Friday, 30 September 2011

Last day in Tokyo

so last day in Tokyo!
Brought a one day ticket for tokyo metro lines
started the morning off in Ueno to go see the museum that was closed last time I went
spent about an hour lost cus i came out the wrong metro line!
but when i finally found it it was well worth the wait
the illustrations were awesome (warning this is in japanese!)

then got on the train to Harajuku area to see if I could spot some crazy outfits
i didn't :(
and had lunch in a park with this cool pattern on the floor

This shop was urrh interesting!

Then i got to Roppongi  and had a 15 minute walk round

Then the final leg of the day was Asakusa. I wanted to get some good night time shots of the shrines 

a quick look at my rough sketchbook

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Hanging bout the centre

When I got off the metro at otemachi this funny looking thing was at the top 

I then proceeded to walk round the rest of the Imperial Gardens that I had missed last time I came

There's an extreme lack of photos from the rest of the day, I went to the National museum of Modern art which I had to put my bag in a locker for so i decided to off load my camera too and give my back and shoulders a breather
It was a pretty good museum for what I paid, it was good to see Japanese interpretations of many of the well known art movements in europe. There was also some Klee and Braque mixed in too

and OMG I just felt my first earthquake (only a little wiggle but still adrenaline just shot through the roof) Guy outside on the sofa was not bothered at all when i ran and exclaimed 'Did you just feel that"
I thought I might have felt one the other day on the way back from the Studio Ghibli Museum but wasn't sure

anyway back to my day

after the museum I wasn't sure what to do so had a nice well earnt rest well I looked through my guidebook

I decided the only place I wanted to go I couldn't figure out how to get there
I walked all the way down to Ginza (about 2 miles) so I could get a cuddly totoro!!!!

I was lucky enough to walk past the Tokyo Illustrators exhibition by chance of taking the next street up when slightly lost (though I don't really get lost I wander)

Then I came home, after picking up food that I found out I can't eat (fish eggs :S) Luckily I asked the receptionist what it was before I tried it
Had chocolate chip melon pan instead with pineapple

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Tokyo Tower

I got to Tokyo just in time to see the sun set
Its really fast so you got to be quick
I missed the beginning but got some awesome night shots
You could also see mt. Fuji too...only just though through the smog

Pokemon centre

not the one i was expecting, no big pokeball outside, i'm researching this to find out if it still exists

got a few cheeky presents for people ;)

Edo-tokyo museum part 3

Another little model with the binoculars 

A ship! 

A replica of a book and artist print shop shop 

How a ukiyo-e print is made 

The escalator was pretty funky going out 

This museum is a must!!!!

Edo-Tokyo Museum part 2

They had built replica rooms of traditional housing

and influence from western culture. These cultural rooms were used to entertain guests rather than everyday use

This was a cool part, the exhibit moves, and the roof comes off to show little people dancing to the waltz

A huge theatre rebuilt inside

Wardrobe of the theatre

A replication of Hokusai's studio