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Main Events. Photo by Chris Gilstrap.

Nan Desu Kan?

Nan Desu Kan (a Japanese pun translating loosely to 'what is it?') began its life in 1997 at the Tivoli Student Union as a small, fan-run convention with about 200 attendees.

These days, several hotels (currently the Marriott DTC) and 16 years later, NDK is still a fan-run convention, sponsored by the RMAA. And with a total weekend attendance of more than 21,000 (over 7,000 people per day), it's now the largest convention in Colorado and 14 surrounding states (excluding Texas), as well as one of the top ten largest anime conventions in the country. In 2011, the RMAA began enforcing an attendance cap to ensure the comfort of NDK attendees.

Since 2000, NDK has featured a charity auction with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to a select organization. In 2011, the RMAA held a special one-day event for Japanese disaster relief and matched all funds raised dollar-for-dollar. NDK's Rave2Save Japan raised $13,440 (included matched funds).

More than $75,000 has been donated to previous worthy recipients: the Japan America Society of Colorado, American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Child's Play, the United Way Gulf Recovery Fund, Japanese Red Cross and We Heart Japan/JCIE.

The RMAA also sponsors NDK NYE, the New Year's Eve Costume Ball. NDK NYE (at the Denver Renaissance) features a fusion of Japanese cultural activities and refined anime cosplay elegance in an all-ages atmosphere, a variety of music by DJ Bullock, door prizes, charity casino and other games, and a balloon drop at midnight.