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San Japan will be bringing the fun once again to the River Walk as we take place in three concurrent locations at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel.
We had over 18,000 attendees for our 2015 event with non-stop programming for 3 days straight. This is some of the expected things you may be seeing at San Japan 009 (2016).


Artist Alley/Dealer Room

San Japan will have two exhibit halls which includes the Artist Alley & Dealer Room. The Dealer Room is nearly 100,000 sq feet with over a 180 vendor and industry booths.



Like to wear a costume? Enjoy seeing your favorite characters in cosplay? You’ll see it at 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 step on stage to show their best costumes for convention attendees which takes place on Saturday evening of the convention inside the the Lila Cockrell Theatre.



Formal Dance Masquerade

One of our popular key events, the Formal Dance Masquerade is your chance to dance in a formal setting. Bring your best attire to dance into the moonlight. For rules & information, go to the official page.



Cosplay Chess

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.



PokeBattle Live!

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. We will have information and rules posted in LATE SUMMER 2016.




We are bringing in multiple music guests of all kinds of genres to play throughout the weekend so you can rock out to some great music.



Electronic Dance

San Japan plans to have at least 2 informal electronic dances, one on Friday night starting around 12AM and one on Saturday night starting around 12AM.

To answer frequently asked questions about our electronic dances and concerts:



Guest Appearances, Fan Panels & Interactive Workshops

We will be bringing in guests from around the world to speak at San Japan. 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, animation and intriguing fan panels.



Autograph Sessions

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. Most autographs are no additional cost to obtain. Please see our Autograph page for more information.



Electronic Gaming

We will have multiple area sections for gaming. Music gaming, consoles, PCs and the largest arcade you will find at any Texas anime convention which will all be on free play. We will also have multiple tournaments of all types to play in.



Maid Cafe

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.



Craft Room

San Japan will have a craft room with a multitude of different crafts available to make.



AMV Contest

We will be holding an AMV Contest at San Japan. AMV’s are Anime Music Videos, where popular songs are mixed with popular anime.



Lolita Fashion Show and Tea Party

Come see selected models wear the fashion dresses and designs imported from Japan. We will have a separate ticketed event for a Tea Party.



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 called SJ-IDOL. 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 4AM.


Swap Meet

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.



Art Show


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 Chris Johnson at 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.

There’s even more going on at San Japan:


Come see why San Japan has become one of the largest fan conventions in the south.


Information below may be for our 2015 convention. Most of the pages and FAQs will be updated for our 2016 event starting in late November 2015.