Those following me on twitter may have already heard the news but Sora, Aura and I took a trip to Doll Party (Dollpa) 26 last Sunday taking place at Tokyo Big Site. Had a wonderful time meeting, talking and exchanging name cards with comrades from various communities as well as buying doll related goods and taking pics of other people’s daughters. Doll Show and Idoll which preceded this event was great and all but it’s scale is nothing compared to Dollpa and unfortunately for those who are relatively new to this event, there are also hundreds of things to learn about it^^; Despite having attended to this event for 3 consecutive times, I was once again baffled by their convoluted rules and had to learn a couple of things the hard way.
One thing I learned is that the guidebooks (entrance ticket) that are sold in Volks stores sells out pretty quick and their stock is unpredictable. The last time I bought guidebooks for Dollpa, the Yokohama store had stocks left even in the day before the event. This time, both the Yokohama and Akihabara store’s guidebooks were sold out 4-5 days before the event :/ This partly due to the fact that the guidebook also contain lottery tickets to get in line to purchase the limited dollfies. Participants buy them in dozens to get a good number as did one of my comrades as did one of my comrades. Another thing I learned was that the lottery tickets you draw at the limited line alone will not get you inside the stadium and that you’ll have to line up again in the regular line and draw a ticket their again. There was a total of 3 different lines to determine what order those people will line up. So confusing lol…(´・ω・`)
If you’re planning on attending Dollpa, do make sure you do extensive research before coming to Japan. Well, now that’s out of the way here are the photos I took at the Dollpa 26.