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Cosplay photos from San Japan 8-Bit

While San Japan: 8-Bit concluded a week ago, it’s time to reminisce the fun three-day weekend with lots and lots of photos. Even in the sweltering Texas heat, everyone still suited up in amazing costumes to embrace their love for their favourite anime, cartoons and video game series.

Sealand is being represented at San Japan! Rin Kagamine and Miku Hatsune are enjoying San Japan! The Boy Wonder is here to protect the Alamo City.
Shulk is really feeling it today! Two Konans are feeling some Pain... Captain Hook seems to have captured Tinkerbell... again.

Couldn’t make it out? Browse through the Gallery to see what you missed!

Spanish Governor’s Palace

Main courtyard of the Spanish Governor's Palace.
Main courtyard of the Spanish Governor’s Palace.

Tucked away behind San Antonio City Hall is the Spanish Governor’s Palace. While this single-storey white adobe building hardly invokes the idea of a palace, it may have felt that way when Texas was still part of the Spanish Empire.

Finding it, for me at least, was a little confusing as I thought the location was named the Presidio San Antonio de Bexar (the “palace” was part of the presidio, which was a much larger fort). After wandering around the San Fernando Cathedral, we were able to get directions to the actual site. Later on, I discovered that the Spanish Governor’s Palace is listed on the directional signs throughout the downtown.

The name Spanish Governor’s Palace is a misnomer as no-one who held the title of governor ever resided in the structure; instead housing the captains of the presidio. Famed Texan historian and preservationist Adina De Zavala came up with the name during her quest to save the house.

Plates and jars adorn the table in the late 1700's dining room.
Plates and jars adorn the table in the late 1700’s dining room.

Built in early 1700s, the Spanish Governor’s Palace is all that remains of the fort. Constructed of adobe bricks and timber, the building has expanded to ten rooms over the centuries as it changed ownership. Each room is furnished with replica and antique fixtures to emulate what life was like back in the 18th century. Behind the house is a massive enclosed courtyard filled with lush plants and trees to offer relief from the intense Texas heat. Over the course of time, the house has served as a residence, pawn shop, grocery store, school, saloon, tire store and clothing store before being purchased by the city for transformation into a museum.

When we visited, the palace was relatively quite and we took our time admiring the history, architecture and courtyard garden. It was neat going back in time and learning a bit about San Antonio’s Spanish colonial history. Photos of the Spanish Governor’s Palace from my tour can be viewed on Gallery.

The Spanish Governor’s Palace is located at 105 Plaza De Armas, San Antonio, Texas, west of City Hall on West Commerce Street. Admission to the museum is $5.00 USD.

San Japan Sinister 6

It’s the middle of Summer and it doesn’t seem to bother the thousands who have shown up for the sixth annual San Japan anime convention in San Antonio, Texas. From Friday, August 16th until Sunday, August 18th, fans of all ages converged on the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center and Grand Hyatt Hotel in the heart of the Alamo City. With a wide selection of guests, activities, exhibitors and events, it was a packed weekend. Photos from the three-day weekend are available on Gallery. Continue reading San Japan Sinister 6

San Japan Sinister 6 photos

Under the merciless Texas sun, Japanese pop culture fans donned their best for the sixth annual San Japan. Plenty of costumes wound their way around the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center and the downtown Riverwalk, making for a spectacular sight. So, if you weren’t able to make it down for the convention, browse through the collection on Gallery!

Monokuma Levi cleans the floor. Sora takes a break by the water
Young Link doesn't like being Adult Link's arm rest! Yami Marik is just a tad bit insane. Just a tad. Giant Kon!!

San Japan 6 preview

America at San Japan
Alfred Jones is ready for San Japan. Are you?

Only one week remains before San Japan Sinister 6 brings all things related to manga, anime and Japanese pop culture to the heart of Texas. This year’s convention runs from Friday, August 16th until Sunday, August 18th at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center and Grand Hyatt San Antonio in downtown San Antonio, Texas.

The 2013 line-up has a lot of new faces and event line-up that will keep you busy. Chris Ayres (Dragon Ball Z Kai, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gantz), Johnny Yong Bosch, (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Bleach, Blue Exorcist), Scott Freeman (Hetalia: Axis Powers, One Piece, Initial D), Jerry Jewell (Fruits Basket, BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad, Fullmetal Alchemist), Scott McNeil (Gundam Wing, InuYasha, Dragon Ball Z), Carli Mosier (Halo Legends, Nerima Daikon Brothers, Magikano), Carrie Savage (Strawberry Eggs, Ikki Tousen, Vampire Knight) and Karen Strassman (Bleach, Code Geass, Rozen Maiden). Non-voice actors include Martin Billany aka LittleKuriboh, Max Gilard, Sifu Kisu and Katie Tiedrich.

Don’t forget that there’s also a wide selection of artists, vendors and panels. Also, for the first time ever, San Japan is hosting the qualifier for the World Cosplay Summit.

Even though online registration has closed, you can still purchase badges in-person at the convention centre. A complete schedule is also available for mobile devices through the Guidebook app.

San Japan: Mach 5

Texas is all about big things. And there’s nothing like a burgeoning convention to live up to its home state’s image. San Japan: Mach 5 moved into its largest location this year: the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio during the weekend (Friday included) of August 10th – 12th, 2012. In 5 short years, the convention has exceeded expectations and established itself as the place to cosplay and catch up on all things Japanese and will continue to do so well into the future. Because of the speed in which San Japan has grown, the theme for 2012 was a tribute to Speed Racer’s car, the Mach 5. Continue reading San Japan: Mach 5

The Alamo at night

Even at night, the Mission San Antonio de Valero – forever known by history as the Alamo, teems with people. While catching a short break from San Japan after dinner, I snapped a few pictures of the chapel before returning to the hotel.

San Japan 4TW

Texas weather can be described as hot and humid – it was anything but that inside San Antonio’s Marriott Rivercenter hotel for San Japan 4TW. Once again, the Alamo City was taken over for a weekend of Japanese pop-culture with colourful costumes that which occasionally clashed with the white and blue of Dallas Cowboys fans, also in town for their training camp. Being my second San Japan, I had great time catching up with old friends and getting to make new ones. The three day convention ran from August 5th to 7th, 2011. A collection of photos taken during the weekend are available on Gallery.
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