Ghibli Museum / Inokashira Park
Pardon my weak attempt to get things straight and timely. There's so much planned here for this blog, and so much to do. There's still two more stories about Japan to come up. But I guess, in between I just simply can't wait to share some latest shoots.
The failed Otaku in me
I mean, I've watched a lot of animes and read a lot of mangas. Yet surprisingly, I didn't watch a lot of animations produced by Ghibli Studio. My mates were huge fans whereas I only watch Princess Momonosuke (absolutely adore that) and the rest of the works are still on my "To Watch List". This famous museum was a little complicated to get our tickets because you have to book them in advance, plus the online ticketing doesn't seem to help. We paid a little extra for our tickets to get a someone local to book the tickets for us and sent it to our AirBnB when we arrived.
One of the best things during my trip to Tokyo was the amazing weather. It wasn't too cold, and the sun was out! We got out early in the morning, somewhere between 9-10am. Can I say how cool how the japanese works? Convenience stores and vending machines are everywhere, it's so easy to get food. Hot drinks vending machines are the best! The warm Royal Milk Tea in mini bottles is basically my new love! We settled our breakfast in the simplest and fastest way. Note-to-self, compared to the Starbucks in France, they have mini-sized iced-kohi!! /*Kawaii-desu-ne!*/
Place to be for the otakus
Took the subway to Mikata station, and there's a Ghibli Museum shuttle bus that brings you straight to the Museum :) Of course, no photos were allowed in the museum. Frame by frame animations booths, the whole artist's atelier— it was like ZOMG, I'm itching to paint right now! A super cute cinema room with some never-seen-before short animation. It was really cute! Tourists swarming the souvenir shops was kinda so annoying that I didn't really bother buying anything.
We spent the morning in the museum till late lunch. Inokashira park was just at the back of the museum. When we left, we spotted a poor injured tanuki hiding among the bushes. Someone called in a staff in hopes of saving the little guy before we left to explore the huge park. It was winter, all the leaves were orangey red. Too bad, all the cherry blossoms weren't there. While walking through the park a.k.a forest in my sense, I met this obachan a few times. She was lovely and energetic. It definitely felt like she walked so much faster than us healthy youngsters, probably made a few rounds before us too...
Definitely another checklist to come back again when the cherry blossoms are blooming!