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Unread 09-24-2002, 02:05 AM   #1
Golgo M.
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Not too early to plan for Comiket 63.

Comiket 63 will be this December, the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before New Years. Is anyone from the forum actually going to Comiket or know of anyone that will be? God knows that the foreign cosplayer community is non-existant there...
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Unread 09-24-2002, 09:30 AM   #2
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I don't plan on going to Comiket until... 2006 (aka after I graduate from college)
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Unread 09-27-2002, 04:17 AM   #3
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What are the usual dates for Comiket? I plan to go to Japan in 2004, and would love to attend.
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Unread 09-27-2002, 03:38 PM   #4
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I'm going to comiket!!!! i"m leaving for Japan December 25th and
coming back on the 4th of Janurary. whoo hoo.
but its' gonna leave a dent in my wallet.
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Unread 10-02-2002, 09:13 PM   #5
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What are the usual dates for Comiket? I plan to go to Japan in 2004, and would love to attend.
Usually there is a summer and a winter version, both which take place at Tokyo Big Site in Ariake. The summer one is the second weekend of August, while the winter one takes place the last weekend of December. This year's winter covers Saturday through Monday.

Sadly, this winter's Comiket may be my last. I'm going back to America in July, meaning the August one might be hard to attend.
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Unread 10-27-2002, 03:23 PM   #6
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Talking

I will also going to the comic market again this year. I had planned to arrived Japan on the 27th Dec. and leaving again on the 4th Jan. It would be fun to celebrate the new year in Tokyo. I have found an inn called Sakura ryokan to stay in. Where are you staying, L to the 3rd?
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Unread 11-11-2002, 05:00 PM   #7
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Umm I forget where i'm staying but yea.. i'm basically tagging along with my bro-in-law.. we're stayin in some hotel.

anyway i have some important news to those who are FIRST TIME cosplayers for Comiket 63 (meaning, you never cosplayed there b4).

I emailed my friend, Ruka-san (the kick ass Japanese Sephiroth)..and she told me that there were certain rules that we have to follow. Here's what she wrote:

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Scrawny Squall-san.

Is the trip ready?@
It is not necessary to register in advance.
A registration certificate can be got if 600 yen is paid before
changing
their clothes in front of the locker room in the hall at holding that
day. Since the booklet is passed in that case, please always carry with you.
Registration time is from 10:00 to 14:00 (2:00 PM). The locker room will be closed at 15:30 (3:30 PM).

Please be sure to change Cosplay clothes in a locker room.
Having Cosplay clothes on outside the hall is forbidden.

"The open space only for photography" is located on the
Jwest hall roof",
and photography of a photograph cannot be performed except this place.

Comiket is very crowded, carrying of an imitation sword etc. is judged to be
dangerous and is forbidden.
Therefore, Cloud's sword, etc. cannot be carried into the hall.
My Sephiroth's sword cannot be carried in, either. It is regrettable.

An important thing is putting clothes and 600 yen into a bag and
going to the locker room in the hall. Then, probably, you pass the day happily!
If you, in some cases, want to get to know otherwise, please give E-mail to
me.

I am going to sell a Doujinshi on the 1st day and the 2nd.
Since it will decide about a selling place next week, I think that you
should be notified. If you come there, we will be able to meet rightly.

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Unread 11-12-2002, 02:56 PM   #8
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Here some more rules taken from the Comic market catalog.
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Attention!!
All the participats of the Comiket must follow the rules of the Comic Market Committee.
You must obey instructions given by police, firefighters, Comic staff, security personnel or the Tokyo Big Sight Staff.
These are the "DO NOT" of the Comiket. You must not:
Violate Japanese law and provincial rules of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Smoke except in designated smoking areas.
Use or make fire within the premises.
Do attractions or demonstrations.
Arrive to Comiket by personal transportation methods - such as cars or bicycles.
Stay near or in the premises at late hours.
Change clothes except in changing room. Never change your clothes in the restrooms.
Bring the following items with you. If they are found they will be confiscated and not returned.
Weapons or objects resembling weapons.
Objects longer than 30 cm (1 foot).
Pointed accessories.
Athletic equipment (balls, frisbees, bows etc.).
Bicycles, rollerskates or other vehicles etc.
Extremely flammable items.
Alchohol, animals and generators.
Objects that make sounds (musical instruments, radio cassette recorders etc.).
Anything which Comiket staff judges dangerous.

Disaster prevention rules.
You must not sit in or place luggage within the red lines near the fire fighting gear or the emergency exit.
Please report any suspicious objects to the Comiket staff or the security personnel.

Rules and advices for new participants of the Comiket.
We advise that new participants should arrive in the afternoon to avoide the long wait on the lines.
Please use public transportation (trains, buses or boat).
Taking pictures of the costume players is only allowed in the Costume Play Square.
Never take pictures without permission from the target.
If you came for the purpose of making coverage for media,
you must register at the General Headquarters in East Hall 1 and follow their instructions.
Changing clothes is only allowed in the changing room.
If you want to costume play, you must register at the changing room (female: West Hall 3, Male: Reception Hall).
Register fee is 600 yen. Please note that the costume play has not yet accepted in the Japanese culture as a general.
Never come or leave Comiket wearing your costumes.

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Last time I went there, I took the monorail train from Shimbashi station
and arrived there around 10:30 - 11:00 am at the Kokusaitenjijo-Seimon station.

I used about 30-45 mins in the queue before entering the Comiket.

-Bri
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Unread 11-13-2002, 04:13 AM   #9
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hmm I dunno why comiket is sooo strict cuz I went to JAF-con a while back...and I actually wore my costume to the con.. (it looked almost normal though).
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Unread 11-13-2002, 01:41 PM   #10
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Maybe it has something to do with space and in the three days something
like 300.000 people shows up.
The cosplay square is not that big and must of the time you have
to force yourself through people for letting you getting anywhere.

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Unread 11-14-2002, 12:33 AM   #11
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Unwritten law there. You have to change there, as it's not publicly accepted to dress in costume in public in Japan. There's been instances...

I'm planning to be Kakashi on day one (the yaoi day) and something else the second or third day. Also planning a day during New Year's.
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Unread 11-14-2002, 03:13 AM   #12
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yea..you have to change back into reg
clothes by 15:30 cuz the con closes around 16:00.
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Unread 11-14-2002, 11:19 AM   #13
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what do they do if it rains? cause isn't cosplay square outside? I eventually wanna go and cosplay there, then of course I gotta make a mad shopping spree down at every cosplay shop and anime goodie shop and get what I've been wishing for! Eventually my cactuar collection shall be complete. I need the aloha shirt and the ukulele and the air raft and Im done, unless you count the really huge cactuar plushie you had to special order that cost 50,000 yen and was a few feet tall maybe 4 or so XD

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Unread 11-15-2002, 01:21 AM   #14
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If it rains, tough cookies. Picture a few thousand people all putting an umbrella up to stay out of the rain. That will not happen in the costume area. If it rains, then you're on your own, as there's just no space to give you for your rain gear.
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Unread 11-17-2002, 10:12 PM   #15
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I went to Comiket 62 and cosplayed for 2 days.

The rules are strict but I didn't have any problems. Just remember to bring your costume in a roller-suitcase, otherwise, IT WILL GET DAMAGED DUE TO THE CROWDS ON THE ONE TRAIN LINE THAT STOPS AT TOKYO BIG SITE AND THE CROWDS WITHIN THE COSPLAY SQUARE... AND HALL WAYS...

;oO

Actually, I saw cosplayers walking around the convention halls in costume.. But I wouldn't recommend it because of the crowds... You are literally packed in like sardines... That is why they forbid props longer the 12"... there is NO ROOM.

And there are no lockers. That's why you need a roller suitcase to carry everything in as you walk around....

BTW, all cosplayers pay the cosplay fee before you enter the 'changing area', but remember to keep the little rule booklet they give you because it's your ticket into the cosplay area outside~~~


All of you going will have it easy. When I went to Comiket 62, I went through all the cosplay ordeals **alone**, without any help. All I knew were the few basic rules told to me before I left and that all cosplayers go to the second floor of Tokyo Big Site... That's it. I don't even know Japanese. ;o\ Yet still managed to figure everything out and even squeeze in a few hours of shopping... ((found what I want too!! Help tables are set up in all the halls.. Just write down what you are looking for and they will look it up for you~))

**Comiket is certainly an experience that nothing can be compared to; ALL cons are dwarfed by it.**


If school doesn't conflict, I'll definitly go to Comiket 64 next summer.

OH, BTW~~~ The cosplay sqare is an outside balcony area above the bay of which Tokyo Big Site sits on.. So it's EXTREMELY WINDY THERE. If you plan to wear a long wig... BEWARE!!!!
I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT~~~~~
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