This is the event of the year for anime and cosplay fans. The L.A. Convention Center hosts a four-day celebration of Japanese pop culture, jam-packed with an array of stellar programming. Each year, this event attracts legions of bedazzled denizens dressed to the nines in costume homages to their favorite characters in the genre. With Japanese street fashion shows, novel bites, contests, games galore, and diverse academic panels, fans can engage in all things Japan. Plus appearances from industry heads means you can rub elbows with the creative minds behind your favorite manga. Tickets go fast, so be sure to register in advance and prepare with this handy list of tips courtesy of the event.