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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6 report

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
(Taken from afar during the bingo session)

A very very late write-up about Volks’ Home Town Dollpa 6 that took place on August 1st, 2010.
ボクスのホームタウンドルパ大阪6のものすご~く遅い報告ですよ。
Well, I did post photos to my flickr account shortly after the event, at least.
すくなくとも、アタシのflickrに写真アップしましたけどね。

This post will be VERY picture-heavy.
このポースティングはモノスゴク写真が多いなんです。


(日本語の翻訳は後でします。今は疲れてますからね。すみません!-_-;)

Let’s start from the beginning!

As you may or may not know, my attendance at Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6 was a pretty last-minute decision on my part. I found out a long time after I’d already set the dates for my Japan trip that there was going to be a dollpa conveniently located in Osaka, so on a whim, I started to look up information about it. Much like with figmas, Danny’s blog slowly pulled me ’round to being interested in Dollfie Dreams. I’d been a big (bjd) doll owner since November 2005 when Aryanna arrived, but no other girls had really captured my heart, so Arya remained an only child…. with a lot of big-headed cousins and extended plastic family. Like resin bjds, the style and quality of faceups really varies, and up until DC.com I hadn’t seen any I thought looked interesting. Unfortunately I think Volks has a habit of photographing their dolls in such a way that makes them look a lot less pretty than they are in person. The DDs are no exception, and something that I’ve noticed in my own photographs is that DD eyes in particular seem to be really hard to capture properly, so the result sometimes comes out like giant dark bug eyes o.o” which is…. well, more than a little unflattering. (And uh, kind of scary, to be honest, and I’m usually completely okay with dolls.)

Volks really has a good thing going with the anime tie-ins, since I heard about the Ushiromiya Maria MDD through the animesuki Umineko forums, and although I didn’t particularly like the facemold (I tend to prefer SN Maria to anime Maria, but that’s another story…) I kept looking. When Yui and Mio were released, I was seriously tempted. To buy, not to buy…. I have the pureneemo Yui and Mio, so I couldn’t bring myself to say “YES!” although even now I’m still on the fence. I think both of them are really cute and pretty decent representations of their 2D counterparts.

After looking around a bit, I became pretty attached to Sasara…. but the price tag on her head was… staggering. Reaching above $1000 for a single doll, or just their head, is a line I have yet to cross.
And then…. there were the HTDO6 releases. Sakuno reminded me of Sasara, but with less heavy-lidded eyes. She was cute. And the more I looked at her, the more I liked her. (I wanted to like Miu, actually, and it was because of the name, I won’t lie XD; but there’s just something so off about her headmold.)

That was that. I was going to the Osaka dollpa, and I was going to enter the lottery for Sakuno.

I bought the guidebook, read all the rules, prepared myself for the trip by looking up directions to Intex Osaka…. well, it seems like the best-laid plans are somehow most likely to go awry. ¬_¬

The morning of the dollpa, I woke up bright and early…. only to discover I was less than well. :bhdown:
I pushed through, doing my best to get ready for the day despite how I felt, but it was looking doubtful I’d make it, at least, certainly not for the lottery. Once I passed that time, I relaxed a bit and just focused on trying to make it to the dollpa at all.
Thankfully I was able to pull myself together somehow, and made it to Intex Osaka not much after 10am. Too late for lottery, but still plenty of time to take pictures and shop!

LittleWonder was actually the first stand I stopped by, as their booth was right by the entrance, but for some reason I never ended up taking any pictures of the tables of the places I bought stuff from ^^; whoops….

Anyway, our first shot is of the DD limited items!
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Rin & Saber (& Sakura?)’s bikinis.

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Sakura is a pretty cute girl~ I like her bikini :kiraheart:

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I’m so used to seeing DDdy bodies in bikinis that Rin looks super-toned to me XD;

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Next we have the Eva girls, Mari taking center stage.

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I know basically zero about her character since I haven’t watched the Rebuild of Eva movies, but I can see her appeal.

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A shot of Rei, just because. (I want that bag!)

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Pure White Symphony girls~ (sorry about the over-exposure, I was editing the photos on my netbook and didn’t realize my brightness was turned down while I was doing it until much later -_-;)

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A lot of these first shots were done pretty quickly because there was a huge crowd of people snapping photos. I later realized that I should have just waited and taken pictures of them last, but alas, such things are not always discovered off the bat…

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I’m so tempted to just get a Pannya from y!Ja….

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My pretty Sakuno~~ :kiraheart:

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And Miu with her something’s-off face

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This is a GIANT Pannya! (Well, giant compared to the tiny one Miu is carrying.) I want! I saw a girl carrying one around at the dollpa, I was so jealous ><'' Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
Miu’s gothic outfit

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LOOK AT THAT TOP HAT! Is that not ridiculously adorable :!?: If this outfit had come with a Pannya in the hat, I would’ve totally bought it. Without batting an eye.

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Yo-SD limited kids.

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I took a couple quick shots of the room to capture the feel of the event.

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You can also see some of the clothing people were wearing…. (since I didn’t feel brave enough to ask individual persons for photos, I felt my fail ratio would end up being too high…) I was definitely impressed with the great variety of people that attended! Everyone from babies (!!) to people that were definitely at least as old as my mother, if not older. Lots of guys too, both selling and buying. Initially I did a few double-takes, thinking people were carrying around babies with them. Well, I suppose you can say that’s true – dolls are “daughters” after all… :hee: But I saw some amazing outfits on people, really over-the-top stuff~ :heartbounce:

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
and now we dive into the dealer tables~

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
the booklet said I had to ask before taking photos at each booth. and ask I did. more times than I had ever asked in my life. Everyone was very nice about it, and did their best to move out of the way of the shot XD;

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
not only clothing, but doll accessories and friends were available for purchase~

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
I thought these hats were adorable XD especially the shark ones…

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
The little dolls are so cute :3hato:

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I love the pattern on this fabric~! :tulip:

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
some cute straw hats~ I like the pink ones~ :ribonup:

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This little MDD had some serious attitude, my photo doesn’t quite do her justice :uehato:

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These girls were real cuties~ I took a few pics here (none of which quite match up to the reality, unfortunately ><) Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
This booth really looked like a constant photoshoot XD

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Some gorgeous dresses~

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
The “giant frilly dress” motif continued throughout the hall, so I skipped some of the tables that had them because I was feeling kind of overdosed on frills…

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
Some more toned-down cute outfits~

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Sometimes the style really had the feel of French dolls…

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
Another popular theme was gothic/punk clothing

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
1/3rd scale instruments are really interesting…. sadly they can’t play music, I think XD;

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
I only took a few photos of boy dolls, not much interest for me personally XD;

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Gorgeous kimono~

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
Same booth as above was selling these lovely hairpins

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
These little birdies were adorable~

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
This was a bit hard to capture in one shot, but the doll was bound and the collar chain was attached to the top of that black stand…

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Definitely an… interesting booth

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
back to cute girls~

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
MDDs are definitely cute…. one day…

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
“Tadah~”

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
“So bright…”

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
This was a gorgeous setup~ :kira:

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
Cuties~ :ribonup:

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
Taking a nap…

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More French-style, esp the one on the right!

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
Tinytiny~

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This setup was pretty cute

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like an art gallery~

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(complete with berets XD)

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Gorgeous colors~

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In Lolita, people talk about head-eating bows…. how about head-eating flowers?!

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Still, they were pretty cute

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
More tinytinies~

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
The elephant hats were cute… XD

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Gorgeous doll~ (funny story about this table – they were adjusting something on her outfit and I kept feeling like there were “almost done, almost done” so I waited to take a photo. it ended up taking a little while, but it was totally worth it – so pretty~ they apologized for taking so long, though XD;)

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
I like the pink version (no surprise… XD;)

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Now, these Alice dresses were pretty cute on their own…

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….but when I saw the little girl behind the table was wearing the same dress I nearly died of cute XD

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
This was the only booth that refused photos for one of their items (obviously not the one shown here) – it was a similar chain jewelry style, very pretty

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
This booth was amazing~ I should’ve come back and taken another photo later because they adjusted things…

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
I thought this was a really cute/clever display~ :csharo:

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It’s like the flower’s growing out of her head! :tulip:

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Frillyfrilly everywhere!

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These wings were really impressive in person o.o

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
Adorable tiny bound books…

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
This is one of the few booths that I bought something from AND took a picture of XD; (I later bought a fluffy chick strap from her~)

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
This is another table that impressed me with their attention to detail

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
I love the suwarikko sitting pose~

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Some incredible doll food

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
And the Mr. Donut donuts!

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I get hungry just looking at these…

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These swords were impressive… and huge! At least as tall as a DD, if not taller. I would’ve definitely been questioned by customs if I had bought one…. >_>

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Sasara~ (someone kept standing in front of this table so I never got a better shot of the girl with her arms up -_-;)

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now, this booth had something really interesting…

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
Little felt ghosts! ahhh so cute XD

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
A lot of impressive tiny luggage…

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and bags…

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and even more luggage…

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and… plush meat?!

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well I guess that matches with the plush suits…

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and some books

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
Some very cute tinies here, but I’m not exactly clear on what’s costing 150,000yen….

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bunny girl in an impressively skimpy costume

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
a cute girl riding a dolphin…………

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
No, I don’t know either… XD

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
A whole family of eye-patch wearing goths…

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I saw these… groundhogs? on more than one table, displaying goods. No idea…

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Sparkly spandex for your showgirls

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
Somebody could use some padding in her leotard… XD;

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Gorgeous~

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More traditional tinies~

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and frilly tinies~

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and someone who’s not afraid to show off her cleavage…

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
a wig booth~

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see? more… groundhogs(?)

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
frilly bunnies~

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Chinese-style

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with a little bit of a frilly twist

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More food!

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
and stethoscopes… for playing “doctor”

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pretty sodas~

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little sweets~

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Frills!

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mini-frills!

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
(the girl on the right doesn’t look too happy…)

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some nicely made horns & wings

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
nya~~

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
Do you take Sasara to be your waifu?

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Yui & Mio slacking off when they should be cleaning… at least use your real instruments, girls!

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
I love the white sweater outfit :kiraheart: :nibaihato:

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
They look like some kind of exotic gladiator girls…

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Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
adorable mini~

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another cute mini~

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coffins to keep your whiteskinned girls (& guys) pale as the day they were turned

and now, some more Volks items~
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Moe & Natsuki Akiba-fuku

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Summer outfits~

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(these were all taken after the Tenshi no Sumika booth closed – there was huge line blocking the display before that)

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6

Home Town Dollpa Osaka 6
Pretty close to closing time, there was still a lot of stock left…

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I went back and took some more pictures of Sakuno~

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whew! That was a lot of photos XD; (and I had some others that just didn’t come out well so I didn’t upload them, even XD;)
I’ll do a second mini-post about Intex Osaka itself, which was a pretty nice set of buildings.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these! :D I really recommend going to a dollpa one day if you’re interested – it’s definitely worth it!

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