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 45 minutes before open.
Almost opening time. 140+ people in line.
New Volks USA general manager Hideyoshi Shigeta (left).
The order of entry to the store was implemented as a drawing conducted on first come first serve basis.
Our numbers were not particularly good.
Visitor's doll, DWC02 head.
Sign at Volks store in LA.
We bought some stuff there and then since it's LA, we went to a movie set with a friend.
The movie is about some sort of a big earthquake in LA area and was being shot at Los Angeles river.
That camera arm on the car at right is called "Russian Arm" for some reason.
Willow studios. There were 4 movies being shot aroudn this location at the same time.
Then we went to eat near The Grove (interesting fountain there).
A band at Farmers market.
Glass staircase in Apple Store.
VIP waiting area in the parking garage.
Next day we went to the Volks store again.
Face up artist Bloody purchased all sorts of stuff at a discount. This is about 1/3 of the final purchase.
Impromptu doll meetup on the second floor that was now clear of the merchandise due to tea party preparations.
This owner sew this kimono all by herself. Good result I think.
Bonmwe and her two Alice girls at a doll doctor appointment.
At the doll party there was a Tenraijin game just like at the real dolpa (but no bingo game since there were only 53 participants).
I did not win much, just a "forever rose".
But Ksusha won a Rei-Tenshi.
Here's a group shot from the party:
Hideyoshi-san is delivering his closing speech.
And the speech itself.
Japanese support staff.
Group shot of boy dolls after the event.
Also after the "tea party" there were cookies and water.
Our loot for the combined Japanese and LA trip after we returned home.
We will be adding links to pictures of other people from the event here as they appear:
VolksUSA pictures, most are here and some from life report please look back.