Ohayocon 21 Will Be Going Digital Amidst Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic
Titled As "E-hayocon", The Event Will Be Held On Discord And Other Online Spaces.
The Three Day Anime Convention, Ohayocon has announced on the 18th September 2020 that it will be going Digital for Ohayocon 21 which will be called “E-hayocon” on it’s Official Website. In the Statement released on the website, the Ohayocon committee has admitted that although this Digital Convention wouldn’t be able to replicate a real live Convention, they have claimed that they do have some interesting ideas to make it entertaining. The Ohayocon 21 will be featuring Gaming Tournaments, Special Guests, Chat rooms and Virtual Artist Alleys all of which will be accessible for free through the Ohayocon Public Discord Server.
The announcement also stated that Gaming Tournaments will begin being hosted later this year and will be leading up to the Main Digital Event that will be held next year in January. The Ohayocon committee has also mentioned that they do realise that many artists and dealers depend heavily on the Ohayocon as a sales platform and thus they have prepared a separate online area for these people.
About The Ohayocon
The Ohayocon is a 3 day Anime and Japanese Pop culture event that takes place every year at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and The Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The Event usually takes place in the month of January, the dates that were announced for OhayoCon 21 prior to it being made Digital were 15th-17th of January. The Event now has been postponed to a week later and will be taking place from 22nd-24th of January.
The name of the convention Ohayocon is a play on words as the event is held in Ohio while the word Ohayo (おはよう) in Japanese means “Good Morning”. The Ohayocon first took place back in 2001 and since then has been conducted every year without fail for the past 20 years.
Ohayocon 20 had featured popular guests like the Production Coordinator of Studio Ghibli, Hirokatsu Kohara along with voice actors like Alejandro Saab, Jessica Calvello, Aaron Dismuke, and many more.
Ohayocon is but one of much popular anime and Japanese Pop Culture Conventions that are being canceled, postponed, or going Digital/Virtual for the year 2020-2021 all because of the safety measures that are required to be taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Conventions like the MinamiCon, Anime NYC, JUMP Festa ’21 are just some of the long-running and popular conventions that have already taken action. This is a fan and as an audience is very disheartening to see but an absolutely correct measure taken by the organizers of these Conventions.