San Japan

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San Japan
San-Japan-2019-Logo-Transparency.png
StatusActive
VenueHenry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel & San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel
Location(s)San Antonio, Texas
CountryUnited States
Inaugurated2008
Attendance20,107 in 2019[1]
Websitewww.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, such as Alamo City Comic Con (established in 2013 and one of the largest and fastest growing comic conventions in the country).[2] San Japan was noted in the 2015 San Antonio Current City Guide 100 Things To Do In San Antonio Before You Die.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5][6]

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 up until its conclusion at the university in 2016. Mizuumi-Con returned as its own self-run convention in April 2019.

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 in 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 announced being contracted with the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center through 2024. Beginning in 2016 San Japan will take place on Labor Day weekend up through 2024 [7].

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 continue on to become its own free mini-convention with plans to become a free yearly event. Mini-Mini Con has grown into the largest free anime convention in Texas.

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 009 Robots & Androids
2017 San Japan X RPG/Adventure
2018 San Japan XI: Magical Universe Magic
2019 San Japan XII: Sports! Sports
2020 San Japan The 13th Horror / Supernatural

Event history[edit]

Event Name & Date Venue & Location Attendance Convention Guests
San Japan: Zero Day Anime
November 10, 2007
Our Lady of the Lake University
San Antonio, Texas
815Amelie Belcher, The Gear Project, Josh Grelle, Samantha Inoue-Harte, The Snags, Team Sugoi, Larissa Wolcott.[8]
San Japan 1.5
August 8–10, 2008
San Antonio Municipal Auditorium
& El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
3,523Mr. 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.[9]
Mizuumi-Con
March 21st, 2009
Our Lady of the Lake University
San Antonio, Texas
1,416Amelie Belcher, Josh Grelle, Samantha Inoue-Harte, The Slants.[10]
San Japan 2.x
August 14–16, 2009
San Antonio Municipal Auditorium
& El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
4,003Christopher 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, Mega Ran, OverClocked ReMix, Wendy Powell, Antarctic Press, Carrie Savage, Travis Willingham, Tadahisa Yoshida, ZeaLouS1.[11]
San Japan :3
July 9–11, 2010
Marriott Rivercenter Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
5,049Tina 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.[12]
San Japan 4TW
August 5–7, 2011
Marriott Rivercenter Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
6,891Airship 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.[13]
San Japan: Mach 5
August 10–12, 2012
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
& Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
9,464Airship 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.[14]
San Japan: Sinister 6
August 16–18, 2013
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
& Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
11,077Christopher Ayres, Amelie Belcher, Martin "LittleKuriboh" Billany, Johnny Yong Bosch, Richie Branson, Eyeshine, Max 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.[15]
Mini-Mini Con 2014
June 14, 2014
Wonderland of the Americas
San Antonio, Texas
400+Richie Branson, Chalkboards, Star Fighter Dreams .[16]
San Japan: Samurai 7
July 18–20, 2014
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
& Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
14,686Curtis "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.[17]
Mini-Mini Con 2015
May 16, 2015
Wonderland of the Americas
San Antonio, Texas
1000+BitForce, Alex Moore.[18]
San Japan: 8-Bit
July 31-August 2, 2015
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
& Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel &
San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
18,411Curtis "Takahata101" Arnott, Amelie Belcher, Steve Blum, Richie Branson, Jessica Calvello, Svetlana Chmakova, Dj Cutman, Taylor Davis, Patrick Delahanty, Descendants of Erdrick, Scott "KaiserNeko" Frerichs, Gimmick!, Vitamin H, Fumiko Kawamura, Mitsuru Kouzai, Nick "Lanipator" Landis, Yuji Matsukura, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Mr.CreepyPasta, Lisa Ortiz, David "Docjazz4" Ramos, Mega Ran, The Returners, Professor Shyguy, Lawrence "MasakoX" Simpson, Lone Stars, Kieran Strange, Brett Weaver, Greg "Greggo" Wicker, Yuka.[19]
Mini-Mini Con 2016
May 14, 2016
Wonderland of the Americas
San Antonio, Texas
2500+Dawn M. Bennett, Sephi Hakubi, Caleb Hyles, Brandon Legacy[20]
San Japan 009
September 2–4, 2016
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
& Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel &
San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
16,346Curtis "Takahata101" Arnott, Amelie Belcher, Bitforce, Kira Buckland, Ben "hbi2k" Creighton, CreepypastaJr., Scott "KaiserNeko" Frerichs, Yumi Fujiwara, Vitamin H, Michele Knotz, Baylee Jae, dj-Jo, Nick "Lanipator" Landis, Daman Mills, MINT, MissShadowLovely, Masayoshi Minoshima, Mr.CreepyPasta, NateWantsToBattle, Lisa Ortiz, ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D, David "Docjazz4" Ramos, Anthony "Antfish" Sardinha, Stephanie Sheh, Kieran Strange, Lone Stars, Corinne "Megami33" Sudberg, Kirk Thornton.[21]
Mini-Mini Con 2017
May 6, 2017
Wonderland of the Americas
San Antonio, Texas
4000+Victim Cache, MC Ohm-I, Austin Tindle, Xircon/Zircon[22]
San Japan X
September 1–3, 2017
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
& Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel &
San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
17,00350%DANGEROUS, A New World, Ray Chase, Ben "hbi2k" Creighton, CreepypastaJr., DAGames, Robbie Daymond, Scott "KaiserNeko" Frerichs, Vitamin H, Yu Katayama, Haruka Kurebayashi, Nick "Lanipator" Landis, Kyle McCarley, MissShadowLovely, Mr.CreepyPasta, Max Mittelman, Naoshi Mizuta, ALL OFF, Chris Patton, Myuu: Dark Piano, Genevieve Simmons, Juliet Simmons, Grant Smith, Kirran Somerlade, Kieran Strange, Kaiji Tang, TeddyLoid, The Living Tombstone, Lara Woodhull, Greg "Greggo" Wicker[23]
Mini-Mini Con 2018
May 5, 2018
Wonderland of the Americas
San Antonio, Texas
~5000Dallas Reid, Megan Shipman[24]
San Japan XI
August 31-September 2, 2018
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
& Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel &
San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
18,540Ben "hbi2k" Creighton, SungWon "ProZD" Cho, DAGames, GHOST DATA, Scott "KaiserNeko" Frerichs, Grimecraft, Caleb Hyles, DJ HYPE☆GIRL, Vitamin H, Kohei Hattori, Natalie Hoover, Kanae Itō, Kyle Jones, Mikaela Krantz, Deadlift Lolita, Brittany Lauda, Andrew Love, Joel McDonald, Mr. CreepyPasta, Myuu: Dark Piano, OR3O, RichaadEb, Jad Saxton, Lawrence "MasakoX" Simpson, Juliet Simmons, Grant Smith, W.T. Snacks, Kazuhiro Soeta, Kirran Somerlade, Ciaran Strange, TiA[25]
Mini-Mini Con 2019
May 4, 2019
Wonderland of the Americas
San Antonio, Texas
6000+Crusher-P, Erica Mendez[26]
San Japan XII
August 30-September 1, 2019
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
& Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel &
San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
20,107Annapantsu, Arson, Bryson Baugus, Brendan "JelloApocalypse" Blaber, Justin Briner, Nobutoshi Canna, Clifford Chapin, Luci Christian, DJ D.M.X., Do As Infinity, Scott "KaiserNeko" Frerichs, Charlie "CG5" Green, Vitamin H, Chloé Hollings, Caleb Hyles, Nick "Lanipator" Landis, James Landino, Toshio Maeda, Mowtendoo, Mr. CreepyPasta, Myuu: Dark Piano, Paul Nakauchi, Lisa Ortiz, Rebecca Parham, Triforce Quartet, David Angelo Roman, Dan Salvato, Shihori, Matilda Smedius, Kirran Somerlade, Grant Smith, Gareth West, Elise Zhang[1]
Mini-Mini Con 2020
May 2, 2020
Wonderland of the Americas
San Antonio, Texas
[27]
San Japan 13
September 4-September 6, 2020
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
& Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel &
San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, Texas[28]

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. ^ a b "San Japan 2019 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  2. ^ "Geek City". San Antonio Business Journal. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
  3. ^ "6. Unleash Your Inner Geek". San Antonio Business Journal. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  4. ^ "Our Lady of the Lake University hosts Zero Day Anime convention". AnimeCons.com. 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  5. ^ Delahanty, Patrick (2008-08-17). "San Japan 2008 convention report". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  6. ^ "San Japan '08: Day 1". japanator.com. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  7. ^ "San Japan 2024 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  8. ^ "San Japan : Zero Day Anime Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  9. ^ "San Japan 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  10. ^ "Mizuumi-Con 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  11. ^ "San Japan 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  12. ^ "San Japan 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  13. ^ "San Japan 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  14. ^ "San Japan 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  15. ^ "San Japan 2013 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  16. ^ "Mini-Mini Con 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  17. ^ "San Japan 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  18. ^ "Mini-Mini Con 2015 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  19. ^ "San Japan 2015 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  20. ^ "Mini-Mini Con 2016 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  21. ^ "San Japan 2016 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  22. ^ "Mini-Mini Con 2017 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  23. ^ "San Japan 2017 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  24. ^ "Mini-Mini Con 2018 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  25. ^ "San Japan 2018 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  26. ^ "Mini-Mini Con 2019 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  27. ^ "Mini-Mini Con 2020 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  28. ^ "San Japan 2020 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2019-01-03.

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