Saturday, August 19, 2023

The Dazzling Lights and Delicious Fishes of Tokyo

We got Ernie this sweet Swallows uniform after watching his very first Japanese baseball game. He had a blowout and got poop on it before we left the hotel. Homerun.


Today's big to-do was another unfortunately named attraction: teamLab Planets TOKYO 

It's another one of our favorite immersive art exhibit things.

I think this part was both mine and Ernie's favorite. A ton of strings of light suspended from the ceiling with mirrors on the ceiling and floor that made quite a psychedelic impression.

His mouth agape awed face was pretty much worth the cost of coming to Japan. Hopefully he is still capable of joy after we leave here because I don't know if we are ever going to top this dazzling display.

This was is something I don't know if they could do in the US even if they wanted to. Some idiot would slip and drown in the knee high water and that would be the end of that. There were multiple colorful projections on the water, my favorite being colorful koi.

There was room full of giant color changing balloons.

I think this place is slated to close soon, and so even Elon Musk popped over here to see it before it was finished. I think he was here like yesterday.

This was a mirrored room full of kaleidoscopic projections so intense that I got a bit dizzy.

After each exhibit were these grandiose signs explaining the insanity that you had just witnessed.

"Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers
teamLab, 2016-2018, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

A seasonal year of flowers bloom and change with time, life spreads out into the universe. Lie down or sit still in the space and eventually your body floats and you dissolve into the artwork world.

The artwork is rendered in real time by a computer. It is neither prerecorded nor on loop. Interaction between the viewer and the installation causes continuous change in the artwork.
Flowers grow, bud, bloom, and in time, the petals fall, and the flowers wither and die. The cycle of birth and death continues for perpetuity.
The universe at this moment in time can never be seen again.

I'm going to go ahead and entitle this one Metal Rabbit Turds in a Mossy Grove.

I think that was a win.

We found a mall that had like an entire floor of baby stores.

Ernie got a new chew toy to help with his new toofers. It looks like a squid and squeaks.

I think I first learned of the existence of places like Fishing Restaurant ZAUO Meguro on the Japanese dating show Terrace House. The idea is similar to picking a lobster out of a tank except here you fish the fish out of the tank.

You paid for so many tickets when you sat down and each type of fish was worth a certain amount of tickets. To be honest though, I wasn't completely sure which fish was which cartoon and I was only superficially in charge of which fish decided to come over and bite my hook anyway.

I had a couple of hungry cheerleaders for encouragement which was nice.

They then asked how you would like your victim prepared. I didn't know what would make the fish we caught shine so I said surprise me.

Ernie was excited about the sashimi course.

There was a sushi course, a salad, a soup... some fried bits. I pretty much caught a whopper, not to brag.

There was sake.

Lydia was thirsting for this particular dessert shop but it was closed when we passed by. Sad.

I got her some chocolates from the Leonidas Belgian chocolate shop instead. We tasted some of these delicacies in Brussels on our way to see the Manneken Pis, and now we have a chubby little peeing boy of our very own to eat chocolates with.

There was a lot of mochis happening on this trip. Around Lydia they rarely lasted long enough for me to take a picture.

Somebody is going to have a lot of fun taking out this trash. Not it!

Belgium achieved!

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