Hey everyone! I Hope you are all doing well! So, in the past two weeks I have gone to the Ghibli Museum and I also went back to Akihabira to check out a shop that one of my friends recommended. I also went to the Gundam themed café I mentioned in my last post. So quick history lesson on the Ghibli Museum, this museum is designed around the idea of Ghibli films such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

So, the Ghibli Museum was cool for a variety of reasons! The first being that the bus to get there from the nearby train station has decals and is painted to look like something straight out of a Ghibli film. When you arrive to Ghibli Museum it feels like you step into a Ghibli world. The reason I say that is because the first thing you see when you step off the bus is a huge replica of Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro in a window. Also, the whole museum from the outside looks more like a house more than a museum. What was really cool is when you walk in, you are handed an information packet and a movie ticket. The movie ticket allows you to view a Ghibli film short in the theater within the museum. This theater was interesting to say the least. What I mean by that is when you are walking in it looks as though it came from a Ghibli film in of itself and the same can be said for the entire interior of the museum. However, the thing I thought that was the most interesting was an exhibition that showcased different styles of animation. These styles ranged from cell animation (using glass panes to draw each individual frame) to animation that used strobe lights and plastic figurines at different positions on a rotating platform to make it look like the figures were moving. Being that my degree is 3D animation and cultural studies, this was not only my favorite part of the museum but allowed me to have a deeper appreciation for animation. This section also allowed me to view my degree in real time, so to speak.

A few days later I went back to Akihabira and it was so much fun! My friend told me about this store called Super Potato. This store was so cool in that it sells retro style games and consoles such as the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo and the first PlayStation made. Also, from what I saw there seemed to be consoles that were never sold in the United States. In addition, this store also has an old school arcade in which you can play games like Street Fighter 2 for only 100 yen. However, this store sells more than just video games and consoles. It also sells a lot of video game merchandise and collectables. This store is now easily one of my favorite places ever now.

After shopping at Super Potato, I then explored Akihabira a little bit more and looked in a few more shops. I then went to the Gundam themed café. This café was so cool in that all the dishes and drinks were named and inspired from characters within the Gundam anime. I ended up eating a dish that looked like ramen, but it tasted like spaghetti and had clams. It was so good! For my drink I ordered something that tasted like blueberry Jell-O mixed with sweet tea. This meal was easily one of the best I have had in Japan so far!

This weekend I am going to Yokohama with some friends and we will be checking out some pretty cool things there! I will be posting the photos of Ghibli Museum to my Instagram @isaacxmaes soon, as well as the photos I took of my return trip to Akihabira. Speaking of photos, I was not able to take photos within Ghibli Museum or Super Potato because it was not allowed.

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