Sunday, December 22, 2014:
First glorious morning in Japan, waking up inside our hotel room only to catch a cold. You read that right, caught a cold throughout the first half of my honeymoon stay. Depressing, right? But to quote a sing-along from Frozen, I wasn’t gonna “let the cold bother me, anyway.” Anyways, while getting ready we had the hotel TV on for some Sunday morning cartoons to prep us for Shonen JUMP Festa! YAY!
JUMP Festa was located at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center in Chiba prefecture and it was a weekend event (Saturday-Sunday), so naturally we attended Sunday due to our flight arrival on Saturday at 4 p.m. JST. Once we mazed through Tokyo Station, found our Keiyo line train with an express stop at the convention center.
The stairs were connected with a plaza and before we kept going, I wanted to get something to eat. As excited as I was for JUMP Festa, my body was still weak from the jet lag and lack of nutrients (I basically slept it off once we arrived to the hotel).
After wandering around the plaza’s food court, we found our first staple joint: Hanamaru Udon. If you want cheap and easy noodles, this is the place for you! Small noodle bowls range from 200¥-300¥ (USD $2-3) and you can pick different sides in a buffet-style line ranging from kaarage to shrimp tempura.
Gochisousama deshita! This was certainly the pick-me-up I needed for the rest of the day. After that lunch detour, we left the plaza and finally arrived to our destination. As expected, the convention center was huge with the event taking up all floor areas 1-9. I would love to go into detail of each and every activity we tackled, but I’ll spare the details and just bring up major ones—as in, anything we spent most of our time focused on.
- Anime figures: So. Many. Figures…!!! I might make an additional photo gallery post because half of our JUMP Festa pictures are glamour shots of all the display figures that have been released or are coming soon for 2014.
- Cosplayers: Much respect to the dedicated cosplayers baring it all in the cold winter weather. Some of them are hired booth performers, while the rest are passionate otaku.
- Shopping: This one is a no-brainer with different sponsors and companies setting up shops with JUMP Festa exclusives that we couldn’t resist.
- Video Games: My main demo was my homegirl, Hatsune Miku’s Project Diva F2 for PSP and the arcade machine. Mister played the Final Fantasy X/X2 HD remastered version. Since both had waiting lines, we spent an hour playing these demos
Once the convention was over, we headed back to the plaza and chose to share a Margherita pizza at this Italian patisserie cafe (I forgot the name of it, sorry). One thing about Japan is that when it comes to adapting different cuisines, they go all out with the ambiance and presentation. The pizza was alright for its price, but hey, we’re on honeymoon/newlywed mode so we just roll with it. Paid our dinner tab, headed back towards the Keiyo line, next stop: Tokyo Station, and off for a well-rested night to prepare for Day 2: Studio Ghibli Museum. Oyasuminasai.