TokyoThursday: Skytree, Senso-ji Shrine and Ghibli museum
[Feb. 26th, 2014|06:30 pm]
Thursday 13 Feb:Skytree, Senso-ji Shrine and Ghibli museum
Up the very high skytree tower, too cloudy to see mount Fuji and they had a cool section with clear floor, a bit like the Portsmouth one but a lot higher.
Afterward we visited the red-painted Senso-Ji Temple , pretty and colourful with the best cleansing pool where the water came out of a brood of dragons’ mouths .
great view of skytree and funny sculpture
Then the most awaited Ghibli Museum (borrowing some simon words on it )sadly no piccies inside: The museum is what happens when director Hayao Miyazaki throws his love and talent into architecture rather than cinema. It is just a beautiful building. Perhaps a bit empty for a museum but every window is a stained-glass homage to his films and every hallway and tower and buttress looks like a feature in hobbit’s home designed by Antoni Gaudi. Inside there are rooms set up like Miyazaki’s old house (with books and illustrations and models cluttering every corner), rooms with wonderful antique-style booths exploring the tricks of light that create animation and a cinema that shows a film that is shown nowhere else in the world. There are (I think) three fifteen-minute films that the museum shows on different days and the one that we saw was a gentle and funny tale about training Sumo mice.
random robots in street
funny thing about japan, not allowed to smoke in the street but you can in resto and clubs???