The power this fair has is amazing. It is seen as the crown of craft fairs in Japan, aswarm with people with loads of cash looking for things to buy. I was at the Himeji fair a couple of weeks ago and had no less than 10 exhibitors congratulate me on being accepted into Matsumoto Craft Fair. You can see the participants here, http://matsumoto-crafts.com/cfm/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/fairlist2011.pdf I called up the organizer of the Karuizawa Craft Fair to ask about sending photos with my application and they recognized my name as being on the roster at Matsumoto.
I am all packed up and ready to spend a very rainy weekend in Matsumoto city. The rainy season has started, almost 2 weeks earlier than usual, and Saturday is forecast to be very rainy, Sunday a little less so.