Yuki Miku at the Yuki Matsuri

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I was in Sapporo this past February for the 2014 Yuki Matsuri. Even though the star attractions were undoubtedly the massive snow sculptures lining the city’s large Ōdōri Park, it was impossible to ignore a little mahō shōjo who ruled over a tiny corner of the festival venue.

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Diego’s day at COMITIA 107


More than three years after his first dōjin convention experience, Diego darkens the halls of Tōkyō Big Sight a second time in search of art to appreciate. (Or heap quiet mental scorn upon.)

Here’s his account of COMITIA 107.

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Greeting the new year K-ON style

As the first hours of daylight in 2014 – or whatever of it manages to filter through all that firework haze – fills the skies over his corner of the world, Diego happily wishes you all the best in the year ahead.

In mundo erat . . .

The Adoration of the Shepherds by Charles Le Brun

. . . et mundus per ipsum factus est, et mundus eum non cognóvit. In própria venit, et sui eum non recepérunt. Quotquot autem recepérunt eum, dedit eis potestátem fílios Dei fíeri, his, qui credunt in nómine ejus: qui non ex sanguínibus, neque ex voluntáte carnis, neque ex voluntáte viri, sed ex Deo nati sunt.

Diego wishes you, your family, and all your loved ones a very happy Christmas.

Oh, I just happened to be in town . . .

. . . and picked up one of these.

Is what I’d like to say in a few months’ time, anyway.

I’m deep into planning a trip to Sapporo for the 2014 Yuki Matsuri, but the festival’s link with the nendoroid incarnation of a certain very famous – and very nonexistent – singer completely escaped my notice until this morning. (Tip of the hat to ANN for carrying the story.)

Truth be told, I’m not particularly fond of next year’s design; the second and third versions rank far higher in my book. But hey, if I can get the chance to snag one of these right on Miku’s home turf, I won’t be complaining too loudly.




New promotional art and other details have gone up on the official COMITIA website for the dōjinshi convention’s 107th iteration, scheduled to take place on the 2nd of February 2014. I’m planning to attend this one as part of a two-week winter holiday, moving on to Sapporo afterwards for the Yuki Matsuri and other snow festivals in nearby cities.

To know more about the event and what to expect, check out this post documenting my attendance at COMITIA 94.

Spring flowers in autumn

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No, Diego hasn’t gone cuckoo – the 5 voices in my head constantly reassure me that I’m as sane as sane can be. (Except this one woman with the shrieking voice; she thinks I’m completely daft.)

This is just to serve formal notice that yours truly has finally finished writing about his fourth trip to Japan, months after returning home. Read more about it on my other blog.

Noteworthy – at least on a personal level – as this is the first time I’ve successfully blogged about any of my foreign holidays from beginning to end. I started to do so after Japan trip #1, but other things got in the way and I never managed to finish it (apart from throwing in the occasional post about specific events during that and my other journeys).

Four times, and a fifth already being planned out for next year. I never knew my anime hobby would carry me all the way to the shores of the Land of Raw Fish on Rice (none of that overused “rising sun” nonsense ’round these parts, mates), much less bear me there and back four times.

This anime stuff is dangerous goods, comrades. Be careful how you handle it . . . one day you might find yourself wandering aimlessly across central Tōkyō without realising you’d left home in the first place.



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