Have you checked the Naka-Kon schedule yet? While planning your convention weekend, take a look at our times and placements! Find a panel or two (or all!) below to help organize your Naka-Kon weekend! One more announcement is coming up just before the con, so keep an eye out for it!

Don’t forget that you can download Guidebook as well! Links are on the Naka-Kon Panel’s page above.

2:30pm-4:00pm Vendor Room: Kon Supporters Only
-We will have a table set up for HIZUMI/UMBRELLA, JIN and AliW. Please check us out!
4:00pm-8:00pm Vendor Room: All Attendees
-Definitely check us out!

Location: Courtyard 4-5
It started as a music festival featuring nine Japanese rock and visual-kei artists. After the festival, continued as a webzine and fan destination site for all things J-rock/VK. We have worked with some of the biggest names in Japanese rock and visual kei, bringing you the news about your favorite bands, written by fans just like you! Featuring: Ali Watson, Jess Tran

6:00pm-7:00pm HIZUMI & JIN Autographs
Location: Outside Ballroom B-C
See Naka-Kon’s site and Guidebook for autograph policies.

10:00pm-11:30pm Getting into the Japanese Entertainment Industry
Location: Courtyard 6-7
From behind the scenes to the stage, find out what it took to start working in the music industry in Japan or in the world of website journalism — even if you don’t speak the language (but it helps). Bonus content: How to get into concert photography. Also featuring: Ali Watson, JIN, moderated by Jess. [editor’s note: Naka-Kon’s Guidebook mistakenly notes this panel includes HIZUMI; it does not.]

9:30am-10:00am Vendor Room: Kon Supporters Only
10:00am-6:00pm Vendor Room: All Attendees

2:00pm-3:00pm HIZUMI: Beyond Music
Location: Courtyard 4-5
Learn about HIZUMI’s (ex-D’espairsRay, vocals) journey through music, world travel and now graphic design, fashion design and more. As the audience, you get to participate in this talk-show style introduction, with a chance to win exclusive prizes! Featuring: HIZUMI, JIN (translator), Jess Tran (moderator)

3:30pm-4:30pm HIZUMI & JIN Autographs
Location: Outside Ballroom B-C
Please see Naka-Kon’s website and Guidebook for autograph policies.

7:30pm-8:30pm HIZUMI: Q&A
Location: Leatherwood 2-3
Get answers to those burning questions you’ve wanted to ask HIZUMI (ex-D’espairsRay, vocals) and learn about his diverse and amazing work with his new project Umbrella. Featuring: HIZUMI, JIN (translator), Jess Tran.

7:00pm-8:00pm (approximately) Naka-Kon Charity Gala
Location: Ballroom A-B
During Naka-Kon’s charity ball, JIN will be performing a song for the enjoyment of participants. Don’t miss it! Featuring: JIN

9:00pm-10:00pm Uta no JIN Live (concert)
Location: Ballroom C
Join Youtaite and vocalist JIN as he sings popular VK, anime and Vocaloid songs live! Be prepared to sing along, have your arms in the air and move your bodies! There will be autographs after the concert. Featuring: JIN

9:30am-10:00am Vendor’s Room: Kon Supporters Only
10:00am-4:00pm Vendor’s Room: All Attendees

10:30am-11:30am The Good, the Bad, and the Awesome of the Japanese Entertainment Industry
Location: Ballroom A-B
Entertainment is a job like no other, where every start is a rocky one and the future is all too often uncertain. There is more than one path to working in this industry, with many highs and lows to along the way. Join Ali Watson, Jess Tran, JIN, and HIZUMI as they share experiences that you can relate to as a fan, in your job, or as an aspiring entertainer. Featuring: Ali Watson, Jess Tran, JIN [Editor’s Note: the Naka-Kon Guidebook mistakenly omitted HIZUMI as participating in the panel; he will be part of this panel]

Where else will we be?

In between panels, autographs and events, we will be at our table at the Exhibition Hall. Follow us on Twitter below for up to the minute changes in schedule, updated information, or stalker-y tidbits. @jrockrevolution
JIN: @JIN527
AliW: @aliwatson117
HIZUMI: @hiz0302 (almost exclusively in Japanese)