I have been a little slow about writing about some of the things from the holiday. After Kawagoe, Friday was the day we allocated for the Tokyo hobby show. This was one of the things that caused to go at the time we did. It runs for three days and tickets were 1000 yen- about $12. We ordered on the Internet, took the print out to a 7-11 in Tokyo, and they printed the tickets. The doors opened at 10 am, but only for people who had tickets (us). I knew there would be crowds so we aimed to be there early. We were there about 9, and were directed to a large queue. People kept going past, with passes around their neck, while queue grew. Then, at some point we started walking. The queue was taken the length of the floor, then down the stairs and about 3/4 of the way back on the ground floor. Looking behind us, I was very glad we arrived early. Once we got to the entry we exchanged our tickets for the passes. Essentially the tickets are for all three days. Bargain compared to the costs in Australia! Unfortunately, we had plans for the other days.
It was so huge! And crowded. I don’t have many pictures, because some booths don’t like photos, and I was too busy looking. So many brands I had not seen before, so much stuff! I bought thread, and a couple of kits and copies of a Japanese craft magazine. We also grabbed bits and pieces for cosplay outfits.
Early stage queue- more orderly than it looks
Fake food decor! Very popular
A workshop area, with a bead store behind
One of the many displays- an origami army
A project using recycled materials
This lady was making felted chocolates. There was a whole display and she was demonstrating how to.
Some of her work
I really wanted these fairy gardens, but bio security Australia is unlikely to be happy about bringing them in…
A small selection at the ribbon store!
This was a genius idea. My feet always ache at these shows and this was a stand with foot massagers. I didn’t try one, because it was clearly a sales ploy, and I really didn’t want to have a high pressure Japanese sales pitch. But very clever
All ages represented here. There were a lot of kids, not too many men shopping though.
It was huge. And we didn’t even wander into the cooking area (not much point) there was also a whole hall of people selling things they had made.
Some of the stuff we got
Fabric pens that disappear in certain circumstances. I am always looking for new ways to get designs onto fabric.
A lanyard kit, using ribbon
Bits and pieces
A bag kit.
And a bunch more!
I would recommend going to the Tokyo hobby show, it was really impressive. Wear comfy shoes and take cash.