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What is Co-Kan?

     Here at Co-Kan, we put anime on display. We carry a growing range of anime charms, apparel, and Itabags. Our #1 goal is convenience-we want to bring you the same products and service available to the Japanese market with the same ease. No more shipping proxies, no more customs, no more having to round up the squad for a group order just to get your favorite girl/boy. Just anime at your doorstep.

Where did Co-Kan come from?

     On a warm summer night, Sonya and Glenn walked out of an anime merch store in downtown Nagano City, Japan. Walking past a vending machine, one of them mumbled “I wish we had a store like that in the US” — and Co-Kan was born. 

     Co-Kan was started as SonyaismGO — a service for group orders — back in May 2017 by Sonya. Sonya is a digital artist and web designer with a history of collecting merch.Her husband, Glenn, left his day job and brought his Japanese business background to the newly renamed Co-Kan in September.Together, Sonya and Glenn want to bring the US anime merch market to parity with its overseas counterpart — bringing the benefits to you! 

     Co-Kan is a wordplay on Co-Op and 交換 (koukan, exchange).

Nagano, Japan // Photography by Co-Kan

Why shop at Co-Kan?

     While many of our products exist at other places, they usually require use of a shipping proxy, a large shipping cost, or run the risk of being picked by the customs “lottery”. If something goes wrong, you may not get a response in English, you may have to wait three days to hear back, your GO manager may run off with your money — we’ve had experiences, and we’ve had enough. 

     Our hope is to make the process of getting your merch fun, easy, and consistent.

Why shop at Co-Kan?

    While many of our products exist at other places, they usually require use of a shipping proxy, a large shipping cost, or run the risk of being picked by the customs “lottery”. If something goes wrong, you may not get a response in English, you may have to wait three days to hear back, your GO manager may run off with your money — we’ve had experiences, and we’ve had enough.

     Our hope is to make the process of getting your merch fun, easy, and consistent.

What is that tiny bird I see around? A mascot?

     That’s Coo-kun. He was supposed to be a chubby pigeon, but ended up looking like a round dove.

Surprised Coo-Kun! Oh no.

Mission Statement

Co-Kan - Anime on Display - is the easy and fun place to buy anime apparel and merchandise.