Sakura-Con, a huge anime convention for the Pacific Northwest region of the USA, is set to take place in Seattle on the weekend of April 22-24, 2011.

As this preview from Culture Mob details, the convention will do its part to help aid in raising money for Japanese relief:

Sakura-Con has joined SeattleJapanRelief, a collaboration of Japanese American and Japan related cultural, educational and civic organizations standing together to promote relief and recovery following the devastating earthquakes and tsunamis. Seattle has long enjoyed a strong connection with Japan – from Nintendo’s presence in the region to Ichiro and the Seattle Mariners – and this is the perfect time to lend your support to the relief efforts.

The weekend will also be filled with anime/manga events for fans and spectators, too:

As for the convention itself, it’s a feast of anime and Asian pop culture that even the most casual fan is sure to love. Guests include a whole host of well-known anime voice actors, as well as exist†trace, one of Japan’s first all-female Visual Kei rock bands, and manga creator and artist Atsushi Suzumi. Sakura-Con also boasts over 200 exhibitors, exclusive merchandise, three concerts, four 24 hour theaters, the largest free gaming arcade on the West coast, Japanese cultural arts and presentations, industry panels, fan panels and much more.

Read the rest of the Culture Mob preview here.

Visit Sakura-Con’s official website here. Pre-registration has closed for the event, but you will be able to register at the door if you’re already in the area and want to head to the convention.

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