It's a nice facility, a million times nicer than the old convention center that had grown rather seedy, but in the same location. Inside, the lighting is warm and the rooms are inviting.
The table that E. always likes had the manga and plush characters she was seeking. And manga books at two dollars each is, as you know, a good deal. E. named her new plush pal "Cake-San" because I believe he is inside a strawberry short cake. He is posing by a favorite new snack, Pocky sticks.
E's friend Milly is a little camera-shy:
Although Lucy wasn't at the center, she did contribute an origami carp pond along with her third grade class:
I was admittedly taken with that Pocky box. Japan still uses a pleasing aesthetic in designing is toys and kid's snacks packaging. Corporate yet thoughtfully presented. As opposed to just corporate.