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20 November 2005 @ 10:17 pm
Dork's Day Out~! ^o^ Gundam museum in Ueno  
This was last Sunday (a week ago), when Eda, Erin, and I went out to have a completely dorky day. What did we do?

We went to the limited Gundam: Generating Futures special exhibit in Ueno Park Royal Art museum!! Now, anyone that knows me understands that I'm not a big fan of Gundams. I acknowledge their history with anime, and their contribution to the wonderful world of anime that I love, but I've never been a big fan of mecha.

But, we heard that they had some special life-size Gundam reproductions there, and that, we just HAD to see. Yep, we're that dorky! XD At least I embrace my dorkiness!!

It was a REALLY cool exhibit, actually! There was a giant carved model thing of some old character (Sayla Mass) as a living spaceship.. Pardon my ignorance here. ^_^;; But it was kind of eerie. She was crouched over (click here and there's a picture) and absolutely ENORMOUS. That alone, plus her expression was daunting. But just imagine getting to look underneath her (there was a mirror) and see the insides of her intestines/gut carved out as a strange twisted model of a living spaceship!! (complete with a strange bundle of 'wires' that I thought looked rather like well-groomed pubic hair *cough* I kid you not. XD) It was really, really creepy!!!! (but definitely cool!! I appreciate art that makes me feel a true, deep reaction, even if it involves slight repulsion..)

We weren't allowed to take pictures inside, or I would have definitely taken pictures of the lifesize model. It wasn't the entire Gundam like we had hoped (how large/expensive that would be!!!), but it was a lifesize reproduction of a rather beaten-up/torn-up core fighter! It was one of the coolest things that I've ever seen!!!! There were all kinds of abrasions on the hull, and so many controls inside the cockpit that had working video screens. Oh, it's enough to make even me excited about Gundam!! *urge to see SEED rising*

There was a series of photos, including one that I really liked (and eventually bought as a postcard) of a very sexy female general sitting on a battlefield, titled "Mune ippai no ai wo," or "A full chest's love". Take that as you will. ^_^;; But it was very, very sexy, and the brazenness of the contrast between her femininity and the background surprised me.

Another thing I REALLY liked was the re-creation of a New Type Technology lab. They administered tests to anyone willing to determine if you had psychic potential. Specifically, if you possessed any of the essential qualities they need to make Coordinators. There was a video detailing the different parts of the test--
1st step: Using a video screen interface, choose the card that matches the face-up card from among 5 face-down cards.
2nd step: Don a mask and walk through a room in which white balls are hanging suspended from the ceiling at various heights and intervals without disturbing any of them.
3rd step: While attached to a machine to measure various vital signs, mentally guide another person through the same maze without them disturbing any balls.
-I assume that completion of these tasks means they'll whisk you away to be tested more thoroughly!! It was REALLY interesting and kind of eerie to watch the (open) room standing vacant of contestants, with only the female uniformed staff to walk through it urging people to try. I wanted to try SO badly!! I believe in psychic powers very strongly, and it would be incredibly amazing to test myself in this way. However, they ran out of time before I was able to arrive in the long line. We were there for possibly about an hour watching people take the first test, and not a single person passed. I wonder if anyone's gotten past the first stage so far. It was really, really fascinating for me.

Another display that I liked a lot was a hanging curtain titled something similar to "the rains of war". It was basically oil dripped down over a cheesecloth-like material and left to dry there. It looked like oil rain, and to me spoke very powerfully about the measure of destruction (mental and physical) that a war can inflict upon a nation. So powerful.

There were a lot of other good artworks there, in terms both of visual equity and emotional impressiveness, but those are the ones that stood out the most. If the exhibit by any chance travels to your country, or if you find yourself in Japan before the end of it's run, then I highly recommend it! I was really, really impressed. It was definitely an interesting day. Plus, you can't beat the nerdiness of buying Gundam cookies before you walk out the door. =D Ne?

Some images from the different displays outside...

In this place in a special room at the end of the tour, they allowed photos. It was a really interesting display, which made me think a bit..

A few close-ups:

Me experimenting with camera angles. Next time I get a camera, I'm going to buy a really nice one that lets me quickly and easily adjust the depth of field, so that I can get some really neat effects. :/

Part of Ueno Park..

It just sounds funny. XDXD Stick Pan. It makes sense when you think that in japanese 'pan' means 'bread.' But if you don't know that....

I don't know about you, but I've always wanted to eat in space!! It was a pizzeria though, and I couldn't see any 'space' to eat in. :/

Thank you, Tokyo Fire Department! ^_^ I will look out for any malicious bonfires!!

I thought this building had really awesome architecture. =D

These kinds of plants grow in a lot of lakes in Japan. It's so strange, it's like a field of alien plants.. I'm really fascinated by it every time that I see them. o.o

Close-up of the water next to the bridge:

And a plant leaf. It looks like a sort of alien signalling device. I really find the shape beautiful and at the same time fascinating.

Owatta!!! I really had fun there, and it was a nice chance to try something different and inspiring. ^__^
Current Music: TV-NOIZ (Hideaki Matsuoka) - Visions of Boys (TV-Noiz version)
alkfhalsidjalssan on November 20th, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC)
PHWOAR. *____* That sounded utterly awesome!

Nice pics by the way! :D
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 20th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks Rea!! ^__^ *snugs*

It was a really interesting experience!!
adenade on November 20th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
It sounds really interesting! (: Too bad pictures aren't allowed inside.

And the pictures that you posted are pretty! I really liked that building and the plants (: The plants cover the whole lake! That is darn cool. It looks really nice!

Thank you!
Shannon "Roku-chan" Townsendroku_chan on November 20th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC)
I heard about that exhibit and it sounds so neat! I wish we could check it out.

And ugh that water is probably a mosquito nesting ground come summer XD pretty though darlin
angeangelamori on November 20th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
oh, those are lotus leaves! ^_^
Omegalildevilyouko on November 20th, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
That sounds so awesome! And the display looks really kool. Lotus leaves? I thought they were lily pads. ^^;
tsubon on November 20th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
*drools* Wow...I wish to see these things you speak of. I'm not so much a big Gundam fan anymore (tho I used to be, I haven't watched all of SEED and SEED: Destiny yet tho), but this is worth seeing for any anime fan out there. And that is one massively sexy postcard. ^_^

Oooh...those plants are edible...I believe. I think I'm thinking of the right plant. Hehehe...
space between what you remember & what you're toldryu_no_sora on November 20th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
That sounds really fun~ thanks for sharing :D

The building with the cool architecture kind of looks like it's made of LEGO's... which makes it more awesome ^-^
Mewgokumew2 on November 20th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
Gundam exhibit!! How awesome~ *loves Gundam*
Thanks for the pictures. .^^
Chiakichiaki777 on November 20th, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)
mmm that pic of the Sayla seems to go "WRRRRRRY!!?"

And I wish I could have seen the life size gundam -_- It seems so cool.

Gundam isn't my cup of tea either, but I like it sometimes, and these things make me want to like it more XD

And yes, Engrish.... Pita Pan, sounds like a good character that lives in Neverland to me...