Loading Map...

Tokyo day 11 - Odaiba, Tokyo Bay

Written on: Friday January 29th, 2010

A journal entry from: Japan 2010

Today was visiting Odaiba in Tokyo Bay. First stop had to be the Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science & Innovation). I think I easily spent 4 hours here looking at all the awesome science in well-presented displays. The coolest thing for me was that they took pains to show the scientists/researchers BEHIND the science (usually on a touchscreen, you could touch a scientist and they would tell you something about their research linked to whatever area you were in e.g. deep-sea exploration). They also showed HOW science was done, they didn't just present "the facts" as gospel truth. It's easily the best science museum I've ever visited.

After looking at all the exhbits, we waited for the Asimo show with hoardes of Japanese schoolkids. Asimo was pretty awesome, he runs in a comical way and has a high pitched voice. He doesn't seem to speak any English though :( After Asimo, we saw an even more adorable robot - Paro the therapeutic seal. Though it didn't seem all that calm when constantly being patted by energetic school kids and over enthusiastic Australian tourists. The most ingenious thing about Paro is that it's inventor deliberately made it a baby harp seal as no one (or very few people!) have preconceptions about how a baby deal should behave/sound etc compared with, for isntance, a kitten or puppy. So, it doesn't seem so fake. I want one!

In the afternoon, we caught the Odaiba circuit train to the Venus Fort and Decks shopping centres. We were hunting for moisturiser because Jack had used all mine on his cracked skin! After finding moisturiser, we also found a cool variety shop (Vanguard Books, from memory) where I bought my own battery-operated sushi train.

We tried a Chinese "sushi train" (Chinese food on little plates on a conveyor belt) for dinner. You think this would work, but they didn't seem to quite get the sushi train concept (or maybe it doesn't work with hot food so well). Instead of picking stuff off the train, we'd order things, the chef would make it, and put it on the train for the train to deliver it to us.