I’m in Japan! It still blows my mind! I can’t believe I’m here. I can’t believe I quit my job, packed a bag, and flew to another country! So crazy!
But I got even luckier because mere days after I arrived in Japan was Anime Japan in Tokyo, which only happens twice a year! So, naturally I booked my ticket for Tokyo via a shinkansen.
What’s a shinkansen? It’s a bullet train! These things move 200mph and accelerate and break smoother than any car or plane. They have plenty of leg room and are better than any American Amtrak train I’ve ever ridden on.
After four hours on this amazing train, I arrived in Tokyo. It took me at least five minutes to find my way out of the giant train station and to the right bus stop. (There are DOZENS of buses. Some city buses, some tourist buses. And they’re all in the same spot. *sigh*)
But I did it! I found the bus. I squeezed on and stood for forty minutes as we got whiplash from the way the bus driver breaks. And finally arrived at Tokyo Big Sight!
Though, I couldn’t buy my ticket from outside Japan so I waited in a line outside for a half hour to buy a ticket. Thankfully, it was a gorgeous day! And then I wound through a line, past the professional cosplayers(freezing themselves outside in the 50F weather) to see THIS SIGN!
And this is what it looked like inside. People upon people upon people! It was intense! There was hardly enough room to walk around, much less stop and look at all the stalls.
And ladies and gentleman, below is just a fraction of all the amazing stalls, exhibits, and other fun stuff at Anime Japan.
Japan vs. America
- Souvenirs weren’t the same in Japan. People collected pins, but besides that there weren’t many options for souvenirs like in America.
- A lot of the anime on display was newer anime or up-and-coming anime. Coming from America, I was way out of the loop. I didn’t recognize most of the anime. Sad, but enlightening.
- The panels were in a separate area and you have to pay extra to see them. In America, they’re free and there’s hundreds of them.
- And most important, cosplay seems to be a professional thing. The attendees didn’t cosplay. Rather, the cosplayers were in a separate area where they stood throughout the whole con for people to take pictures.
After taking it all in, it was time to head home and the way home was gorgeous. Here are a couple extra pictures of the beauty of Tokyo to tide you over until next time. ^.^