Mimi’s adventure in Tokyo Part 2/3 (My Diorama)



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Welcome back! In today’s post, I’m going to talk about my diorama.:)

Let me first answer some of the questions I’ve been receiving.

  • My diorama was 180cm × 90cm.  When I first heard about the size, I thought Epoch was kidding, and I had to double check. lol
  • I had about 3-4 weeks to work on this diorama, and it took about 300 hours.  Usually I don’t take that much time making my diorama, but this was my first time showing one to the public, and I had to make sure it looked good in every corner – which is not what I usually have to do.  Also, I wanted to make this diorama touchable for photo shooting, so it took more time to reinforce.
  • The theme of the diorama was completely up to me, but because I had just purchased the new town series, I really wanted to make it using them, and thus this diorama was created.
  • For this particular diorama, because it was going to be used by Epoch, I could not use any store bought miniatures etc.  Everything you see in this diorama other than the SF products, was handmade by me.

Moving on to the photos…this is the view from above the terrace.

Having a raised terrace and stairs added more excitement to the photos.  I wanted to make sure that the visitors can create their own stories with their dolls, and locations like terrace and stairs worked quite well for that.  This kind of non-flat diorama is a bit more time consuming to create, but the results tend to be very rewarding.

Here are three fountains I made. They all have very different looks.


A shallow water way was another feature I really wanted to create ever since I first saw the town series products.  It was very interesting to see lots of people carefully touching the resin, realizing it wasn’t real water.  🙂  Having a bridge and a boat created some more spots for photo shooting.  I made three different kinds of railings in this diorama, around the terrace, on the bridge, and along the river.  I think having different styles in architecture and designs really give this town a real town like look.  After all, towns are made of lots and lots of different elements.


Another thing I worked carefully on was the distribution of flowers.  Because the town series buildings are all different colors, I wanted to use as many colors as I could with flowers, too.


The most time consuming part of this diorama was the pavement around the tram track.  It doesn’t look much, but I used about 10 different colors for the rocks.  Not to mention, carving this was a bit of a work.

I will do some tutorials on how to make some of the items I haven’t posted yet in the near future.  Let me know if you have any specific requests!

Many people did reports and reviews on the toy show and their blogs and SNSs, but today, I’d like to share Aki*’s blog with you. She did a marvelous job taking beautiful photos and writing a great report.  It is in Japanese, but you can still enjoy her photos! Here is the link ->>> Aki*’s blog “Life* Memory”

I had so much fun talking to the visitors and listening to them talk about their love for Sylvanian Families! I really tried to talk to as many people as possible, but if I missed you, I’m very sorry. 🙁  And thank you so much for the gifts! I was literally hands full!

Lastly, here are photos of some of the Sylvanians I was lucky enough to take photos of.  I apologize if I miss yours! I didn’t start taking these until very late! >.<   Oh, and I only cleaned up the photos and didn’t add watermarks, so please feel free to take and use the photos below if you find your Sylvanians.

It was such a pleasure to have your Sylvanians visit my town!!  I had a wonderful time seeing your favorite, long-loved Sylvanians in my town.  Thank you for taking your time to come visit the show, and for those who cheered for me from far away, thank you for your support! It meant so much to me!!

And lastly, thank you, Epoch, for letting me have such a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow Sylvanians! It was such an honor to be a part of your show!!


Tomorrow’s post is all about shopping for Sylvanian Families! Yippee!

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    1. I so enjoy coming to your site and seeing what new you have been up to. Absolutely beautiful!

      1. Hey, Donna! It’s good to hear from you! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

    1. I am so happy you are back and posting again at your wonderful blog! <3
      And let me say, that´s the MOST BEAUTIFUL DIORAMA, I´ve ever seen! It´s just adorable!!!!
      I can´t stop looking at it, it´s so beautiful! And much, much better, than the original Epoch Diorama. 😀
      Looking forward to your next posts. Best wishes from Germany!

      1. Thank you so much, Daniela! It’s great to know that people are happy to come back to my blog. I’m so grateful to SF fans like you!
        And yay! I’m so happy that you liked my diorama that much! Epoch’s diorama has it’s own charm, though they are very much limited with what they can do, due to the toy safety regulations etc. I bet they would make dioramas like mine if they could. I’m actually pretty amazed how much they can work out to cater us with beautiful and detailed products while compensating a lot to meet the safety requirements of all the countries.
        Thanks for your visits, and I hope you come back again! Please let me know if you have any requests! 😉

    1. I can’t even say how amazed I am by the multi-leveled vistas of your diorama for the show!!! :O I really love all the photos of precious, beloved Sylvanians you were able to take. They really seem “Real” (like the velveteen rabbit); like they have their own personalities and names quite different from the dolls still in boxes, new at the store. It makes the diorama seem even more lively!

      1. I know what you mean! My diorama is lifeless without Sylvanians walking around in it. I was so honored to see so many long loved dolls of fellow Sylvanians!

    1. Wow! I love your dioramas but this one is simply amazing! I can’t get enough of it to be honest. I have been thinking about getting these houses myself, but I have no room in my home for them or these beautiful dioramas, so, I just have to watch your photos and dream!

      1. Thanks!! The town series is much smaller than other Sylvanian buildings. I hope you get a chance to put some in your house some day. They make a great background, too! hehehe

    1. This is so beautiful! Creating a scene for everyone to photograph their Sylvanians in is a brilliant idea. I keep looking at the photos with the water portion because it does look quite realistic. Thanks again for all the photos and details of the event. It’s the next best thing to being able to attend in person.

      1. Thank you! I’m happy that you liked my reports!
        I know many of us love taking photos of our Sylvanians, so I thought it would be fun!
        It was also fun for me, watching people do their photo shoots on my diorama. 🙂

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