Tokyo Dolpa in Dec 2014 was pretty big again, but we came in force this time with a lot of friends, thanks to that and a number of guidebooks,
we (our friends, really) managed to score a real good number. First time I held such a low number in my hands.
Dolpa limited items line area.
After beginning of the line has formed, we are moving towards purchase area now.
People get to choose limited items they want in an area like this.
Since we were so early in the line, all items were still available (and there were a lot of highly desired re-releases!)
After collecting the right-for-purchase tickets, it was now time to actually go to the dolpa itself.
I started with a run through dealers to see what interesting stuff do they have there, so here's a random collection of their goods:
Dolls Drug Kingdom dealer.
They had a bunch of wolf-related stuff and a long line of prospective buyers.
DD weapons are always popular.
Whole racks of doll clothes!
Whole shelves of doll boots too.
Pons + Llave
I don't know who is this, but they gave me a chocolate bar
This dealer is always at dolpas with their elaborate wire accessories.
Now, this was a very strange sight. Typically VOLKS does not allow any non-VOLKS BJDs at their events, but these don't look like VOLKS bodies at all.
Furniture vendor Tsuki no neko (moon cat)
Very cute dragon
This was a pretty elaborate setup too.
This is about as much at the dealer section as I had time for. There was a lot more interesting stuff, though, that I somehow did not capture.
Moving on to the VOLKS display.
First up is a one-for-all auction Alice and little Alice.
It was very popular as people swarmed around it trying to get a picture.
And we also returned to the One-for-all auction display near the end of the event when nobody was there anymore:
Here's the lot #1 - Reisner. It sold for 305000 yen (about $2900 at the then exchange rate of ~105 yen per $1).
And the Lot #2 that we have seen already, but in a bit better quality. They sold for 760,000 yen (about $7238)
Moving on, there was a separate Tenshi no Sato exhibition:
Kasumi (new Volks porcelain doll) display at Tenshi no Sato exposition.
Another two Kasumi dolls.
Also at Tenshi no Sato there were three more Kasumis that were owned by VOLKS customers.
This one belongs to the Miyamoto-san, architect that is always knitting in doll lines.
Then we moved into the other section of the Dolpa, this area was called Dollfie Family Tree:
Alice and Lorina
Cecile and Williams.
Hijikata and Okita
Also right around there we saw a bunch of Coordinate models up to a purchasing right lottery (here's a small sampling):
And in the other corner of this section there were One-off models:
SDGrB Minoru Kamimura
SD Tae Sweet Dream ver.
SD13B Okita Souji 2008 ver.
SDGrB Masamune Date
SD17 Hikaru Genji
SDMB Akira Fudō & SDMB Ryō Asuka
Yo-SDB White Rabbit
SDMB Hewitt 3rd ver. & SDMG Yui Sweet Dream ver.
SD16 Ami Ayase
SD17 Shiro Tachibana
SDGrG Jun Tachibana
That's all one-offs that were there (quite a lot, actually).
Then we moved on to take some pictures of visitors' dolls.
Some sort of "get the candy for being a customer of some online service".
Big breasted DDs are very popular in certain circles.
This basically concluded the Dolpa for us, we did not win anything in bingo, but we did buy a lot of dolls for us and our friends.
This is a car of our friends in Japan.
For the dinner we went to a very fancy traditional Japanese rice restaurant. The main restaurant is in Kyoto, and Tokyo only had a small branch.
Now, this was very interesting - sweet rice wine. I've never heard about this before, and was pretty impressed.
Dishes are organized according to seasons. This is a "Fall dish" that looks like a Fall scene.
And this is a Winter dish.
Snow is made of salt.
The tangerine is only a shell with contents replaced.
And now the main part - the rice.
Also a meat side-dish.
Or fish side dish for a subset of us.
The restaurant was very nice and the food was super great. They are located in Ginza and the name is Hachidaime, definitely recommended if you are around.
And then we went back home concluding our winter 2014 Tokyo visit.
This is just a subset of things that we bought or otherwise acquired during this trip