Countdown to Tokonatsu 2021 (45 Days)

By Kurt Schofield | Friday, 11 June 2021

Greetings from all of us working behind the scenes at Tokonatsu! We hope you are all keeping yourselves safe and healthy as we continue to deal with the ongoing effects of the coronavirus situation.

One thing that is certain however is that we are all working hard to make Tokonatsu 2021 a reality. We missed all of you last year but were so happy to see so many of you show up for the virtual event that we hosted. We would like to give a massive thank you to those that helped and everyone who turned up – it is the community members like yourselves that make Tokonatsu what it is.

We are less than 1½ months from Tokonatsu 2021 and with a two year gap between events due to the hiatus last year and numerous lockdowns since – we are sure you are all as eager as we are to see each other at the event.

Tokonatsu 2021 & COVID-19

It is highly likely that while the world is still dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tokonatsu 2021 may not seem as it usually does.

In order to run, we are having to rework most events while having to cut others completely in order to abide by the current health and safety guidance set by the government in order to remain both safe for the attendees and legally compliant.

At this point, we can confirm the following:

Events returning for
Tokonatsu 2021
Events NOT returning for
Tokonatsu 2021
  • Opening Ceremony (Ops)
  • Closing Ceremony (Ops)
  • Registrations (Ops)
  • 2-Hr Roleplay Panel (Panel)
  • Anime Cinema (TokoRetreat)
  • Art Competition (TokoRetreat)
  • Artisan Alley (TokoMart)
  • Campfire (Ops)
  • Dealers Room (TokoMart)
  • Felt Working Panel (Panel)
  • Food Court (Ops)
  • Maid Café (Maids)
  • Parapara Panel (Panel)
  • Pictionary (TokoRetreat)
  • Shogun’s Ultimate Werewolf (Ops)
  • Toko Arcade (Arcade)
  • Toko Quiz (TokoRetreat)
  • Trad Gaming Tent (Trad)
  • Writing Competition (TokoRetreat)
  • Wish Tree (Matsuri)

  • Bring & Buy (TokoMart)
  • Complimentary Breakfast (Ops)
  • Japanese Tea Ceremony (Panel)
  • Manga Library (TokoRetreat)
  • Matsuri (Matsuri)
  • Ready Steady Cosplay (Cosplay)
  • Ready Steady Mecha (Cosplay)
  • Slip ‘n’ Slide (Events)
  • Sumo Suits (Matsuri)
  • TokoDisc (Events)
  • Zonbidoggu (Events)

* The above events are still subject to change pending changes to government guidance.

Events pending risk assessments & other factors:
  • Masquerade
  • Cosplay Blind Date
  • Archery
  • Otaku Royale
  • Capture the flag
  • Card Captor
  • Tug of War
  • King of Toko
  • Little Shrine of Mine
  • TokoDisco
  • Origami Panel
  • Kimono Panel
  • Martial Arts Panel
  • Japanese Culture Panel
  • Science Panel

With events not running this year, we hope you understand the circumstances and look forward to them returning once we are able to return to normal.

We have additionally decided to implement the following restrictions:

  • Face masks must be worn at all times inside of any building or marquee unless exempt.

  • Everyone to adhere to 2m social distancing rules for anyone outside their support bubble.

  • Everyone advised and encouraged to thoroughly wash or sanitise their hands regularly (every 30mins). As an alternative to this, sanitising stations will be setup at various locations around the venue.

  • The event is restricted to maximum 300 attendees.

  • Attendees attempting to enter the event with any COVID symptoms, including a fever/temperature, will be unable to enter the event. Checks will be taking place at the door as part of the registration process.

Please be advised that the above restrictions are based on information that we have here and now. The above list is not exhaustive and may be subject to change as we get closer to the event – ensuring Tokonatsu complies with government guidance and guidelines.

Update regarding the TokoMart

We would also like to let you know that we have recently updated our TokoMart page in light of changes to government guidance and in order to prepare for coming Tokonatsu. If anyone is interested in registering with the TokoMart we ask you to please read through it thoroughly.

If you are interested in registering for an artisan or dealer pitch/table at the Tokonatsu TokoMart, you can register now be heading to our sign-up page.

Unfortunately as outlined above, we are unable to host the usual Bring & Buy in order to minimise any risks of spreading coronavirus. Please look forward to this returning next year!

Additionally if you are interested in sponsoring Tokonatsu then please let us know by contacting us via e-mail.

Would you like to know more?

We are sure that some of you may still have questions regarding the upcoming event, as such we have compiled an FAQ’s page on the website which we advise you checking out first.

What’s Next?

First thing is first, please remember to register! You can do so here.

Next, we aim to release another update in June In the meantime, you can continue to keep up-to-date with any other news by following us at the usual places.

Because of the on-going situation, Tokonatsu 2021 will most likely be our most challenging Tokonatsu to run yet and so we would appreciate your patience. 

If you do have any concerns or ideas that you would like to raise, we encourage you to do so. You can either contact us at the above social media sites or contact us directly.

Thank you very much for your time and we look forward to see you all again at Tokonatsu 2021. Until then please remember stay home, stay safe and save lives.

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Kurt Schofield

Greetings! I'm Kurt, your local friendly community rep. I like Mountain Dew, Haruhi Suzumiya, Potatoes and Final Fantasy XIV. I'm here to help! (Badge Name: Terajin or Shuartzu)