Right now, theres a cool exhibit at the local science museum, using projection mapping and LED lights. My friend and I have been meaning to go but have only gotten around to it recently. The admission is ¥1400 and grants access to the exhibit and most of the rest of the museum (sans Ice Room and Planetarium).
Getting around in Japan can be surprisingly easy by train. When you buy a ticket, all you need to do is look on the signboard for the price of fare to where you are going (each station accounts for departing location) then put said amount into the machine and select the price as seen on the sign. For example, Ikebukuro to Akihabara was 190 yen, so if you put 200 yen in the machine, select 190 and get 10 yen change. Much easier than New York!!
I used the trains to travel the west side of the Yamanote Line. Akihabara, Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Ikebukuro. I especially enjoyed the fashion capital of Shibuya. It was filled with people and had a lot of interesting stores to look in.
It also had a lot of cafes for meeting people or if you just needed a break, though they all were a tad overpriced. But it is the Time Square of Japan. I exhausted myself wandering around the side streets and really tall shopping centers.
Today I had an unexpected day off so mom and I went into the city to check out the Harry Potter exhibition over on W. 44th and to sell some things to the Book Off on W. 45th (which used to be on E. 41st). For those familiar with the city, you know that the exhibit location took us close to Time Square. Being the shutter but I am, I couldn’t resist getting a few shots of the area most people think of when they think of New York– other than the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty (which is to my knowledge is closed for remodeling) or the former location of the Twin Towers. Ironically enough, this is only the second time I’ve been to Time Sq. myself, since my usual haunts are between E. 33rd and E.42 (excluding the newly moved Book Off).
It was beyond crowded today, though I’m guessing that was because of the holiday weekend coming up. Trying to navigate the crowds was like seeing how many walls you could walk into and not give up. It was a literal sea of people, surrounded on all sides by flashing neon.
There we met the Naked Cowboy, (Read more at http://www.nakedcowboy.com/) who is known to walk around there clad in not more than a pair of underwear (on the back of which is written “The Naked Cowboy” in blue and red paint), cowboy boots, a cowboy hat, and his trusty guitar (which I learned has a cool cut out in which to place tips). He was a really nice guy who I really recommend meeting. I was able to have a picture taken with him– which I’m not posting here– before we found our way to the Discovery Museum for the exhibit.
Let me tell you, long line is LONG. The exhibit is closing up September 5th, so it seemed everyone and their mother (pun intended) was there. There was a line to get tickets (which we should have done online, though this was a bit of a spontaneous thing), a line to get in, a line to stand on once you got into the main hall, a line to go down the stairs, and a line to get into the damn exhibit. Everyone did seem to take it well though, which is the opposite of what New Yorkers are known for. Everyone was patient and no one tried to cut.
Once we got in, there was no photography allowed, much to my disappointment. However, it is understandable since the venue makes money on people visiting, but I still would have liked to go home with a picture of some of the robes and the recreation of Umbrige’s office (sans moving kitten plates of coase!)