Dawn Dean, winner of Akemi’s competition at AmeCon 2006

“Lucky rarity! At AmeCon 2006 I won a competition to spend a two-week holiday in Japan. I was very grateful but also happy to know I would get to travel with a group from the UK. We met up in Tokyo and each of us got to stay with a Japanese family (or two) in the North. Endless hours of anime-watching and manga-reading could not have prepared us for many of our experiences”.