Day 14 – Tokyo/Ghibli Museum

The past couple of days have been relatively slow compared to our monster travel marathon last week but still experiencing Internet connectivity problems though, so updates have been slow.

Yesterday, we started off relatively late, as we had a rough night of partying the night before. First, we were off to go see the Ghibli museum, which is dedicated to the works of Miyazaki Hayao and his production studio, which is responsible for movies such as Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Princess Monoke. We had reservations for 2 pm. You can’t just show up there and get a ticket. You need to get a ticket for a certain day and time slot in advance. If it’s a weekend, months in advance.

Ghibli Museum

This was originally on our agenda of things to do, but got dropped as we didn’t think we would be able to get tickets(once again Lonely Planet let us down). Luckily, we met with Shannon’s AuPair who she used to counsel on Monday, and she mentioned that it’s not that busy during the week. And more importantly, that you can get tickets from a vending machine at most Lawson’s Corner convenience stores. If you don’t know Japanese, good luck. The machines are not in English. Luckily, she was nice enough to go to the store with us and help us get the tickets. Success!! So it was back on the agenda.

Advice to travelers, if you find yourself without tickets, see if you can get someone to help you get them.

If you’re into anime, definitely worth seeing, even though it just focuses on Ghibli productions. The displays highlight the whole production process, from conception to final product. And the building itself is a work of art. I felt like I was in a huge hobbit house. I have pics of the outside, but if you want to see any of the exhibits or the inside, unfortunately you’ll have to travel to Japan, as photography is not allowed.

After that, off to go see the “Electric City”, which according to the info we picked up at the tourist info center was supposed to be all lit up by neon. FAIL! Shinjuku, whis is the area around our hotel is more interesting as far as lighting goes. Hit the Sega club, which is basically an arcade. Another FAIL! Great, it’s 5 stories. It has lots of machines. But they’re all the same! You don’t need 20 Tekken machines. How about some variety?

Eventually, back to the hotel.

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~ by chriggy on June 26, 2008.

8 Responses to “Day 14 – Tokyo/Ghibli Museum”

  1. I think it’s a small sin to mention Miyazaki Hayao without mentioning Priness Mononoke (Mononoke Hime), which grossed more than E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. It’s wayyyyy better than Spirited Away. Howl’s Moving Castle kicked a lot of ass too! Spirited Away was too confusing to someone not strongly cultured in Japanese mythology.
    That sucks that photography is not allowed! I was hoping for pictures!!

  2. I’ve found that lots of places you would think you could take pictures. For instance inside some of the castles. In the case of Ghily, it may be due to copyright issues, but I doubt it. There are tons of Japanese tourists. Especially at the more popular places. They all carry cameras. You WERE allowed to take pictures on the roof of the museum. That location was a total clusterfuck, so I think it’s done mainly for logistical reasons and to keep traffic moving.

  3. The post has been edited to include Princess Mononoke. I haven’t seen it, but I’ll take your word for it.

  4. It’s just a shame to read people comparing Ghibli movies…
    That only shows ignorance and simple mindedness

  5. I guess we’re too stupid to know 🙂

  6. Your help is needed. Your photo of the Ghibli rooftop garden made its way to the Vice President of Education at Chicago Botanic Garden, Patsy Benveniste. She is writing an article for “MUSEUM,” an American Association of Museums publication and would like to include your photo. Her article is regarding how non-garden museums can gain by incorporating plants and managing landscapes and gardens into their operation and physical facility. We would need a high resolution copy of your rooftop photo, as well as written permission to use it in this article.

    Thank you for any assistance in this matter.

    Luanne

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