San Japan is San Antonio, Texas largest anime convention. Located at the heart of the Riverwalk, we will be taking place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel. We bring a wide variety of Japanese animation, culture, and unique fandoms all together for 3 days of continuous events. With over 11,000 unique attendees in 2013, we expect this to be our biggest event to date.
This is some of the expected events at San Japan: Samurai 7
Like to wear a costume? Then you’ll want to attend San Japan. There will be two types of cosplay: Hall Cosplay and the Cosplay Show contest. The big highlight for the convention is the Cosplay Show where dozens of people show their best costumes to the entire convention happening on Saturday evening of the convention.
Formal Dance Masquerade
A very popular event, the Formal Dance Masquerade is your chance to dance. Bring your best attire to dance into the moonlight.
Reenact a large game of chess with your favorite characters. Maybe you’ll finally see what a dual of Naruto vs Sakura would really look like in real life. Sign-up will be at the convention.
Each trainer paired up with a Pokemon and have a really fun time play-fighting the opposing team. The moves of your Pokemon are to be acted out after you call them. Sign-up will be open at a later time on our forums!
We are bringing in multiple music guests to play throughout the weekend so you can rock out to some great music.
San Japan plans to have at least 2 informal electronic dances, one on Friday night @ 12AM and one on Saturday night starting at 12AM.
Panels & Workshops
We will be having panels & discussions going all through out the weekend. We will have interactive panels that you can talk with guests, interactive panels on wide range of topics including Cosplay and animation or just fun fan panels talking about their passion.
You will get your chance to have your items personalized by all of the guests at San Japan. There will be multiple autograph sessions with all of the guests as we want everyone to get a chance to get their items signed.
We will have large dedicated sections for gaming. Tabletop, card gaming, music gaming, consoles and even arcade cabs on free play. We will also have tournaments of all types to play in.
Singing Competition & Karaoke
If you can belt those tunes from your favorite anime or video game, we want to hear you! We will have a singing competition. If you don’t feel like getting on stage but still want to sing, we will have a dedicated room for karaoke during the convention from 12PM to 5AM.
We will be holding an AMV Contest at San Japan. AMV’s are Anime Music Videos, where popular songs are mixed with popular anime. Rules & Info are now live!
Have a shelf full of anime you’d like trade for something else? Meet other people who wants to swap & trade you anime and manga for something else. Maybe you’ll get something unexpected.
Calling all artists, and those who think that they may be artists! Would you like to make some money selling a piece or two of your artwork? Please submit pieces of art for our Silent Art Auction. We will accept anything from drawings to paintings, to photographs, to any type of cosplay item or even those cute little dolls. 10% of all proceeds will go to charity, and the rest is all yours. Please contact Krystina Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or if you would like to submit anything to the auction. We would like to get all of the artwork in by Friday evening at 10 pm, if possible. Rules about the Art Show have been posted on the website.
San Japan Maid Cafe is here to offer the experience of popular maid cafes in Japan. We strive to provide a calm and entertaining environment away from the hustle and bustle of the main convention floor.
J-Pop & Anime Music Video Room
Multiple 24-Hour Video Rooms
Meetups of all kinds
Manga Reading Section - Presented by the San Antonio Library
Anime Dating Game
Multiple Fan Panels
This is just a small sampling of what will be at San Japan.
About San Japan, LLC
San Japan, LLC, formed in fall 2005, is a fan-run organization tasked with providing a yearly Japanese Anime Focused Convention, which supplies high-quality education and entertainment for our attendees in a safe and fun environment. Along with that, we also promote the acceptance and appreciation of anime as well as other participating fandoms in South Texas. The inaugural three-day convention was held in San Antonio, Texas on August 8-10, 2008.