[東京江戸museum&六本木]

15 07 2008

sunday was museum day. miki, brian and I had planned to go to 東京江戸museum (tokyo edo museum) on saturday, but then this amazing typhoon blew our plans away. it was raining so heavily we decided to postpone for sunday.

even though 東京江戸 museum has 6floors or so only two of them host the permanent collection. there is another one for restaurants and useless things such as museum shops and the rest we didn’t bother to check out. you enter through the topmost floor (6F) and cross a huge old-style wooden bridge built inside the exposition:

the museum covers all aspects of japanese society during the edo period, from tools, pottery or ukiyo-e, to clothing, weapons, maps and model recreations of the city districts, as well as life-sized models of shops, housing, etc.

the models are really amazing – and I’m not such a big fan of models. you even had binoculars to see everything in detail.

the exposition extended to the late 60’s in japan, covering the bomb raids period during WWII. there was also a life-size model of a traditional house and you could get inside and take a look around – provided you left your shoes outside :)

this time, instead of posting the photographs here I’ll just link to my flickr account, it should be easier.

next was 六本木hills, a city complex concentrated into a tower – that tower behind the weird spidery thing. it was a last-minute decision actually. daniele called me before we left for 東京江戸museum and invited me to join him and his girlfriend – mayumi-san – to see an art exposition at 森art museum. since we were meeting a friend of theirs – keiko-san – whose company sponsored the exhibition, the price of the tickets turned from 1500¥ to 750¥- ありがとう けいこ-さん!

the exhibition was about the turner pricefor young british artists, a retrospective. there were some really interesting pieces a art – like rachel whiteread’s “negative-space-casting”. but it was mostly modern art pieces, which always makes it difficult to judge. I guess contemporary art’s main aim is to provoke the observer, to arise some sort of response in him. what kind of response depends entirely on the outsider contemplating the artist’s work – we walked between two tanks of undetermined liquid where two halves of a dead cow displayed the innards of the beast… response: disgust? sudden inability to eat beef for a week? whatever…

after we were done seeing weird things we went for a bite around 六本木. we found this gorgeous place, very 日本らしい (japanese style), but modern. it served mainly grilled stuff – either meat or vegetables – and the best コロッケ(korokke) you can imagine! on the bad side, we had to wait 40 minutes to get a table… meanwhile we were asked to choose between standing outside – the restaurant opened to the street through a series of wooden windows (?) whose sills served as “tables” – and drink or stand inside, drink and eat and chat with the cook. we chose the latter, もちろん. you had to take your shoes off before you stepped inside because the floors are made of wood – funny thing is when you go to the toilet you find a pair of geta waiting for you! 

the two couples seating beside us – when we finally got a table… – came with a little kid about 2 years old. he took a liking to my edamame thingy. I spent half the night playing with him; after he tried everything that hanged from my card-holder he went for my bag and found my camera – he mainly pressed random buttons and turned the modes wheel. then he found out he liked my cellphone better and kept opening and closing it to see the blue light go on and off. it was actually very funny because we would go “もしもし? 誰かいますか?” (hello? anybody there?) one at a time, hahahaha! he was soooo cute!

I’d like to post more photos but… 1) I’ve already reached my monthly upload limit in flickr (which is crap in my opinion) and 2) I’m way too tired to start uploading to wordpress one by one… I’m going to bed and I’ll fix the post tomorrow, after I finish my homework.

oyasumi! 

 

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2 responses

30 07 2008
Reivajar

You could use Photobucket, without that kind of restrictions Flickr has…well, if you need more capacity.

30 07 2008
nanachan707

I’m using picasa right now, but I’m a bit behind with uploading… so lazy these days…

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