goers and PLEASE BATHE. This goes double for people who like to hug cosplayers and any other attendee and/or merchant for that matter, as nothing is more of a fun killer for a convention goer than someone getting their stink all over you or your costume. Don’t forget to also use deodorant. It really does make a big difference between smelling squeaky clean and smelling like con-funk. Beyond social etiquette, this is also the best way to prevent going home with a case of con plague as bathing prevents more than just the germs and bacteria that cause body odor growing on your person. 
  10. Cosplayers and non-cosplaying fans, you are representing your fandom
    If you do something mean or nasty, it won’t be just you doing it, but “that fandom.” Set a good example and represent your fandom with honor and consideration. 
  11. Have fun!
    Just because there are things you shouldn’t do doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself at the convention. Attend panels and meet-ups. Make new friends. Go watch the masquerade. There’s so much you can do at a con without ruining the enjoyment for others or yourself.