I've already been asked for details about the festival this year and Fujiya Avic have confirmed the details on their web site, this time with a video (albeit shot in the middle of the snow in Tokyo). There wont be any snow in Spring.
This time it appears to be happening at Nakano Sun Plaza, which is very easy to get to. I guess they ran out of room at Aoyama (they completely filled 4 floors last time).
11th May 10:30 a.m. -> 6 p.m.
At the Sun Plaza, Nakano occupying floors 6, 7, 13, 14, & 15.
I'll be there from Wednesday or Thursday until Monday. We often have a bit of an audio-related tour around Tokyo on the Friday before the show, which anyone is welcome to join.
If you're visiting from outside Japan, here are a few tips (updated when I think of more or people chime in with their own):
- Bring plenty of cash. Credit cards aren't as accepted here as they are in major countries. You can't pay for train tickets, for example, with a credit card. Also, stores like Uniqlo reject foreign credit cards (well, you can always ask them to call the call centre for their bank and get it approved, but they probably don't speak english). Edit: Apparently convenience store ATMs will accept foreign debit cards if you want to withdraw cash.
- Speaking of trains, if you're going to be here for a week or more and travel around the country, get a Rail Pass. You MUST do this outside of Japan. (Google "Japan rail pass"). It allows you to take even the very expensive bullet trains for free.
- If you're just visiting Tokyo, buy a Sugoca card at the station. It's a pre-paid RFID card that makes going through the stations a breeze. If you plan to join us on our walk-around in Tokyo, or if we go somewhere for dinner that isn't nearby, if you don't have one, we'll make you get one! Seriously though, you can even use them to pay for stuff at convenience stores, which saves a lot of hassle both fiddling with coins.
- Bring a small hand towel or two. Many toilets DON'T have any means to dry your hands, as most people carry their own hand drying towel. If you forget, plenty of places, probably even at the airports, have them for $1.
Edited by Currawong - 4/16/14 at 3:22am