Star Wars Celebration – Day 4

It was the final lap of my Star Wars Celebration marathon and although I was exhausted, I was sad to be crossing the finish line.  I started off the day in the Digital Studio with vegetable carver and sushi chef Oki!  He gave me a lesson how to create a parsnip R2-D2.  Incredible!


Oki was such a skilled carver!  His creations only last a week and must kept refrigerated.  I asked him how he felt about throwing away his carvings after spending hours working on them.    He said that he has no trouble letting go because for him it’s more about the carving process than the end result.  In fact sometimes, he’ll boil and eat his creation!  I thought his perspective was really insightful and a good life lesson as well.  Here are some of his other Star Wars vegetable carvings:


After the craft demo, I got the chance to be a part of the Star Wars Transmissions wrap up show!  The wrap up show was taped in front of a live studio audience and featured Chris Gore, Clare Grant, Milynn Sarley, Casey Pugh, and myself talking about some of our favorite SWCVI moments.  Once the video is up I’ll be sure to share the link!


After the wrap up show, I literally ran to the closing ceremony.  It was a packed event and everyone wondered why they gave us 3-D glasses as we entered the theater.  To find out the answer (and the other big announcement) check out my post here!


After the ceremony, I finally got some time to go shopping.  Sine I only had an hour and half, I raced through that convention floor faster than the Millennium Falcon.  I picked up shirts, Micro Machines, a Yoda bathrobe, and the list goes on and on.  I wanted to buy these Leia headphones but I resisted.  Mainly because they wouldn’t fit in my backpack!


During my Star Wars shopping extravaganza, I happened to come across two Darth Vaders playing Star Wars Kinect.  I guess even Sith Lords like to practice their Force powers.


After 4 days of Star Wars heaven, it was time to go back to reality.  Star Wars Celebration was like living out my childhood fantasies.  Never would I have imagined that one day I’d be interviewing Chewbacca, seeing Mark Hamill in person, and meeting so many other fellow fans.  My bucket list is a lot shorter thanks to the epic weekend in Florida.  Many thanks to everyone at Lucasfilm,, and all the people I worked with at SWCVI.  Wookiee hugs to all the people I met—both new and old friends, you guys made the weekend extra special.  Until next Star Wars Celebration…that’s a wrap!

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  1. Ian Cook
    September 9, 2012 / 5:39 pm

    Great to see Oki-san on your blog. I visited his restaurant last time I was in Osaka and his sushi is just as good as his vegetable carving. From clips I’ve seen on Japanese TV, his lightsaber skills are pretty good too – Oki rocks! Oh, and loved your Star Wars Day Dance!

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