Continuing on from the Fushimi Inari Shrine visit, I went to meet up with sorrowmoon for a visit to Volk’s Tenshi no Sato. Tenshi no Sato was a dedicated Super Dollfie museum and “den” for Dollfie owners, complete with a Japanese-style garden in back and had always been a must-see for doll owners (reservation required, passport needed for foreigners). I had previously visited the location before and took some of my first Dollfie photography there, but that was before I had completed Arcueid, so this would be Arc’s first photoshoot there.
On my last trip, the Tenshi no Sato website had an English version (through which I was able to make a reservation) and their cafe was closed and undergoing renovation. Since then, they had redone the website and there was no longer any English version so sorrowmoon made the appointment via email. In addition, when we arrived, I was quite surprised and disappointed to learn that Volks had recently made the decision to change Tenshi no Sato to become Super Dollfie exclusive, meaning Dollfie Dreams were no longer welcome (this was actually written but not explained on their website, but I didn’t notice). This SD-exclusiveness also turned out to be the case with Harajuku’s Tenshi no Sumika, making me thing there was a wider shift in Volks’ views/treatment of Dollfie Dreams vs Super Dollfies. My guess is that they wanted to separate out the two products as they tend to have very different target audiences (SDs appealing to the traditional BJD communities whereas DDs appealing to the otaku communities). Either way, I wasn’t allowed to take out Arc while inside the building (they removed the photoshoot areas though so there wasn’t much reason to anyway), so I didn’t end up taking as many pictures as I had hoped to. Shikata ga nai~
One of the cars outside was sporting an Asuka sun shade. I’m 99% sure it belonged to the owner of the Persona 4 Rise owner inside since the other SDs there were non-anime characters (but Rise’s head mold looks Super Dollfie enough that the staff probably didn’t notice).
Table of Super Dollfie owners. They were super strict with photography and there weren’t any obvious photography spots so I didn’t take any of the inside this time around. See my past post for a glimpse of how things look inside – it’s mostly the same except the photography area, which was changed to just a simple table as shown here.
You can see the Kyoto Tower from the top through the (dirty) windows
And so ended the first day of travels in the Osaka/Kyoto area. Next up, Nipponbashi (otaku land) and Dotonbori (food land)!
Flickr (Tenshi no Sato): https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157647033975692/
Flickr (Kyoto Station): https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157647047099305/