Friday, November 10, 2017

We make it to the most amazing museum E.V.E.R!!!!!!!!!!!

OH MY OH MY OH MY OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!

We went to the Ghibli Museum!
We went to THE Ghibli Museum!!
We went to THE GHIBLI MUSEUM!!!

I have been trying for over two years to get tickets here. There are only so many tickets sold for each day and you can't buy tickets at the door, as residents of Japan we had to purchase tickets from a kiosk in a Lawson's store, which is all in Japanese. Probably why I had such a hard time. Oh, and I could only purchase tickets on a certain day of the month (after the 10th, I think, I'm still not clear on it all) for the following month. Oy! 

Luckily, I was so very lucky to have such an amazing friend, Junko, who went to Lawson's for me and got the tickets. 

Jump for joy!!!!!

JUMP!
FOR!!
 JOY!!!

Now that you can feel the excitement....On to the pictures :)

Cool city buildings near the train station. We've never been to this station before. It was about 40 minutes on the train from New Sanno. 


We took a 20 minute stroll through the park instead of riding on a bus to get to the museum. 


We're here!
We're here!!

Totoro!
Castle in the sky!
Ponyo!
Kiki!!
All of our favorites IN ONE SPOT!!!!!


We were only allowed to take pictures from the outside. And I managed to take a lot!


We arrived just before 1020, our admission time was between 1000-1030. So, we waited in line to get to the ticket counter where we exchanged our Lawson's receipts for little cardboard tickets with a film slide in it with a scene from one of the movies printed on it. We had a Ponyo slide, two Totoro slides, and one from Spirited Away. These gave us admission to the movie room where we got to... 

SEE A TOTORO MOVIE!!!!

I know! We were as excited as you are right now!!!! We got to see Satsuki take a trip in a baby Neko bus and then we saw GIGANTIC neko buses!!!!! Even double decker neko buses!!!!

So much awesomeness that I don't feel there are enough opportunities to use ALL CAPS to adequately relay the AMAZINGNESS we experienced!!!!!

I got ahead of myself....this is the outside of the museum. 

A tower to the rooftop. We'll see the treasures up there in a minute. 

Kenzie found a machine to sit on. She is turning a knob that made a lot of clicking sounds. 

Time to go up the tower after the kids had about ten minutes to jump around in and on top of a neko bus (I should explain that neko is cat....Totoro has a cat bus in it that everyone who watches the movie must, without a doubt, fall in love with!)


Up top, from my favorite movie so far, Castle in the Sky...The robot soldiers!!! 💓💓💓💓💓💓



Pondering the meaning of life while leaning on the command cube from Castle in the Sky


The snack area and a little water hand pump The kids could use to get water!

Taking a rest while Garytt tested the water pump.


A quiet corner 

Susuwatari!
Susuwatari!
(Soot sprites from Totoro)


I...can't...even....with all this cuteness!!!!

Oh my word....definitely one of the best highlights of our trip here!! A museum full of the magical Miyazaki films we love so much! Movies where we can understand why the kids kick their shoes off as they run onto a porch. We recognize the torii at the back of a field and we see the Jizu statue at the foot of a hill. We want to bow when characters meet. We recognize the most common schoolkid accessory...The hard shelled backpack.

Magic
Pure Magic!!!

Even the park joins in on the fun. 
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On the way back to the station we stopped at a Lawson's for lunch. Onigiri, egg salad, edamame, and chips in a beautiful park on a glorious day after an amazing morning in a wonderous museum!!!! So much more than I could have ever asked for. 

Oh, wait! 
There were Christmas decorations up around the city!



On Our Way Home (the Weird Caps Are Back :/) We Got To Experience Our LAst Bit Of Tokyo Traffic. 

One Last close Up Of Tokyo Tower
 Rainbow Bridge One LAst Time, Too.

Then, We Ran Into Traffic In Yokohama As We Were Going over tHe bridge. Smoke. 

FIre!!! In An Ambulance! Not Sure What's Going On Here, But No one Seemed To Be Concerned With The Fire And Smoke Billowing From This Vehicle. And We All GAsped As we Drove past And Felt The heat FRom THe fire. 

We ended The Night Eating at Pepper Lunch For Dinner For The First Time. 

Step One: They Put A LArge Paper With instructions for how to eat your dinner. 


Step two: they put the sizzling hot plate on the top 1\3 of the paper and you hold up the bottom third of the paper so the grease from the sizzling plate doesn't burn you or get on your clothes. 


Step three: you stir it around to cook everything to your liking. 

Step four: EAT!!!

Hot plates make for good table spots.