San Japan is one of my favorite Texas conventions, and through a bunch of coincidences, I haven’t gone in 2 years! I was happy to attend this year, and even happier to take part in an Animal Crossing cosplay group!
If you know one thing about me, know this: Animal Crossing is my favorite game of all time. I have sunk hours and hours into that game, improving my town, befriending my villagers, and making my house cute. Cosplaying with a whole group was like a dream come true!
We didn’t organize a group photo shoot, and were worried we wouldn’t get any photographic evidence of our hard work. Luckily, we met up with CJ of Genobee Photographics, who asked us to do a shoot later. Between this stroke of luck and uncovering a very Animal Crossing-esque area right near the hotel, we got some really great photos.
And, of course, I’ll be doing a post on my Isabelle costume to show how I made it and put the pieces together. (Can’t wait? Check out my Isabelle makeup tutorial!)
As for San Japan itself, I really enjoyed the con this year! Although the convention seems to be growing each year, it felt distinctly not crowded. There was plenty of room in the Artist Alley and Dealer’s Room to travel without bumping into others — to me, the aisles seemed wider than at other conventions I’ve been to. The artists that came to San Japan this year were also fantastic, and I walked away with a lot of pretty art and trinkets! Another highlight of San Japan is its proximity to the Riverwalk in San Antonio. Lots of restaurants and bars are within walking distance, making it easy to explore the city a little during the convention — unlike some other cons, where you feel land locked inside the hotel all weekend. For me, San Japan was a welcome break during my hectic summer, and one I was extremely grateful for. I’ll definitely be back next year to take it all in again!
For a full look at the weekend, take a look at my San Japan vlog!