We took the JR train from Shibuya to Yoyogi and then change to the CHou Line to Mitaka. Then, we had to take a town bus #9 to get to the museum. Lucy says “It is AMAZING”. For those not in the know (like I was) “This museum is related to the work of the Studio Ghibli, a japanese animation team founded by famous anime sensei Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. The museum brings you in the world of Ghibli characters and of the animation movies in general. ” I lifted that off some website – it was very cute and interesting and Lucy was just in 7th Heaven. We saw a short film and that was very good too. We spent about 3 1/2 hours walking around. The gift shop did not have some of the stuff that we saw at others stores – like the totoro blankie that Lucy and I saw in a store in Asakusa. She did not get it yesterday because she thought there would be more choices at the museum. I love the rooms where the sketches and artwork were – I bet liza would have a great time in there. They displayed all the different powdered paints that they used on their artwork – amazing.
When we left Mitaka, we headed towards Shinjuki. On the way to the museum, I spied a bag of wool and I talked to the lady and asked her where she got the yarn from (in broken Japanese) and we did find the store. Although there were some lovely yarns, I did not get any (amazing in itself!) because they were fine fingering and sportsweight yarn plus, I have plenty to get thorugh for the next few years!!
We mooched around in the department stores; the office and stationary department had a stunning array of colorful pens, pencils and chalks and markers…wow!! (see I did not use the word amazing)
We had a nice dinner at one of the restaurants on the 12th floor. We had salad, soup, sashimi, rice, tempura, pickles, and another little bowl of savoury stuff. I love how they all come in little tiny bowls. That’s how they stay slim, I would guess – tiny portions…but how come I have put on so much around my middle these two and a half weeks?