What is T-MODE?

 

T-MODE is a fun size Anime, Gaming & Japanese Culture convention based in the Washington, DC metro area. It's an immersive 3-day event celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture with live music performances, matsuri festival games, panels, arcades, cosplay, video games, special guests, anime screenings, the Otaku Bazaar, and so much more.

We love hosting and curating events to help Japanese culture fans meet each other and explore their interests together. Along with the convention, T-MODE produces a 1-day Pop-Up Con and our signature meetup gatherings T-Meets.

T-MODE also supports various community events, organizations, and charity causes throughout the year.

 

Our Team

 

We’re a group of fun, imaginative and dedicated individuals working above and beyond to create an exceptional T-MODE experience just for you.

 
Renee, T-MODE CEO

Sharvonique Renee Fortune

Founder & CEO

Theresa, T-MODE COO

Theresa Bean

Chief Operating Officer

Luis, T-MODE T-Meets Director

Luis Amaya

T-Meets Director

Courtney, T-MODE Events Director

Courtney Elizabeth Carver

Events Director

Chidi, T-MODE Registration Director

Chidi Onyeador

Registration Director

Jenn, T-MODE Music Events Director

Jenn Lawson

Music Events Director

 
 
 
 

Our History

 

Founded by Lawrence Stuckey in 2003, T-MODE (Tournament Mode) started as a series of competitive video gaming tournaments. Together with his wife and co-founder, Sharvonique Renee Fortune, they relaunch T-MODE as an Anime & Gaming convention in 2007. Renee continues the convention after Lawrence's untimely passing in 2008, dedicating it to his dream and memory.

Following a hiatus in 2009, Renee rebrands T-MODE as a smaller “fun size” convention in 2010 and includes more aspects of Japanese culture. T-Meets is introduced in 2014. A convention isn’t held that year or in 2016 due to venue adjustments. Pop-Up Con debuts in 2017, launching an exciting new era for T-MODE.

T-MODE has changed in many ways over the years, and continues to grow and evolve. Help us write the next chapter!

 

See convention history, highlights and photos by year

2007 | 2008 | 20102011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2015 


 

Our Mission

 

We are committed to creating a safe and fun community where all fans of anime, gaming & Japanese culture can meet and make friends with other fans and be themselves, both online and offline.

 

Our focus is and will always be to offer exceptional service to our customers and to create a warm, welcoming environment and experience where they feel encouraged to be themselves. Every decision we make is to ensure the enjoyment of our customers and fans.

From the events we host, the celebrity guests we invite, our posts on social media, to collaborating with other organizations and people – we will not cut corners or operate in any way that would violate our core values. Our goal is to create a place for people to enjoy what they love with other people and without judgement.

 Sharvonique Renee Fortune, T-MODE CEO & Founder

 

Mika Kobayashi performs at T-MODE | Photo Enelay Creative

Mika Kobayashi performs at T-MODE | Photo Enelay Creative

 

Great People. Lots of Laughs. Good Times.

It’s about the people. Fun, interesting and passionate people. We provide a platform for all levels of anime & manga fans, gamers, cosplayers, music lovers, J-fashion admirers, and Japanese culture enthusiasts to gather and connect. There’s a strong sense of community that’s more friendly and personal. You start to learn about the people around you as well as learning about the things (gaming, anime, Japan) you love. There is genuine love and kindness behind everything we do. We respect creativity, diversity and individual choice. Meet people, talk to people and have fun. Just enjoy it.


 
Otaku Bazaar at T-MODE | Photo David Escobar

Otaku Bazaar at T-MODE | Photo David Escobar

Cosplay at T-MODE | Photo Enelay Creative

Cosplay at T-MODE | Photo Enelay Creative

 

Friends that Feel Like Family, Fandom, and Fun

We create a vibrant community where people interact with each other and make lifelong friends. We offer opportunities to meet and work alongside people whom share a common interest in fandom. T-MODE is a place where people feel accepted. A place where people can relax, be themselves and meet others like them. Even though people may start off as strangers, they end up becoming good friends. It’s great to see people develop bonds over time and become part of our growing family.


 
Jon St. John at T-MODE | Photo Enelay Creative

Jon St. John at T-MODE | Photo Enelay Creative

 

We ♥ Our Customers

Everything we do is for our customers. We honor and respect them. It’s our job to serve them and to do everything we can to make sure they have an incredible experience with us. Our customers trust us with their time and money. Every day we make an effort to deliver more than what we promise. We aim to go above and beyond.


 
Mika Kobayashi autograph session at T-MODE | Photo David Escobar

Mika Kobayashi autograph session at T-MODE | Photo David Escobar

 

We Serve and Support Our Local Community

Community outreach is our heart. Headquartered in the region of the nation’s capital, we’re committed to being the pulse of Japanese culture in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia areas in which we serve. We celebrate, nurture and promote local artists, musicians, cosplayers, game designers, and other great talent. We host and participate in various events throughout the year. We also give back to the community by supporting local organizations, clubs and charities.


 
Harajuku Fashion Show at The Textile Museum | Photo Bill Petros

Harajuku Fashion Show at The Textile Museum | Photo Bill Petros

Ramen T-Meet at Gaijin Ramen Shop

Ramen T-Meet at Gaijin Ramen Shop

 

A Unique Convention Experience

We strive to be creative and bring a uniqueness to the convention scene. We’re an unlocked achievement. A great fit. An opportunity. Offering elements of a larger convention experience on a smaller scale gives people time to enjoy what they want and feel as if they are VIPs. We’re a break from the masses while remaining true to the anime/gaming convention format. Our tone is go at your own pace — people are not rushing from place to place and waiting in lines for eternity. They get to have an actual experience in fandom and take the time to enjoy it while it’s happening. There’s something for everyone with diverse content, an impressive guest line-up, and fun, engaging events.


 
LadyJ performing at T-MODE | Photo David Escobar

LadyJ performing at T-MODE | Photo David Escobar

Kimono Fashion Show with Kuniko Kanawa at T-MODE | Photo Gerardo Ramirez

Kimono Fashion Show with Kuniko Kanawa at T-MODE | Photo Gerardo Ramirez

Rare Candy performing at T-MODE | Photo David Escobar

Rare Candy performing at T-MODE | Photo David Escobar

SkyBlew performing at T-MODE | Photo David Escobar

SkyBlew performing at T-MODE | Photo David Escobar

 

Small in Size, Big in Quality

We’re “fun size” on purpose to make sure that we can provide a quality, more personal convention experience. We offer an intimate, non-intimidating atmosphere for people to enjoy themselves, explore their interests, form bonds, and easily network with others. Our events are small enough that by the end, people know each other by sight if not by name. We are the answer to those who don’t want to feel like they are drowning in an overwhelming amount of people and information. Through our quality of service, quality of goods and the quality of everything we do, we’re building an organization in which high standards permeate all aspects of our brand.


 
T-MODE | Photo Enelay Creative

T-MODE | Photo Enelay Creative