currently listening to "Pray for the Sun" by 砂月(Satsuki)
On Friday, I left to go visit the state capital, Sacramento. I hadn't been there or taken Amtrak, in maybe a decade now. I went to go to Kintoki-con, a new convention that was starting their first annual event just a couple days ago. I signed up to be an artist in the artist alley about a half a year ago, before anything was really announced. I wasn't sure what to expect.
May (left) and Yoko (right)
Day one was for hotel check in. We didn't have much to do so we visited Old Sacramento.
This time around, I saw these feather hats. They were too tall for me to see the price tags, except the white one on the left bottom. That was $85.
We left after going around a couple times, and went to the mall. I didn't buy anything, but I had to get a picture of these spiky heels. So edgy. I wonder if it hurts if you run into someone while wearing those.
Day two and three were blurred together a little bit. It's more like one long 48-hour day. At the beginning of the day, my friends and I woke up early for artist alley table setup.
But small conventions have their advantage. It's a lot more of an intimate setting, so more one-on-one time with guests. My friends and I were going back to our hotel room, and we were on the same elevator as some band members. It didn't take long for me to recognize them as the members from Moon Stream (minus Satsuki, who wasn't there). It would have been weird to ask for a photo while in the elevator, so we waited for a different opportunity. I saw Tomo the guitarist twice again that day and then asked for a picture.
The concert was late Saturday; I think it started around 10:30. We started waiting in line at 8:30. I met the ever so gorgeous RiA. I wish I could just be half as photogenic as her! She's always so pretty and I'm kind of just bleh in every photo.
We finally went in after about two hours. The crowd was really small, but Moon Stream still gave it their all and delivered. They deserved a bigger crowd and a nicer stage. I wish they could have been at the auditorium across the street from Fanime, with a full stadium. Satsuki, the vocalist, has this incredible vocal range. And the voice of an angel.
I'd love for them to return in a year to perform again. Ideally somewhere like Fanime or Anime Expo (I'm just being biased because those are the two conventions that I'm most likely to be able to attend). I would be pretty bummed if I couldn't get front row, but I'd love to be able to see them again. Newly loyal fan.
During the concert, I tried really hard to take pictures of the backup instrumentalists because I wanted to cards for them, and I needed references. Unfortunately, flash wasn't allowed and point and shoots don't take the greatest photos in the dark. I think they came out alright though.
I gave the pictures to them on Sunday during the autograph session, and we took a picture together after the photo session.
For the autograph session, I asked to get the poster I bought signed. Additionally, I bought One of Satsuki's singles and two Echostream CDs. There were two other Satsuki CDs that I was thinking of getting and ended up not buying. I regret not buying them already.
Jumping back to Saturday's events, I attended a panel with Teruki from An Cafe and Sakurai Takamasa. I had been manning my artist alley table when the panel was going on, but I wanted to go so we closed up shop for an hour to go to it.
We had to leave the convention early because of time issues, but we were able to attend the Moon Stream Q&A panel for a good 15 minutes, and pick up a commission drawn by Ryu Moto