Today saw Super Festival 69 held at the Science Museum in Chiyoda, Tokyo. Many guests, dealers, sculptors, and fans were on hand for the event, which seems to get slightly bigger every time I go.
Among the luminaries on hand were suit builder Keizo Murase (who was signing copies of his new book and being assisted by Shinichi Wakasa), designer and illustrator Shinji Nishikawa, and artist Yuji Kaida. Return of Ultraman suit actor Eiichi Kikuchi was also on hand, but by the time I arrived, his interview and autograph session had already finished.
Of course, part of the fun of Super Festival is walking around and taking in the sights. Given that it's much closer to me than Wonder Festival, it's a nice alternative for me when I feel like seeing the handiwork of talented modelers.
Now there's a trio you don't see every day! Photo by Brett Homenick.
Ultimately, I couldn't help myself and purchased a couple of inexpensive books related to Godzilla. I enjoyed thumbing through them at an Italian restaurant when I was finished.
In honor of Eiichi Kikuchi's appearance at the event, a very interesting Return of Ultraman display was set up, featuring all kinds of memorabilia, including design sketches, scripts, and props from the show. Any self-respecting Ultra-fan would have gone ga-ga!
I ran into a couple of friends I usually see at such events and exchanged greetings with them. It's always nice to see familiar faces at places like this.
One unexpected highlight was getting a chance to meet actor Takumi Tsutsui, the star and titular hero of Toei's Sekai ninja sen Jiraiya (1988-89). He was very friendly and happy to meet his fans.
All in all, I had a lot of fun. I got to see some old friends, buy a couple of books, and meet a cool actor. Not bad for a lazy Sunday!