Guide to visiting Comiket

Comiket is SUPER FUN! I thought I’d put together this little guide for visiting.

Recommended itinerary:

PASSMO/SUICA rail card charged with 2000 yen
A few soft drinks
Some lovely snacks (Big Sight’s restaurants and convenience stores can be crowded)

If you’re coming from Tokyo, it’s usually best to take the Rinkai Line (りんかい線,) from Osaki (大崎) station and then get off at Kokusai-Tenjijo station (国際展示場駅). I recommend buying a PASSMO or SUICA card first from one of the Metro or JR ticket machines, as if you don’t have one, expect to add another hour to your trip waiting to buy a ticket. If you’re coming from Tokyo, I’d put about 2000 yen on it, that should more than be enough to get there and back (if not quite enough, it will at least get you out of Kokusai-Tenjijo!!

This is Tokyo Big Sight – you just keep to the right after you exit Kokusai-Tenjijo station (follow the crowds).

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The crowds!

Once you’re in, ask the staff where you can pick up a guide book. The event mainly takes place in the East Halls, so you’ll want to head in that direction. The crowd will all be walking that way anyway!

Sometimes the information areas are impossible the find and the different event areas really aren’t well signposted, so here’s a map, with that and the guide book, you’ll be invincible!

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A few general hints –

Things tend to shut down between 3 and 4ish (some tables even fold away about 2pm), so it’s best not to arrive too late. The event technically starts at 10am, but I usually arrive around 12pm to miss the morning queues. You may wish to try arriving around 11am if you want to see more stalls without the full ardour of queuing to get in.

  Just a word of warning to parents – The event is kinda unsuitable for kids, there is A LOT of XXX material and some very in-your-face posters. Comiket’s shown no signs of taming or quarantining this element of the festival, it is simply just the way it is – there is crazy nakedness in pretty much every hall. It is perhaps part of the events’ ethos, which states ‘Comiket places emphasis on community building that empowers individual creativity, initiative, freedom.

• The Cosplay Area –

This is super fun and the models are usually very patient and pleased to have their photos taken. It is polite to ask ‘sumimasen, shashin o tottemo ii desu ka? (すみません、写真を取ってもいいですか?) and it is impolite to ask the models for photos outside of the Cosplay Area.

 

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Be nice and couretous to the lovely models!

Manga pros will already know, but Comiket is famous for Doujinshi (同人誌) which are kind of fan-written comics, based on a popular franchise. A lot of these artists are incredible, but just beware that if it’s a big name, like Final Fantasy, it’s likely not the original product unless it says so.

• This year Hall 7 has a lot of new stuff including some incredible gadgets, games, tech, VR stuff and cosplayers’ shops.

Because it’s August, the humidity is crazy. It might not feel that hot, but it somehow still makes you dehydrated, so keep your fluids up!

That’s really all there is to it! Go, have fun!

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Update! Life/health/patreon/kickstarter/YOLO

Yo!

Thought I’d do a big ole update for y’all!

Life

Really happy in my little town, it’s very safe and always bubbling with people pottering around doing stuff and it’s SO CONVENIENT for allowing me to focus on my music work, I can get fresh sushi, chocolate almond milk and all sorts of miscellany like 40m away! Recently I’m thinkin I’d love a dog or a cat or some sort of monster animal, but I’d need a bigger house and to do that I’d need work that brings in more money. In the meanwhile, I’m cruisin, got a cool little home studio setup and a really sociable, fun job that is challenging but rewarding.
Hoping next year I’ll have enough money to do a little tour, possibly try and play Korea or somewhere, that’d be cool. What dreams may come eh!

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Health

I think mainly thanks to a ridic new attempt to get more nutrients, sleep loads, drink less and do some fitness every day, my health has improved quite a bit. My blood test shows CRP is down, so my body is definitely fighting less inflammation, which is definitely good. I’ve been able to come off the heavy NSAID meds I was on and move to just using an over the counter Ibruprofen, that has a lot less boatful of crazytown side effects than I’ve been encountering. I feel a lot better spiritually and physically, so my plan is to continue on this positive path toward better fitness and quality of life.

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Patreon

Still very much in its early days, but I’m really thankful for everyone’s support, I’m finally back to playing live again and it’s really exciting to have a small audience that really wants to see that kinda thing! If anyone wants to join, even a dollar a month helps me keep making music, thanks! www.patreon.com/smokethief

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Kickstarter

Made A LOT of progress with the arrangements, aiming to get one or two more tracks over 100bpm in just to lift the album’s pace a bit, as it’s in danger of being a bit slow-mo! I totally miscalculated how much the album would cost to make, but the Kickstarter really did launch my career and I owe it to those people and to myself to rock this thing. My field recording trips haven’t been as productive as I’d hoped, but I’m hopeful I can scavenge some gold out of them, in their stead, I’ve been really focusing on channeling my sensory, spiritual experiences of nature into melody and harmony. I’m approaching collaborators (both eminent Japanese rapper and instrumentalists) this month, but for whatever reason none of my planned ones have worked out yet. If no one’s up for it, I’ll just spend my studio time on the sax and piano and if possible a day playing with the koto I got and hope the melodic ideas can conjure enough of a setting to hold the album’s vibe together.
So far the album looks to be an independent release, the best thing I can do is focus, get it finished over Christmas and then hope that it turns enough heads to create some label interest. T-shirts, Cds and vinyl with obviously be a bit delayed cos this is all coming out of my pocket, but I think getting the download out will be a strong gesture of commitment to my fans and honouring the promise I made to them exactly 4 years ago now. I’m still buzzing about it, and it’s a good life lesson,  obstacles are a part of life, ya just gotta focus on innovating a positive way to get around/go through/transcend them. I feel that I’ve really put a lot of love into the composition-side, I hope that shines a light on some mystical mountains for everybody

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YOLO

Lol, no idea what I was gonna write here. Here’s a nice picture of the local park!

Thanks for reading and supporting me!

Geo / THIEF XX

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