I took advantage of the three day weekend and went down to see her and our mutual friend Megumi, aka Hio. On Friday we had tsukemen for lunch (ramen noodles which you dip in broth), then headed out to the neighborhood of Mitaka to see the Ghibli Museum.
Studio Ghibli is an animation studio that has produced some of Japan's most classic and beloved anime, like My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Sprited Away, Princess Mononoke and Howl's Moving Castle. Everything about the museum was cute- the building was full of lots of little details, like stained glass windows showing Totoro, and curling staircases and tiny doorways. Most of the exhibits show the process of making an animated film, with some really stunning examples of how animation works and many of the original illustrations. We also got to see a short film about a baby version of the cat bus from My Neighbor Totoro. Needless to say, it was adorable!
|Sad Laputa robot is sad. :(|
We went to Kichijoji for dinner, a fashionable area with lots of shopping and tiny alleys packed with izakaya's and restaurants. We got dinner and karaoke and basically had a great night. :)
On Saturday we went to see an Indian festival in Harajuku at Yoyogi Park. There were lots of stalls selling beautiful Indian clothes and jewelry, and so much delicious-looking food we had a really hard time deciding what to eat. I got a samosa and tandoori chicken with some iced chai.
Since we were already in Harajuku, we wandered around Takeshita Street where most of the shops are. Because I love costumes, we checked out some lolita shops carrying brands like Body Line, Angelic Pretty, Baby and Moi Meme Motie, and one that was more street style with stuff like Milk and Vivienne Westwood. It was fun for me to see the products up close after many years of checking them out online and in magazines. I really liked the Moi Meme Motie stuff, which is a gothic lolita/visual kei brand.
We finished the day off in Akihabara, Tokyo's electronics/otaku district. First stop was the Gundam Cafe, a newly opened restaurant and bar that is entirely Gundam themed. I geeked out over the various Mecha inspired food and drinks, the screen playing clips from various Gundam series and the cosplaying staff that salute you when taking your order. After dinner I got some awesome beam saber chopsticks and a Gundam shaped taiyaki from the gift shop.
|Got the Gundam Seed set menu, with Freedom Pasta and a surprisingly strong daiquiri.|
|You're going down now, Zeon. I've been waiting for this moment all my life.|