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Japan adventure: part II

Japan adventure: part II

I'm finally a normal person! Well, sort of, at least talking about how jetlag-free I am since yesterday. I'm even doing a little spring cleaning and moving around furniture, it's amazing how much clutter can accumulate in such little time! At least for me, that is. But anyways! Here is part 2 of my Japan adventure, hope you enjoy!

 

PART II

The next day was sunny and breezy, it was perfect for a walk outside so we did a little looking around the neighborhood before heading for the Ghibli Museum. There was a very beautiful cherry blossom by a small temple on the way to the station, and a bunch of crows. Crows are everywhere in Japan, it seems, I saw a couple the size of a cat! And talking about cats, it was my first time finding one of those short tailed cats, they kind of look like dogs from behind and I wonder if they have a different way of walking because of the bobtail forcing them to balance differently from long tailed cats. Enough ramblings about cats.

A cherry tree on the way to the train station.

A cherry tree on the way to the train station.

Crows, pretty smart birds. A bit scary most of times. Amusing all of the time.

Crows, pretty smart birds. A bit scary most of times. Amusing all of the time.

A bobtail cat! And I loved this tiny shopping district.

A bobtail cat! And I loved this tiny shopping district.

 

We finally headed to Mitaka, where the Ghibli Museum is. It is a nice and a bit more rural city to the west of Tokyo. It was a nice contrast with huge parks, tiny quiet streets and a whole bunch of greenery all around. The museum itself was pretty cute, sadly no pictures where allowed inside the museum, only on the outside gardens. You can get a glimpse of the museum rooms on their official webpage. The first room had an animation showcase, where a rotating platform with flashing lights made physical figurines animate before your eyes, among other things. There was a tiny theater where a super charming short film was screened. There were no real dialogues,  so everyone no matter the age or language could understand it, and it told a little tale of how a girl went on a walking adventure away from the city to feed apples to different nature spirits (most of them unseen); it was truly lovely! 

You can also see a ton of original sketches, paintings and get a glimpse of the whole creating process and the team that worked/works in the studio. The building is beautiful and there is an amazing park next to it for when you are done looking around the museum. I really recommend trying to go there if you liked all or at least watched one of their films, it's truly a place for wonder and inspiration!

From the entrance you can see the tower that leads to the roof garden.

From the entrance you can see the tower that leads to the roof garden.

Me standing next to the Laputa robot, it was huge!

Me standing next to the Laputa robot, it was huge!

Who's there at the window?

Who's there at the window?

Beautiful (and lots of!) cherry blossom on the park just beside the museum.

Beautiful (and lots of!) cherry blossom on the park just beside the museum.

 

Before heading back to the Airbnb to rest, we strolled around Tokyo station and saw the Imperial Palace, lots of super tall buildings and Hibiya Park. For some reason I forgot to take pictures of most of it, probably because it was getting pretty chilled and my hands get horribly cold when using my phone (which means, my camera). I did get some pictures of the Pokemon Store in Tokyo station since my younger sister told me to get her a pikachu souvenir, and I sent here the pictures with a "it's going to be too hard to find you a pikachu-something, it seems", end of sarcasm.

Station master pikachus come with and without the coat!

Station master pikachus come with and without the coat!

It had a nice stock, but I saved myself for the much larger Pokemon Centers.

It had a nice stock, but I saved myself for the much larger Pokemon Centers.

 

So this concludes our first "block" of our adventures in Tokyo, we then visited Enoshima and Kamakura (in the Enoden trail), Kyoto, Osaka, Kawaguchiko (on the skirt of Mt. Fuji) and finally back to Tokyo, this time to the west side. I think I'll keep these posts short and "sweet" so I don't bore you, I'm thinking of having some bento posts in between as well! And an extra one to show off some goodies I got to bring home from this trip.

Cheers!

I miss the shiny vending machines on every corner.

I miss the shiny vending machines on every corner.

Chicken party!

Chicken party!

Japan adventure: part I

Japan adventure: part I