Some more Worldcon pictures

14 September, 2007

I didn’t really get a lot of pictures during Worldcon, there wasn’t much to photograph other than the Dealer’s room exhibits and occasionally some of the panel discussions. I wanted to show the Art Show but like most of them at other conventions, photos weren’t permitted.

One of the biggest exhibits at Worldcon was one produced by Comic Market, nicknamed “Comiket”, a convention held twice a year at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center. The latest Comiket had over 500,000 visitors in 4 days, and this exhibit provided a history of the convention since it started in 1975. The convention is centered around fans of anime, manga and video games, who love to write and draw their own comic books, called “doujinshi”, often using characters created by others, including copyrighted characters. Many professional creators and their publishers allow these fans to produce doujinshi, because they are doing it out of love and not out of desire to make money, and because many current creators got their start producing doujinshi. Companies often scout the best doujinshi creators and hire them to work on new manga. This display shows each of the floors at the last Comiket. Each square represents a table, which is rented by two groups of creators, called “circles”, where the circle can display and sell a handful of copies of their doujinshi. A circle usually consists of one or two artists, a writer, and an editor (sometimes one person does all of this), and they usually produce one issue for each Comiket. These are covers from a handful of circles from different years, and you can see the variety of styles and artistic skills these circles have.

Of course, no convention would be complete without people wearing costumes of their favorite characters. There were others, but I didn’t get the chance to photograph them.

Since there wasn’t much to photograph, I decided to eat lunch at the bayside park down below the convention center. It was a beautiful day, and there were families enjoying themselves, eating lunch and playing. The giant wind turbine was working, generating electricity, but I don’t know where it was being used.

Worldcon pictures, day 1

12 September, 2007

On the first day of the 65th World Science Fiction Convention, Worldcon, the first Worldcon held in Asia, I went to register with my friends John and Sonia. Sonia had been living as a student in Osaka for a year, and was getting ready to head back to the US, and was quite unhappy about it, she had fallen in love with Japan. In a strange coincidence (not the first on the trip), the man in the yellow shirt in line was someone who works at the same company I do, on the same contract, in the same building, but one floor up from my cubicle! It was definitely the last thing I expected to do, to run into someone from work half a world away!

The Worldcon was small, in comparison to other Worldcons in the past, and the Dealer’s room was still being set up after we registered. There were dealers with some interesting things, like the dancing humanoid toy robots. There was a group of engineers and artists who are trying to recreate a working personal flying wing, modeled after one from the movie “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind“. They displayed the actual unpowered glider that they have been using for aerodynamic testing. They will eventually build a version powered by a small jet engine, like the device in “Nausicaa”.

After the con was over for the day, we went back to the hotel, passing “Cosmo World”, an amusement park near the convention center. The park is dominated by a huge ferris wheel surrounded by a roller coaster. Near the park is the Nautical Museum, which has a sailing ship “docked” in a pond nearby. The ship is called the “Nippon Maru” and was used for years as a training ship.

That night I also got a beautiful shot of the Landmark Tower, and later on that night, after seeing a movie, got a view of Yokohama near the Yokohama train station.

今日は、みんなさん!

これは私の一番写真ですよ。まず、私はホテルの近いでした。私の後ろではとても高い建物は、ランドマークタワーと言います。 そして、横浜の港でこの写真を撮りました。湾の中の島に、大きい風力タービンがあります。
Hello, everyone!

Here are my first pictures. Here in the first, I was near the hotel. Behind me is a very tall building called the Port Royal Hotel. Next, on Yokohama bay, I took this photograph. On an island in the bay, there is a large wind turbine.

As the sun set behind me, the moon started rising over the bay.

The next day, my friend John and I went to a shrine and temple area, just south of the train station. It was a little out of the way, but we found one of two entrances marked by gates.  The shrine had a few interesting and ornate buildings.  Just a bit down the hill, there were two temples next to each other, but I didn’t get any more pictures of them.

すみません、私はとても忙しいでしたから、あまり書いていませんでした。毎日、多くのものをしていましたから、私は時間がありません!

I’m sorry, because I’ve been so busy, I haven’t been writing much. Every day, I’ve done so many things that I don’t have any time! I promise to write more, soon.

今日は、皆さん!私は日本でいます!

私の旅行は,ナッシュビルテネシーの近くで私の兄弟の家から始めました。まずは、土曜日の朝、私はテネシーを出ました。そして、日曜日の午後成田空港に到着しました。友達ジョンさんに会いまして、一緒に横浜に電車で行きました。最終的に、私は、ホテルにチェックインして、寝ました。それは長い日でした!

今日は、休んでいって、少し食べ物を食べて、ちょっと歩きます。あとで、晩ご飯を食べますが、少しだけ食べます!

そして、もっとかきます!

Hello, everyone! I’m in Japan!

My trip started from my brother’s house near Nashville Tennessee. To begin with, on Saturday morning I left Tennessee. Then, I arrived at Narita airport on Sunday afternoon. I met my friend John, and together we took the train to Yokohama. Finally, I checked into the hotel, and then went to sleep. It was a long day!

Today, I’m resting, eating a little bit, and walking around a little. Later on, I’ll eat dinner, but not a lot!

I’ll write more, later!

これは、私の当たらしいブログです。今、私はあまり書きませんけど、時々 読みに来て、下さい!

This is my new blog.  Right now, I’m not writing a lot, but please come by and read every so often!