|West side Ikebukuro Station|
This time we stayed at the Metropolitan Hotel in Ikebukuro as it was one of the few deals I could find for a triple room. We woke up the next morning a little tired, but ready to go, and headed down for breakfast. One of things I usually avoid is the hotel breakfast as the price of one meal could often feed the three of you at McDonald's, a bakery, or other cafe. There is also the option of eating from the convenience store or konbini - but I usually save that for a late night snack or a meal on the go as it is nice to get off of your feet when you eat - not only that - in Japan it is considered rude to be drinking or eating on the go.
See my post on the Shiodome.
After this, we took the Yamanote Line down to Shimbashi Station and the Shiodome. We just missed the playing of the Miyazaki Steampunk Clock as it is a long way around to get there from Ikebukuro. The clock no longer plays every hour and plays on a spaced out schedule every two or three hours now since the earthquake as a power saving measure. The Shiodome has a very high tech vibe to it with the modern buildings, giant walkway platforms, and monorail. A very neat place to walk around to experience this type of feel and there are many malls at the ground and below ground level in the various buildings to explore. The feel for the place is big and expansive - even underground. You have to remember the Shiodome, like many Tokyo megaplexes works at the +10 metre level (walkway), then ground level, then one or two below ground levels so you are exploring a space designed to work on multiple levels.
|Shiodome Walkway. This is a walkway, not the street at groundlevel!|
|Closeup of Giant Gundam|
|Strike Freedom Gundam|
- Gunpla (Gundam model museum)
- Clothing gift shop
- Regular gift shop with exclusive items
- Dome theatre with short film (with some original CG)
- An exhibition area that contains a rotating display of art (for Gundam Unicorn at the time of the visit)
- 1:1 scale bust of the Strike Freedom Gundam you can see up close, and that you can pay extra to have your photo taken in the cockpit.
- There is also a photo area where you can choose a Gundam character to have your picture taken with for free
- 1:1 scale model of a core fighter
- A large model of the A Baoa Qu asteroid base with hundreds of little mobile suits fighting it out on its surface
|One small part of a big room with probably a thousand models in it.|
|Haro Meat Bun|
See my post on Gundam Front at Diver City.
|Yes there is a Statue of Liberty at Aqua City|
|Taiyaki combo that came with soft drinks 1000 yen|
Another food item we had as a snack today from a convenience store int he mall was riceballs or onigiri. I love these Japanese sandwich replacements and they travel fairly well in a pack if you need to carry them. When you go visit a museum, there is often a sitting area to eat, but either no cafe or an expensive cafe - bring your lunch (e.g. National Museum). Onigiri are fun, they even have a 3 step unwrapping process for the triangular ones (follow the numbers on the back) that keep the seaweed separate from the rice so it stays crisp. They come in many flavours like tuna, salmon, cod roe, chicken, etc., and a couple will do you for a quick lunch. Just remember to buy a drink.
|Refrigerated Cabinet at Konbini with Riceballs on the top shelf.|
|Onigiri, Rice Balls You Can Buy At A Convenience Store For A Snack / Cheap Meal|
Your Guide To Onigiri - this is a handly little guide to rice balls, but it still is hard to interpret the labels unless you read Japanese, but it works!
|Boat View of Rainbow Bridge|
|Tokyo Tower From Boat|
|Asahi Beer Building|
|Looking Up The Skytree|
See a post on viewing freak weather from the Skytree
See my post on the Tokyo Skytree.
Read about my concept of a World Tree in an excerpt from my next SF novel.
|Japanese Nanoblocks Shop Display|
|Ghibli Store - Big Totoro and Catbus in the Windows|
|QPot Jewelry - Looks like chocolates|
|Skytree Lit Up At Night|
|Lower Viewing Deck|
|Tokyo At Night|
|Animated Mural by Teamlab|
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