Julie and I met up for lunch. Now here comes a bit of information for those who intend to visit the show one day and want to know about lunch.
There are several options.
- bring a packed lunch (e.g sandwiches from a convenience store)
- or buy a lunch box and eat in the stands (see picture)
- sandwiches are served in the Key Coffee shop inside the arena
- you can get rice dumplings 'onigiri', or Japanese noodles in the Ureshino tea shop (also inside the arena)
- walk up the stands and buy a simple lunch (fried noodles, fried chicken, snacks, ice cream...)
- get your hand and ticket stamped at the exit and go out to eat in the Tokyo Dome area (sushi, pizza, you name it...)
(Please note there are not many options for the vegetarian. My advice is to bring lunch.)
Julie and I opted for fried noodles and ate them in the stands.
Neither of us had done any shopping but it is a WONDERLAND of trade stalls, if you can get near enough to see the goods!
Fujix is a famous Japanese thread maker. Often these corporate stalls show a new range, inventions or gadgets. Visiting such a stand is a good way to keep updated on what's new.
Then there are shops for fabric, notions and tools of the trade, as well as second hand kimonos to cut up and use for patchwork.
Another feature in Japan is that many famous quilters/teachers run their own business and sell kits, books and the selection of fabric they use.
Go shopping to Yoko Saito for taupe, Kathy Nakajima for Hawaiian, Shizuko Kuroha for indigo, Michiko Sonobe for Victorian lace...
There are 244 stalls!
Quilts made by Juniors
Here are some examples of what children (under 15 years of age) have made.
あっ飛んだ by 田中智章
This quilter pinched her mother's false eyelashes!
うーん！あまい！ by 大場彩希
はらぺこおべんとうランド by 東広島市立松賀中学校If you are still hungry, how about one of these lunch boxes at the amusement park?
This map of the world was charming! Can you find your country?
It was made by students from the same junior high school as the picnic quilt above. Isn't it great when teachers lead a project like this?
A most unusual section of the quilt show is the
The 'quilts' have to be inside a picture frame, but quilting does not seem to be a must. Many are appliquéd, pieced, glued or embroidered.
旅の思い出 by 大畑裕美
ルビー色の幸せ by 坂口圭以子
Lots of knitting in this!
赤い月 by 彦坂泉
By this time Julie and I were ready to meet our blog friend Tanya. It was the first time for us to meet her and she was just as lovely as we had expected. She is a true vitamin injection! Tanya has written about her visit to the dome, with great pictures. Check out the crowds!