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The line to get into the Tokyo International Anime Fair is absolutely insane. It starts near the train station (300 meters away), continues through monster-sized buildings, and once you turn one corner, when you think you are almost about to enter, the line turns into an amusement park style line, back and forth, back and forth, etc. Turn the corner again and there is more of the same. Some say it took three hours to get in. I wouldn’t know. Both times I have attended we have bypassed the mega line completely and walked straight in via the “Family Entrance” (ファミリー入口), which you can use if you have someone with you who is 11 years old or younger.

The crowd peaks at about 11:30. If you don’t have a kid to bring along and get in via the Family Entrance I recommend arriving between 2 and 3 p.m. There are no entrance lines at this point in the day, and the booths inside are far less crowded than they are between 11 and 1.

Did I mention there are lots of people to deal with while you try to see what you want to see?

Tokyo International Anime Fair

Many posts ago I mentioned that we went to the Tokyo International Anime Fair in 2007, but all of my pictures were lost due to an SD card going bad. For Tokyo International Anime Fair 2010 (東京国際アニメフェア2010) I was more successful as my pictures made it to my computer safely.

The venue was the same place, Tokyo Big Sight (東京ビッグサイト), on Odaiba. The weather was poor, but that didn’t stop tens of thousands from lining up to wait to enter.

Detective Conan (名探偵 コナン and also known as Case Closed in English) is one of Japan’s more famous manga and has been catching on overseas lately too with an English-language translation.

Heroman (ヒーローマン) is a new anime series coming out on Japanese TV in April. They were promoting it by giving away giant bags, big enough to hold all of the other freebies we collected on this day.

After nearly four hours of crowds, anime, manga, and more crowds we headed home. On our way we stopped at Oosaki Station and exited just long enough to eat some ramen. You can see our train through the window in the restaurant.

More photos coming soon…

Japanese Booth Babes

Cute girls in Japan are not a scarce commodity. At trade shows they specialize in having their pictures taken with the product.

In Japanese they are called イベントコンパニオン or “Event Companion.” That almost sounds like a term given for an escort. I suppose it is more classy sounding than the most common English term of “Booth Babe” though.

Back in the day, when everyone didn’t bring a camera to trade shows and car shows, they were to attract attention to the booth. They still fill that role, but they spend most of the day posing for photos now.

Some amateur photographers were taking dozens of photos of a single girl in just as many different poses.

mutant girls squad

Mutant Girls Squad?

They seemed quite happy to strike several different poses for someone who wasn’t paying them to be a model.

Such is the life of a promotional model at the Tokyo International Anime Fair.