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.
The low number we were given by a friend.
Upstairs limited items line area.
Also there people could see limited dolls and clothes up close:
Three Shinsengumi (shogun guard) guys. (They were the reason why we came in the first place).
MDD Iria and a second set of clothes (at the right). The clothes were either super limited or highly popular or both, but they sold out the first and very early on.
Before starting the limited items purchasing process first there were some physical exercises:
Then they lined us up and let in to the limited items tickets. Thanks to the low number, I was able to get everything I wanted for us and our friends.
Afterwards there was a good view at the entire dolpa event space from the second floor balcony. This is dealers area.
Tenshi no Sumika shop that had it's own separate line.
Meanwhile I am stuck in a cash register line. This is the general entrance area.
Youmu Konpaku is one of several Touhou project girls.
Photo space area themed as a cafe.
While we were busy with this stuff, our other friends stood in line to Tenshi no Sumika and also obtained a reserved table so that we have somewhere to put our stuff.
Reserved tables area.
Very cool Rozen Maiden jacket.
Somebody's doll proudly displaying their very high entry number
One for All SDGrB Hasekura as Katsura Kogorō. Sold for 250,000 yen (~$2500)
One for all SD17 Hijikata Toshizō. Sold for 501,000 yen (~$5000)
And Shinsengumi guys again (Also one from previous event).
SDGrB Saitō Hajime.
Stacks of boxes for sale.
Line for people to claim their limited dolls (already paid for).
Cash register lines.
Packing up for shipping
Then I went around dealer area taking some pictures:
Rabbit&Daphne. Ksusha got one Yo-SD dress here.
Pretty nice brooms and doll-sized tatami.
Doll hands with nails.
One of many lotteries. We did not win anything in this one.
Sumica limited clothes collection:
Winner of Beauty doll contest receives a prize from hands of VOLKS president.
And then - the game of bingo!
A lucky winner of Shoji Okita that was released at one of the previous events.
For a change I actually managed to win at bingo! So I have a very close shot at the drawing from Tenraijin.
And here's my turn at Tenraijin.
Surprisingly, even at Tenraijin I drawn a good prize: a Rei-Tenshi doll (pretty small one). So here I am trying to tell in Japanese where I am from
After my luck the next number won got a lot of winners (29 more) for only 20 remaining prizes in Tenraijin. Ksusha got one slot there.
Long line of winners.
The rock-paper-scissors game decided who will get to draw at Tenraijin and in what order. Ksusha managed to be #4, but as is typically happens with us, only got a set of postcards.
Dolls of our friends at our table.
Our White king with friends' dolls at our table.
Hime-chan - the frequently met character at these events at one of other tables.
And then another run at dealers:
Dealer that specializes in metal wire works.
This dealer even had a mini scene setup.
The sign says: "Fight till death".
And this is the loot that our table obtained.
New doll demonstration. Saitō Hajime.
That was it for the Dolpa and then we went to dinner.
Penguin mechanic on the way.
And then desserts (at another place)
Seasonal sakura cake.
Chocolate green tea cake.
Then we returned back to our hotel room and took some closeups of the guys we bought:
SDGou Isami Kondō
SDGrB Sōji Okita romantic glance version.
Actually we also got Saitō Hajime, but since we already made close enough picture of him at the Dolpa, we didn't make another at hotel.
And out tiny hotel room in Kyoto Dai-ni Tower hotel that was pretty small and felt even smaller with all the boxes.
These beds don't look too small and looked even bigger at the hotel website, but in reality they were super tiny.
And this concludes the day.