12 hours ago
Monday, 23 January 2017
Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival - getting there
On Thursday, we were staying in Nippori, so our route to the Tokyo Dome was a bit easier than the previous year, when we stayed in Asakusa - a few stops on the Yamanote line, followed by the Chuo-Sobu line. Suidobashi station is close to the Dome and was full of quilters.
No need for directions - just look out for the quilted bags and follow them!
On the first day, the show opens at 11 a.m. rather than 9.30, and there are security bag checks, so it took half an hour to get to the front of the queue.
We already had our tickets.
Once inside, we dodged the crowds by going around the outside of the exhibition area, towards the traders, and went round the quilts later on. This was different from our 2015 exhibition strategy and worked out better - and within minutes we had bumped into friends, Jane MacDonald of BeBeBold, Brisbane, and Lisa Walton. Like all shows, people make a beeline for the quilts and the exhibition winners.
Quilt photos soon!