Saturday, April 18th, 2015. Right after I clocked out of work, I drove straight to Delray Beach. I was excited. The fair started at 11am but I arrived around 12:30pm. It was hot out but I felt the excitement in the air. I saw people of different ages and backgrounds dressed up or shopping. That is one of the main reasons why I love this event.
When you walk in, you immediately see the big tent were all the anime vendors were. Kpoppin USA and Tate’s Comics had the biggest tables.
Tate’s Comics were selling everything from Japanese snacks to manga and rare anime figurines. I bought these lemon creme filled crackers and they were delicious. I was so tempted in purchasing an Attack On Titan volume.
Kpoppin USA had a beautiful variety of cds and other merchandise on sale. They also had their HD kpop music videos on blast to the point I couldn’t hold back. I started dancing and singing along while going through their display table. “Blow your mind, kara Mr. Simple”
Like I mentioned previously, attendees were able to get up to three T-shirts printed for free or purchase the already printed official T-shirts. I visited the tent several times throughout the day and there was always a line. Wow.
There were other vendors that attended of course. Unfortunately, I did not get one of the table’s company name since they didn’t have a sign on display. People were buying wigs, toys, color contacts, kimonos and so much more.
Before I left to do some exploring, I found my first group of cosplayers.
Once I stepped out of the anime tent, there were smaller tents with different types of other vendors. Of course, there was a lot more than what you see pictured above.
I hadn’t eaten since breakfast so I decided to get lunch. The food vendors did not accept money. Fair attendees had to exchange their money for food tickets. There were two lines, cash and credit. Thank goodness I brought all cash since that line was the shortest.
There was a nice selection of food available. For the kids or adults who weren’t comfortable in trying something new, hamburgers, hot dogs, and ice cream were on the menu. I decided to have steak teriyaki.
After lunch, I decided to do some walking before checking out the theater and Yamato Island. There were different activities going on all around me.
Parents were taking pictures of their kids and there were cosplayers taking pictures with beautiful backgrounds provided by Morikami. I heard drums and people cheering so I walked over to the Tokyo Stage. Taiko drummers were performing and the crowd was packed.
After the performance, I saw a group of cosplayers. I decided to become one of the paparazzi and take a picture of them. I did a little bit of walking around the garden before I head over to the cornell cafe to enjoy some shade and a snack.
When I arrived, two girls in bright costumes immediately caught my eye. After I politely took their picture, I got in line for the cafe. The line was long but thank goodness the wait wasn’t. Luckily, I found a seat after I purchased pork egg rolls and a water bottle. Both the breeze and the view from where I sat was nice.
Right next to the cafe was the museum’s store and theater. There was a cute little sweet shop set up by the entrance. I bought a cold non-sweet jasmine tea and poked around the store.
I saw a sign for karaoke. I had no idea this was one of the activities available. When I sat down and this girl named Sam started singing, I knew I made it just in time. She sang “Splash! Free” from the anime “Free! Iwatobi Swim Club” and I started cheering out loud. She was wonderful and I had so much fun.
I realized it was about 30 minutes until the costume contest. I thought I’d be early enough to get a good seat but I totally wrong. Apparently a lot more people were looking forward to contest as well. I apologize for my pictures. My phone’s zoom lowered the quality but you can still see how much work the contestants had put into their outfits.
This made me literally laugh out loud.
I had a little bit more time before the fair ended so I went back to Yamato to check out the museum. I first entered the room where you can learn about the history of the Yamato Colony. Some parts of the museum actually lets you interact with the displays.
It was almost five so it was time for me to starting walking back. On my way out, I bought a nice cold cup of lemonade. I guess I was really thirsty because I couldn’t remember when I had lemonade that tasted this good. The exit was by the anime tent so I took one last look before I left. I was shocked to find there was still a line for the official t-shirts.
I had a great day and I’m already looking forward to next year. If you don’t live too far away from Delray Beach, I highly recommend you attend in 2016.