Last weekend, August 2-4 was the weekend of Atomic Lollipop.
Atomic Lollipop is an anime convention, music festival, carnival mashed up into 2 days, 2 nights. It took place at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto and I couldn’t think of a better place for it. There is a zen garden, dojos, bits and pieces of Japanese history mixed in with current Japanese street fashions.
So I was APOPing all weekend, (Saturday-Sunday).
I liked the crowd there, everyone is super friendly. I loved the activities and events that were scheduled. There’s a little bit for just about anyone. You don’t have to be a huge fan of anime to appreciate the event. the events that take place in the evenings and in the late night hours were geared toward older, often 19+ events and topics. There was a Steampunk Prom Friday night and a Rave in the playground Saturday night, though I saw some people still raving Sunday morning when I went back for the last day.
Mario Kart races on tricycles, free mini nerf guns, crafts, the tri-wizard tournaments, blanket forts (for those who couldn’t afford a hotel room?) and a pancake breakfast Sunday morning.
If you remember seeing this dress pattern on satuday, yes, you’ve seen me.
I’m also the only lolita to NOT wear a blouse under my jumperskirts… not because i’m trying to be immodest or what not, but because I haven’t found ones that fit me, fit into my budget for them and that I like. It’s as simple as that.
My friends and I tried entering the Just Dance 4 competition in the game room, I don’t think we won but we had a lot of fun and got to dance with different people.
I love the idea of having different crafts at the convention.
Luckily I got to make a Totoro felt plushie. That was a popular craft item and only had a limited number of seats.
Vendors: I felt that the vendors at APOP were well refined. There wasn’t one vendor that did not have fantastic finds, which says something. The lolita dresses there were of good taste, it didn’t look like leftovers that shop owners couldn’t sell from their store and the food selection was definitely geared towards convention goers.
Food: Unforunately, APOP lacked REAL food. I felt like there was nothing there at APOP that would give me energy to do anything (unless you count a sugar rush). We ended up going to a sushi place close by for dinner.
I was very pleased with the information I learned from the lolita panel on Sunday and the knowledge that other lolitas shared with each other. However, I felt that it lacked somewhat of a community feeling. I would have really liked a lolita tea party with a dress code. But, that’s just my personal opinion. I thought the lolita flea market/trade off was a great idea but the success of it is another thing.
Miyazaki Sideshow “Circus”?!
Tisk, Tisk! Is my verdict for what was described as: “The circus is coming to town, so be prepared to be spirited away to a land of high flying, fire eating magic and mayhem! Don’t miss these incredible circus performers!” in the weekend programme.
I think MAYHEM should have been emphasized and SPECIFIED as BURLESQUE, 19+ event, no children allowed…… need I say more?
It was not much of a circus performance than a nerdlesque.
It was no coincidence that No Face was in black stilettos, fish nets and matching black booty shorts.
Okay, that aside. There were multiple ramen-eating contests, speed-friending events, and professional photographers there.
In the Zen Garden
The carnival consisted of jugglers, and other people out on the playground behind the Zen Garden. There was a merry-go-round bouncy house, Ferris wheel, jousting tournament, a blow up Mario Kart track and also a blow up obstacle course where you can defeat a kigurumi dragon.
My overall experience of APOP was quite positive, despite the huge lack of energy and food, unless you count the free ramen saturday evening.
Nekomimi, Japanese Daiso Waterproof volumizing Mascara, choker, black wristlets with silver key detail.
there were lots of different kinds of people at APOP and it wasn’t overcrowded like Anime North. I enjoyed going to both this year but I personally liked APOP MUCH more. I could at least FIND the events I wanted to find. I wasn’t lost in a sea of costumes and maybe my dress helped me to stand out a little more.
Until next time,