I have been rather distracted by my senior driving test that I had to deal with today, and am now glad to have that behind me. There is really no way to prepare for the test. They check your memory, your eye sight, your reaction time, speed at certain tasks, and driving skills on a tiny course in a strange automobile. It is a three-hour workout to maybe check your stamina because they lecture to the class as if everyone was a five-year-old crossing the street for the first time.
I was the only woman in the large class and the oldest but I got 98 out of 100 and passed. Some of the tests I finished up early and had to sit around for 30 minutes wishing I had brought some quilting to do.
Queenie has posted much better pictures of the same ones I took.
There were some nice close-ups of these pieces in the "Small Quilt Contest".
This challenge is a good place to see some interested embellishments.
The names on all these quilts were in kanji only.
A few of the titles were in English, but only a few.
If you haven't seen Queenie's post yet, please don't miss it because she has some wonderful details.
Though the game is played by hitting a feathered weight as in badminton, it is just as likely to see fancy decorated ones with seasonal themes.
There were many and these only happened to be some that were visible between the crowds.
They seemed to be very popular with the crowd and though no pictures were allowed, I saw many cell phones being aimed in their direction.
These must have been inspired by woodblock prints.
some of those with matching bags...
This coat caught my eye and I am sorry I cannot put a name of the quilter on it.
It must have been hiding somewhere.
A few over-all pictures will give you an idea of the exhibition hall.
Unlike the Tokyo Dome, which is a covered baseball stadium with a great deal of natural light,
This hall is at the lower floor of a huge building.
It is not unusual to have different conventions going on using all or part of different floors. The space here was all taken up by the show and, vendors.
Instead of being well lit from above, there was a spotlight on each quilt.
Sometimes it was to the quilts advantage showing off the quilting but other times it made for a challenge to get a really good over-all picture.
As at Tokyo Dome, it is usual to see these huge banner quilts hanging above everything at the center of the hall. I wonder what they do with them when the show is over.
As the day wears on, the viewers begin to leave for home duties and the quilts get much easier to view and photograph without shoulders and elbows getting in the way. Of course, by then one is getting more and more tired.
I do have a few more favorites to show but I still need to sort through and pick out things that Queenie has not posted. I do hope you will check out her posts if you have not yet done so,