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Tokyo Game Show 2010 Part 3

Wheeew! Sorry for much delay. I went to the doctor yesterday and she told me I am 80% healed. I am allowed prolonged use of computer as long as I take a break every 30 minutes. So, without further delay, here’s the last installment of my visit to the Tokyo Game Show.

Where were we? Oh.

K-On PSP Game

I saw promotion for the K-On PSP game in Akihabara the day before. It wasn’t to be released until the October 1st, so I was kind of sad. So excited when I see the K-On game demo area, I was so ready to queue. Too bad, there was no queue. They had already assigned time slots to gamers who had queue earlier that day. Sad. Oh well. I will pick the game up when it gets to Jakarta.

K-On Demo Area

Tokyo Game Show 2010 Part 2

After a bit of shopping in the retail section as told in Part 1, we ventured to the main dish of the event.


We started with the Konami booth. Konami booth is the first one you see as you enter the convention hall. It has a bright red roof and display screens and demo TVs are strategically placed facing outward. Here’s a bad picture of me with James in front of the booth.

In front of the Konami Booth

There were also a drone of people queuing for hands on demo time around the Konami area. Lots of them. Here’s the crowd for Winning Eleven 2011 demo.

People Patiently waiting for Winning Eleven 2011 Demo

James is all about soccer games. So he was all excited to test Winning Eleven 2011 even though he prefers the FIFA series. Holly Molly. The queue time was a bit insane.

Tokyo Game Show 2010 Part 1


207,647 people visited the Tokyo Game Show this year making it the biggest video game show of the year. I feel very fortunate that James and I were able to attend! Nothing was more exciting in previewing latest and upcoming games in the sea of sweaty sweaty gamers. Yeah, I was one of them too. It felt like of the hottest day eve outside, and there was a sewa of people inside. I was in my tank top and quite weak to cold, but even though the AC was blasting in the convention hall I didn’t feel much breeze.

One virtue of Japanese gamers that I commend is their patience. They do not mind queuing, sometimes for hours, for a turn on game demo and to buy games merchandise – which most, I found out later, are not exclusive to the event. What about us? I’ll tell you what happened in the second part of my TGS 2010 post.

Nippon Club’s Fuyu no Hatsuyuki Festival Impressions

Last Sunday, I read a tweet about a Japan festival here in Jakarta. I haven’t heard anything about it, which was kind of weird. Usually, Japanese festivals in Jakarta have decent marketing campaign. Apparently it was the last day of the festival, so James and I decided to go there for dinner.

We arrived at Central Park around 7:30 PM. There was no sign of the event from the outside. No promotional banners or flags. Nothing. I even starting to question my source of information and if I had read the tweet wrong. We asked the mall security for some info and directions after we parked. We were at the right place anyway.

The first thing we came across was a couple of indoor stands. Nothing much was going on here. People are mostly concentrated around the yukata photo booth. There was a Gundam toys display right in the center.

August Matsuri Frenzy

There are more festival held in August 2007 out of all the months of the summer. There are 13 festivals in June, 33 in July and a total of 46 festivals in August. Japan Visitors has a complete list of festivals throughout the year.

Attending one of these festivals is a lust for me. Imagine all the food, the crowd, the sound of matsuri music and drums and those games you can play. And most importantly, the immense amount of fireworks display throughout many festivals! I hope the time will come soon… Hopefully next year?!? (I’m waiting for some blessings from the Otaku no Kami-sama)

Anyways… Let’s check out some documentations by some of many who got the privilege to visit these matsuri that had occur so far in the month of August.

Nagaoka Festival
1-3 August
Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture
Mikoshi, samurai, bugaku, taiko, you name it. Fireworks in the last two nights of the festival attracts 600,000+ people.


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