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HT Dolpa Kyoto 10

On March 9th there was a hometown Dolpa in Kyoto that we attended.

There was a huge crowd at the entrance and a usual "draw your entry number" kind of system. Even though we had 7 guidebooks (that serve as a ticket to enter), we drawn some terrible numbers all over 2000 that would provide us no chances to get anything of value.

Luckily we went to Dolpa with many friends (which seems to be the recommended mode of operations) and some of them got a much-much better number than us. One of them was so kind as to give their number to us too.

So I went to the limited items line area and Ksusha stayed at the dealer access line.

ticket to limited items line
The low number we were given by a friend.

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Trip to Japan in March 2014

Seems we are getting to Japan pretty frequently these days. We decided to go in March again because of the Kyoto Hometown Dolpa 10 since Ksusha really wanted some of the dolls from there.

New Delta Sky Club Atlanta terminal F
This time we finally got a flight out of Atlanta airport new terminal F with their new Sky Club.

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Brief trip to LA for Volks store closing on March 15-16

Last week we've been to Japan (more about it later) and on the way back from there made a stop in Los Angeles.

The occasion for the stop was less than happy. Volks USA ceased operations of its Los Angeles store and it was the last weekend the store was open. As a customer appreciation event they also held a tea party on Sunday that we also attended.

Due to the closure there was also a sale for the entire stock of items that attracted quite a crowd.

Line to the sale
Line 45 minutes before open.

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IDoll Vol 39 visit on Dec 8th

On Dec 8th we went to another dolls event in Tokyo: I Doll Vol.39 that was held in Hamamatsucho Hall.

Line
Somewhat largish line at the entrance.

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Nov 30, Christmas Fair 2013 at Tenshi no Sato

On Nov 30th we had a really simple plan: visit first day of Volks Christmas at Tenshi no Sato and then go back to Tokyo in the evening.

So we checked out of our hotel in the morning and rushed to Saga-Arashiyama station. Surprisingly I do not have any pictures of the line or initial purchase rush. We managed to get a couple of dolls and then went to have some tea with new seasonal cakes at Tenshi no Sato cafe:

Cakes at Sato
Chocolate roll

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Eikando: night and day

On Nov 28th we spend first half of the day going to Nara to get some mikan juice, and for the evening we decided to visit Eikando, a famous temple with a lot of nice fall foliage. The other benefit was that they were open at night, so we packed up our tripod and went there.

Pizza for breakfast
Pizza for breakfast.

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Kyoto: Arashiyama

On our previous visit to Kyoto we failed to get to the monkey park in Arashiyama, so this time on Nov 27th we decided to do it.

Kyoto Tower
On the way to the train at Kyoto station I looked back to take this Kyoto Tower picture.

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Visits to Kobe

On our third day in Kyoto we actually went to Kobe instead. We had an agreement with a friend to visit Kobe university supercomputer center, and also to see around while there and to visit another Volks store.

View from Shin Kobe station
We have arrived to the Shin-Kobe station initially, and this is the view out of the station window.

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Kyoto, days 1&2, Tenshi no Sato

On Saturday November 24th we boarded a very early shinkansen to Kyoto at 7am and have arrived at around 9:40am, checked into our hotel and rushed to Saga-Arashiyama station to meet with a friend and have some breakfast.

Lunch at SaganoYu - pancake
Pancake at SaganoYu restaurant.

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Tokyo in November

After coming to Tokyo nothing terribly excited happened. We wandered a bit around Akihabara first.

Akihabara

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