Sunday, 28 April 2013

Tokyo Hobby Show

I went to the Tokyo Hobby Show yesterday! Thanks to Tokyo Craft Guide, I did not pay for the tickets because I won them in a giveaway! It was the first time in my life I actually won anything. So double YAY!

I took my friend's mum and guess which of us was more excited? Anyone who's into crafts would lose their head there! I Instagrammed lots about it yesterday. BIG SIGHT, the place where the show took place, is a huge location in Odaiba, in the south of Tokyo. Instead of just writing, let me show you some pictures.

Japanese handmade decorations
Silk sewing thread
I wanted to buy this cuteness but it was pricey: approximately $42

Another piece of cuteness

Emperor's coats, made of paper and silk

I saw two stands selling recycled toys

Would Lady Gaga wear this Harajuku-inspired dress made of can lids?

This crafter used pieces of wood and old branches to create these wonderful fake bonsai!
A Tokyo Hobby Show would not be complete without Japanese sewing books!

A couple of stands were offering to teach the art of flower arranging.

I saw some absolutely useless but beautiful craft stands. How about a fake orange cake (made of plastic)?

Or a felted cake?

Felted French pastries!
Tartes aux fruits! Yummy!

Gorgeous felted bags!

Some rare crafts were also represented: locker hooking.

Lots and lots of gorgeous lace!

World-renowned French embroidery thread by DMC.

Pre-cut bias strips

A showcase of industrial embroidery machines. 

People were welcome to try to sew with world famous sewing machine brands!

One of the very first Singer sewing machines ;) The body is pure steel!

If not for my friend's mum, I would have bought half of the things at the show. Without going totally crazy, I still ended up with a few goodies:

These cuties are used to make traditional Japanese hanging ornaments for different holidays: from New Year's Eve to Girl's Day, to Full Moon Festival etc.

Because one can never have enough pom-pom trims, washi masking tape and buttons, I bought these. I am still not sure when and how I'll use them, but you never know!


I am not a big wearer of hair accessories but this time I not resist these beautiful tsumami kanzashi. Maybe from now on my head will look prettier?

Last but not least, I got this sample book from my absolute favorite thread producer, FUJIX. Nobody can beat their quality! When I ran out of thread in Baltimore and bought some Gutterman thread, I could not believe that people actually sew with this thread - it's so thick and stiff! I also discussed with them the possibility of reselling their thread on my Etsy shop. Doing business is Japan can be very, very slow, but hopefully in a few months something will happen!

Most of my machine thread is FUJIX.


  1. Oh that show looks awesome! I would have been overwhelmed I think! I love those zippers that you bought and I really must get onto Fujix thread (hopefully you will stock in your etsy store). Sadly I'm sewing with Guttermann thread so need to be shown the light! :)

  2. What a lucky girl you are!!! I'd love to go to show like that!

  3. It seems a great place to spend hours!!!!!!! Can´t wait to see your next projects with all these stuff!

  4. Wow, how fun! Looks like you had a great time!

  5. Wowwwwwww! That. Looks. Awesome.
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    No words can convey how cool that all looks!
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