|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.
Expo Tokyo 2004
| 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
|| 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.