About: Formed in fall 2005, San Japan, LLC is a fan-run organization providing an annual anime-focused convention. We supply high-quality entertainment and education while fostering a safe and fun environment for all our attendees. We strive to cultivate an acceptance and appreciation of anime and related fandoms in South Texas. The inaugural three-day convention was held in San Antonio, Texas on August 8-10, 2008.
Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide an opportunity for all participating cultures and participants to come together in appreciation of Japanese animation and other unique aspects from surrounding Asian and fan cultures, which associate with this convention event.
San Japan was started in late 2005 by a collective group of volunteers who wanted to work together in bringing a different type of Japanese fan & animation convention to San Antonio, Texas. A hotel host location was decided by the original management and planning was started to work on San Japan [1.0] with the initial intention to debut in July 2007. However, due to issues with the chosen host location, it was decided by the acting chairman to postpone the event to ensure that San Japan makes a grand debut which the attendees deserve in the Alamo City.
To make up for the postponement, a one-day event was organized at Our Lady of the Lake University called San Japan: Zero Day Anime to give people a sample of what to expect for the main convention. Over 800 people attended this event. This event was later spun off to be its own convention which is now run by the Mizuumi Anime Club called Mizuumi-Con.
It was decided for the grand debut convention to be held at simultaneous locations at the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium & El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel to be held in August 2008. After an additional year of planning, San Japan 1.5 premiered on the San Antonio Riverwalk. It was a success with over 3500 attendees at the convention. Afterward, planning was immediately started for the second year which was called San Japan 2.x. This convention happened in mid-August 2009 with 4003 attendees. In its next two subsequent years, upon moving to another location at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, San Japan showed continued growth with attendance reaching nearly 7000 attendees by 2011.
Starting in 2012, San Japan moved to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and the San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel. It is the largest hotel & convention center within the San Antonio city limits. Beginning in 2015, San Japan will be adding the Marriott Riverwalk hotel. The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center will be San Japan’s permanent location with conventions already contracted through 2018 on Labor Day weekend with commitments to be on that weekend through 2020 and possibly beyond.
Dates Of Conventions
San Japan : Zero Day Anime – November 10th, 2007 [Program Book – PDF] – Our Lady Of The Lake University [Attendance: 815]
San Japan 1.5 – August 8th-10th, 2008 [Program Book – PDF] – Municipal Auditorium + El Tropicano Hotel [Attendance: 3523]
Mizuumi-con – March 21st, 2009 [Sponsors] – Our Lady Of The Lake University [Attendance: 1416]
San Japan 2.x – August 14th-16th, 2009 – Municipal Auditorium + El Tropicano Hotel [Attendance: 4003]
San Japan :3 – July 9th-11th, 2010 [Program Book – PDF] – Marriott Rivercenter Hotel [Attendance: 5043]
San Japan 4TW – August 5th-7th, 2011 [Program Book – PDF] – Marriott Rivercenter Hotel [Attendance: 6891]
San Japan: Mach 5 – August 10th-12th, 2012 [Program Book – Online] – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center + San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel [Attendance: 9464]
San Japan: Sinister 6 – August 16th-18th, 2013 [Program Book – Online] – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center + San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel [Attendance: 11,077]
San Japan X Nine Tails: Mini-Mini Con 2014 – June 14th, 2014 – Wonderland of Americas Mall [Attendance: 400+]
San Japan X Nine Tails: Mini-Mini Con 2015 – May 16th, 2015 – Wonderland of Americas Mall [Attendance: 1000+]
San Japan X Nine Tails: Mini-Mini Con 2016 – May 14th, 2016 – Wonderland of Americas Mall [Attendance: 2500+]
San Japan 009 – September 2nd-4th, 2016 – [Program Book – Online | Pocket Guide – Online] – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center / San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel / Marriott Riverwalk Hotel [Attendance: 16,342]
San Japan X Nine Tails: Mini-Mini Con 2017 – May 6th, 2017 – Wonderland of Americas Mall [Attendance: 4000+]
San Japan X – September 1st-3rd, 2017 – [Program Book – Online] – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center / San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel / Marriott Riverwalk Hotel [Attendance: 17,003]
San Japan X Nine Tails: Mini-Mini Con 2018 – May 5th, 2018 – Wonderland of Americas Mall
San Japan “11” – August 31st – September 2nd, 2018 – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center / San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel / Marriott Riverwalk Hotel
Tentatively signed to be on Labor Day Weekend through 2020.