Hi everyone! We’ve been having tons of fun in Tokyo. I’ve been taking lots of pictures — of course, ha ha! — and thought I’d share some from our rainy adventures from yesterday.
We started off by catching the JR Chuo Line to Mitaka to go to the Studio Ghibli Museum. We’re big Studio Ghibli fans — if you’ve never heard of them, they made Ponyo, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, and many others!
And then we took the bus to the museum — check out the soot sprites on the bus — too cute!
You aren’t permitted to take photos within the museum itself, so I can’t show you all of the super cool animation related exhibits — some were truly amazing — but the grounds are fair game! One of the many things I love about Studio Ghibli is their emphasis on taking care of the environment and being green, and the grounds really reflect that:
The roofs have gardens on top, and this one even has a cool robot from Castle In the Sky:
There were beautiful flowers too, like this trumpet vine:
And this beautiful bell shaped flower:
Then we hopped back on the JR Chuo Line and transferred to the Tokyo Metro to go to Akiharaba and Yodobashi Camera. But first, we ate a quick lunch at a French bakery — a corn + cheese roll for J and a salty bean + cheese bun for me, yum!
Then we zipped through the rain to Yodobashi Camera:
It’s a mecca for computer geeks + photographers alike, so J and I were both in our glory! They had Snow Leopard on the Macs already, looks neat! We picked up a miniature wi-fi 802.11n router — I’m using it right now to write this post — plus a miniature 4 port USB hub, and some more geeky goodness. I also left some serious drool marks over the Fuji Instax Mini 7s — I think I’m going to have to go back and get one…if I can decide whether to get the white or choco version — what do you think?
On the one hand, the white version is very Mac-y! But look at how yummy the choco one is, mmmm. Help me decide!
The other cool thing from yesterday was that it was the Japanese national election day — we read that there was 70% voter turnout, wow!
Okay, that’s it for now! Today we’re going to head to Yokohama, J gives a presentation there at CEDEC tomorrow. Better get packing, we’re staying there overnight.