August 15, 2010

Comiket 78

Well, today was the last day of Comiket 78.
After some thought, I decided to once again brave the river of fandom I had navigated last year. Instead of queuing up before the gates opened at 10. I arrived a bit before noon. I also took a different route which had the benefit of being simpler. It only involved transferring from JRs Yamanote line the Yurikamome, at Shimbashi station. This line runs near the Tokyo Bay waterfront and has spectacular views of the harbor. Additionally, Kokusai-tenjijō-seimon station is much closer to the Tokyo Big Sight than the other stations, this being the view from the station entrance...

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The line this time of day no longer wove multiple kilometers through the convention district, indeed there wasn't much of a line at all until the entrance at which point the traffic quickly became the shoulder to shoulder 99 degree+ mass of humanity I had experienced previously. While things do thin out a bit in the dealers halls moving from hall to hall is a tightly packed river of people that will sweep one along as it goes up and down escalators. Pictures are not allowed in the con proper, though, I am told, there is a specific  area on the roof, where, if one receives permission from the cosplayers, one can photograph them. I certainly did not press the issue but I note that the rules regards photography were widely ignored by the locals as the end of the con approached.

It was also hot, incredibly hot. Be advised if you go that the air-conditioning system gets pretty much overwhelmed by the combination of Tokyo in August, all doors being open and the body heat of nearly half a million people. I understand that people did pass out from the heat, one seemed to be receiving first aid as I walked by. I was sweating so profusely that one of my  concerns as I browsed was sweating on the product ( another reason,  that a man should always have his towel!).  I noted many people dramatically holding cloths over their noses in response to the  smell, but I'm pretty sure that drama was the actual motivator there. 

An enjoyable if exhausting day. I even made a few purchases and still got away for under 40 bucks.Unfortunately, this left me holding an inconvinient pile of damningly geeky items. Therefore I astutely purchased a 350 yen bag in which to carry them securely and ride home on the Tokyo train system at rush hour without any of the embarrassment of being considered an otaku or something...

Oh wait....

Lunch was 350yen Tonkatsu curry from an automat, and dinner was a 600 yen tempura bowl...because I splurged.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 08:20 AM | Comments (1) | Add Comment
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1 On the one hand, I feel for you with all these problems you're having on your holiday.

On the other hand, you have a K-On! bag fom Comiket.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sun Aug 15 17:50:21 2010 (PiXy!)

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