On March 15th we have attended Hometown Dolpa Kyoto 11 (also visited Japan, but more about that in another post).
This was actually a very strange Dolpa - very short and very few limited items, also somewhat strange rules.
The line to draw tickets for limited items line (and a guidebook that serves as the ticket)
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.
And so we are continuing the story of our October trip to Japan.
After getting to Niigata station on a regular train, we transferred to Shinkansen Max Toki to IchigoYuzawa station.
Max Toki - two story Toki Shinkansen.
From China we went straight to Japan (it's really strange how a ticket from US to China then to Japan and back to China was twice as cheap as the ticket straight to Japan for the same dates).
In Japan first of all we attended another conference where I delivered a talk in Japanese (a first for me).
Lately I come here so rarely, I'm so sorry! But if you would like to know more frequent and short updates you can find me at flickr as ~Ksenia~.
Today I finally will introduce to you our new little angels that we won at different Volks events. I already have been telling about these type of Volks angels before in the post about Izumi. From this Spring to this Autumn we came a long way to their current look. I also would like to thank VolksUSA staff for their help in explanations and support regarding Rei-Tenshies! Also huge thanks to a very talented face-up artist ~La croix de sang~ who made my fantasy possible! I think she is just a wizard!!!
So, here are our two little angels:
I finally came here! I'm sorry, we were pretty busy lately. Today I decided to tell you a story about one of my boys, that I got a very long time ago, I think it was by the end of 2012. Anyway, we came a long way to what he looks like now, but returning to the start. His name is Tsunenaga Hasekura and he is from series of Japanese historical figures by Volks. Released at Home Town Dolpa Sendai that was held on August 25, 2012.
So, please meet a Japanese samurai who was serving to daimyo Date Masamune. (Date Masamune was also released by Volks a bit earlier).
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.
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.
This time we finally got a flight out of Atlanta airport new terminal F with their new Sky Club.
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.