During our last few days in Japan, I can’t help but reminisce about the many amazing things that had happened to me. For one, there was our museum hopping, not bar hopping, mind you.
I’ve always believed that visiting museums is the best way to connect with a country’s past and future. Japan’s museums clearly exhibited these elements to the full.
This particular photo was taken at the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka which showcased different types of folk art and native costumes.
Our Japanese counterpart Maya, as seen below, helped us roam around Osaka to practice our Nihonggo. Funny thing was, we ended up teaching her how to speak in English! She was one amazing lady, that much I can tell.
What was more amazing was the fact that in Osaka, even the pigeons fall in line!
This particular snapshot taken at the Edo-Tokyo Museum featured life-sized mannequins demonstrating the process of childbirth in old Japan.
Here’s a full shot of how the commoners quarters looked like in Old Japan. Here, you see the process of childbirth that usually transpired in “longhouses,” referring to several rooms joined together to form one long building. Normally, the whole family would live together in this small room.
I also can’t help but smile when I recalled our visit to the NHK Studio Park in Shibuya-ku.
Inside the studio, there was this very animated tour guide who tried her very best to explain NHK’s history and live programming to both tourists and locals.
I used these gadgets to read from the teleprompter in front of me.
I was quite nervous to be on the spotlight, but was eventually very thankful because I got to do this particular demo bit for posterity.
Any trip won’t be complete without pictures and good food! Gosh, I miss that bento more than ever!
Can you guess what this is? Well, this was how the Disney float looked like up-close during the Night parade.
During the Disney Day Parade, the float looked a little different for obvious reasons.
When we took the Mark Twain Riverboat ride, we were so astonished to see life-sized mannequins! This ride right here, the Wild River, eluded me during our visit. Actually, we decided to skip it because of the loooong line.
Instead of waiting in line, we dashed to Minnie’s House in Toontown. It would have seemed less exciting but something tugged at my inner child’s heartstrings. The house was so adorable! No, this was not taken at Disneyland.
Rather it was a shot from the Children’s Park in Ehime. These characters, though, will give Mickey and Minnie a run for their money!
Another snapshot, this time at the Ehime Children’s Park.
I truly enjoyed our visit to Ehime University. We even had lunch at their cafeteria. The students took quite an interest on us because we looked and sounded kinda different.
As it turned out, I did end up chronicling my Japan adventures 11 years too late. Not in papyrus; but, in a blog. Any which way, I’m glad I finally wrote about it. It only shows that when you dare dream the impossible dream, the Lord might just allow it to come true–in His own way, in His own time, to fulfill His purposes.
National Museum of Ethnology (Osaka)
NHK Studio Park (Tokyo)
Ehime Children’s Park
Nankai Broadcasting Corporation