About Us


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 until at least 2018.


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: Samurai 7 – July 18th-20th, 2014 – [Program Book – Online | Pocket Guide – Online] – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center + San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel [Attendance: 14,686]

San Japan: 8-Bit – July 31st – August 2nd, 2015 – [Program Book – Online | Pocket Guide – Online] – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center + San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel [Attendance: 18,411]

San Japan 009 – September 2nd-4th, 2016 – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center / San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel / Marriott Riverwalk Hotel

San Japan “10” – September 1st-3rd, 2017 – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center / San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel / Marriott Riverwalk Hotel

San Japan “11” – August 31st – September 2nd, 2018 – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center / San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel / Marriott Riverwalk Hotel


The Staff:

  • Dave “Proz” Henkin
    Main Convention Chairman
  • Jason “Jay” Perez
    Events Director / Co-Chairman
  • Alyssa “Aly” Cox
    Programming Director
  • Lauren “SheWolf” Heacker
    HR Director
  • Kristen “Kat” Nesbitt
    Art Director & Communications Manager
  • Christopher Morton
    Event Safety Director
  • Michael Hicks
    Support Director
  • Katy Tunks
    Operations Director
  • Ricardo Lepe
    Gaming Director
  • S. David Ramirez
    Community Relations Director
  • Ken Wallen
    Guest Relations Director
  • Matt “Comter” Zeisler / regIT
    Registration Contact
  • Levi Hampton
    Night Events Director
  • Sethos Johns & Joey Sparks
    Event Safety Coordinators
  • Alyssa Kirk
    Formal Masquerade Event Coordinator
  • Daniel L Bottoms
    Video Room Coordinator
  • Cesar Trujillo
    Lead Tech Coordinator
  • Jackie Naehrig
    Artist Alley Coordinator
  • Emma Ryle
    Cosplay Coordinator
  • Amir Small
    Dealer Room Liaison
  • ‘Tall’ Chris Johnson
    Artshow Coordinator
  • Meghan Olivarez
    Hotel Info Desk Coordinator
  • Sarah “Sai” Kimmey
    Convention Center Info Desk Coordinator
  • Vince Guzman / Chimaeracon
    TableTop Group
  • Chris “Kuri” Chapman
    Karaoke Manager
  • Bryan Perez / Sean Fleck
    Facilities Coordinators
  • Craige Howlett
    Convention Adviser
  • Joshua “Rambo” Thomas
    Move In/Out Coordinator
  • Randy Gray
    DJ Coordinator
  • Samantha Oleary & Tori Johnson
    Maid Cafe Manager
  • Derrick Smith
    Main Events Coordinator
  • Thomas “Eddo” Fort
    Merch Manager
  • Rudy Alba
    Personal Assistant
  • Tressa Kirk
    Convention Runner Manager
  • Samantha Guzman
    Morale Coordinator
  • Mark Adams
    Green Room Coordinator
  • Melody Fischer
    Crafts/Kids Room Coordinator
  • Mike Rios Martinez
    Tech Dispacher Coordinator
  • Lee Goodman
    SJ-Cares Manager
  • Scott Goodman
    Signs & Lines Manager
  • Marina Arriola & Rhoda Council
    Lolita Manager & Fashion Guest Liaison
  • Special Thanks To The Following: A Jinnie McManus, Michael Loredo, Chris Solis, Tara McKinney, Ryan Kim, Our Lady Of The Lake University, Dragon’s Lair, Jessica Kreinhop, Nine-Tails, Justin Surface, Stuart Hamblin, Tod Kennedy, Anthony Capobianco, Mark Del Bosque, Alysia Roden, Brandy Hamblet, Matthew Inabinett, Rik&Ric Otaku Cafe, Apple De La Fuente, Cayla Coats, Ultra Arcade, Brandon Alexander, Teresa Mairon, Akira Negi, Corrine Howlett, Ikkicon, Alamo City Comic Con, AnimeFest, Omnicon, Otakon, A-Kon, Anime Matsuri, Anime Boston, Mizuumi-con, Christopher Pagonis, Peter C. Jiang, Darrell Hoberer, Wonderlands of America Mall, Area 512 Entertainment, Jennifer Shea, Eric Graybeard, Greg Simoes, Ushicon, Patrick Delahanty & Animecons.com, David Olmstead, San Antonio Public Library, San Antonio CVB, UTSA Culture Center, and many more.
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.