Friday, March 20, 2009

Tokyo Anime Fair - Winter Sonata

Hi Hi sisters .... today is a Japanese holiday (Spring Equinox) and also happens to be the first day of the Tokyo International Anime Fair. So bright and early this morning, we took the Yurikaomome Line Monorail, went across the Rainbow Bridge to the other side of Tokyo Bay called Odiaba (お台場). Odaiba is a relatively recent development catering to the leisure and entertainment for young families. Everytime when I think about the beauty of Tokyo - Tokyo Bay, Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower are 3 sights that come into mind, and you can see all 3 from the side of Odaiba!

Haha, let me throw in a Statue of Liberty too :)

The best view of Tokyo mainland is from the spherical observatory inside the Fuji TV HQ (or you can take a ride on that humongous ferris wheel in Odaiba :)
Hehe, I really had another agenda in mind. I was not thrilled at being squashed by a million people and got deafened from all the yelling and screaming by the promotors, so I opted to go shopping at the nearby Venusport and AquaCity. Venusport is modelled after the Forum, Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas. The interior architecture is that of ancient Roman piazzas and fountains with sunny blue sky. This place is humongous but then, which shopping center in Tokyo isn't?

Before I bid my hubby and son goodbye, I have delegated a very important task to them : find the Winter Sonata's booth, take pictures from every possible angle and grab souvenirs of every kind! After they understood their 'mission', I went happily on my own merry way and hoped they would come back to me in 1 piece :) So, here is their report, thank you boys!

The Anime Fair venue - Tokyo Big Sight, so futuristic!

The Winter Sonata booth sign, notice both the Japanese and Korean flags

The dreamy and serene concept :)

JunSang and Yujin's standees, I was hoping for lots of Yong Joon's pictures @@

How come this JunSang and Yujin look so sad :(

I guess because this is still in the creation stage, they display a lot of sketches from the drama. The character sketches are all over the wall.

These are sketches from the locations like ChunChoen High School, JunSang's dream house ....

Sadly there is no souvenirs, not even a flyer, to distribute. Does that mean there's no schedule regarding the production yet? Well, guess we'll have to wait again for BOFi announcement. Have a nice weekend!


myoce said...

Dear Jaime,

Thank you for posting this ! The display looks nice but a bit lonely..
just like the trailers seen in the official sites. I hope the story gets sunnier towards the end !
Love, myoce

p.s. even though I don't comment ...I've been reading and enjoying all...for me, it's exciting to open a friend's new post :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks Dear Jaime for bringing us this "news".

Your blog is a witty and merry place to go to. I was grinning away with your sentence: "go to the Winter Sonata's booth, take pictures from every possible angle and grab souvenirs of every kind! After they understood their 'mission', I went happily on my own merry way..."

Have a nice weekend.

S'pore fan

Anonymous said...

Dear Jaime and Bae sisters:
Thank you for sharing your journey to the fair with us. It evokes special memories for me because I have travelled from Amsterdam to Tokyo on a polar route/inaugural flight by KLM many years ago. Then I went all over Japan covering Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, etc. One memorable international fair was in Portopia.
Special thanks for focusing on the Winter Sonata booth. Japan is my second favorite country, Nara my favorite city, second to Istanbul Turkey. Wish I could see Japan and the fair too.
Sarang Hamnida,
josephine pasricha

jaime said...

Dear myoce,

Thank you for your comment. Me too, I hope the story will be more uplifting than the last ending. Nice to hear from you, hope you had a good weekend.

love ... jaime

jaime said...

Dear S'pore fan,

Thank you for visiting here and I am happy to know you enjoy it. Please take care!

love ... jaime

jaime said...

Dear Josephine,

Couldn't agree with you more. Japan has an amazing richness of traditional and modern cultures. I also hope to tour around Japan to appreciate what it has to offer. Have a great week ahead.

love ... jaime

Anonymous said...

Dear Jaime and Bae sisters:
There is rhyme and reason in the art of collecting, whether it is about genuine art or popular art or people's art. I used to teach that a real art collector knows the beginning, summit and ending of an artist's development. So he would buy at least one representation of each phase. For example, a blue Picasso, a pink Picasso, an objectivist Picasso, a rare Picasso at his best.
The same should be the case in collecting Bae Yong Joon's art. Besides DVD's of his television drama and movies, Bae bears and mugs, dairies and calendars, perhaps some tasteful things from his early works like Love Greeting, Polaris necklace from his classic Winter Sonata, yukata from the sexy Untold Scandal, the black jacket from April Snow, and jewelry from the historical Tae Wang Sa Shing Gi.
Better yet, should the Family buy shares and stocks to BOFi so that we can all help each other as stakeholders in the global economy that is beginning to look rosy?
I should really be paid for this idea!
Sarang Hamnida,
josephine pasricha

jaime said...

dear josephine,

yes, there are family who support BYJ by buying Keyeast stocks. They have total faith in our prince. please take care

love ... jaime