I have a few photos to show you from the last day of the Japan Hobby Show.
Every morning Motoko-chan and I met at the station, picked up our soy latte at the nearby Tullys and snuck in the Hobby Show side door with our booth holder passes. It was interesting to see the crowds waiting to enter the exhibition hall as they raised the roller doors each morning at 10am. This was accompanied by some serious morning-show-style music and an announcement which said something about 'please do not run'. Ha ha! These were some intense craft-loving crowds! (and by the way, they didn't listen to the 'do not run' warnings')
The last day of the Hobby Show went very well. We even snuck in an extra workshop for the company President! But all good things must come to an end and at 5pm we packed up for the last time. It was sad in a way as I really enjoyed working with a team again and saying 'お疲れ様’ to people rather than my computer - yeah I'm a bit strange aren't I?... Because I work from home I only get to say 'お疲れ様’ to my MacBook Pro when I shut down each day. Side note: I also say 'がんばって’to my rice when I shut the lid of my rice cooker. My dad was telling me recently that my mum apparently used to hold up the picture of the recipe to the food in the oven and told the uncooked food that "when you are cooked you should look like this"...runs in the family I guess ;)
Anyway...back to the Hobby Show.
At 5pm on the last day a sweet message came over the loud speaker and praised everyone for their hard work over the last three days. ”三日間お疲れ様です” Ah I love Japan!
The de-install happened so quickly that it came as a shock to me. As I was running around taking photos of packing boxes with their little Japanese signs, rubbish on the floor arranged randomly in colourful combinations, and trying to capture photos of other random pack-up scenes, the de-install team were ripping down the Martha Stewart Booth at a pace I could not imagine. Here are a few pics of the process.
Bye bye Martha Stewart stand. Hope to see you next year!
It's just ゴミ but to me it's so beautiful, like a stage set. Or a 杉戸洋さん painting.
Before I knew it the Hobby Show was over, and I was off to a special art / food evening at Le lieu. On the way I spotted this lovely pattern design above a train station store.
The incredible Miss Bisaiji-san was making お結び dinner sets that were more like artworks than food. They tasted amazing too! AND she served everything wearing sequin pants and with her perfectly shaped pink bowl hair cut.
Upon arrival at the gallery we were presented with our お結び (rice ball) dinner set tickets. Two rice balls, soup and a assorted snack plate. The tickets were in a shape of one big rice ball triangle which then perforated off into smaller individial rice ball triangle tickets. I can't remember when dinner was this much fun, and this definitely brought a smile to my face after a days work!
The AMAZINGLY presented first snack plate! Served with Yebisu beer of course!
This lovely onigiri-head made us some lovely salmon and ume お結び!
Chika-chan greeted guests in her usual graceful manner. Gahh she is sooo cute!
Also on offer was sake with the best designed label ever. Why can't typography with English fonts be as fun?
And finally back to the Chuo-sen on the way home after another great, only in Tokyo day!
I always feel soooo lucky to live here. I really never want to leave.
Happy Golden Week Japan Sandwiches!