- Harrison Berry
- Thousands of people will gather in Boise for the 15th annual Anime Oasis.
Anime Oasis is here. That means hundreds of people, many of them in costumes, will flock to the City of Trees to celebrate Japanese popular culture.
Headquartered at the Boise Centre on the Grove, they'll participate in costume, karaoke and dancing contests, trivia, cosplay, photo shoots and a Japanese fashion show. According to Anime Oasis head of registration Tina Townes, there may be as many as 2,200-2,300 people who attend in 2016, but it hasn't always been this popular.
This is Townes' 14th year attending Anime Oasis, and her ninth year on its staff. When she first started coming to the festival, attendance was closer to 300-400.
"It's grown because of word of mouth and change of venue," she said."
In its first years, AO was based out of a hotel near the airport, and AO had to put caps on its attendance. Since it moved to the Boise Centre, it has gotten larger—and more inclusive.
"It's pretty easy to talk to someone here," she said.
Check out our slideshow from AO 2016's first day here: