Saturday, July 27, 2013

365 days of June

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Our June in Instagram photos...


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tokyo Disneyland



Our day at Tokyo Disneyland.
World Bazaar, aka Main street.


Disneyland was celebrating the Japanese festival of Tanabata. I joined in and added my wish on the tanzaku (small piece of paper) and hung it on the bamboo.


















FOOD. Lots and lots of food.


Mickey mouse tapioca drink. Each tapioca was in the shape of a mickey!



















Monday, July 22, 2013

Odaiba

Our day at Odaiba was a mishmash of shopping, eating, exploring, and playing. Odaiba is an artificial island in Tokyo, and has become a place with a hodgepodge of attractions. They recently opened up a LEGOLAND Discovery Center, and they also have museums, an aquarium, a HUGE Sanrio store, the Toyota Megaweb, a Gundam statue, a game center, a Ferris wheel, a fake Caesar's Palace Forum Shops, and the Statue of Liberty.

I'm a little embarrassed to say that our first stop was McDonald's. In my defense, we got there before any of the stores were open. It was Blee's first time having a cheeseburger there and was pretty excited for the Transformers Bumblebee toy in his Happy Set (aka Happy Meal).

Jimmy had the shrimp patty (gasp!)



We then visited the Tokyo Trick Art Museum, located in the DECKS Tokyo Beach mall. This museum had 45 two-dimensional exhibits that created amazing illusions. We had a ton of fun taking photos and trying out different poses.





The day was a bit overcast. My favorite kind of day for photos. We rode the Ferris wheel and Blee was super excited that we got the pink one...his favorite color.
 
A typical game center in Japan has a ton of UFO catchers. You can win anything from shampoos to an iPAD. No joke.
 

 
 
...and then there's the popcorn making game. Whhhaaatttt?! A whole game devoted to making and popping your own popcorn? Only in Japan.
 


 
 
There's also the Toyota Showcase building. Located in the Palette Town Shopping Center in the middle of Odaiba, the Toyota Mega Web is basically a car theme park. Kids are able to sign up to drive their own car and adults are able to test drive the new cars on an indoor track. In addition, they had simulation games, and a history garage with old, classic cars.
 



Right outside the Palette Town Shopping Center was the Odaiba Venus Fort, which, is another mall. I know, it's endless shopping.

Cardboard mazes.



The inside of the Venus Fort mall looks just like the Caesar's Palace Forum shops.
They even had a Cheesecake Factory.



Posing in front of the ginormous Gundam statue by Diver City Tokyo (another mall). Blee was afraid to get near it...he thought it was going to fly "up, up, up in the (s)ky!"

We ended the night with sushi. The particular place we chose had the customers use an iPAD to place orders. Then, when your orders were ready, they were given to us on a BULLET TRAIN. Super cool.



See the bullet train? The light above flashed to let us know they were ready, and then you heard the sound of the train. A few seconds later, the bullet train arrived on the track with the order.

 

Up next...Tokyo Disneyland!