It has been almost two weeks now since I came home from Tokyo, but it already feels like forever ago (I want to go back!). When we returned from Takayama we had two days left in Tokyo before going home to Sweden. The first day we went to the Ghibli Museum, a museum featuring Japanese anime work of Studio Ghibli (who have made films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away).
Unfortunately you where not allowed to take any photographs inside, but it is a very special place and building with beautiful custom made church glass windows, narrow spiral stairs, long carpeted corridors and hidden doors and corners. It feels kind of like walking around in someones home, maybe some unknown wealthy relative, a lot of mahogany and artifacts everywhere. They have also recreated the workspace/office of the filmmaker, a couple of rooms full of original sketches, different materials, forgotten coffee cups and family photos, overflowing ashtrays and old paint bottles (that was my favorite part of the museum). There are a lot of movie-related things to look at, dollhouses, 3d models of different settings and characters from the movies, drawings and backdrops. And there's a small cinema in the museum where they show shorter films.
If you are going to Tokyo I can really recommend this! Just be sure to buy your tickets a couple of weeks in advance because they are always fully booked.
On our final day in Tokyo we had coffee and did some shopping. I bought an unreasonable amount of stickers and washi tape.
In the evening we took a sightseeing boat to see the city from the water.
I really liked that huge (it was as big as a bus) golden eggplant on the top of the building on the right, I think it's the building of Asahi, the Japanese beer company.
When we stepped of the boat in Asakusa (a part of Tokyo that feels similar to China town) there was this spectacular sun. My first tourist-insinct was to photograph it, but the camera (like so many times before) could not do reality justice. The sun was really like an enormous, flourescent orange (the fruit). I could not believe it.
I thought that I had "invented" that sun!
A fair reflection of reality.
On the way home I tried to take some "cool" time-lapse photographs.
And the next day we (reluctantly) got on the plane back to reality.
Someone asked for a photograph of me from this holiday. There are none! Well there are a couple of mandatory photos of me posing awkwardly in front of cherry trees, but I think I'll keep those to myself. But here is a photo of what I look like these days, when I try to defy gravity. My hair has not been this long since the late 90's!
Now I'm going to make some pancakes and then I'm doing some research on snacks (yes crisps, popcorn, pretzels and salta pinnar) for an illustration I'm doing for next week.
Happy Thursday! *v*