Otherwise it's a great day to be out and about with friends and family - if you dress up in cosplay and win their cosplay contest, you win tickets to visit Japan! Heck yeah. But boo for me, because I won't be there.
My friend Vincent who represented Nintendo of America at SXSW this last Spring Break will be volunteering at the comic convention that'll also be in cahoots with the Japanese Festival - I think it's that same comic convention that's sponsoring the airfare to Japan but I could be wrong, hey. Say hi to him when you see him (he's Luigi and his twin is Mario and you know you think that's cool)!