Over 4800 people attended, which is about 300 more than last year! Many of the visitors had a wonderful time meeting the artists, the dealers, and the bears from around the world.
Our table this year was at C06, beside our friend from Hong Kong Ms Ivy Cheung. There were more than 10 overseas artists, over 20 dealers selling bear materials and accessories, as well as more than 200 Bear Artists from Japan!
|Wayne & Ivy Cheung (Hong Kong)|
|Heather & Roy Lyell (New Zealand) with Wayne & Philip|
|Rose Bear by Terumi Yoshikawa (Japan)|
|Sharon & Bear by Emi Etchu (Japan)|
|Niina Kanai (Japan)|
|Berryman Bear by Yuki Usui (Japan)|
|Vera Vlasova (Mosow, Russia)|
|Happy Tymes Bears by Beverly White (USA)|
|Anderson Originals by Maggie Anderson (USA)|
We are very pleased that our dear friend, Keiko-san came again to visit us this year!
We are happy to have one of our keychain bear adopted by Mari-san. She looked very happy with her new bear :)
Thank you for adopting a Keychain Bear, Mari-san! =)
This year we donated a bunny, Barney, for the charity draw. To our surprise, the winner of the bunny came to our table to personally thank us! We were touched by the sincerity of the Mum and the girl! We even took a group picture together! It really made our day!
|The little girl who won Barney at the Charity Draw|
We removed our shoes, sat on the tatami mats and were later served with free-flow of alcoholic beverages and Japanese Cuisine. The dinner was the best time for us to network with the Japanese and overseas artists. It was an enjoyable dinner!
|With the Presidents of the Japan Teddy Bear Association|
|Yumi Ikeno (Japan)|
|Saint Bear by Kaeko Hayashida|
|N.P Bear Studio by Nana (Japan)|
|Hye Jung Han (Korea)|
|Bear Papa by Masaya Sato (Japan)|
|Atelier Owl by Masako Yoshimits (Japan)|
|Moririn Yumiko (Japan)|
|L-R: Philip, Wayne, Ivy and President of the Taiwan Teddy Bear Association|
|Kuma by Kazumi Kumamoto (Japan)|
We want to thank all friends and collectors for visiting us at this event! Hope to see you soon again next time in Japan!
Wayne & Philip