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As I strolled through Sakura-Con at the Convention Center in Seattle on Saturday I was suddenly transformed into another dimension of anime enthusiasts, comic book heroes, and video game villains. The sun was shining and Freeway Park was filled with choreographed dancing, singing, laughing and plenty of picture taking. Lisa Weeks, who has been attending the convention for 10 years, says Sakura-Con is all about the celebration of creative costumes. (See Lisa in the closing sequence of my gallery below.) There are plenty of games, panels, and events but seeing the characters you know and love come to life is what makes Sakura-Con so special. — Annie Laurie Malarkey, photographer.

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