What is JAFAX?

JAFAX is an annual Japanese visual culture convention held every June in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Founded in 1996 by a few dedicated fans of animé, JAFAX started out with just a few showing rooms at Kendall College of Art and Design with less than 150 attendees. After a couple years, the founders of the event partnered with the local animé club at Grand Valley State University, Otaku no Anime to grow the event.

After moving to Grand Valley State University in 1998, in partnership with OnA, JAFAX spent 17 years at their Allendale campus, and grew to occupy multiple buildings while attracting more than 5,500 fans of animé, manga, and Japanese culture. With the growth of attendance, JAFAX is now held in Downtown Grand Rapids to better host the event's size.