Pokemon Center Tokyo

Final Tokyo Trip Report

The final destination was Pokemon Center Tokyo.   It is located in Hamamatu-cho.  Poke-Cen was the only place my son wanted to go.   He was finally able to go there.

They only sell Pokemon merchandise there.    Don’t you think it’s boring?

However, they had cute stuffed toys.

If your birthday is close,  they will celebrate your birthday on the TV screen.

My son looked around and kept playing his 3DS.  Hmm?  I asked him what he was doing.  He said  “I’ didn’t come here to buy anything.  I came  to play ‘Fes mission game’ with people around here via infrared communication.”   Aha, Really!   There were many people playing DS around Poke-Cen.

Can you see the 3DS in his left hand in the picture?   Whether walking or having his picture taken, he hardly put it down for a second.   Its screen showed many “Mii” avataras of people carrying 3DS  he passed by in Tokyo.  That was a really funny picture.

At Haneda Airport, I didn’t see the Pokemon Jet this time.  This is the picture I took in June.

I fell asleep right after boarding the plane. I didn’t get to see the spectacular view of Tokyo from the sky.  It’s a shame!   When the plane was going to land, my son had a terrible pain with his ears.  It seemed that he had a blocked nose because of a cold and  couldn’t control air pressure in his ears.  The following day, he had a fever.   The schedule was tight, but we enjoyed it very much.

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The Mecca “Akihabara”

Tokyo Trip Report, Part 5

Do you remember my post about Ikebukuro?  I wrote that Ikebukuro is the Mecca of female anime fans.  On the other hand, Akihabara also seems to be the Mecca of male anime fans.  So, we went to Akihabara too.  At first, we visited Tokyo Anime Center.

It was boring (- _-;)

As soon as my daughter found the Animate shop, she rushed into it.  My son and I had to wait for a long time before she came out ! (>_<)

During that time, we went for a walk around there.   A flea market was being held.  Many anime-related goods were displayed.

What a curious sight!  Rickshaws were running around the areas.

Anime characters were printed on the back of the rickshaws.

The huge anime billboards (@_@)

The colorful cars in a line.

To be concluded.

Tokyo Character Street

Tokyo Trip Report, Part 4

The place my children wanted to go rather than “Sky Tree” was “Tokyo Character Street”.

http://www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/en/

You can find it in the underground mall in Tokyo station.   The twenty-one shops line each side of the street.

My daughter’s favorite shop was “JUMP SHOP”

My son and I were walking  around while she was shopping.  “Funghi Paradise shop” which opened temporarily, seemed to be the most popular .  I can’t understand what appealed to the people.

http://namepara.com/en/app/funghi/

I suppose Hello Kitty is popular overseas too.

Do you know Rilakkuma?

The Ultraman series is  famous throughout  generations in Japan.

Everybody knows Snoopy.

My daughter bought some writing materials again while I was wandering around without shopping.

Close-up Tokyo Sky Tree

Tokyo Trip Report, Part 3

After leaving DisneySea, we moved to the place to sleep.   It wasn’t a hotel.   My friend lives in a high-rise condominium, which has guest rooms.  We stayed there for one night.   It was located near Disney Resort.  The accommodation charge was much cheaper than the one of hotel.   It was my first experience to stay such a high-rise condo which had 40 stories.   I was curious because I live in an ordinary house.   This condominium features a grand lobby and has tight security.   There are several check points inside the building.  I was afraid I would be locked out.  So I couldn’t get out from the room. lol   Our room was on the 27th floor.  I was fascinated with the beautiful night view of Tokyo.  Tokyo Sky Tree was in the middle of the scenery from the balcony.  The Tree lit up  in the darkness was  exceptionally beautiful.

The view from the balcony in the following morning

We decided to go to Tokyo Sky Tree that day.
This is the photo taken from the courtyard of condo.   Don’t you think it’s artistic?

http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

Closing up and looking up,  the Tree had tremendous impact.  We reached there around 9:30.   The waiting time was  70 minutes in spite of Sunday morning.    We were disgusted with the waiting time.   Also, children didn’t show any interest in the Tower.   Then we passed it and went to the next destination.

To be continued.

Tokyo Disney Resort was the Destination!

Tokyo Trip Report , Part2

We left Ikebukuro.  Then the next place we headed for was

When it comes to a sightseeing with children in Tokyo, Tokyo Disney Resort tops the list.

http://www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/en/index.html

I’ve visited there many times since it opened.   It is amazing that it keeps its popularity for 30 years, despite the fact that it is crowded and the fees are high.   Tokyo Disney Resort has two theme parks, Disneyland and DisneySea.  We chose DisneySea this time.  It was our second visit, but my children didn’t remember the last visit because they were little.

The first attraction we took a ride in was” Journey to the Center of the Earth.”   The waiting time was 80 minutes!!!

I was standing in a line with excitement, because this is a high-speed thrilling attraction.   Actually, it wasn’t thrilling as I expected.   People get dull as they get older.  It is sad(>_<)    My son looked like he was enjoying it.    On the other hand, my daughter said cooly ” we shouldn’t have waited for 80 minutes only to enjoy a three-minute ride!”   Maybe she was right.

The next ride was “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”

We waited for 20 minutes as well.  We rode it,  that went down with bubbling and turned around and around.   It was also one of the Disney’s typical ride, yet my son liked it.   Then we walked to “Arabian Coast.”    More than an hour wait was needed to get into  “The Magic Lamp Theater”     So, we gave it up and had dinner.   We ate curry.  Though it was expensive, the taste was nothing special.

After that,  we decided to watch a show, not to take a ride.    We enjoyed the show of  “Little Mermaid”.    It was fantastic and very comfortable with air conditioning in the theater.   I wanted to take a nap.    After that,  we went to “Broadway Music Theater to watch the Micky’s show, but it was already over.   What a shame!   A lot of people gathered around “Toy Story Mania” next to the theater.  It seems to be a very new attraction.

We still had time.   So we walked to “Port Discovery” and tried “Aquatopia” and “Stormrider. ”   Aquatopia has two courses, wet and non-wet.    We had to chose  the wet course with  no waiting time  or  the non-wet course with 20-minute waiting time.  We chose the non-wet course because we didn’t have clothes for changing.  The wet-course must have been more fun.   StormRider is a ride whose seats move in synchronous with the screen.    It was relatively interesting even though we didn’t have to wait.

It was almost 10 o’clock when we got out from the park.  What a day!  We were dead tired from walking around all day.  Anyway, we enjoyed the day.

“Animate” and “Itasha” in Tokyo

Tokyo Trip Report , part 1

The memorial service for my husband’s mother was finished.   I can finally enjoy the  trip!   My family refrained from traveling for 49 days!   On the way home,  my children and I  spent several days in Tokyo while my husband stayed in Nagano for a few more days.   The first place we headed for was “Ikebukuro” in Tokyo.   I hear that Ikebukuro is the Mecca of female anime fans.   For your information,  the Mecca of male anime fans is Akihabara.   Many anime shops line the place called “Otome Road.”   Otome means maiden.   Out of these shops, the most iconic place is  Animate’s main shop.  Animate  is the largest retailer of products related to anime, games, and manga in Japan.

*Note* Animate moved to another place in Nov. 2012.

My daughter didn’t come out of the shop for more than an hour.    She bought some stationery printed with her favorite anime characters.

There was a Toyota showroom next to Animate.  Luckily,  several Itashas were displayed temporarily.   An “Itasha”  is a car painted colorfully with anime characters.   The displayed cars were covered with Vocaloid characters that my daughter loves, such as Hatsune Miku.   What do you think of these cars?   I think they are cool, but I don’t want to own one.    They stand out too much.   I’ve seen Itashas running on a public road twice.

PRIUS

COROLLA FIELDER

TOYOTA86        Several men were taking pictures with enthusiasm.   This car must be hot!

PRIUS C     (AQUA in Japan)

We left Ikebukuro and headed for the next place which is very famous.    Take a guess!

To be continued.

The Unique Movie “Departures”

My family went to Nagano, my husband’s hometown,  last week.    As I mentioned at    https://happyuan.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/i-attended-a-funeral/   his mother passed away in July.    Most funerals in Japan are done with Buddhist rites unless people have a strong faith in other religions.    After that, relatives regularly hold Buddhist services for the dead.   They are held on the 7th and 49th days after death, one year after, two years after and at ever increasing intervals after.

On the 49th day after the death of my mother-in-law, a memorial service was held among my relatives.  A Buddhist monk and relatives chanted sutras and burned incense  for her.   It is concidered that a deceased person arrives in heaven after 49 days of long journey.   I think she lives happily in heaven now.

The  Japanese film “Departures” came to my mind while listening  to the Buddhist sutra.   This is  very unique and touching movie.  It is not a love story, action nor suspense.  It describes about a  encoffiner, a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life.   It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Oscars in 2009.     I was moved to tears.