Friday, July 26, 2019

Comic1 15

The final thing I checked out this time was Comic1 15.

It's an event similar to Comiket, and just like Comiket it took place at Tokyo Big Sight.

It's a smaller event, so I got a better place in the queue than at Comiket.

Still plenty of people though.

The Comic1 catalog was also the ticket, so you just held it up at the entrance to show that you had one.

Since it was a smaller event it only used the west halls and none of the east halls.

Both west hall 1 and 2 had circles selling doujins and goods.

This is inside west hall 2.

In west hall 4 they had a separate event called Character1 with corporate booths.

In the Character1 area they had this big Nekopara TV anime ad.

And some smaller ads for various other anime, figures and other stuff.

Cardboard cutouts.

Metallizing Art on display.

At the Key booth they also had art.

One of Kanade Tachibana from Angel Beats.

They had a stamp rally at the Key booth for people who bought items too.

In a corner of Character1 they had itasha on display.

Lots of different cars including this Kin'iro Loveriche one.

Ryo Matsunaga from Idolmaster car.

minori car with Ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two characters on the bonnet.

Cardcaptor Sakura.

This Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha car had giant plushies in the seats.

Cure Gelato from KiraKira Pretty Cure A La Mode.

Kaori Nakaseko from Sound! Euphonium.

I even saw an itasha truck here.

Back of the truck.

There were a few cosplayers around too.

Including this official cosplayer for a mobile game called Black Stella.

Cosplayer and matching itasha of Orifushi Mafuyu from Kanojo × Kanojo × Kanojo.

A lot less people at the end of the day.

Before I left I spotted these Comic1 15 themed shikishi sign boards.

Closer look of more shikishi.

Here's a picture of the Comic1 15 catalog in the bottom left and some of the stuff I got.

No location map since it's no longer there.

This location was visited on 2019/04/29.

Comic1 official website
Character1 official website

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Your Name - Lake

Makoto Shinkai has said that his inspiration for Lake Itomori was Lake Matsubara and Lake Otsuki, so I went and checked them out.

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I first checked out Lake Matsubara.

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It's much smaller than Lake Itomori in the movie.

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Closer look at the lake.

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This is Lake Otsuki. It's just a few minutes walk away from Lake Matsubara.

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Lake Otsuki is even smaller than Lake Matsubara.

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View of Lake Otsuki from a nearby hill.

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There's also a small shrine with a torii gate on top of the hill, but like a lot of other places it doesn't look anything like the one in the movie.

This is the closest train station which is named Matsubarako Station.

It's quite far away from the lake itself though, so you have to either walk uphill for half an hour or try to catch a bus. As this sign shows the bus stop isn't located at the station though.

So you'd need to walk up the path on the left here to catch the infrequent bus.

The trains are also quite infrequent as you can see from the timetable on the right.

At the train station they had guestbooks.

Mostly seemed to be for people enjoying the nature and lakes.

Some anime drawings though.

I signed the guestbook.

Location map:

This location was visited on 2019/04/28.

Special thanks to the ones who went here before:君の名は。archives/cat_1237325.html