San Japan

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San Japan
San Japan - Revised Logo.png
Status Active
Venue Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel & San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel
Location(s) San Antonio, Texas
Country United States
Inaugurated 2008
Attendance 14,686 in 2014
Website
http://www.san-japan.org/

San Japan is a Japanese culture and anime convention held annually in San Antonio, Texas. The event, which debuted in 2008, is San Antonio's first major anime convention and has developed into the largest Japanese fan-oriented convention in the city. Many credit San Japan with forcing open the doors for big pop-culture conventions in the Alamo City. [1]

History[edit]

The San Japan group was formed in Fall 2005 devoted to bringing Japanese animation & cultural awareness to San Antonio. It was originally intended to debut as a 3-day convention in July 2007 but the event had to be postponed for one additional year due to issues with the original host location. To make up for the postponement, a one-day event called San Japan : Zero Day Anime was held at Our Lady of the Lake University, in San Antonio, Texas on November 10, 2007.[2] After a successful one-day convention, San Japan focused on its debut 3-day convention located at the El Tropicano Hotel and San Antonio Municipal Auditorium which was called San Japan 1.5. It received rave reviews & accolades in its debut.[3][4][5]

Next, San Japan sponsored a second one-day convention called Mizuumi-Con, which was created after the success of Zero Day Anime as it happened on March 21, 2009. As of Feb. 2010, the Mizuumi Anime Club has taken over Mizuumi-Con and allowed it to be run entirely by themselves at Our Lady of the Lake University without the assistance of San Japan. Mizuumi-Con is now the second largest anime-focused fan convention in San Antonio with around 2500 people in 2014.

San Japan stayed at the El Tropicano and Municipal Auditorium for a second year in 2009. In Fall 2009, San Japan announced that they moved to a new location over to the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel which is attached to the Rivercenter Mall. It is located at the heart of the San Antonio River Walk. It stayed in this location for 2 years then moved again after the conclusion of its 2011 convention due to rising attendance growth. Starting in August 2012, San Japan moved to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center along with the Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel as its permanent location. Starting in August 2015 San Japan expanded its programming to include the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel.

San Japan has contracted with the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center through 2018. Beginning in 2016 San Japan will take place on Labor Day weekend up through at least 2018.

San Japan puts on free community events over the course of the year leading up to the main 3-day convention event. Some of the past events have included a lemonade social, cosplay bowling, cell painting class and snow cone socials. In 2014, San Japan put on two mini-events, Mini-Mini Con in cooperation with Nine-Tails along with 'Anime And Manga Art On The Museum Reach Summer Block Fest' in partnership with the San Antonio River Authority. In 2015, Mini-Mini Con will continue on to become its own free mini-convention with plans to become a free yearly event.

Since its inception, San Japan has a unique way of naming each of conventions to stray from the conventional manner of using a numbering system to identify each year. They announce a unique theme for that convention year. Below is a list of its 3-day convention names and announced themes.

Year Convention Name Theme
2008 San Japan 1.5 -
2009 San Japan 2.x Western
2010 San Japan :3 Cute
2011 San Japan 4TW Space, Science and Future
2012 San Japan: Mach 5 Old-School
2013 San Japan: Sinister 6 Villains
2014 San Japan: Samurai 7 Samurai
2015 San Japan: 8-Bit Gaming
2016 San Japan: "9" TBA
2017 San Japan: "10" TBA
2018 San Japan: "11" TBA

Event history[edit]

Date Venue & Location Attend. Convention Guests
November 10, 2007 Our Lady of the Lake University
San Antonio, Texas
815 Amelie Belcher, The Gear Project, Josh Grelle, Samantha Inoue-Harte, The Snags, Team Sugoi, Larissa Wolcott.[6]
August 8–10, 2008 San Antonio Municipal Auditorium
& El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
3,523 Mr. 3000, Hannah Alcorn, DM Ashura, Christopher Ayres, Amelie Belcher, CapsuleCorp Cosplay, Daniel Cloud, Patrick Delahanty, DugFinn (DigitalDimension Cosplay), Tiffany Grant, Josh Grelle, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Lord Katsuhiko Jinnai, Knuckle Sandwich, Maja, Vic Mignogna, Carli Mosier, Alissa Simmons (Shoeless Cosplay), Smile.dk. [7]
March 21st, 2009 Our Lady of the Lake University
San Antonio, Texas
1,416 Amelie Belcher, Josh Grelle, Samantha Inoue-Harte, The Slants.
August 14–16, 2009 San Antonio Municipal Auditorium
& El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
4,003 Christopher Ayres, Laura Bailey, Troy Baker, Amelie Belcher, LeetStreet Boys, CapsuleCorp Cosplay, DigitalDimension Cosplay, Shoeless Cosplay, Josh Grelle, Clarine Harp, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Kyle Hebert, Lord Katsuhiko Jinnai, LoliHolix, Jonathan Joss, Random aka Mega Ran, OverClocked ReMix, Wendy Powell, Antarctic Press, Carrie Savage, Travis Willingham, Tadahisa Yoshida, ZeaLouS1.[8]
July 9–11, 2010 Marriott Rivercenter Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
5,049 Tina Anderson, Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Amelie Belcher, Josh Grelle, Clarine Harp, Jonathan Joss, KESHIKI, The LoliHolix, Maja, R. K. Milholland, Antarctic Press, The Protomen, Carrie Savage, Michael Sinterniklaas, Micah Solusod, We *Heart* Card Games Productions, Resident Evil Residential Files, DigitalDimensionCosplay.[9]
August 5–7, 2011 Marriott Rivercenter Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
6,891 Airship Isabella, Amelie Belcher, Christopher Ayres, Caitlin Glass, Josh Grelle, Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson, Clarine Harp, Descendants of Erdrick, Rai Kamishiro, The LoliHolix, Bryan Massey, Carli Mosier, Brad Swaile, J. Michael Tatum, Chris "PRGuitarman" Torres, TWABI Productions, Shinichi Watanabe, We *Heart* Card Games Productions.[10][11]
August 10–12, 2012 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
& Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
9,464 Airship Isabella, Christopher Ayres, Amelie Belcher, Martin "LittleKuriboh" Billany, Diana "Hanyaan" Divine, Kara Edwards, Emirain (Teahouse Comics), Caitlin Glass, Josh Grelle, Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson, Clarine Harp, John Patrick Lowrie, Ellen McLain, Carli Mosier, David "Docjazz4" Ramos, Chris Sabat, Carrie Savage, The Slants, Sleeping Samurai, Kieran Strange, Greg "Greggo" Wicker.[12]
August 16-18, 2013 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
& Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
11,077 Christopher Ayres, Amelie Belcher, Martin "LittleKuriboh" Billany, Johnny Yong Bosch, Richie Branson, Eyeshine, Scott Freeman, Max "Hotdiggedydemon" Gilardi, Jerry Jewell, Sifu Kisu, Lanie Labens, Scott McNeil, Carli Mosier, David "Docjazz4" Ramos, Sleeping Samurai, Kieran Strange, Karen Strassman, Carrie Savage, Katie Tiedrich, Greg "Greggo" Wicker.[13]
July 18-20, 2014 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
& Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
14,686 Curtis "Takahata101" Arnott, Christopher Ayres, The Silent Hill Band, Amelie Belcher, Martin "LittleKuriboh" Billany, Florida Whammy Entertainment, Scott "KaiserNeko" Frerichs, HamletMachine (Starfighter Comic), Nick "Lanipator" Landis, Lauren Landa, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Matthew Mercer, Lisa Ortiz, Mr.CreepyPasta, Powerglove, David "Docjazz4" Ramos, Sleeping Samurai, Lawrence "MasakoX" Simpson, Kieran Strange, Fred "Trunks" Wood, Akira Yamaoka.[14]
July 31-August 2, 2015 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
& Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel &
San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
Curtis "Takahata101" Arnott, Amelie Belcher, Richie Branson, Svetlana Chmakova, DJ Cutman, Taylor Davis, Descendants of Erdrick, Scott "KaiserNeko" Frerichs, Gimmick!, Vitamin H, Matt Herms, Fumiko Kawamura, Nick "Lanipator" Landis, Mr.CreepyPasta, Lisa Ortiz, Random aka Mega Ran, David "Docjazz4" Ramos, The Returners, Professor Shyguy, Lawrence "MasakoX" Simpson, Lone Stars, Kieran Strange, Greg "Greggo" Wicker. [15]
September 2-4, 2016[16] Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas
September 1-3, 2017[17] Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas
August 31-September 2, 2018[18] Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas

Mascot[edit]

The main female mascot for San Japan is Sana. The 'chibi' mascots names are Hinode (Armadillo), Dios (Bat), & Suzaku (Longhorn).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geek City". San Antonio Business Journal. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  2. ^ "Our Lady of the Lake University hosts Zero Day Anime convention". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  3. ^ "San Japan 2008 convention report". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  4. ^ "J-Team Podcast: Episode 7 @ Home - AniJam and San Japan Report Episode". podomatic.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  5. ^ "San Japan '08: Day 1". japanator.com. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  6. ^ "San Japan : Zero Day Anime Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  7. ^ "San Japan 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  8. ^ "San Japan 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  9. ^ "San Japan 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  10. ^ "San Japan 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  11. ^ Cerna, Martha (August 6, 2011). "Anime fans suit up for serious fun at San Japan". KENS-TV. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  12. ^ "San Japan 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  13. ^ "San Japan 2013 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  14. ^ "San Japan 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  15. ^ "San Japan 2015 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
  16. ^ "San Japan 2016 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  17. ^ "San Japan 2017 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  18. ^ "San Japan 2018 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 

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