Studio Ghibli

2 03 2010

Kiki, Ponyo, Totoro, Jiji, Laputa, Catbus, Howl…we headed to Studio Ghibli on Sunday.

First up we had a delicious lunch at Deva Deva cafe in Kichijoji with our friends.

Then we walked through the park to Studio Ghibli. We watched a cute little movie about sumo-wrestling mice which prompted Benno to buy a little grey sumo mouse on a key chain. The kids played on the nekobus and we got a Totoro from the gift shop. There were lots of little passageways, stairs, half-floors, spiral staircases, niches, hidey holes and other interesting architectural features to keep you exploring around the museum. There were interesting displays about how Ponyo was made – all by hand, drawn on giant paper flip books and coloured using pencils and crayons- and lots of artwork from different movies. I think we have to watch them all over again because we couldn’t identify all of the scenes.

Up on the roof we visited the robot from Laputa Castle in the Sky. It’s the only area of the museum where you can take photos. The building has colourful walls with thick render and thick walls (like a strawbale) and ivy growing all over it. The roofs were living – grasses growing on the roof.





Yokohama

16 11 2009

From Hakone we took a local bus to Odawara station, took the Excellent Express 30000 romance car train to Shinjuku, then went out to Kichijoji to Deva Deva cafe. We ate pizzas and burgers with hot lemonade and ginger chai. Benno had a banana cheesecake to finish.

Then we headed south to Yokohama. We walked through MM21, past the Landmark Tower (the tallest building in Japan at 296m, apparently), the old sailing ship, the Cosmo World amusements, into World Porters and around the shops. It was still too misty to see across the bay to Kisarazu, or behind us to Mt Fuji.

We had dinner in Yokohama station’s Lumine department store at Chaya. We had another delicious meal – panini, bean curry, vegetable curry, millet burger followed by more desserts of berry pie, tofu cheesecake, nut caramel slice and a sweet potato slice. All very yum.

We walked off our dinner and rode on the tallest clock in the world, the Cosmo Clock ferris wheel. The view by night was very pretty, but we still couldn’t see Kisarazu across the bay.

Pizzas and yogi burgers at Deva Deva Cafe, Kichijoji.

Pizzas and yogi burgers from Deva Deva cafe, Kichijoji.


Dinner from Chaya, Yokohama. From top left, bean curry, millet burg, vegetable curry and roasted vegetable panini.

Dinner from Chaya, Yokohama. From top left, bean curry, millet burg, vegetable curry and roasted vegetable panini.


Desserts from Chaya. From top left, berry pie, nut caramel pie, backed tofu cheesecake and sweet potato pie.

Desserts from Chaya. From top left, berry pie, nut caramel pie, backed tofu cheesecake and sweet potato pie.


Benno and Lara by Nippon Maru, an old sailing ship in Yokohama.

Benno and Lara by Nippon Maru, an old sailing ship in Yokohama.


Cosmo Clock by night

Cosmo Clock by night.


All 70 floors of the 296m tall Landmark Tower by night, Yokohama.

All 70 floors of the 296m tall Landmark Tower by night, Yokohama.


Yokohama's night time cityscape.

Yokohama's night time cityscape.