AX Tokyo 2004 had all the fittings of a normal convention, complete with merchandise booths, autograph sessions, registration areas ready to checkin the early-birds, and lotsa of space to accommodate other anime-related conventions held at the same time.  Additional main events were held in the nearby Toshima Kokaido Hall and included performances by Cutie Pai (cosplaying performance duo), Seiji Endo (jazz piano for Gundam Seed, DragonBall Z, and Neon Genesis Evangelion), and AX Tokyo's big karaoke song contest.

Anime Expo Tokyo 2004
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Early Bird Arrivals: AX Tokyo 2004 convention attendees braved the January cold and arrived early Friday morning to check in and pick up their badges even before staffers were available to set up the registration area.  Talk about dedication!

Registration: On-site Registration for a full weekend cost Y3000 for One Day Pass and Y7000 for Full Weekend Pass, and a little less for students.  Package deals that included all the costs were available for US travelers coming to Japan exclusively for the AX Tokyo experience.

Merchandise: Hats, buttons, handbags, a variety of shirts, and plenty more were available and selling fast to all attendees for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Merchandise and Registration materials: Included in the Registration was the cool handbag, flip-flopped English/Japanese program book, and various pamphlets advertising the events during AX Tokyo.  Merchandise we picked up were the cool shirts, another bag (oh, we just HAD to), and plastic sheet covers with the famous AX Tokyo comic on the front.

Autograph Sessions: Both Americans and Japanese fans and guests were available at various time inside the Autograph Room to sign boards and books and even sit down and chat.  Shown here are Crispin Freeman, Fred Gallagher, and Philip Moy.

Newsletter: AX Tokyo Newsletter department was divided into two groups, one focused on delivering the English version of the convention events, and one for Japanese, each offering their own unique views of the weekend's activities.  English side was heavy on the text and photos, while Japanese was hand-pieced together (like many Japanese sci-fi cons) with articles and anime drawings.

Gaming Area: Gaming tables were set up next to the Cosplay Area to accommodate some of the fans who brought their trading cards and ready to battle in between the weekend events.
Broccoli Festival: Another anime convention paired up with AX Tokyo was the very famous Broccoli Festival offering crowds of anime merchandise booths, mini-concerts, and paraphernalia offering the latest news and celebrity information for 2004's big anime and manga world for Japan.

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