Anime, Japanese, cosplay and pop-culture fans headed downtown to ‘Tokyo, OK’

TULSA, Okla. — Two worlds collide this weekend in downtown Tulsa. “Tokyo, OK,” is the state’s largest of its kind and has been around since 2008.

“The Oklahoma Society for Culture Appreciation is a volunteer-based organization run by fans just like the ones that attend our events and we enjoy and cherish the opportunity to produce them. The mission is to educate and build community through entertainment,” said event organizers. “‘Tokyo, OK’ proves that education does not have to come from traditional sources and that even two vastly different world views can find common ground.”

What began 14-years-ago as a parking lot block party for a crowd of about 300, has grown leaps and bounds to the event that it is today.

This weekend attendees can expect over 300 hours of programming for Anime, gaming console, arcade, PC, LARP, CCG, laser tag and tabletop, writing, music, and shopping with vendors, artists and exhibitors from all over the country.

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be fan-made and meet-the-actor panels. Voice-over artist guests include Barry Yandell, Amber Lee Connors, and Wendy Powell. Special cosplay guests making appearances at the event are, LifeFiber and CheekyCheetah.

The anime, Japanese, and pop culture convention will also be hosting cosplay and skit contests.

Doors officially opened at 2 p.m. on Friday.

“We will go until 2 p.m. and then we will start karaoke,” said Zac Murphy Director of Public Relations for “Tokyo, OK.”

Murphy says that during pre-COVID, the convention was seeing about 9,000 people flocking to the event. Last year, they saw about, 5,000 people at the venue.

“This year we are expecting about 6,000-6,5000 to attend,” said Murphy.

“Tokyo, OK” will be held on July 29-30, at the following venues in downtown Tulsa:

  • Courtyard by Marriott Downtown
  • Hyatt Place Tulsa Downtown
  • 17 West Tulsa Downtown
  • Aloft Tulsa Downtown

Masks are required for entry this year.