The show is held at the Tokyo Dome in the heart of Tokyo. We stayed at the Tokyo Dome Hotel, very handy for attending the show. We headed over and got in line before the doors opened.
After a quick spin through the vendors, I decided to view the quilts. And I realized that the stadium had filled up. There was literally a sea of people flowing down the aisles.
Which made photographing the quilts very difficult. But I persevered. A few of my favorites are below. But I'd like to mention that most of the signs were in Japanese kanji. A few had names and titles in English. I've given credit where I can.
I'd also like to mention that the aisles were narrow and there were no ropes or barriers in front of the quilts. You could get right up to them and look closely.
This was perhaps my favorite quilt in the show. It was in the original design category, maker and title unknown:
It was an interesting mix of piecing and appliqué:
I loved "Firefly" by Satoko Okamura, but couldn't get a full, unobstructed shot of it. It featured rough cottons, gauzy overlays and a great deal of hand stitching:
The second place winner in original design was by Emiko Yakushiji:
And a few more pieces from the exhibit:
This is "Samite" by Kiyoko Harada:
f (time), maker unknown:
A detail of f (time):
A detail shot of those happy little faces:
Would it be wrong of me to say I liked the back best? Here it is:
I really loved the quilts in the Junior Art Category. This is "My Face 2" by the chiku chiku club cuddly brown:
One of my very favorite things about the show was lunch. There were vendors selling Bento boxes on the show floor. You selected from a variety of boxes and took your box up to the stands to eat. And, because the Tokyo Dome is a baseball stadium, the boxes had a baseball theme. When I got to the front of the very long line, I pretty much did an "eenie meenie minie mo" and pointed to a box. I had no idea what was inside.
Everything was delicious! It had a chicken meatball (center), breaded pork, ziti with spaghetti sauce, rice with curry sauce, rice with corn, a little bit of roasted chicken, a corn muffin, a salad with greens and corn and what seemed to be corn with ketchup on top. It had a definite corn theme.
The show was wonderful, inspirational and absolutely crazy. I hope I get a chance to go back someday!