The Sangawa Project, presented by the Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society, is an 18+ convention in which fans can gather together to discuss their favorite anime, both new and old, challenge themselves in our retro gaming room, show off their best cosplay, attend awesome panels and just relax in a more mature environment. Additionally, Sangawa provides unique content such as the Taste of Japan which allows attendees (over the age of 21) to sample a variety of Japanese libations, including Saké, Shōchū and cultural beers!

Located in the marvelous Double Tree by Hilton in Greentree, PA on December 8th – 10th, 2017.


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Taste of Japan

21+ Event

The Taste of Japan room is back! We’ve changed up our offering to bring you more delicious Japanese imports. Enjoy a selection of Japan’s sake, whiskey, shochu, and more while learning basic tasting and appreciation techniques. The room will be open from noon to 4pm on Saturday, allowing you to come and go as you please and not miss any content that you are looking forward to seeing. Check back for updates on this year’s beverage selections!

Sangawa Social

21+ Event 

The Sangawa Social will be a little different this year… instead of picking a theme and showing a video, we challenge you to show off those taste buds! We will be forming teams to try to guess all of the ingredients in each of our tasty beverages. The more ingredients you guess, the more points your team will receive. The team with the most discerning palate wins (their choice from our Sangawa Prize Table)!

Cosplay Battle Royale

Cosplayers of all ages and skill levels are invited to a costume battle royal of epic proportions! Everyone will get a chance to display their costume and character. Contestants will be put into brackets, battling one on one for the love and adoration of the audience! That’s right. In this contest, It’s all up to the audience! Each round, the pair of cosplayers will be given a silly situation to act out. A silly pose? A character emote? Dancing!? Anything is possible! And its up to the audience who did it best. Laughs will be had, silly poses will be made, and fun will be guaranteed!

Gaming Room

Do you like video gaming? Join us in our Game Room for some of your favorite video games and beloved gaming systems.

RPG/CCG/Board Games

Time to kill? Come over to our Tabletop room to join in one of our scheduled games, or jump in on a pickup game.

Sangawa Cosplay

Will you be wearing a costume to Sangawa Project? Would you like to compete in a casual contest, and show it off on stage? Enter our costume contest! The contest is open to all costumed Sangawa Project attendees with a valid badge. Costumes do not have to be handcrafted–closet/’thrifted,’ commissioned and purchased costumes are permitted. However, not every costume will be considered for every category–for example, only costumes the individual entering has made will be considered for the “Best Made” award, and costumes from recent sources are ineligible for “Best Retro.”

The Process

1. Contestants will be interviewed in a private judging session–check the schedule for the time and place! They’ll be asked about why they chose this character, how the costume was put together and what their favorite part is! Don’t be afraid to prepare a pose or catchphrase for the character for our “Most Like” Award!

2. Reference images are highly recommended. Printed, phones, tablets, merchandise–anything that shows us what your character looks like.  If you’re REALLY nice, our coordinator might be willing to google one for you while you wait your turn to be judged!

3. Entrants will re-gather before our improv to do a little stagewalk! They are still eligible to participate in the improv itself–these are separate contests.

4. The Judges have the power to award as many or as few awards as they see fit–excellence deserves recognition, after all! Awards do not count as major awards towards a cosplayer’s ranking in craftsmanship contests such as Tekko’s–this is just for fun!

Eligible Awards

Best Made – This award is for a person who made the majority of their costume with excellent technique!

Most Like – This award is for a person who really embodies the character through posing, catchphrases, and character knowledge!

Best Retro – Staying on Sangawa Project’s theme, the best retro costume is one created from a source from the early 90’s and back!

Judges’ Favorite – This award goes to a costume the judges just plain loved for any other reason!