The Science Museum

Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
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Trip End Apr 12, 2013


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Flag of Japan  , Tokyo,
Thursday, March 21, 2013

So today we decided we'd try and visit the Science museum again. Thankfully when we arrived it was open! We paid for our admission tickets and then went and booked seats for a couple of the films they would be showing later. We had a while before the first film began so we popped into the first exhibit which was all about the human body and advances in medicine/surgery etc. There were so many interactive displays and it was really interesting to learn about new surgical and diagnostic procedures. I was very glad to see that they had English translations for all their information posts.

At about 1pm, we queued up for our first film which was a supposedly 4D experience. The film was called Spacewalk and we were given big 3D glasses to wear. I wish I could tell you more about what it was about but there was no English translation so I was completely lost. The images were of the Earth and different planets from space. I think it took us on a little tour around the universe but I can't be sure. I may have closed my eyes for a little while...we're not too sure where the 4th dimension came into it either. It seemed to be just the standard 3D experience.

The film lasted for around 20 minutes and then we were heading to the other film we had booked seats for. This film was called Tender is the Night and we were pleased to learn there was an English audio translation available. We walked into the theatre and the screen was spherical and took up the entire ceiling. We found our seats and settled in. Despite the English translation, neither of us are really sure what this film was about either. The images were of starry skies from different countries around the world. The narrator seemed to be reciting a poem about the nighttime, we're not sure to be honest. Once again, when the lights went down, I may have closed my eyes again for a prolonged amount of time, as did Rikki.

We had some lunch after the film and then looked in to another exhibition which was focused on Innovation. There was a large emphasis on robots in this one. There was also a large area dedicated to a made up place called Anagura which is a supposed futuristic place where your spacial information is recorded and used in some way. When we walked into "Anagura" you became online and your movements were tracked by a character on the floor. There were five different stations that talked about the different kinds of spacial information. It was all rather strange. The information was given by creepy children, all you saw was one of their eyes and their voices were strangely robotic. At one station, they play a personalised song for you which takes over the whole of Anagura for everyone else to hear. It was so random!

After looking at everything in the museum, we took the monorail a couple of stops on to Tokyo Decks which is a big entertainment centre. There is a Madam Tussauds inside, as well as Legoland and Joypolis which is a large virtual reality arcade. We had planned to go to Joypolis until we saw the price. As we arrived quite late in the day, we decided it wasn't worth it so we had a look around the rest of the centre before heading back to Otsuka.
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