At Japan Expo, signings from guests on official areas are free but still, you have to follow these steps to get one.
- You must take a signing ticket to get a signing.
- Now all the signing tickets have your photo on them. You can’t give them to someone else.
- You can have only one signings per guest during the whole festival.
- To access the signing area, you must show your entrance ticket.
- Please note that signings are strictly forbidden for exhibitors, professional as well as amateur.
How does it work?
To get an signing, you must get a signing ticket: you won’t have access to the signing without a signing ticket.
- First go to the Signing Desk to get a signing ticket as early as you can in the day as "first come first served" are distributed at the opening of the show.
- Wait in the line corresponding to the guest you want an signing from.
- When it’s your turn, chosse the guest. Check out it’s the right guest and the right signing too.
- Scan your entrance ticket:
- for lotteries: the lottery is made by the computer. Thus, there is no cheating. If you win, the computer takes your photo and a ticket with your photo on it is printed.
- for first come first served: the computer just takes your photo and a ticket with your photo on it is printed.
- When you have your signing ticket, you can go to the right Sumiré stage for the signing!
- At the Sumiré stage, your ticket is scanned and your identity checked out thanks to your photo (a dirty, damaged or illegible voucher will be refused at the signing).
3 types of signing
There are also three types of sessions:
- regular signings in Sumiré 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
- photo shoots with the guests in Sumiré 6
- meet & greet's in Sumiré 7 & 8
- Generally speaking, during signings, you must show an official product from the artist. Counterfeits are in no way official products.
- For some artists, the festival gives a free signing ex-libris.
When the guests and schedule are announced, times for signings are specified on:
- each guest’s personal page
- the festival schedule
First come first served signing tickets are given away from the opening of the festival: the sooner you go get them, the more chances you have of getting one.
Lotteries start in the morning or in the course of the day, depending on when the signing starts.
Signings are organized at the Sumiré Area where are set
- the Signing Desk where you get your signing tickets,
- and the Sumiré stages where the signings take place.
The Sumiré Area is indicated on the festival floor map available on site at the entrance, and online a few weeks prior to the event.